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Master of Rehabilitation Counseling (MRC)

Master of Rehabilitation Counseling (MRC)

Welcome to the website for ASU’s Master of Rehabilitation Counseling Program. Our graduate program consists of 51 credit hours and is designed as a sequential five semester curriculum leading to the Master of Rehabilitation Counseling (MRC) degree.

Mission and Goals

The mission of the Master of Rehabilitation Counseling (MRC) Program is to prepare students to become professional Rehabilitation Counselors and to work in partnership with persons with disabilities.

The primary goals of the MRC Program include:

·        developing and maintaining an educational curriculum focused on effective student learning and development in rehabilitation counseling;

·        preparing students to become professionals who are committed to effectively partnering with persons with disabilities to achieve their maximum vocational, psychological, social, and economic independence; and

·        creating a learning environment that embraces empowering students to become professionals who facilitate empowerment for their clients and community.

What is Rehabilitation Counseling?

Rehabilitation Counseling is a systematic process which assists persons with physical, developmental, cognitive, and emotional disabilities to achieve their personal, career, and independent living goals in the most integrated setting possible through the application of the counseling process.

The counseling process involves communication, goal setting, and beneficial growth or change through self-advocacy, psychological, vocational, social, and behavioral interventions. The specific techniques and modalities utilized within the rehabilitation counseling process may include, but not be limited to:

· assessment and appraisal;

· diagnosis and treatment planning;

· career counseling;

· individual and group counseling;

· treatment interventions focused on facilitating adjustment to the medical and psychosocial impacts of disability;

· case management and service coordination;

· consultation and access to rehabilitation technology;

· interventions to remove environmental, employment and attitudinal barriers;

· program evaluation and research;

· consultation services among multiple parties and regulatory systems; and

· job development and placement services, including assistance with employment and job accommodations.

*The MRC program has been accredited by the Council for Accreditation of Counseling and Related Educational Programs (CACREP) since July 1, 2017.

Program/Student Outcomes (Academic Year 2018-2019):

  • Number of graduates: 9
  • Completion Rate: 90%
  • Certification Examination Pass Rate: Less than 50%
  • Job Placement Rate of Students/Graduates: 80%




Danita H. Stapleton, Ed.D., LPC-S, CRC, NCC
Department Chair/MRC Coordinator
334 229-4865

Dothel W. Edwards, Jr., Rh.D., CRC, CLCP

Mary-Anne Joseph Ph.D., CRC, LPC
Associate Professor

Sonya M. Ware, Ph.D, CRC, LSW
Associate Professor
334 229.5063


Antionette Moten
Staff Associate

Myja Kinebrew
Staff Associate

Contact Us

Rehabilitation Studies Department
John L. Buskey Health Sciences Center
334.229.8856 (p)
334.229.5884 (f)

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