Master's Program


RMHC Faculty

RMHC 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 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 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).

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

The training program admits an average 30-50 students yearly with high academic backgrounds.  In 2018-2019, 47 students graduated and the passing rate for the Certified Rehabilitation Counselor exam was 95%.

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).