MSED IN REHABILITATION COUNSELING

Program Overview

This 48-hour program, which is registered by New York state, is designed for individuals who wish to help people with physical, mental, emotional, or social disabilities at various stages in their lives.

Rehabilitation counselors help 

  • students to develop strategies to live with their disability and to move from school to work
  • veterans cope with the mental or physical effects of their military service
  • elderly people adapt to disabilities developed later in life due to illness or injury.

Students in the program develop skills in these areas: 

  • assessment
  • treatment planning
  • counseling
  • collaboration
  • referral
  • advocacy skills

This program is offered at the main campus in Allegany and at the Buffalo Center in Hamburg.

Certification and Licensure

Upon successful completion of this degree, and 12 months of acceptable employment experience supervised by a certified rehabilitation counselor (CRC), graduates may apply to take the CRC examination [Category B]. Specific details are located on the CRCC website, under eligibility requirements.

Students in this program wishing to also obtain a school or mental health counseling credential should consult with their adviser.

Admission Requirements*

Admission to this degree program is based on:
  1. Application & writing sample
  2. Official transcripts of all prior college work
  3. Two letters of recommendation
  4. Interview
*State law requires St. Bonaventure to collect immunization records from students taking six or more credit hours in any semester.

Field Requirement

  • First year: Students are expected to complete an initial practicum field experience (40 hours of direct counseling), which is non-track specific.
  • Second year: Students are required to complete two track-specific internships, each involving 300 clock hours.

Site supervisors of the internships must be certified rehabilitation counselors. The placement process is a collaborative effort between students and faculty members.

Exit Criteria

In order to be awarded the MSED in Counselor Education - Rehabilitation Counseling, a student will be evaluated on the following exit criteria:

  1. A cumulative GPA of at least 3.0 (working standard)
  2. Successful completion of the internship
  3. Submission of a portfolio showing professional growth and accomplishments
  4. Successful completion of the comprehensive examination and e-folio

Admissions and Information  

If you wish to apply to this program, contact the Graduate Admissions Office at (716) 375-3021 or gradsch@sbu.edu for graduate admission materials.

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MSEd Rehabilitation Counseling

Adekson, Mary

Titles/Responsibilities Associate Professor
Academic School
School of Education
Academic Department Counselor Education
Contact Information Office Phone: (716) 375-2041
E-Mail: madekson@sbu.edu
Website: http://sched.sbu.edu/faculty/madekson/ 
Office Location/Hours Plassmann Hall, B53
Courses Taught
  • CE 510. Introduction to the Profession of Counseling
  • CE 610. Practicum
  • CE 620A. Internship 1: School Counseling
  • CE 620B. Internship 2: School Counseling
  • CE 625B. Internship 2: CMH Counseling
  • CE 638. Multicultural Counseling
  • CE 550. Group Counseling
  • Academic Degrees
  • Ph.D., Counselor Education, Ohio University, Athens, Ohio
  • M.Ed., Obafemi Awolowo University, Nigeria
  • B.A., English and American Literature, Brandeis University, Waltham, Mass.
  • Other Education
    Professional Background
  • WIEN fellow at Brandeis University (scholarship to finish undergraduate degree)
  • Graduate Assistant at Ohio University
  • PEIO scholarship recipient (to finish doctorate degree)
  • Accomplishments
    Teaching Philosophy I teach to get students to retain the best of the information presented and use it to become better professionals in the field of counseling. My teaching is student centered. I bring in my experience in the field of counseling to help my students gain understanding of their future work as mental health, college and school counselors.
    Current Research Interests/Projects I have written a book titled "Native American and Canadian Medicine Men, Healers and Helpers" (Lap Lambert Academic Publishing, 2013), which is available at www.morebooks.de. I am presently editing "Mentoring Future Counselors," a handbook that will be available to future counselors, counselors in the field, and alumni of counselor education programs. The book comprises about 40 chapters written by counselor educators from all over the world. I am also working with three other writers on another manuscript on mentoring international students
    Other Interests/Community Involvement I am a board member for National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) for Cattaraugus County. I like to work out at the Richter Center on the St. Bonaventure campus
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