(Video) Western Oregon University's Rehabilitation and Mental Health Counseling

RMHC Video Transcript

Denise: The RMHC program has been in operation since the early 1970's. It has two tracks, a general track and one with a Deaf specialization. 


Denise: Our program curriculum provides a wide variety of course offerings including working with individuals with disabilities, youth transition, diversity, and working with specific sub-populations. These courses are all part of our curriculum which is designed to address these topics within both vocational and mental health settings. 


Sara: If you are interested in VR and you also want that mental health program, it gives you an opportunity not only to get the mental health background, but also really hone in on the vocational rehabilitation counseling. I feel like it opens up another door, so you're working with a client with mental health barriers, but you're also working with clients who have physical barriers, and other disabilities that they are kind of needing help to work through. 

Denise: The Deaf track is an online program conducted completely in sign language, which ensures full access and ease of communication. In addition, there is a two-week face-to-face summer component, for increased group collaboration.


The Deaf track follows the same curriculum as the generalist track, with an added emphasis on topics related to working with individuals who are Deaf, DeafBlind and hard of hearing. Within this track, students may be hearing, Deaf, DeafBlind...yet will interact and learn from each other in sign language through the use of video technology....


Tanya: The RMHC program provides the opportunity to become an RSA scholar and receive aid to help pay for school. Also, there is opportunity to work with students who have experienced language deprivation, and through working with them we can help teach them how to improve their work and education readiness skills . There are also opportunities to travel to different professional conferences like ADARA.

Denise: We have Rehabilitation Services Administration grant money for students who are interested in careers within State Vocational Rehabilitation.  Students receive money as tuition support, as well as stipends to be able to attend professional conferences. In exchange, they have a two-year service obligation with State VR for every one year of financial support received. 

MacKenzie: I chose the RMHC program because it takes two things that I am very passionate about, mental health and working with people with disabilities, and puts them together, and we get to learn about them. The last thing it has helped me with is just hands on experience, working in practicum and internship, and learning what I want to do.

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