graduate program Clinical Rehabilitation Counseling

Our Clinical Rehabilitation Counseling M.S. program is fully accredited by CORE until 2019. We became CACREP accredited in 2017.

The clinical rehabilitation counseling program is an on-campus learning experience that prepares students to help people with cognitive, physical, sensory, psychiatric and other disabilities from all cultures, races and backgrounds.

Rehabilitation counselors assist people with disabilities to become more independent, increase their access to education and employment, and to ensure that they are respected members of our society.


...are available for clinical rehabilitation counseling program students!

The Clinical Rehabilitation Counseling Program is pleased to announce that we have received two federal grants to support the training of our students. These grants provide full in-state tuition (some out-of-state tuition waivers are available) and stipends to support students committed to working with people with mental illness/psychiatric disorders and other disabilities. To apply just indicate your interest in the RSA Scholars program in your application essay and tell us why you would be a good fit for one of these scholarships.

The Rehabilitation Counseling program has received two grants from the Rehabilitation Services Administration to support students seeking a degree in Clinical Rehabilitation Counseling, one grant supports students committed to working with people with any disability while the second grant supports students interested in specializing in working with people with mental illness and other disabilities.

  1. Tuition_in-state graduate tuition rate for up to 60 credit hours (some waivers of out-of-state tuition are also available)
  2. Fees for five semesters full-time
  3. Stipend for books, supplies, transportation
  4. Reimbursement for the Certified Rehabilitation Counselor preparation course and examination application fees, while you're still in the masters program

The purpose of the RSA Scholars program is to increase the supply of qualified vocational rehabilitation counselors to serve the rehabilitation needs of individuals with mental illness and other disabilities:

  • Vocational rehabilitation (VR) and agencies that contract with VR

Learn more about the RSA Scholarship  Georgia State University works closely with the Georgia Vocational Rehabilitation Agency to recruit, train, and employ RSA Scholars throughout the State of Georgia and other states. There is a growing need for professionals in the public rehabilitation program with expertise in the area of mental illness and other disabilities, and the Georgia Vocational Rehabilitation Agency anticipates the need to hire many new counselors over the next 3 - 5 years.  Surrounding states also report a strong need for Rehabilitation Counselors.


A candidate for an RSA scholarship must:

  1. Be a U.S. citizen or permanent resident
  2. Express an interest in a career in clinical practice, administration, supervision, teaching or research in the vocational rehabilitation of persons with disabilities, especially persons with severe disabilities
  3. Agree to participate in an internship at Georgia Vocational  Rehabilitation Agency (GVRA), with a specialty caseload that includes people with mental illness and other disabilities.
  4. Provide written assurance that within a 2-year period after cessation of enrollment in the program, the individual will obtain and maintain employment in a state rehabilitation agency, or a related agency that provides services to individuals with disabilities under an agreement with a state agency, or other public agency as defined by RSA. On a full time basis, this will be for a period of not less than two years for each full time academic year for which a scholarship is received. No more than 4 years will be required for a two year masters program.

Georgia State University Requirements:

  1. Scholarship candidates must be fully admitted to graduate status prior to acceptance to the program
  2. Indicate in your admissions essay your interest in the RSA scholarship.
  3. Submit a goal statement
  4. Maintain at least a 3.0 GPA each semester

Once the candidate is awarded a RSA scholarship, and based on the availability of federal funds, the scholarship will continue to be awarded each successive semester of that academic year provided that the student maintains satisfactory progress in the master’s degree program. If a scholarship recipient drops a course that has been paid with scholarship funds after the tuition refund date, the student will be required to pay for the hours dropped.

RSA Scholars Contact Info:

Dennis D. Gilbride, Ph.D. Clinical Rehabilitation Counseling Program Coordinator Georgia State University College of Education & Human Development Counseling & Psychological Services 30 Pryor Street, Suite 950 Atlanta, GA 30303-3083 404 413-8171, office 404-413-8013, fax

Our clinical rehabilitation counseling program trains students in the basic and advanced counseling, advocacy and technical skills they need to assist people with disabilities. Students complete 700 hours of supervised field work experience in a wide range of agencies and settings throughout the area. Graduates of our program are eligible to become certified rehabilitation counselors (CRC). In addition, they also meet the educational requirements necessary to become licensed professional counselors (LPC) in the state of Georgia. Our students have a 100% pass rate on the CRC, well above the national average, and our program is fully accredited by the Council on Rehabilitation Education (CORE) through 2019.

Our 2017 graduates had a 100% employment placement rate.  Some examples of employment include:

Center for Leadership in Disability - Community Service Specialist CETPA - Counselor Tools For Life - AT Lab Specialist Associated Counseling & Evaluation Services - Counselor Breakthrough House – Lead Counselor (substance abuse) Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta- Rehabilitation Counselor Cobb County Community Services Board- Behavioral Health Social Worker (Clinician) Cobb/Douglas County Community Services Board- Client Support Worker Supervisor Community Alliance in NE- Employment Specialist Community Friendship- Residential Case Manager COVA- Job Developer/Vocational Specialist DeKalb Community Services Board Family Insight (Virginia)- Georgia Vocational Rehabilitation Agency-

  • Certified Rehabilitation Counselors,
  • Rehabilitation Counselor for the Deaf,
  • Rehabilitation Technologist,
  • Intensive In-home Counselor,
  • Mental Health Support Provider

Georgia Department of Corrections – Case Manager Georgia Highlands College- Disabilities Specialist and Career Counselor Georgia Institute of Technology- Research Scientist I (works with VR) Goodlife Counseling and Support (collaborate with the state VR in Nebraska)- Counselor Goodwill Industries—Rehabilitation Counselor Grady Hospital-

  • Mental Health Clinician Specialist,
  • Vocational Rehabilitation Counselor

Gwinnett County Detention Center—Rehabilitation Counselor Hartford Insurance Company—Rehabilitation Counselor Hirsch Academy – Floor-time therapist for children with Autism Spectrum disorders Intown Psychological Services- Associate Professional Counselor Jewish Vocational Service- Employment Specialist Metropolitan Counseling Services – Resident Therapist Nebraska Dept. of Education- VR Rehabilitation Specialist Pinholster Family Counseling – Private counseling practice Renaissance Counseling Services – Vocational Rehabilitation Specialist River Edge Behavioral Health Center – Social Service Provider Riverwoods Behavioral Health – PRN Counselor Sedgewick CMS – Disability Specialist III Shepherd Center-

  • Case Managers
  • Vocational Rehabilitation Specialists
  • Employment Specialist
  • Peer Specialist

Spectrum Health Services – Substance Abuse Counselor St. Raphael Women’s Recovery Center - Women’s Program Counselor State of Colorado- Vocational Rehabilitation Counselor The Community School - Counselor Veteran Affairs-

  • Vocational Rehabilitation Specialist,
  • Vocational Rehabilitation Counselor

University of Colorado – Research Coordinator Wright Psychology—Rehabilitation/Mental Health Counselor Youth Villages – Family Specialist

(Academic Year) Active MS REH Students % of MS REH Students in Good Standing Number of MS REH graduates
2009-2010 46 100% 23
2010-2011 38 100% 17
2011-2012 43 100% 20
2013-2014 38 100% 21
2014 - 2015 33 100% 16
2015-2016 32 100% 14
2016-2017 33 100% 16

Advisory Board Minutes November 2015

  • Average time to completion: Two years (five semesters)
  • Average cost: Tuition and fees $6248.00 per semester, total cost $31, 240.00
  • Placement rate (employment and advanced degrees): 100%

Course description and classes

View the GSU Graduate Catalog 

Program Contacts

CPS Admissions
Program Coordinator
Dennis D. Gilbride, Ph.D.
404-413-8171 (Rehabilitation Counseling Faculty)

Visit our graduate admissions page for:

  •     application deadlines
  •     application requirements
  •     how to apply

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