Mission and Objectives

Mission and Objectives

The University at Buffalo M.S. Program in Rehabilitation Counseling is a comprehensive, fully accredited [CACREP http://www.cacrep.org/] graduate degree program dedicated to collaborating with diverse individuals with disabilities to assist them in meeting their vocational and psychosocial goals. This program is currently delivered in two formats (on-campus since 1956 and online since 2008), each following equivalent requirements, guidelines and standards. As such, this M.S. Program works to train high quality professional rehabilitation counselors to provide these collaborations in a variety of public and private rehabilitation agencies.

The University at Buffalo Rehabilitation Counseling M.S. Program, in partnership with our students, our alumni, our communities, and CACREP/CORE, works to achieve the following objectives:

  • Establish a state of the art, continuously evaluated rehabilitation counseling curriculum that leads to measurable, essential, professional competencies, knowledge, and attitudes.
  • Demonstrate a commitment to collaboration with diverse individuals with disabilities, a welcoming student recruitment and selection process, excellent instruction, guest presentations by front line rehabilitation practitioners, careful supervision, and community relations.
  • Demonstrate a holistic appreciation in all Program activities for the individual with a disability, his/her abilities, experiences, and challenges.
  • Demonstrate a Program commitment to advocacy in breaking down physical and attitudinal barriers in the community that compound challenges for individuals with disabilities, barriers that inhibit the dreams of individuals with disabilities and full implementation of the Americans with Disabilities Act [https://www.ada.gov/].
  • Demonstrate the strongest possible commitment to personal integrity and professional ethics.
  • Commit to rigorous, annual program-evaluation and continuous improvements.
  • Foster rehabilitation counselors who cherish energy, creativity, active professional memberships, teamwork, curiosity, and continuing education.
  • Collaborate with the CACREP [http://www.cacrep.org/] and the communities we serve to continuously align Rehabilitation Counseling Program instruction and supervision with the needs of individuals with disabilities.

The On-campus Rehabilitation Counseling Program mission and objectives are consistent with the larger unit in which it resides, the Graduate School of Education (GSE).