Department of CounselingClinical Rehabilitation and Mental HealthCounseling Training ProgramStudent Handbook1

Welcome!IntroductionWelcome to the Clinical Rehabilitation and Mental Health Counseling Program(CRMH) in the Department of Counseling (DOC) at San Francisco StateUniversity (SFSU). The Department of Counseling’s CRMH is located within theCollege of Health and Social Sciences (CHSS). The CRMH is one of sixcounseling specializations offered in the DOC, and is one of the three mastersdegrees offered in the DOC. Students completing the CRMH receive a Masterof Science Degree in Counseling with a specialization in clinical rehabilitationand mental health counseling. This handbook provides students withinformation, policies, and procedures specific to the CRMH. This handbook is asupplement to the DOC General Student Handbook required for all counselingstudents; it does not replace the DOC General Student Handbook. Please readboth! In addition, please review the Practicum and Field Placement Handbooklocated on the DOC website.Please be sure to view the following websites for additional information: CRMH website: g DOC website at: CRMH is accredited by the Council on Rehabilitation Education (CORE)and our graduates are eligible for national certification as a CertifiedRehabilitation Counselor (CRC) through the Commission on RehabilitationCounselor Certification (CRCC). In addition, CRMH graduates meet theeducational requirements for licensure in a number of states, including theLicensed Professional Clinical Counselor (LPCC) in California. Specifically, theCRMH curriculum and available coursework offered through the DOC, positionsCRMH students for licensure eligibility. Please be advised that while ourprogram positions you for the CRC and LPCC, certification and licensure areultimately determined by outside entities. For CRC certification information, youmust contact the CRCC ( and for LPCCinformation, you must contact the Board of Behavioral Sciences (BBS)( program/). Details regarding certification andlicensure are provided later in this handbook.2

Program MissionThe mission of the CRMH is to train empathic, culturally competentrehabilitation and mental health counselors to work in partnership with personswith disabilities, chronic illness, and mental health issues and their families, in amanner that considers the barriers and assets of each individual and his/herenvironment, in order to facilitate and empower the individual to achieve optimalaccess and community integration. Program faculty accomplishes this missionby facilitating training that is: Responsive to the contemporary needs of those we serve; Grounded in multicultural competency and social justice; Integrated with community partners including persons with disabilities,chronic illness and mental health issues; Clinically rigorous; students complete two full years of field work priorto graduation.Program ObjectivesThe CRMH recruits, admits, and retains a culturally diverse student body that isprepared to work in a variety of rehabilitation and mental health counselingsettings. The program strives to prepare professionals who are multiculturalcompetent and able to provide rehabilitation and mental health counseling in alegal and ethical manner, adhering to the Code of Professional Ethics andScope of Practice for the profession. The CRMH program provides a highquality learning environment which stimulates interactions and communicationwith faculty and with other students. The program provides opportunities forstudents to have exposure and interaction with leaders and workers in theprofession, consumer and advocacy groups and other helping professionals.Students are encouraged to develop skills for lifelong learning throughinvolvement with professional organizations, access to rehabilitation and mentalhealth publications, and other conference participation.Program HistoryYou have joined one of the longest standing counselor training programs in theUnited States. Our program has been in existence for over 50 years. We havebeen accredited by the Council on Rehabilitation Education (CORE) since the1970s, and have continuously received accreditation since this time. Our facultyare dedicated to the training of rehabilitation and mental health counselors ascounselors, advocates, and case managers, and we are committed toadvancing rehabilitation and mental health research and education that isresponsive to the needs of persons with disabilities, the programs/services in3

which our graduates work, and rehabilitation-mental health counselors-intraining. The faculty are graduates of rehabilitation psychology, counselingpsychology, clinical psychology and counselor education doctoral programs andhave worked in rehabilitation and mental health related programs and servicesfor many years prior to academia. Our program has a long history of strongconnections with the rehabilitation and mental health community, CaliforniaRehabilitation Association, and the Deaf community. In addition, we have ahistory of obtaining federally funded Rehabilitation Services Administrationtraining grants for rehabilitation counselor training.Program EvaluationHow do you know you are receiving quality training? How do we know ourprogram is effective in meeting its stated mission? How do we know ourstudents are gaining the knowledge and skills that meet accreditation,certification and licensure standards? The CRMH faculty, students, advisoryboard and other community partners are regularly involved in systematic andperiodic program assessment. We gather and analyze program data on aconsistent basis and modify our program in response to the data on aconsistent basis. We review student enrollment and graduation data, data fromstudent, supervisor, alumni and employer surveys, student performance data(grades, GPAs supervisor evaluations, licensure and certification pass rates,and professional competence) and regularly gain feedback from our studentassociations and advisory board to insure we are meeting the needs of ourstudents, the community, and our clients. We have a systematic ProgramAssessment Plan located on our website ingCRMH Program FacultyJulie Chronister, PhD, CRC (CRMH Coordinator)Office: 525 Burk HallPhone: 415 338 2230Email: [email protected] Chronister is an associate professor and coordinator of the ClinicalRehabilitation-Mental Health Counseling Program. She received her PhD inRehabilitation Psychology from University of Wisconsin-Madison in 2004. Shehas been teaching in the CRMH since spring 2007. Prior to SFSU, Dr.Chronister was a faculty member in the rehabilitation counseling program atHunter College in NYC. Dr. Her research is in the area of psychosocial4

adjustment to disability and chronic illness, with particular focus on the influenceand measurement of social support and among rehabilitation populations. Sheis currently investigating how social support and coping influence psychiatricrehabilitation outcomes and buffer the negative impact of stigma among adultswith serious mental illness. She has published many articles and book chaptersin the area of psychosocial adjustment to disability. She is co-editor of the bookUnderstanding psychosocial adjustment to chronic illness and disability: Ahandbook for evidenced-based practitioners in rehabilitation and co-editor of thebook, CRC Examination Preparation: A Concise Guide to the Foundations ofRehabilitation Counseling. Dr. Chronister has also written on rehabilitationcounselor training, evidence-based practice, rehabilitation service delivery, andmulticultural issues in adjustment to disability. Dr. Chronister’s teaching areasinclude the counseling process, psychosocial and medical aspects of disabilityand chronic illness and psychological assessment in counseling. She hasworked in the field of rehabilitation for nearly 20 years in a number of capacitiesincluding rehabilitation counselor, community-based program director, andpresently, rehabilitation counselor educator.Sandra Fitzgerald, PhD, CRCOffice: 526 Burk HallPhone: 415 338 1690Email: [email protected] Fitzgerald is an Assistant Professor in the Clinical Rehabilitation andMental Health Counseling program. She completed her doctorate inrehabilitation psychology at University of Wisconsin-Madison in August of 2013.Her clinical experience includes seven years as a rehabilitation counselor forVocational Rehabilitation Services and Services for the Blind Division for theState of Hawaii with a mental health specialty caseload; and six years total as amental health counselor for Santa Cruz Community Counseling Center, as amental health case manager for Cornerstone, Van Nuys Community MentalHealth Services; and as a mental health client’s rights advocate in SanFrancisco. She is engaged in research in the areas of psychiatric rehabilitationand self-determination for persons with serious mental illness.5

DOC Faculty & Staff Katsufumi Araki, Administrative Office Coordinator Nancy Bavis, MS – Fieldwork Coordinator John Blando, PhD, Professor (MFT & Gerontology Faculty & GerontologyCoordinator) Mary Cavagnaro, MS, LMFT (Counseling Clinic Coordinator) Alison Cerezo, PhD (College Counseling Faculty) Julie Chronister, PhD, CRC, Associate Professor (Clinical Rehabilitationand Mental Health Counseling Faculty/Coordinator) Sandra Fitzgerald, PhD, CRC Assistant Professor (Clinical Rehabilitationand Mental Health Counseling) Gloria Gregg, PhD, Full-time Lecturer Terry Gutkin, PhD, Professor (School Counseling Faculty) Karl Kwan, PhD, Assistant Professor (MFT faculty and MFT Cocoordinator) Gelline Mejia (Student Assistant) Prescilla Ng (Student Assistant) Graciela Orozco, PhD, Associate Professor (School Counseling Facultyand School Coordinator) Rebecca Toporek, PhD, Associate Professor (Career Counseling Faculty& Career Counseling Coordinator) Patricia Van Velsor, PhD, Associate Professor (School & MFT Faculty) Robert Williams, PhD (MFT Faculty and DOC Department Chair)Department Alumni UpdatesGraduates of the program have pursued a diverse range of career paths. Tolearn about our alumni and their successes visit the Alumni Section of theCRMH Website @: eting the ProgramProgram RequirementsThe CRMH is comprised of 60-units and is consistent with all the standardsestablished by the Council on Rehabilitation Education. We are currentlyseeking additional accreditation from the Council for the Accreditation ofCounseling and Related Educational Programs (CACREP). Our curriculumcombines classroom with clinical instruction. We focus on the development ofthree rehabilitation and mental health counselor roles: Counselors, advocateand clinical case manager. We place particular emphasis on the development6

of self as a multicultural competent rehabilitation professional. Students arerequired to complete two full years of field work, expected to attain proficiencyacross all content areas in the core curriculum, and complete a CulminatingExperience Paper in the last semester.Plan of StudyThe program may be completed in two years, full-time (four semesters plussummer sessions); however, typically, the program is completed in 3 years. Thelatter is highly recommended. Suggested course sequences for full andpart-time study can be found in Appendix A. The length of the program alsodepends on which particular scenario a student enters the program (see below).Students enter the CRMH program in one of the following 4 scenarios:SpecializationEmphasis1Clinical Rehabilitation and Mental HealthNone23Clinical Rehabilitation and Mental HealthSchool, College, Career, GerontologySchool, College, Career, GerontologyClinical Rehabilitation and Mental Health4Marriage, Family and Child (MFCC)Clinical Rehabilitation and Mental HealthThose entering the program in scenario 1 may be able to complete the programin 2 years, if attending full-time. Those entering the program in scenario 2, 3 or4 will not be able to complete the program in two years. In these scenarios, youwill need to take additional classes (typically 3-5 courses) and completefieldwork hours necessary to meet the requirements of the additional emphasisor specialization. For those in scenario 3, upon graduation, you will receive aMaster of Science Degree in Counseling with specialization in [school, college,career, gerontology] and a Certificate in Clinical Rehabilitation and MentalHealth Counseling. For those in scenario 4, upon graduation, you will receive aMaster of Science Degree in Counseling with a concentration in Marriage,Family, and Child Counseling (MFCC) and a Certificate in Clinical Rehabilitationand Mental Health Counseling. For those in scenario 4, it is imperative that youreview the guidelines in the general student handbook regarding the state ofCalifornia MFCC licensure. Finally, for those considering becoming eligible forthe LPCC (Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor), you will need to take anadditional two courses (psychopharmacology and Crisis Counseling) to becomeeligible. While you do NOT have to take them at SFSU, it is highly suggestedyou complete all your coursework necessary for licensure while enrolled in theprogram or immediately post-graduation.7

All students, regardless of prior coursework or experience, must complete aminimum of 48 credits of graduate study in our program. In other words, nomore than 4 courses (12 units) can be transferred from another institution andthey must be approved by the CRMH faculty. Students are required to completea Culminating Experience Paper (CEP) during their last year of study. The CEPis described in more detail below. Students intending to pursue licensure(LPCC) must take additional courses (offered in the DOC) to meet thecoursework requirements.Clinical TrainingPlease also read the Practicum and Trainee Handbook available on-line ent. The information below is asupplement to the primary field placement handbook, which outlines in detail,the policies, procedures and forms required for your traineeship.Clinical training is a major emphasis of the CRMH curriculum. The CRMH has astrong network of rehabilitation and mental health counseling field placementsites that provides students with opportunities to: a) work with persons with awide array of disabilities, chronic illness and mental health issues; b) developawareness and understanding of differences in values, beliefs, and behaviors ofpersons who are different from themselves; and c) develop cultural competency,personal growth and learning about the myriad of counseling approaches andrehabilitation and mental health issues that affect service delivery. We strive toprovide students with a broad array of options and our 2-year sequencepositions our students well for employment.Many students have the opportunity to experience training in the publicVocational Rehabilitation (VR) system and in and array of private, not-for-profitagencies. Further, students have the opportunity to work in environments thatfocus on serving a broad array of persons with disabilities (i.e., public VR,higher education) and in environments that focus on one particular populationsuch as psychiatric rehabilitation settings, substance abuse agencies, servicesfor persons with traumatic brain injury, transition to work programs, and theVeteran’s Administration.Students complete 4 semesters (2 years) of supervised fieldwork. Below is abrief outline of the two year clinical sequence:Practicum (fall semester, year 1 of clinical sequence): Your practicumoccurs in the fall semester of the year you begin your traineeship. During the fall,8

you spend a minimum of 12 hours per week at your site and you takeCounseling 705/706 (6 units) simultaneously. Your practicum experiencerequires you to complete a minimum of 100 clock hours of supervisedrehabilitation counseling of which 40 hours must be direct service to personswith disability and chronic illness. In addition, you must receive an average of 1hour per week of individual supervision and 1½ hour per week of groupsupervision by rehabilitation faculty. During your practicum, you will meet inclass weekly with a rehabilitation faculty and your peers, learning basiccounseling skills and techniques; this is Counseling 706. In addition, you willspend time practicing individual counseling through weekly counseling sessionswith your peers using two-way mirrors, and receiving weekly individual andgroup supervision from your instructor; this is Counseling 705. Please beadvised that Counseling 705 requires you to schedule additional timeoutside of your Counseling 706 class for mock counseling sessions andsupervision.Internship (spring semester, year 1; and fall and spring semesters, year2): Your internship begins in the spring semester of your first year of yourtraineeship. The first semester of your “internship” is at the same site in whichyou completed your practicum in the fall, and requires a minimum of 12 hoursper week at your site. During this semester, you take Counseling 736simultaneously which focuses on building your counseling skills, treatmentplanning, client conceptualization, and developing cultural competency. Duringthis semester, you will be required to audiotape approximately 2-3 counselingsessions with internship clients. This experience is accompanied by regularindividual and group supervision facilitated by a program faculty with a CRCand weekly on-site supervision provided by your field site supervisor. During thefall and spring semesters of your 2nd year of your clinical sequence, you will beat a difference field placement site. In the fall, you will take Counseling 890 (3units) simultaneously with your internship. In the spring, you will takeCounseling 891 (3 units) simultaneously with your internship. During this year,you will continue to build and sharpen your clinical skills and multiculturalcompetency. You will also be exploring and practicing other roles and functionsof counselors such as advocate and clinical case manager. You will be requiredto be at your site at a minimum of 16 hours per week and you are required toaudiotape approximately 5 counseling sessions during the year. Thisexperience is accompanied by regular individual and group supervisionfacilitated by a program faculty with a CRC and weekly on-site supervisionprovided by your field site supervisor. Please be advised that while your fieldplacement supervisor does not have to have a CRC, it is preferable. Your9

supervisor does however need to have a Master’s Degree in Counseling orrelated field and be approved by the CRMH coordinator.Selecting a Clinical SiteThe selection of a field site is a highly individualized process. Each student isrequired to secure a site with the assistance and support from the DOC andCRMH. The DOC has a field placement coordinator, Nancy Bavis, who, inconcert with the CRMH faculty, will work with each CRMH student to identifyand secure a field placement site that is a good match for the student. Findingthe right site involves an exploration of your interests, goals, and needs. TheDOC holds a traineeship fair each year in May and has many, manyrelationships with field sites in the community. Consider the following questions: are your future career goals?What type of client population interests you?What specific skills would you like to hone?What is the ideal location for you? (east bay, south bay, SF, north bay):You will need to contact field site supervisors and interview just as you would ajob interview. If you are planning on doing your internship in your first year, youwill have the summer prior to the start of the program to secure a site and theDOC will provide support over the summer. The CRMH has numerouspartnerships with rehabilitation counseling field sites. In addition, if you haveidentified a site in which we have not worked with prior, you must get approvalfrom the Field Placement Coordinator, Nancy Bavis, and the CRMH coordinator,Julie Chronister. Some sites require formal contracts/agreements, while othersare less formal. In general, you cannot use your job as a field placement site.However, we look at each student’s situation individually so if this is an optionfor you, please contact Dr. Chronister and/or Nancy Bavis. Again, please reviewthe handbook @ Culminating Experience PaperAll Counseling students are required to complete a Culminating ExperiencePaper (CEP) in order to graduate. While the contents of the CEP are developedover the course of your training experience, you will take a designated course(Counseling 892) in the spring of your final year to complete this paper. TheCEP is a graduate school requirement and meets the graduate school writingrequirements. The CEP is a paper that applies theory to practice and typically25-30 pages in length. The paper involves an in-depth literature review of aparticular counseling theory, followed by an exploration of the theory within the10

rehabilitation context, and more specifically to a particular rehabilitation casescenario. The paper requires you to adhere to the American PsychologicalAssociation Editorial Style in the 6th edition (APA, 2011). You must complete theCEP in order to graduate.Graduation PaperworkTo graduate, you must complete an “ATC/GAP” form and the proposal forculminating experience 892: Supervised Field Internship Form. This paperworkis required by the Graduate School and the due date is posted via thecounseling list serve. The forms need to be completed by you and signed byyour advisor, 890 instructor, and the Chair of the Department. These forms areyour path to graduating so be sure to watch for the due date on the counselinglist serve. Typically, the forms are due in the fall prior to the spring in which youintend to graduate. These forms are available at the Graduate Studies Website: gradstdy/. Students who are graduating with an“emphasis” in rehabilitation counseling (scenario 3 and 4 described above, willneed to complete a “Certificate Approved Program” (CAP) form in addition tothe forms above. This form needs to be submitted once you are approved forgraduation and is the form that facilitates a “certificate” in rehabilitationcounseling. This form is available at: gradstdy/forms/cap.pdfScholarshipsThe CRMH has a history or providing federal traineeships/stipends funded bythe Rehabilitation Services Administration (RSA) for students in the CRMH.Recipients are selected by the CRMH faculty and priority is given to those witha specialization in rehabilitation counseling. The scholarships range in amountand vary from 5-15K depending on funding. The purpose of the RSAscholarships is to support State-Federal Vocational Rehabilitation programs andpromote employment in the state VR agencies. Thus, the scholarship has apayback requirement. Recipients of the scholarship must provide writtenconfirmation of employment in a state VR agency or other qualifyingorganization within two years of completing the degree program. For a studentreceiving 1 academic year of RSA support, 2 years of full-time employment isrequired per the payback agreement. Contact Professor Julie Chronister forfurther information about the RSA scholarship program. Additional sources offinancial assistance and scholarships can be found at these websites:11 gradstdy/main-scholar-fellowship.htm l Aid and Scholarshipsflyer.pdf bulletin/current/gradreqs.htm#18752Student Resources & Support SFSU Student Resources: bulletin/current/urasstoc.htm DOC Counseling Student Association (CSA): Rehabilitation Student Association (RSA): Disability Programs and Resource Center: dprc/ Student Success Program: SFSU Student Organizations: lead/ SFSU Counseling and Psychological Services: psyservs/ DOC Referral List for Bay Area Therapist/CounselorRehabilitation Student Association List Serve Directions:Please join the RSA LIST Serve! It's an excellent way to learn abouteducational links, current events, political issues, conferences and jobopportunities from students, faculty and RSA! Everyone is welcomed to sign upand it is easy to join! Go to the link below to be added to the list. If you havealready join RSA on our website ( you should alreadyreceive emails from the RSALIST. Also, you can send out info to othermembers by emailing "[email protected]" All members should then receive it!If you have any problems please email the president of RSA, Jenna French @[email protected]. Here is the page to go to sign up for the RSA list: rsasfsu.comAccommodationsThe CRMH faculty and members of the DOC department values the fullinclusion of persons with disabilities and chronic illnesses in classes and events.Please communicate with your instructor as early as possible about the needfor classroom accommodations in the curriculum, instruction, or assessments ofa course to enable you to participate. The information shared with yourinstructor will remain confidential. Please register with the DisabilityPrograms and Resource Center (DPRC) so the accommodations can be12

adequately provided. Failure to register with DPRC can result inclassroom accommodations not being provided: dprc/.The procedures for filing a complaint is detailed below, which is taken directlyfrom our campus DPRC website: dprc/grievance.html“Every effort is put forth to ensure that students, faculty and staff with disabilitiesat San Francisco State University receive the services and accommodations towhich they are entitled under federal law. Generally the campus community issensitive to the need for accommodation. However, if an oversight to physicalor programmatic access occurs at SF State, students and employees withdisabilities have protection under Section 504 and the ADA. Students may file acomplaint about University faculty, staff, administrators, or disability-relatedissues by following these procedures:1.Discuss the problem with a DPRC counselor. With permission of thestudent, the DPRC counselor will contact the faculty and/or staff oncampus in an attempt to work out a solution to the problem.2.If the complaint is not satisfactorily resolved, or if the issue is with theDPRC counselor, the student may meet with the Assistant Director forStudent Services.3.A grievance that is not resolved to the student's satisfaction by theAssistant Director for Student Services may them be addressed to theManaging Director of the DPRC.4.When a grievance cannot be resolved informally as described above,students can pursue their claims under Section 504 of the RehabilitationAct of 1973. To file a Section 504/ADA grievance, students should contactthe Office of University Counsel, Administration Building, Room 562,(415) 338-2998.5.At any time students may file a complaint with the Office for Civil Rights(OCR). It is the DPRC's hope, however, that students will give thecampus the chance to address their problems in a timely manner.Office for Civil Rights U.S. Department of Education50 Beale Street, Suite 7200San Francisco, CA 94105(415) 486-5555(415) 486-5570 Fax(877) 521-2172 TTYEmail: [email protected]

Complaints may be made in person, by telephone, or in writing. The DPRCprefers to meet with students to discuss concerns and issues. DPRCcounselors, the Assistant Director for Student Services and the ManagingDirector are available for appointments.”Communication Regarding Concerns & GrievancesStudents have every right to express their concerns about the program, fieldplacement site, faculty, instructors and their peers to University Administration.If you feel that you have been treated unfairly in any way by an instructor, fieldplacement supervisor, peer or other University staff/personnel, we firstencourage you to review the University’s suggested procedure for studentconcerns and complaints located at: vpsa/complaints/. Inaddition, we encourage your to talk with your faculty advisor and/or thecoordinator of the CRMH counseling program (Julie Chronister @[email protected]. You may also speak directly to the Chair of the department:Dr. Robert Williams at [email protected]. Formal grievances/complaintsprocedures are outlined at the University website above.AdvisingAll CRMH are assigned an advisor during their first semester. You are requiredto meet with your advisor once per semester to review course of study andplanning. In addition, your advisor is available to assist you in decisions aroundclasses, field placements, course difficulties, professional preparation, and anyother advising related issue such as accessing student support services,navigating SFSU and the DOC, and performance as a student. In addition,advisors may use advising appointments to address any concerns raised byfaculty related to readiness for professional role, academic performance, andother personal and professional characteristics related to being a graduatecounseling student. See Appendix B for Criteria used by faculty to evaluatethese areas. Please also see the Student Handbook for additional informationon advising.Student Technical CompetencyStudents are expected to have basic computer competency required for writingpapers and accessing the internet for email inclu

Email: [email protected] Julie Chronister is an associate professor and coordinator of the Clinical Rehabilitation-Mental Health Counseling Program. She received her PhD in Rehabilitation Psychology from University of Wisconsin-Madison in 2004. She has been teaching in the CR