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Master of Science in Clinical Rehabilitation and Mental Health Counseling

About the Profession


As a student in our program, you are prepared to serve clients who want to improve their wellbeing and achieve their goals. After completing our program, graduates feel confident and motivated to assist clients to enjoy a fulfilling life. Counseling can be a rewarding profession that supports individuals' aspirations while enhancing wellbeing.

Clinical Rehabilitation Counseling

Clinical rehabilitation counseling (CRC) is a profession that holistically applies counseling skills to assist individuals with psychiatric, developmental, cognitive, emotional, or physical disabilities to achieve their maximum level of independence, integration, and participation in the community and the world of work in accordance with each individual's personal goals, career aspirations, and perception of quality of life. Certified rehabilitation counselors (CRCs) are employed in a variety of rehabilitation service agencies, transition programs, and advocacy agencies. Rehabilitation counselors are trained to work with individuals who have a disability which may include the following: developmental disability, psychiatric disability, physical disability, substance use and/or dependence.

Students in the Clinical Rehabilitation and Mental Health Counseling program at Fresno State receive training which would enable them to work with individuals in all disability groups.

Training as a rehabilitation counselors 

In addition to receiving training in counseling theories and practice, rehabilitation counselors receive additional training, which enables them to consider the medical, psychosocial, spiritual, family, and environmental impact of disability on the individual's ability to function in the environment of their choice. Special courses in medical and psychosocial aspects of disability, employment, and advanced clinical practices prepare rehabilitation counselors to evaluate and identify individual client needs, develop services, and apply interventions that include adapting the environment and providing needed supports which assist individuals to achieve their optimal functional capacity.

Employment opportunities for rehabilitation counselors:

Rehabilitation counselors work in a number of settings including:

  • Private practice, as licensed professional clinical counselors (LPCC)
  • Mental health facilities, e.g. community mental health organizations
  • Private rehabilitation agencies, e.g. workers’ compensation or insurance rehabilitation
  • Public rehabilitation agencies, e.g. state vocational rehabilitation or community rehabilitation providers
  • Correctional facilities, e.g. pre-release re-entry programs or jail diversion
  • Schools, e.g. transition services for youth
  • Hospitals, e.g. physical rehabilitation or psychiatric outpatient programs.
  • Examples of employment of recent graduates include:
    • Supported employment in a comprehensive facility
    • Traumatic Brain Injury program
    • Substance abuse treatment facility
    • Public community mental health facility

Clinical Mental Health Counseling

Clinical Mental Health Counseling is a profession that utilizes counseling skills to provide support to clients who are dealing with difficult circumstances in their lives. Graduates from our program equip clients with strategies to face life in healthy mental ways. Clinical mental health counselors work in a variety of mental health clinics, community based agencies, private practices, and other mental health facilities. They are trained to work with individuals who have mental, emotional or behavioral challenges.

In addition to core counseling courses, mental health counselors receive training in treatment planning, system approaches, professional practices that support their preparation as clinicians. As a mental health counselor, you are prepared to work with diverse communities promoting wellness and applying reflective thinking. 

Employment opportunities for mental health counselors:

Clinical Mental Health Counselors work in a number of settings including:

  • Private practice, as licensed professional clinical counselors (LPCC)
  • Community mental health clinics
  • Substance treatment facilities, e.g. residential and outpatient treatment programs
  • Educational settings
  • Mental health divisions
  • Public community mental health facility
  • Government agencies and funded program