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Rehab program nationally ranked

Rehab program nationally ranked

April 02
00:06 2015

Jordan Ottaway / Staff Writer

UNT’s rehabilitation counseling program was named one of the top graduate schools in the nation, according to the U.S. News &World Report.

Ranked No. 15 in the 2016 Best Graduate Schools guidebook, the rehabilitation counseling division shares the title of top program in the state with the University of Texas-Pan America in Edinburg.

“It feels good [to be ranked this high],” said Tom Evenson, Dean of the College of Public Affairs and Community Service. “It’s a pretty tight-knit group of graduate programs within rehab counseling with a lot of emphasis on research and high quality students.”

Schools with doctoral programs tend to produce more research, which is one of the areas taken into consideration when programs are ranked. UNT is one of two schools in the top 15 without a doctoral program.

“I think that is a real credit to our faculty and our students,” department of rehabilitation chairperson Linda Holloway said. “We are up there with the likes of Iowa and other top-tier research universities that have Ph.D. programs and we don’t have one.”

In order to be a nationallyranked program, faculty and students have to make themselves visible. Most of the faculty is highly engaged in the profession, holding positions on various boards and councils like the Council for Rehab Education and the National Association of Multicultural Rehabilitation Counselors.

“Our faculty is not only committed to the profession but they are also actively engaged in service,” Holloway said. “We serve on a lot of national boards and commissions.”

Faculty members want students to be engaged as well, so UNT places an emphasis on application.

Associate professor Denise Catalano said students have to do practicums and internships to get hands-on experience before going out into the work force.

One way students apply counseling skills they learn is through the UNT Collegiate Recovery program where graduate students meet with UNT students who are in recovery for substance use or mental health issues.

Graduate student Bobby Moore holds sessions and meets with Holloway each week to evaluate what he did.

“I think that my performance level has been boosted several notches up because I am exposed to everyone in the department,” Moore said. “The mistakes I have been committing in the past and have been completely unaware of, I’m now aware of.”

Moore said he feels like he has been prepared by the faculty, because there is a wide variety of classes covering every base when it comes to being successful in the field.

“They preach and preach and preach to us about taking care of ourselves,” he said. “If you don’t take care of yourself, then you can’t take care of anybody else.”

Photo by Jun Ma, UNT URCM, 10/15/12

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