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About the Rutgers-UMDNJ Integration

The School of Health Professions was integrated to Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey, effective July 1, 2013. All programs will be continuing at current locations. Learn more about the Rutgers-UMDNJ Integration.


Department of Psychiatric Rehabilitation & Counseling Professions

For detailed information on the programs offered by the

Department of Psychiatric Rehabilitation & Counseling Professions please click on the corresponding links below.

Associate of Science in Psychosocial Rehabilitation
Associate of Science in Occupational Therapy Assistant
Bachelor of Science in Psychiatric Rehabilitation & Psychology
Master of Science in Healthcare Management, Psychiatric Rehabilitation Track
Master of Science in Rehabilitation Counseling, Clinical Mental Health Counseling Track
PhD in Psychiatric Rehabilitation
PhD in Psychiatric Rehabilitation, Counselor Education and Supervision Track
PhD in the Health Sciences: Specialization in Psychiatric Rehabilitation


We, the faculty of the Department of Psychiatric Rehabilitation and Counseling Professions, strive to create an environment rich in opportunities, experiences, and knowledge that enhance the education of our students. We are committed to the highest standards of excellence in preparing the professionals of tomorrow. We seek out the latest research to inform our academic and professional practice, and share our knowledge in a stimulating, friendly and professional atmosphere.


As a student, you are expected to maintain high standards of personal and professional integrity, a caring attitude, and a motivation to learn and succeed. You are expected to participate as an active learner in your education. To be an active learner means to:

  • Take advantage of learning opportunities
  • Dedicate time and energy to your studies
  • Accept responsibility for learning, and for seeking clarification, assistance, and resources to address learning difficulties
  • Contribute to your own learning and that of other students
  • Build an enduring base of knowledge and skill

We want you to grow, and advance in your chosen field of study and to contribute to the advancement of psychiatric rehabilitation and counseling professions.


Whether you come to us with years of experience or you are new to the field, we welcome you to an environment of mutual learning and professional growth.


The Department of Psychiatric Rehabilitation and Counseling Professions was established by the UMDNJ Board of Trustees in 1997. The department offers five degree programs: doctoral, master’s bachelor’s and associate’s in psychiatric rehabilitation and a master’s degree in rehabilitation counseling. In addition, the department offers several post-secondary certificates. Beginning in September 2012, the department will offer an associate of science in Occupational Therapy Assistant in collaboration with the County College of Morris, and Mercer, Passaic, and Salem County Community Colleges. *

The department has contributed a number of innovations in the establishment of this emerging discipline and profession.

  • Authoring Psychiatric Rehabilitation, the first comprehensive, introductory textbook in the field (Pratt, Gill, Barrett, & Roberts, Academic Press, 1999, 2007). Each author is a department faculty member.

  • Establishing the first Ph.D. program in psychiatric rehabilitation.

  • The first master of science degree devoted solely to leadership psychiatric rehabilitation now adapted to internet delivery.

  • The first dual bachelor of science major in psychology and psychiatric rehabilitation with Kean University.

  • The first associate’s degree in psychiatric rehabilitation offered jointly with Middlesex, Union, Cumberland, and Warren County Colleges.

  • Convening the first national meeting and establishing a consortium of psychiatric rehabilitation educators (2001).

  • Taking a leadership role in an international test-based certification program (2001). Faculty and graduates were among the first to be certified in the nation as well.

  • The only university in New Jersey to offer a graduate degree in rehabilitation counseling acknowledged for its excellence in US News and World Report, as a top program in this discipline.

  • A post-doctoral program in psychiatric rehabilitation research (2005).

  • Co-sponsorship of the American Journal of Psychiatric Rehabilitation, a new peer-refereed journal.

The department’s graduates are rated by employers as highly skilled and more proficient than their colleagues educated in other curricula and universities. This is also reflected by the large majority of the students and graduates who have successfully pursued these certification credentials. In addition, it has also been demonstrated that the students and graduates promote rehabilitation goals, attitudes, and practices than peers with other forms of academic preparation. The department sponsors several major efforts to integrate direct clinical service, faculty participation in best practices, and consultation services to the mental health and social service system. These major projects include the Center for the Study and Promotion of Recovery from Severe Mental Illness, the Integrated Employment Institute, Illness Management and Recovery and Anti-stigma initiatives, and participation in the University’s state hospital affiliation. These projects dovetail with the University's community service mission, combining education and service to under served persons in need. They also involve direct clinical service through the demonstration of best practices in psychiatric rehabilitation. The department’s history and accomplishments have been amply documented in a variety of forums and publications.

The Occupational Therapy Assistant (OTA) Program at Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Occupational Therapy Education (ACOTE) of the American Occupational Therapy Association (AOTA), located at 4720 Montgomery Lane, Suite 200, Bethesda, MD 20814-3449.  ACOTE’s telephone number c/o AOTA is (301) 652-AOTA and its Web address is





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