Jul 14, 2024  
Catalog/Bulletin 2021-2022 
Catalog/Bulletin 2021-2022 [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Clinical Rehabilitation and Counseling, MHS

The Master of Health Sciences in Clinical Rehabilitation and Counseling (MHS-CRC) program is fully accredited by the Council for Accreditation of Counseling and Related Educational Programs (CACREP) and is a 60 credit hour graduate program with a strong counseling focus. The program prepares counselors to assume the full range of professional responsibilities required in community rehabilitation agencies and counseling organizations, private as well as publicly funded and non-profit, and to contribute to scholarship and service locally and nationally.

The well-trained counselor is able to assist others in a professional and effective manner - assisting persons to attain independence, and a satisfying life. A career in counseling is extremely flexible, allowing graduates to select employment that best suits their personality, skills, and interests. Counselors find work in a variety of work settings including: mental health facilities, group homes, vocational training centers, private health care agencies, acute care and rehabilitation hospitals, substance abuse facilities, state and federal rehabilitation agencies, and school settings. Counselors engage in individual counseling, group counseling and family counseling, evaluation/assessment, advocacy, and case management. Counselors work with individuals with physical, emotional disabilities, developmental, cognitive, and/or other life situations to achieve their academic, personal, career, social and independent-living goals in the most integrated settings possible.

The MHS-CRC training model integrates behavioral science theory and knowledge with counseling skills. Our philosophy is that the most effective counselors have a strong understanding of the theoretical and scientific bases of the professional concepts and techniques they apply. Counseling is a process intended to facilitate the vocational and personal development of people. This may be physical, emotional, mental, developmental or social. Within the counseling process, services are utilized to enable individuals to make the fullest use of their potential in choosing, planning for, and attaining a satisfying and effective life. In a very real sense, counselors are concerned with maximizing the abilities of people, while assisting them to cope constructively with their lives.

Counseling is unique in integrating a diverse range of treatment approaches and utilizing community resources to meet an individual’s life needs. The process of counseling can include therapeutic counseling, intervention, prevention, psychological and vocational evaluation, vocational exploration and training, job development and placement, case management, and follow-up. In addition to the skills of counseling and knowledge of human behavior common to the human services professions students on the rehabilitation track develop additional expertise in the process of rehabilitation, and knowledge of the medical, psychosocial and vocational aspects of disability.


The mission of the program for the Master of Health Sciences degree in Clinical Rehabilitation and Counseling is to provide professional education and clinical experience to master’s level students who are committed to serving persons of all ages with various challenges related to physical, developmental, cognitive, and emotional disabilities or other life situations to achieve their academic, personal, career, social and independent-living goals in the most integrated settings possible. Professional preparation of master’s level students will focus on equipping students with knowledge and skills to improve the quality of life for persons.  Master’s level students will be prepared to assume the full range of professional responsibilities required in a variety of counseling settings and are motivated to contribute to scholarship and service locally and nationally. This mission is achieved through various academic, clinical, research, and scholarly activities.

Program Objectives

The Master of Health Sciences degree in Clinical Rehabilitation and Counseling program seeks:

  1.  To educate counselors who demonstrate sound knowledge and strong skills in:
    1. Foundations and orientation to the counseling profession;
    2. Medical and psychosocial aspects of disability;
    3. Counseling approaches and principles;
    4. Counseling, prevention, and intervention;
    5. Diversity, advocacy, and accommodation;
    6. Assessment and diagnosis;
    7. Human growth and development;
    8. Research and evaluation;
    9. Employment, career and vocational counseling;
    10. Individual, group work and family counseling;
    11. Case management and job placement;
    12. Individual and systems advocacy;
  2. To foster professionalism among students and faculty and facilitate their involvement in professional organizations and activities;
  3. To foster an awareness of the needs and resources within our client communities, meaningful involvement of faculty and students in addressing these needs;
  4. To offer and support opportunities for students and faculty to collaborate on research projects in the spirit of the scientist-practitioner model;
  5. To provide continuing education and consultation opportunities responsive to the needs of counseling and rehabilitation professionals.


Graduates of the MHS program are prepared to meet all the requirements to sit for the Certified Rehabilitation Counselor (CRC) Examination and National Counseling Examination for Certification (NCE).


Graduates who meet the academic requirements for Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC) and Licensed Rehabilitation Counselor (LRC) are eligible to apply to become a PLPC (provisional licensed professional counselor) and LRC supervisee through the state board of examiners.  Additional hours and supervision requirements can be found on the respective websites.

Admission Requirements

  1. Bachelor’s degree from a regionally accredited college or university *
  2. Minimum Undergraduate GPA of 2.5 (in a 4.0 system)
  3. Satisfactory Graduate Record Examination Score within the last 5 years
  4. References from professors or employers familiar with your work and character (one must be from an academic source)
  5. Personal Essay
  6. Interview

*Professional work experience in the field of rehabilitation or other human services field will be given strong weight when considering an individual for admission.



The MHS-CRC curriculum is a 60 credit hour program beginning in the fall semester and spanning five semesters for full-time students. Part-time study is available.  The curriculum offers two tracks of study:  Clinical Rehabilitation & Counseling and Clinical Mental Health Counseling.  Students are eligible to apply for one or both tracks of study.  A track is designated in the first semester upon acceptance.  The curriculum has three major components that complement each other and are integrated throughout the course of study. The following is a brief description of each components and its content. (a) The component of Theory and Conceptualization broadens and deepens students’ understanding and appreciation of the professional knowledge base, philosophy, values, and systems of counseling and rehabilitation. (b) The component of Research and Assessment teaches our students how to manage, interpret, and utilize data for purposes of individual assessment of clients, evaluation of interventions, or applying research findings to improve professional practice.   (c) The component of Counseling, Case Management, and Advocacy provides students with both classroom and fieldwork opportunities to develop and practice a variety of skills to apply to a wide scope of challenges faced by the individuals, groups, and communities who are served by counseling and rehabilitation. The practicum and internship experiences are semester-long experiences working with clients in an approved agency and receiving weekly individual supervision by a qualified site supervisor and weekly group supervision by a faculty member. The Practicum is a part-time placement in an agency for a minimum of 100 hours; Internship I and Internship II are part-time placements for a minimum of 300 hours. 

Clinical Rehabilitation and Counseling Curriculum  

Comprehensive Examination

MHS-CRC students who have completed all required courses and/or are in their last semester of coursework are required to take and pass the comprehensive examination prior to being placed on internship. If a student does not successfully pass comps, the student will be required to take comps the next regularly offered administration. If a student does not pass comps a second time, the student is subject to dismissal from the program. The comprehensive examination is administered twice per year.

There is no thesis requirement to complete the MHS-CRC program.

Statement of Satisfactory Academic Progress

In order to achieve the status of satisfactory academic progress, the student must maintain the following minimum standards

  1. Maintain a grade point average (including required quality points) consistent with the scholastic standards of the School of Allied Health Professions.
  2. Satisfactorily complete all courses required for graduation in not more than six calendar years.

Clinical Affiliates

The Department of Clinical Rehabilitation and Counseling maintains clinical affiliations with a large number of facilities and agencies throughout Louisiana.

LSUHSC Child and Family Counseling Clinic


The mission of the LSUHSC Child & Family Counseling Clinic is to encourage the unique development and emotional growth of children, adolescents, and their families through the process therapy.  The Clinic provides individual, group, and family services including play therapy, filial therapy, child-parent relationship therapy, and activity therapy.  To fulfill its objectives, the center provides professional training, research, publications, and counseling service.

LSUHSC Child & Family Counseling Clinic Services

  • Individual Psychotherapy
  • Group Psychotherapy
  • Individual Play Therapy
  • Group Play Therapy
  • Activity Therapy
  • Family Play Therapy
  • Filial Therapy
  • Child Parent Relationship Therapy
  • Caregiver Consultations
  • Professional Consultation
  • Supervision
  • Professional Seminars
  • Professional Speaker Events
  • Psychological Assessment & Testing
  • Social Skills Groups

Scope of Services

The LSUHSC Child & Family Counseling Clinic is an outpatient mental health clinic designed to provide mental health services to children, adolescents, and their families.  It is affiliated with the Louisiana State University Health Sciences Center and is housed in the School of Allied Health Professions in the Department of Clinical Rehabilitation and Counseling as a teaching, training and research facility.

The clinic provides testing/assessment, individual, group, and family therapy.  In addition, the clinic provides consultation services to caregivers and professional training to students and post-graduates seeking to earn continuing education hours toward licensure and certification.