UNC's master's degree program in Clinical Rehabilitation and Mental Health Counseling is fully accredited by the Council on Rehabilitation Education (CORE). Additionally, the Council for Accreditation of Counseling and Related Educational Programs (CACREP), a specialized accrediting body recognized by the Council for Higher Education Accreditation (CHEA), has granted accreditation to the following program in the Department of Allied Health Sciences at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill: Clinical Rehabilitation and Mental Health Counseling (M.S. degree).
Our full‐time program admits students each year in the fall. Currently, we have a total of 40 students. We have three full‐time tenure‐track faculty, one full-time clinical assistant professor and one part-time tenure-track faculty member who teach our CORE accredited curriculum. The instructor to student ratio is 1:8. The average instructor rating for rehabilitation counseling courses for the 2014-2015 academic year was 4.5/5 or higher.
Student outcomes are evaluated each year on a variety of different metrics that are part of the overall program evaluation and college assessment process. The graduate school at the University of North Carolina does not give letter grades, but rather grades on a High Pass, Pass, Low Pass and Fail system. The majority of students in the program earn High Pass or Pass grades.
We encourage and support students to present at regional, state, and national rehabilitation counseling conferences. In the 2014-2015 academic year we provided funds to over half of the CRMH students so that they could attend and present at regional, state, and national conferences. Last year students presented at a multitude of conferences which included the: ACA Annual Conference in March 2015 in Orlando, FL, Recovery Workforce Summit in June 2015 in Philadelphia, PA, the National Council on Rehabilitation Education (NCRE) Conference in April 2015 in Newport Beach, CA, and the North Carolina Counseling Association (NCCA) Conference in February 2015 in Greensboro, NC.
For the 2014-2015 academic year, a total of 22 students graduated from the program. One hundred percent of students passed their clinical coursework. For the past two years, the CRMH program has had a 100 percent pass rate on the Certified Rehabilitation Counselor (CRC) exam (www.crccertification.com). Ninety-five of CRMH graduates are employed within three to six months of graduation. The graduates are employed in a variety of positions in mental health settings, on ACT teams, working with individuals with autism, developmental disabilities, and traumatic brain injuries, helping individuals with disabilities find meaningful employment, and have also been admitted to PhD. programs in rehabilitation counselor education, clinical psychology, and school psychology.
Sixteen percent of the students are from underrepresented groups. Another separate 11 percent are individuals with disabilities. One hundred percent of the CRMH Class of 2015 received division funding. The division received two RSA training grants totaling $1.75 million over five years in student support in the form of tuition assistance for up to 28 students each year. Each year one student is awarded the university merit scholarship which provides in-state tuition and a stipend for working with professors on research and teaching 15 hours/week for one year. Finally, the division has up to five privately funded scholarships of up to $5,000 each donated by alumni.
CHAPTER 53 of the North Carolina BOARD OF LICENSED PROFESSIONAL COUNSELORS
SECTION .0100 - accepts the CRC exam as one of the national exams they will accept as one of the criteria necessary to become licensed as a professional counselor.