College of Allied Health Sciences
Department of Addictions and Rehabilitation Studies

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The Department of Addictions and Rehabilitation Studies

Department History

The Department of Addictions and Rehabilitation Studies (formerly the Department of Rehabilitation Studies) at East Carolina University began in 1967 with a degree in Rehabilitation Counseling.  The first students graduated in 1969.

The Vocational Evaluation program within the Department of Addictions and Rehabilitation Studies has been in operation since 1980.  The Substance Abuse and Clinical Counseling program began in 1989 and graduated its first students in 1990. The B.S. in Rehabilitation Services began in fall, 1994. In the fall of 2005, the Department of Addictions and Rehabilitation Studies began a Ph.D. program in Rehabilitation Counseling and Administration and graduated its first student in 2009. 

Mission and Objectives

Our mission is to provide students with the academic knowledge, clinical skills, and leadership tools required to meet the needs of clinical counselors/clinical mental health counselors, professional substance abuse counselors, and vocational evaluators at all levels of service in a culturally diverse and global society.

The objectives of the Addictions and Rehabilitation Studies Department are to provide students with the essential knowledge, skills, and attitudes necessary to function effectively as professional counselors and vocational evaluators, which include, but are not limited to, the following areas:

  • knowledge and appreciation of the traditions, foundations, history, and philosophy of counseling specific to the fields of substance abuse counseling, clinical counseling, rehabilitation counseling and vocational evaluation
  • classroom, community, and personal experiences with clients/consumers in order to develop awareness and sensitivity to client/consumer needs from an individual, community, and multicultural perspective;
  • knowledge of counseling theories and techniques that support culturally sensitive client/consumer empowerment, and enhance the client's/consumer's ability to take control of and better manage his/her life;
  • clinical counseling services to individuals, family members, and groups of persons with disabilities (physical, substance abuse and psychiatric/mental health), and other issues that limit their ability to function at personally satisfying levels;
  • case management skills including coordinating, planning, and implementing treatment plans to assist clients/consumers in taking effective control of their lives in a manner consistent with their cultural heritage;
  • career assessment, development, and counseling including knowledge of job placement, labor market trends, and development of client/consumer-focused plans designed to enhance client/consumer independence and personal choice;
  • multicultural, psychosocial, and medical aspects of disability emphasizing how community, socio/cultural, family, and psychological well-being impact the client's/consumer's ability to effectively cope with life experiences;
  • applied research methodology based on improved theories, concepts, and approaches for assisting clients/consumers in dealing with life experiences more effectively.