Master's Program


RMHC Faculty

CRMHC faculty left to right: Richard Weinberg, PhD; Amanda DePippo, PhD, LMHC, CAP, CRC; Ryan G. Henry, PhD, LMFT; Chih-Chin Chou, PhD, CRC; Marilyn Stern, PhD; Lauren BaxleY, PhD, LMFT; Vicky Buckles, PhD, CAP; Jill Heilman, PhD; Dr. Tammy Jorgensen-Smith, PhD, CRC; and Christina Dillahunt-Aspillaga, PhD, CRC, CVE, CLCP.

The Clinical Rehabilitation & Mental Health Counseling (RMHC) Program at the University of South Florida is fully accredited by the Council for Accreditation of Counseling & Related Educational Programs (CACREP) through 2023. The master's program is a 60 credit program and most students take 2‐3 years to complete.

Mission Statement

The mission of the Clinical Rehabilitation and Mental Health Counseling Program is to promote quality behavioral health care for all, particularly people with disabilities, and to help the state and nation meet their human service and workforce needs in the area of rehabilitation and mental health counseling through teaching, research and service. The program prepares students with a solid grounding to become Certified Rehabilitation Counselors (CRC) and Licensed Mental Health Counselors (LMHC).

Program Objectives

  1. Recruit and admit a highly qualified and diverse student body.
  2. Provide high quality teaching and inspire learning in rehabilitation and mental health counseling.
  3. Increase the number of students who possess the requisite knowledge and earn credentials to become licensed mental health counselors and/or certified rehabilitation counselors working within the healthcare workforce.

National Ranking

U.S. News & World Report's America's Best Graduate Schools rankings released in March 2019, listed our Department at 27th in the nation in Best Health Schools, Rehabilitation Counseling, which is a significant accomplishment compared to the 2010 listings where the Department was ranked 39th of 166 programs in the nation.

Our Students

 In 2019-2020, 32 students graduated. The Certified Rehabilitation Counselor exam passing rate for the period of Fall 2019 through Fall 2020 is 81%.

Where Do Our Graduates Work?

Employment settings where graduates work include state vocational rehabilitation agencies, not-for-profit rehabilitation facilities or community-based rehabilitation programs, federal agency (e.g., Veterans Administration), for-profit or non-profit agencies providing mental health counseling, private practice-rehabilitation, private practice-counseling, substance abuse treatment, and other community based settings (clinics, schools, workplace).