Rehabilitation and Human Services

Undergraduate

A.S. Rehabilitative Services

The two-year Associate of Science rehabilitative services program at Venango College prepares individuals to make a positive impact upon special needs individuals in human services settings. Students enrolled in the program work with faculty who are nationally recognized in the field of rehabilitative sciences. Because of the many diverse employment opportunities in the field of human services, the program offers both specialized and generic competency preparation. The rehabilitative services program includes a core curriculum that provides education in observation and recording, interviewing and communication techniques, behavior management, group dynamics, crisis intervention, case management and referral. This program is offered only at the Venango campus.

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B.S. Rehabilitative Sciences

The rehabilitative sciences program is an interdisciplinary program that combines the resources of the departments of psychology, sociology, health and physical education, and nursing with the resources of special education and rehabilitative sciences. The program prepares students for general human service positions in the areas of aging, developmental disabilities, and substance abuse. Graduates of the program assume a variety of positions, including case managers, residential program managers, therapeutic staff support, day service directors, rehabilitation program specialists, mental retardation personnel, substance abuse prevention specialists, activities directors, and similar positions. Venango College offers a court and community services concentration within the Bachelor of Science in rehabilitative sciences degree program. Students gain a strong understanding of the rehabilitation process and its interaction with the court system. This program is offered only at the Clarion campus.

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B.S. Rehabilitative Sciences: Addictions Concentration

The rehabilitative sciences program is an interdisciplinary program that combines the fields of psychology, sociology, social work, legal, health and wellness, allied health, nursing, special education and rehabilitation to prepare students for entry level human service positions in the areas of aging, addictions treatment, case management and forensic services, and developmental, physical and psychosocial disabilities. Graduates of the program assume a variety of positions, including case managers, residential program managers, therapeutic staff support, day service directors, rehabilitation program specialists, substance abuse prevention specialists, activities directors, and similar positions. The addictions concentration features coursework in substance abuse and the prevention, education and treatment aspects, as well as public policy. Graduates work in chemical dependency case management and direct treatment at in-patient and out-patient agency settings, residential and forensic programs, and in probation and parole.

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B.S. Rehabilitative Sciences: Courts & Community Service Concentration

The rehabilitative sciences program is an interdisciplinary program that combines the fields of psychology, sociology, social work, legal, health and wellness, allied health, nursing, special education and rehabilitation to prepare students for entry level human service positions in the areas of aging, addictions treatment, case management and forensic services, and developmental, physical and psychosocial disabilities. Graduates of the program assume a variety of positions, including case managers, residential program managers, therapeutic staff support, day service directors, rehabilitation program specialists, substance abuse prevention specialists, activities directors, and similar positions. The Court and Community Services concentration enables students to gain a strong understanding of the rehabilitation process and its interaction with the court system. Work in children, youth and families settings is highlighted. Students have the option to extend one semester to earn an Advanced Paralegal Services Certificate. The court and community services program is approved by the American Bar Association and is the only such program in Pennsylvania.

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B.S. Rehabilitative Sciences: Developmental Disabilities Concentration

The rehabilitative sciences program is an interdisciplinary program that combines the fields of psychology, sociology, social work, legal, health and wellness, allied health, nursing, special education and rehabilitation to prepare students for entry level human service positions in the areas of aging, addictions treatment, case management and forensic services, and developmental, physical and psychosocial disabilities. Graduates of the program assume a variety of positions, including case managers, residential program managers, therapeutic staff support, day service directors, rehabilitation program specialists, substance abuse prevention specialists, activities directors, and similar positions. The developmental disabilities concentration features coursework in special education and prepares students to serve children, adolescents, and adults in an entire range of residential, activities, case management and vocational programming areas.

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B.S. Rehabilitative Sciences: Gerontology Concentration

The rehabilitative sciences program is an interdisciplinary program that combines the fields of psychology, sociology, social work, legal, health and wellness, allied health, nursing, special education and rehabilitation to prepare students for entry level human service positions in the areas of aging, addictions treatment, case management and forensic services, and developmental, physical and psychosocial disabilities. Graduates of the program assume a variety of positions, including case managers, residential program managers, therapeutic staff support, day service directors, rehabilitation program specialists, substance abuse prevention specialists, activities directors, and similar positions. The gerontology concentration prepares students to work with adults and aged persons in various settings. Coursework focuses on identifying individual and community needs, effective helping strategies, and coordination and collaboration of benefits and services.

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B.S. Rehabilitative Sciences: Pre-OT: Physical & Psychosocial Disabilities Concentration

The rehabilitative sciences program is an interdisciplinary program that combines the fields of psychology, sociology, social work, legal, health and wellness, allied health, nursing, special education and rehabilitation to prepare students for entry level human service positions in the areas of aging, addictions treatment, case management and forensic services, and developmental, physical and psychosocial disabilities. Graduates of the program assume a variety of positions, including case managers, residential program managers, therapeutic staff support, day service directors, rehabilitation program specialists, substance abuse prevention specialists, activities directors, and similar positions. The Pre-OT: Physical and psychosocial disabilities concentration provides a foundation for students who are interested in advanced study in the health sciences. The curriculum includes anatomy and physiology courses and labs, physics, statistical methods in social sciences, medical terminology and developmental and abnormal psychology. Graduates pursue master’s degrees in occupational therapy, physical therapy, and rehabilitation counseling.

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Minor in Gerontology

The minor in gerontology prepares students for careers in working with older citizens. Those with the minor in gerontology work in county care management, personal care homes, nursing homes, senior centers and crisis centers. This minor is offered only at the Clarion campus.

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Graduate

M.S. Clinical Mental Health Counseling

The 60-credit hour clinical mental health counseling program is designed to meet the requirements established by the board for the Licensed Professional Counselor credential in Pennsylvania. This program is aimed at graduate students who are looking to enhance their clinical skills and career options by taking courses that can lead to eligibility for counseling licensure. Graduates can work in a wide range of human service areas including: direct service or supervisory roles in children and youth, juvenile delinquency, court supervision, intellectual disabilities, substance abuse/dual diagnosis, psychiatric rehabilitation and/or gerontology. The M.S. clinical mental health counseling program offers curriculum in areas of: assessment, case management, group therapy, therapeutic interventions, crisis interventions, ethics, cultural foundations and clinical instruction. Coursework is offered entirely online with a few courses offered in a hybrid format that require face-to-face instruction in a one-week long summer residency annually. The online M.S. in clinical mental health counseling is intended for students who are pursuing careers in human services, e.g., those working with individuals diagnosed with mental health problems, individuals diagnosed with addiction problems, elderly citizens, persons with developmental disabilities in residential and day program settings, adult and juvenile offenders, and in public and private human service agencies. This course is offered primarily online with some required face-to-face instruction.

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Certificates And Certifications

Certificate in Concussion Management

The Clarion University Concussion Management Certification Program is a collaborative effort between the Departments of Human Services, Rehabilitation, Health and Sport Science, Special Education, and Communication Sciences & Disorders. The primary purpose of this certificate program is to provide education on a very topical issue in our society – mild traumatic brain injury (MTBI) or concussion. Timely recognition and appropriate response is important in identifying and making adaptations for MTBI. MTBI has become a growing public health concern, prevalent in both athletic and military settings. Therefore, the concussion management certification provides the student with knowledge and skill in this important area, and prepares them to meet the challenges they will face as they enter into fields in rehabilitation science, education, and others. This program provides an overview of traumatic brain injury and the identification of general conditions that are shown to promote post-concussive wellness and recovery. The neurological, physical, psychological effects of concussion/MTBI and how these areas are assessed and brought forth for early intervention and adaptations that can promote wellness and recovery will be explored. Effects of concussion/MTBI on the family, employment, education, and social life will be reviewed as well as and resiliency and protective factors supporting the recovery process. The program will consist of four courses. The program is offered only at the Clarion campus.

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Last Updated 6/27/17