Department Chair
Dr. Connie Tait, Ph.D.

Department Secretary
Sarah P. Atkinson
Phone: 860.832.2154
Fax: 860.832.2145

Barnard Hall, Room 221.000
Central Connecticut State University
1615 Stanley Street
New Britain, CT 06050


M.S. In Counselor Education with a Specialization in Professional Counseling

(Rehabilitation, Mental Health, and Addictions Recovery)

Professional counseling ïs a 60 credit program designed for students interested in the practice of professional counseling in Rehabilitation Counseling, Mental Health Counseling, or addictions  recovery. Professional Counselors assist individuals with emotional, mental, social, and physical challenges in attaining their life goals. CCSU's Professional Counseling program is fully accredited through summer of 2016 by the Council on Rehabilitation Education (CORE) to provide graduate-level training in the field of rehabilitation counseling.  Those who complete the program receive a Master of Science degree (MS).  The program also provides students with the necessary academic background to pursue national certification as Certified Rehabilitation Counselor (CRC), licensing as a Professional Counselor (LPC) and Licensed Alcohol and Drug Counselor (LADC).  

Professional Counseling

Enrollment and Graduation Rates 2010- 2013






Part time Students





Full time Students










  •  Average time to complete 60 credit Masters of Science Degree in Counselor Education- Full time- 3 academic years, part time up to 6 years.

Average tuition per year (as of 2013)

In-state tuition- graduate

$ 9747.00

Out of state- graduate

$ 21,200.00

  • The Professional Counseling program has a Rehabilitation Services Administration (RSA) traineeship grant for Long Term Training in Rehabilitation Counseling
  • Employment rates of program graduates( 6 months post)- 100%
  • Employment setting for graduates- community mental health, rehabilitation, and addictions treatment and counseling agencies and programs, state vocational rehabilitation agencies, Veterans Administration, schools, correction programs, in-patient and outpatient behavioral health and rehabilitation programs, private insurance and case management, disability management, and private practice.  
  • 60 credit program enables graduates to take the National Counselor (NCE) or National Mental Health Counselor (NCMHCE) Examinations required for Professional Counselor Licensure in the state of Connecticut. 60 credit program meets academic requirements for CT LPC.
  • 95 % first-time pass rate on the Certified Rehabilitation Counselor exam (CRC) as compared to a national pass rate of 77%



The Professional Counseling programs at Central Connecticut State University (CCSU) is designed to prepare students for students for work in a variety of rehabilitation, human service and community agencies assisting individuals with emotional, mental, social, physical disabilities and challenges. Employment opportunities exist in numerous settings including human service agencies, community mental health centers, alcohol and drug clinics, the state-federal vocational rehabilitation agencies, private rehabilitation agencies, rehabilitation hospitals, psychiatric hospitals, insurance companies, and correctional institutions. Students are taught theories and techniques of practice in individual and group counseling modalities. They also learn about the special problems and concerns of people with a wide variety of physical and mental challenges and disabilities along with other socially stigmatizing conditions.

The philosophy of the program has a mindfulness-based theoretical orientation. The program emphasizes theories that promote recovery, resiliency, and rehabilitation. Students learn to integrate a mindfulness orientation with theories and techniques that enhance ones effectiveness in facilitation of development and change. Through the process of study and practice, the student has an opportunity to incorporate a wide array of learning gradually and comprehensively. The end product of such training is a Professional Counselor who is well-grounded in theory, and who has had the nurturing through an on-going training and supervisory process to use him- or herself effectively, professionally, and ethically as an agent of change at a variety of levels. The Professional and  Counseling program provides the academic background necessary for students to pursue certification as Certified Rehabilitation Counselor (CRC), licensing as a professional counselor (LPC), and Licensed Alcohol and Drug Counselor (LADC).


Program Objectives/Learning Outcomes:

In keeping with this philosophy of learning, the program objectives are to provide students opportunities to:

  1. To facilitate development of a personal philosophy and a theoretical perspective for client treatment.

  2. To develop an appreciation for the mind-spirit-body relationship and each person's quest for personal meaning, interdependence, health, and wellness.

  3. Become knowledgeable in the major theories of counseling and how they apply to treatment of people with a variety of emotional and physical disabilities including drug and alcohol dependence.

  4. To understand the roles that prevention, support, consumer empowerment and interdependence play in psychological health.

  5. To integrate the role of multiculturalism, gender equity, and equal opportunity into one's personal theory of counseling.

  6. To integrate the importance of and application of ethics into one's philosophy and orientation to the provision of counseling services.

  7. Develop proficiency  in practices of systemically oriented counseling (family and environment) approaches to individuals with a variety of physical and emotional disabilities and conditions.

  8. Develop an articulated personal theory of counseling upon which they base their interventions.

  9. Learn in a supportive and nurturing learning environment;

  10. Gain exposure to clinical field experiences through closely supervised practica and internships at appropriate sites in the community.

  11. Become knowledgeable consumers of research in professional rehabilitation counseling and related areas and learn to apply current research to practice.

  12. Develop and articulate a strong sense of professional identity as ethical, multiculturally competent professional rehabilitation counselors.

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