Rehabilitation Counseling (M.S.)

Program Highlights

Established in 1967, the Rehabilitation Studies Program is the longest standing counseling program at St. Cloud State University.

The mission of the Master of Science in Rehabilitation Counseling program is to educate students in the areas of rehabilitation counseling and psychological services, and to help them develop the professional understanding, knowledge, attitude, and skills needed to assist individuals and groups with disabilities in achieving their maximum level of independence and functioning.

Embracing the Difference Globally: The ABILITY Event

St. Cloud State University Rehabilitation Studies, in collaboration with the St. Cloud State Confucius Institute, presents an annual conference called Embracing the Difference Globally: The ABILITY Event.

The goal is to explore innovative strategies on how to increase access and inclusion for people with disabilities in areas of employment, education, independent living, health and wellness, public policies, and global disability.

For information on this year’s theme, please go to the Embracing the Difference Globally: The ABILITY Event website.

State, National and International Travel

China Study Abroad

Every May, the Confucius Institute brings a group of students to China on a short-term study abroad experience. A few students in Rehabilitation Studies are invited go on this trip.

Students will be immersed in the culture and context of China for two weeks. This program will promote global competencies and awareness of the significance of U.S.-China relations.

While abroad, students will learn about the social/cultural aspects of Chinese society, the educational system, the economic dynamics of the country and the status of U.S./China relations in a globally interconnected world. Students will have opportunities to learn functional Chinese through interactions with local people.

A unique aspect and focus of the St. Cloud State Confucius Institute is the inclusion and engagement of people with disabilities in all areas of programming and development. This is inclusive of the promotion and development of the “U.S. China Network of Schools for the Deaf” project and our St. Cloud State Confucius Institute China Disability Resource Page.

NCRE Conference

In the Fall and Spring semesters, students are encouraged to travel to the NCRE conference in Washington D.C. and San Diego, California for a professional development opportunity. Grant Scholars have the opportunity to apply for complete funding to attend.

The purpose of the National Council on Rehabilitation Education (NCRE) conference is to promote the improvement of rehabilitation services available to people with disabilities through quality education and research.

MRA Conference

Students are encouraged to attend the Minnesota Rehabilitation Association’s annual conference for a professional development opportunity and to network with potential employers.

MRA members work to eliminate barriers and increase employment opportunities for people with disabilities. They provide our members opportunities for advocacy and increased awareness of issues through professional development and access to current research topics.


Peer Wellness Coaching

The Rehabilitation Studies Program has collaborated with Healthy Huskies to create the Peer Wellness Coaching Program. Rehabilitation Counseling students have the opportunity to become Peer Wellness Coaches. Coaches are trained on Motivational Interviewing and are provided with additional hands-on learning experiences.

Peer Wellness Coaches empower students and help them to increase:

  • Their ability to set and achieve goals
  • Their sense of belonging at St. Cloud State University
  • Their ability to initiate and maintain wellness-related behaviors
  • Take steps toward becoming the person they want to be
Through personal assessment and empowering, positive conversation, coaches help students positively impact these areas of well-being:
  • Emotional
  • Financial
  • Physical
  • Social
  • Spiritual
  • Academic and Career 

Collegiate Recovery Resource Center

The Recovery Resource Center supports St. Cloud State University and St. Cloud Technical & Community College students who have struggled with substance misuse and addiction and are now committed to sobriety.

Their meetings and services are inclusive to all students who are in recovery or support the recovery lifestyle. Students in the Rehabilitation Counseling program are encouraged to connect and support the St. Cloud State Recovery Resource Center community.

Services that the center offers include:

  • A physical space on campus – Recovery Resource Center
  • Weekly support group meetings
  • Clinical services
  • Sober social events and activities
  • Scholarships
  • Peer-to-peer support and accountability
  • Campus and community information, referrals and advocacy
  • Community service opportunities