Rehabilitation Training Grants

Grants in 3 Specialties Offered for Master's Students

The Counselor Education Program has been awarded three federal grants to assist Master of Science students in the following academic concentrations:

Psychiatric Rehabilitation Specialist Training Program

The Counselor Education Program is recruiting students who are interested in obtaining their master's degree in Counseling with an emphasis in Psychiatric Rehabilitation. We have been awarded a five-year training grant to prepare 20 master’s level professionals. Funding from the federal grant will be used to cover tuition and fees for 48 course credit hours, stipends to assist with school expenses, and student travel to attend a statewide conference. In short, grant recipients would find essentially all expenses paid for.

With 21.3% of Arkansans having a mental illness and 6.9% with a serious mental illness, it is imperative that we prepare professionals with the knowledge, attitudes, and skills needed to provide quality rehabilitation services to individuals with psychiatric disabilities.

Students in the training program will have a unique curricular program of study with special emphasis on recovery- oriented evidence-based practices. Consistent with the mission of recovery-oriented psychiatric rehabilitation, this training program is based on the principle that people with psychiatric disabilities should have broad-based life options available to them with opportunities for employment and independent living in keeping with their needs, preferences and rights.

If you are interested in obtaining more information about this program, please contact:

Kristin Higgins, Ph.D., LPC
479-790-9521
kkhiggi@uark.edu

General Vocational Rehabilitation Counseling Training Program

The Counselor Education Program is recruiting students who are interested in obtaining their master's in Counseling with an emphasis in Rehabilitation. The program has been awarded a five-year training grant from the federal Rehabilitation Services Administration to prepare seven master’s level professionals a year for five years. Funding from the RSA training grant will be used to cover tuition and fees for 48 course credit hours, stipends to assist with school expenses, and student travel to attend a statewide conference. In short, grant recipients would find essentially all expenses paid for.

The Rehabilitation Education and Research Program prepare professionals with the knowledge, attitudes and skills needed to provide quality rehabilitation services to individuals from across a broad continuum of disabilities. Rehabilitation counselors are the only professional counselors educated and trained at the graduate level specifically to serve individuals with disabilities.

Through a comprehensive and unique counseling process, rehabilitation counselors help individuals with disabilities set and achieve their personal, career, and independent living goals. They are the bridge between the person and self -sufficiency, helping them to live on their own, which typically includes securing, or returning to, productive, meaningful work.

If you are interested in obtaining more information about this program, please contact:

Vocational Rehabilitation Counseling

Illustration of U of A Teaming for Transition programWe are thrilled to share that the University of Arkansas has been awarded a federal grant to provide support for 31 student scholars across 3 cohorts to complete their master’s degrees in Vocational Rehabilitation Counseling, Special Education or Social Work.

We hope to recruit student scholars interested in earning a master’s degree in Vocational Rehabilitation Counseling, with a focus on serving transition-aged youth with disabilities.

Scholars will have tuition paid, a book stipend and opportunities for travel. In short, grant recipients would find essentially all expenses paid for. All scholars will also earn a Graduate Certificate in Transition Services.

The faculty joining together to create this Teaming for Transition: Preparing Youth for Community and Work opportunity believe that preparing scholars in these fields to use evidence-based practices that predict positive post-school outcomes will greatly impact the lives of youth and adults with disabilities. Scholars across the 3 disciplines will learn collaboratively across 5 classes focused on transition-related content specific to each discipline.

Further information can be found at "$1.1 Million Grant for Training Professionals to Aid Youth With Disabilities 'Transition' to Adult Lives." The Teaming for Transition page has details on the certification. For the Vocational Rehabilitation Counseling concentration, the deadline to apply is Friday, April 8, 2022. The application is online.

If you have any questions about this opportunity, please contact: