The ability to effectively counsel people with physical, mental, or emotional disabilities is a vocation that cannot be understated. The world needs more quality professionals in this critically important career choice. That’s why our rehabilitation counseling and services program will prepare you to become a competent practitioner who can relate to—and understand—the issues and challenges that affect a person’s well-being and ability to cope. Often, a rehabilitation counselor is part of a team of physicians, psychologists, social workers, and other professionals whose main job is to evaluate people’s problems and work with them to achieve maximum self-realization and independence.

We designed our program to provide a combination of didactic coursework, along with professionally supervised clinical experiences. We also make sure the curriculum meets national professional standards to help you become fully marketable in areas such as public and private hospitals, and institutions and clinics. We take pride in readying our students to make meaningful contributions that improve people’s lives.

Concentrations are available in alcohol and substance abuse services; general counseling and casework; pediatric and developmental disability counseling; psychiatric rehabilitation and substance abuse counseling; and special services.

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Andrea Nerlich '98, G'00

"The best part about [Springfield College] is that care is taken from one generation of students to the next to pass along tradition, the love, and respect that is fundamental to being part of the Springfield College legacy."

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  • Council on Rehabilitation Education
    1699 E. Woodfield Road, Suite 300
    Schaumburg, IL 60173


Our rehabilitation counseling and services graduate programs are provided in cooperation with the Rehabilitation Services Administration and United States Department of Education, and are nationally accredited by the Council on Rehabilitation Education.