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Rehabilitation and Human Services

Undergraduate

A.S. Rehabilitative Services

The two-year Associate of Science rehabilitative services program at Venango campus 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. The Department of Human Services, Rehabilitation, Health and Sport Sciences 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.

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: 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: Intellectual Disabilities Concentration

The rehabilitative sciences program is an interdisciplinary program that combines the fields of psychology, sociology, social work, law, 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 intellectual 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: 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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Certificates And Certifications

Graduate Certificate in Head Injury and Concussion Management

Clarion University of Pennsylvania’s Head Injury and Concussion Management Certificate Program is a collaborative effort between the departments of Human Services, Rehabilitation, Health and Sport Science, Special Education, and Communication Sciences & Disorders. It includes a series of interdisciplinary courses that are designed to provide students on the graduate level with a foundation to understand the neurological, physical and psychological effects of mild traumatic brain injury or concussion. 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 resiliency and protective factors supporting the recovery process. This is an excellent opportunity for clinicians, teachers, administrators, coaches and others interested in understanding the treatment and management of concussion/MTBI. Four graduate level courses are required for completion of the certificate. The specialists who teach the online courses are experts in the fields of education, athletic training, speech pathology, and mental health. Students who enroll in graduate level courses will explore issues in greater depth and be required to complete work of greater substance. The program is offered entirely online.

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Graduate Certificate in Opioid Treatment Specialist

The Opioid Treatment Specialist Certificate program develops knowledgeable treatment specialists to deal with all aspects of the opioid abuse epidemic. This 12-credit certificate program provides foundational information to students with an overview of opioid abuse and its prevention, education and treatment. Students will learn in-depth opioid diagnosis, detox, treatment and recovery aspects, as well as empowerment of patients and advocacy for individuals, and skills to influence legislation and public policy. Students who take the opioid certificate for graduate credit will be required to complete work of greater substance, to include enhanced requirements for guided and independent research, as well as special written and project assignments in each of the four courses. The program is offered entirely online.

Head Injury and Concussion Management Certificate

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. This program is offered only online.

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Human Services: Case Management Certificate

The Human Services: Case Management Certificate program provides an overview of this specialty area within many helping fields of study. This 12-credit program provides knowledge and skills to assist clients in reaching maximum levels of independence, wellness and functional capabilities. Students will learn the role and theory of case management, assessment types and their use within service planning, systematic design of agencies, managed care and accessing services, and ethical issues within case management. This program is offered entirely online.

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Opioid Treatment Specialist Certificate

The Opioid Treatment Specialist Certificate program develops knowledgeable treatment specialists to deal with all aspects of the opioid abuse epidemic. This 12-credit certificate program provides foundational information to students with an overview of opioid abuse and its prevention, education and treatment. Students will learn in-depth opioid diagnosis, detox, treatment and recovery aspects, as well as empowerment of patients and advocacy for individuals, and skills to influence legislation and public policy. The program is offered entirely online.

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Last Updated 10/30/20