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MS in Rehabilitation & Mental Health Counseling
Empowering individuals for sustainable living
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Program at a Glance
The program emphasizes five major components:
  • individual and group counseling theory and technique;
  • influence of career acquisition and personal independence on the daily lives of persons with disabilities;
  • social and psychological impact of disability on an individual and family;
  • federal, state, and private service delivery systems for persons with disabilities; and
  • self-awareness on the part of counselors-in-training.

The program offers three tracks:

  1. Rehabilitation Counseling (RC) option. Graduates of this option provide counseling and consultative services to the general population of persons who have disabilities.
  2. Rehabilitation Counseling for the Deaf (RCD) option is one of three deafness specialty programs in the United States. Graduates plan to seek employment as counselors or consultants for culturally Deaf people, deafened individuals, and persons who are hard-of-hearing.
  3. The mental health counseling (MHC) track: graduates of this track are eligible to seek licensure as a licensed professional counselor nationwide in mental health settings.

September 19, 2014

It is the RCE program's 40th anniversary (1974-2014)

The celebration will kick off with a welcome ceremony followed by ethics training, lunch, presentations, and networking opportunities. RCE and OCE/WOSC/WOU memorabilia will be displayed for a "walk down memory lane."

Over 460 students have graduated from the RCE program since it began. We urge alumni and faculty to share the news of this celebration. Please register for a reduced lunch rate by Friday, June 13th. Participants may continue to register up to and including the date of the event. Contact Kathy Heidi at 503-838-8332 or heidek@wou.edu for more information.


The Rehabilitation Counseling Program at Western Oregon University was established on the belief that individuals who are Deaf or have disabilities have a right to lead fulfilling, independent, and productive lives. Trained professionals are an important component to the realization of this right. To that end, the faculty is dedicated to preparing rehabilitation professionals who are skilled in advocating for and with persons who are Deaf or have disabilities and who are competent counselors knowledgeable about the development and dissemination of innovative and culturally sensitive rehabilitation practices and policies.

Learning Outcomes
Students will:

  1. Develop a comprehensive understanding of the rehabilitation counseling related theories and policies through scholarly activities.
  2. Demonstrate competency in facilitating employment, independent living, community integration and personal adjustment for individuals who are Deaf or have disabilities and come from diverse cultural backgrounds.
  3. Show commitment to professional excellence and leadership through the practice of ethical behavior and integrity.

Connect with Student Representatives

Sharon Sielshott

Chad DeSeranno

Sharon Sielschott ssielschott11@wou.edu
Chad DeSeranno cdeseranno13@wou.edu

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In 2008 we achieved accreditation through 2016 by Council on Rehabilitation Education (CORE). For more information about our CORE program outcome measures, please click here.

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