Mental Health Counseling - Rehabilitation Program

Program Overview

Degree Requirements - Effective 2018-2019 

Coordinator: Glacia Ethridge Email: Phone: (336) 285-4391

Chair: Tyra Turner Whittaker Email: Phone: (336) 285-4394

The Mental Health Counseling - Rehabilitation program is a 60-hour program accredited by the Council for Accreditation of Counseling & Related Educational Programs (CACREP)Apply Now through 2024 and is designed to prepare culturally competent counselors who specialize in working with persons with physical, developmental, cognitive, psychological, and neurological disabilities and/or illnesses.

Mental Health Counseling - Rehabilitation students are equipped with knowledge, skills, and experience to empower persons with disabilities through the counseling process. Students are further equipped with unique competencies to provide effective rehabilitation counseling services within a cultural context.

The program admits new students into the program each Fall semester. The program currently has three full time faculty members as well as adjunct rehabilitation counseling faculty to teach the CACREP Accredited Curriculum.

The department currently has one Rehabilitation Services Administration grant to help support students in the program. The grant is in the area of Rehabilitation Counseling and Behavioral Addictions.

The Rehabilitation Counseling program can be completed in two to three years depending on full time or part time status. Students are employed in a variety of settings including but not limited to (State Vocational Rehabilitation, non-profit agencies, private practices, the Department of Veterans Affairs etc). In addition to employment, graduates of the Mental Health Counseling-Rehabilitation Program elect to continue their studies in doctoral programs in counselor education.

In keeping with the CACREP requirements, the Mental Health Counseling-Rehabilitation program conducts an annual external advisory board meeting each winter to evaluate the quality of the curriculum and practicum experiences of our students. The department files an annual report each year to CACREP for continuous monitoring of the program. Our program meets all NCAT requirements for academic program review accountability.

Students in rehabilitation counseling will demonstrate knowledge, understanding, and application in: 

  • Theories and methods of counseling for individuals with physical or mental disabilities in and out of the work environment  
  • Case management and documentation requirements that meet federal and state legal guidelines  
  • Medical and psychosocial aspects associated with physical, developmental, and psychiatric disabilities
  • Individual and Group Counseling
  • Vocational Evaluations and Related Assessments
  • Job Development and Placement
  • The Code of Ethics for Rehabilitation Counselors

The Mental Health Counseling - Rehabilitation program complies with federal laws of Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, Section 507 of the Americans with Disability Act of 1990, and Section 508 of the Disability Act of 2001.

Veteran and Disability Support Services

For students who may require specific accommodations, please contact North Carolina A&T State University Office of Veteran and Disability Support Services.

Clinical Experiences

The Rehabilitation Counseling program offers extensive field work including practicum and internship.   Each student is required to successfully complete a 100 hour Practicum and a 600 hour Internship.   Each student is required to obtain 40% of Direct contact hours during both experiences. 

Credentials and Certifications

Students in the counseling program are eligible to apply for certification as a Certified Rehabilitation Counselor (CRC) and licensure as a Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC) in the state of North Carolina.

For more information about the program, please visit the links below.


We are located in 329 Proctor Hall, 336-334-7916. Dr. Glacia Ethridge is the coordinator of the Mental Health Counseling - Rehabilitation program.