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Professional Development

Professional development is an ongoing process. The student’s graduate studies are only the beginning of a career-long learning experience. Professional development activities include participation in in-service training programs, attending professional conferences, and reading professional publications to up-date knowledge and skills.

To lay a foundation for professional development, the program requires that the students join at least one of the two major related professional organizations and their rehabilitation counseling sub-division. Student memberships are available at nominal rates. In addition to providing newsletters, journals, and other benefits, membership makes students eligible for organization sponsored professional liability insurance, which is required before engaging in practicum and internship clinical activities. Membership applications are available in the Program office or join the associations online:

Professional Rehabilitation Counseling Associations

National Rehabilitation Association (NRA)
National Rehabilitation Counseling Association (NRCA)
American Counseling Association (ACA)
American Rehabilitation Counseling Association (ARCA)