Our program offers a unique and challenging 60+ credit master’s degree in clinical rehabilitation and mental health with concentrations in working with persons with developmental and psychiatric disabilities. The program is fully accredited by the Council on Accreditation of Counseling and Related Educational Programs (CACREP). Graduates of the program are eligible for national professional certification as Certified Rehabilitation Counselor (CRC) and can receive their North Carolina state credentials for Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC).

The Division of Clinical Rehabilitation and Mental Health Counseling was formerly known as Rehabilitation Counseling and Psychology.

Mission Statement

The mission of the Division of Clinical Rehabilitation and Mental Health Counseling is to serve the people of North Carolina by educating rehabilitation and mental health counselors with the knowledge and expertise to provide services to the State’s citizens with disabilities, with an emphasis on those with psychiatric and/or developmental disabilities. The mission is based on the fundamental belief in the dignity and worth of all people and the rights of people with disabilities to live self-determined lives in inclusive communities of their choice. The Division of Clinical Rehabilitation and Mental Health Counseling seeks to educate rehabilitation and mental health counselors who use the counseling relationship and skills to work collaboratively with individuals to: 1) maximize functional capacity, productive and independent living skills, and quality of life; and 2) provide access to and manage personalized services to support the unique needs and preferences of each individual, their family, and community. Fundamental to this is a focus on the whole person—psychological, vocational, spiritual and physical aspects as well as family, social, work, and community relationships. The Division seeks to educate CRMH counselors who possess the knowledge, critical thinking abilities, commitment to independent learning and scholarship, vision, and courage required to forge new models of community practice to address the diverse needs of the individuals with disabilities now and in the future.

In carrying out this mission, the faculty of the Division has the obligation to acquire, discover, preserve, synthesize, and transmit knowledge; to serve as models of professional leadership, and to create a culture of educational excellence that will nurture students’ intellectual and ethical development. Students have the responsibility to fully engage in an educational process of research, free inquiry, and personal responsibility and to become foremost practitioners, scholars, researchers, and leaders in the profession of rehabilitation and mental health counseling.

The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill is recognized, nationally and internationally, as a leading center of scholarship, research, and creative work with a mission to serve the people of North Carolina and the nation. The mission of the University’s Division of Clinical Rehabilitation and Mental Health Counseling is to contribute actively and substantively to this tradition.


Graduates of the Clinical Rehabilitation and Mental Health program will:
  1. Practice effectively within a community model using current best practices;
  2. Assess the client’s overall rehabilitation needs and preferences and work together with the client to develop and implement appropriate counseling services and support plans;
  3. Have specific knowledge and skills to address the counseling and case management needs of individuals with disabilities with emphasis on the needs of persons with psychiatric and developmental disabilities;
  4. Work collaboratively with interdisciplinary teams, family members, community members and decision and policy makers;
  5. Engage in a process of lifelong learning, collaboration and collegiality;
  6. Assume leadership roles in practice and the profession with the necessary leadership, business and management and public policy skills;
  7. Empower clients as self advocates.

The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill is committed to equality of educational opportunity. The University does not discriminate in offering access to its educational programs and activities on the basis of race, color, gender, age, national origin, religion, creed, disability, veteran’s status, sexual orientation, gender identity or gender expression. The Dean of Students (919) 966-4042 has been designated to handle inquiries regarding the University’s non-discrimination policies.

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