Rutgers University offers an online substance abuse counseling degree, the Master of Science in Rehabilitation Counseling with a concentration in Clinical Mental Health Counseling. Rehabilitation and knowledge of mental health is a demand that is needed for practicing or aspiring counselors as they work with individuals. The curriculum reflects these important areas that counselors need to know when working with individuals with disabilities. This program includes content related to techniques, ethical standards, human growth and development, and more. You will develop strategies and skills that minimize the effects of the disorders or illnesses. This includes developing and implementing strategies to encourage wellness. You will learn cognitive behavioral counseling approaches that focus on helping clients develop strategies and skills to change problematic behaviors, cope with difficult situations, manage their disability, and plan for the future. Graduates are prepared to work in a variety of settings using their well-developed set of interpersonal and counseling skills.
This program requires a practicum and internship experience in New Jersey, New York, eastern Pennsylvania, Delaware, or Maryland. Students are also required to attend a residency in New Jersey each year.
- Bachelor’s degree
- Official transcripts
- Written statement
- Two letters of recommendation
Council for Accreditation of Counseling and Related Educational Programs (CACREP)
School Accreditation Statement
Middle States Commission on Higher Education