New grant will train diverse rehabilitation counselors

PSU_FlagThe PSU Graduate School of Education (GSE) has obtained a grant in the amount $998,650 to train 35 scholars for work in vocational rehabilitation agencies and community-based rehabilitation service providers. The Clinical Rehabilitation Counseling program (CLRC) grant is from the US Department of Education, Office of Special Education and Rehabilitative Services (OSERS).

The funding will allow the GSE to recruit higher numbers of graduate students who have backgrounds as members of groups traditionally underrepresented and underserved. “Providing more high-quality culturally competent counselors is essential to meet the growing demand in the clinical rehabilitation field,” says Principal Investigator Tina Anctil. “Our aging population and the continuing needs of groups such as veterans predict that the demand for clinical rehabilitation counselors will continue to grow.”

The CLRC is a 90-credit master’s program that is nationally accredited by the Council on Rehabilitation Education (CORE) and is under review by Council for the Accreditation of Counseling and Related Educational Programs (CACREP) for a new accreditation that became available recently. The PSU Rehabilitation Counseling program is well regarded in the country. In 2014 it was named 18th in the US by US News and World Report. The PSU Counselor Education program opened in 1968.

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