College of Allied Health Sciences
Department of Addictions and Rehabilitation StudiesPaul Toriello, Chair, 4425B Health Sciences Building
The department offers three master of science (MS) degree programs and a doctor of philosophy (PhD). Students in rehabilitation and career counseling
complete a minimum of 62 s.h.
of credit. Students in the vocational evaluation master's degree program complete a minimum of 48 s.h. of credit. Students in the substance abuse and clinical counseling degree program must complete 62 s.h. of credit. The application deadline for MS degree applications is March 1st for fall semester and October 1st for spring semester.
MS in Rehabilitation and Career Counseling
Required courses: REHB 6000, 6010, 6050, 6250, 6300, 6310, 6340,
6350, 6351, 6360, 6361, 6370, 6380,
6401, 6550, 6991, 6992, 6993, 6994, and 1 s.h.
MS in Substance Abuse and Clinical Counseling
Required courses: REHB 6010, 6050, 6250, 6300, 6310, 6320, 6330, 6340,
6350, 6351, 6360, 6361, 6370, 6380,
6401, 6550, 6703, 6793, 6991, 6992, 6993, 6994.
MS in Vocational Evaluation
Required courses: REHB 6000, 6010, 6050, 6100, 6250, 6310, 6400, 6401, 6405, 6550, 6991, 6992, 6993, 6994, 7403, 7404.
Personal Experiential Counseling Requirements
Students in the substance abuse and clinical counseling and rehabilitation counseling programs are required to participate in personal counseling and experiential activities. These include participation in a small personal growth group, a group counseling course, counseling pre-practicum and practicum courses, and an option of individual personal counseling by the student counseling center or from another mental health professional to meet part of an optional requirement in the counseling practicum course. All of these personal counseling experiences are oriented toward increasing personal and interpersonal growth of the student in order to become a competent professional clinical counselor.
Certificate in Employee Assistance Program Counseling
The Employee Assistance Program (EAP) Counseling certificate will provide counselors with the specific background information and skills needed in this specialized area of counseling. This certificate is open to students enrolled in graduate counseling programs and counselors who wish to work in this area. The program is designed to equip counselors with knowledge of mental health, substance abuse and family issues related to the work environment. Program design and counseling techniques/approaches specific to this specialized area of the profession are presented.
The certificate requires the completion of 12 s.h. of graduate level courses. Required courses include REHB 7610 and 9 s.h. from REHB 6320, REHB 6793, PSYC 6343 or an approved elective. The coordinator of the EAP certificate program will have a list of approved electives.
Certificate in Rehabilitation Counseling
The Certificate in Rehabilitation Counseling provides basic knowledge and information needed to work as a professional in this specialized area. The certificate program includes specialized training in Rehabilitation Counseling and may prepare counselors to partially meet the basic academic requirements to be eligible to take the Certified Rehabilitation Counselor (CRC) Exam. Participants are required to be currently enrolled in a graduate counseling program or may enroll non degree if they possess a graduate degree in counseling.
The certificate program requires a minimum of 12 s.h. in the following courses: REHB 6000, 6010, 6100 and 3 s.h. of electives. Selected electives should be chosen in consultation with the certificate coordinator. The list of appropriate electives is available from the certificate coordinator and may be selected after consultation with the requirements of the Commission on Rehabilitation Counselor Certification.
Certificate in Substance Abuse Counseling
The Certificate in Substance Abuse Counseling provides students with the practical skills and basic techniques needed to provide services to individuals with addictions. This specialized area of counseling requires specific knowledge of theory and applied techniques in addition to general counseling knowledge and skills. The certificate is open to students enrolled in graduate programs as well as applicants holding a masters or baccalaureate degree. These courses meet the academic requirement for the North Carolina Licensed Clinical Addictions Specialist (LCAS) credential and 180 of the 270 hours required for the certification as a substance abuse counselor (CSAC) credential.
The program requires the completion of 12 s.h. of coursework as follows: REHB 6703, 6793, 6795, 6796. Any substitutions must be approved by the certificate coordinator.
Certificate in Vocational Evaluation
The Certificate in Vocational Evaluation will provide students with the basic knowledge and professional skills needed to work as an evaluator in applied settings. The certificate is open to graduate students as well as nondegree students with a baccalaureate degree. The courses included in the certificate program may allow students with a related degree to function as a vocational evaluator and meet the academic requirements to register as a Professional Vocational Evaluator (PVE).
The program requires completion of 12 s.h. of coursework as follows: REHB 6400, 6401 or equivalent, plus 6 s.h.
of electives chosen in consultation with the certificate coordinator. A list of appropriate electives is available from the certificate coordinator. The certificate in vocational evaluation should not be confused with any state or national certifications or licenses.
PhD in Rehabilitation Counseling and Administration
The PhD in Rehabilitation Counseling and Administration is designed to prepare higher education faculty in rehabilitation counseling and related fields, and/or administrators in rehabilitation, substance abuse, mental health and related health care programs. The program prepares advanced clinical professionals for rehabilitation, mental health and substance abuse counseling in clinical settings as well. Students select a concentration in rehabilitation and clinical counseling or rehabilitation administration. All students are required to fulfill a one year residency requirement and complete a dissertation under supervision of a faculty advisor.
Admission to study at the doctoral level requires acceptance by the Graduate School and the department. Department faculty will make a comprehensive review of the each applicant’s qualifications. The following criteria will be considered collectively for admission to the program:
- Earned master's degree (48 s.h. minimum) in rehabilitation counseling or a related field from an accredited university or college
- Those applying to the concentration in rehabilitation and clinical counseling must have a master’s from a CACREP accredited program or, demonstrate their master’s curricular experiences were equivalent to CACREP entry level standards sections II and II. The applicant must contact the director of doctoral studies to facilitate this process. Specifically, these curricular experiences will cover the content of the following courses: REHB 6000, 6010, 6050, 6100, 6250, 6300, 6310, 6320, 6350, 6351, 6360, 6370, 6401, 6550, 6991, 6992, 6993, 6994.
- Those applying to the concentration in rehabilitation administration must have a master’s in rehabilitation or related field. The master’s degree must include curricular experiences covering the content of REHB 6000, 6010, 6050, 6100, 6200, 6300, 6401. Students who have deficits in these content areas will be required to take additional s.h. which will not count toward the degree.
- Earned GPA of 3.5 in all graduate work
- Minimum scores, as determined by the ECU Graduate School, on the quantitative and verbal tests of the Graduate Record Examination (GRE). The Department also prefers scores at the 50th percentile or higher on the analytical writing section of the GRE. GRE scores must be within the past 5 years
- Two (2) years of post-masters related professional experience is preferred
- Personal statement that summarizes in as much detail as possible the reasons for pursuing doctoral study and doctoral research objectives
- Professional and personal accomplishments
- Two (2) professional references
- Personal interview with the faculty
The concentration in rehabilitation and clinical counseling requires a minimum of 61 s.h. Required courses include BIOS 7021, 7022; 3 s.h. of an advanced statistics course approved by the program director; REHB 7340, 7601, 8050, 8210, 8360, 8380, 8420, 8550, 8810 (4 s.h.), 8991, 8992, 8993, 8994, and 9000** (12 s.h. minimum). Students may also elect a specialty area from the list below.
- Substance Abuse and Clinical Counseling includes 12 s.h. from REHB 6330, 6703, 8710, and an elective approved by the program director.
- Vocational Evaluation includes 12 s.h. from REHB 6405/6406, 7403, 7404, 8410.
- Rehabilitation Research includes 12 s.h. from BIOS 5010, 7501, 7560; and other electives in advanced statistics or research approved by the program director.
- Specialty area to include 12 s.h. chosen by the candidate and approved by the program director.
The concentration in rehabilitation administration requires a minimum of 58 s.h. Required courses include BIOS 7021, 7022, and 6 s.h. of advanced statistics or research approved by the program director; REHB 7601, 8050, 8210, 8420, 8550, 8630, 8810 (4 s.h.), and 9000** (12 s.h. minimum). This concentration also requires the completion of a 12 s.h. area of focus selected by the candidate and approved by the program director.
**All students must complete doctoral comprehensive exams specific to their concentration, as outlined in the student handbook, prior to enrolling in REHB 9000.