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Minor in Rehabilitation Studies to gain an overview of how to help people with disabilities achieve their life goals.
UNT's Rehabilitation Studies Minor is open to all undergraduate majors and prepares you to support individuals with disabilities in achieving their life goals through actualizing each individual's full human potential.

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Why Earn a Rehabilitation Studies Minor?

Because of its compatibility with other human service fields, rehabilitation provides an appropriate minor for students majoring in such areas as psychology, social work, recreation, aging, health education and criminal justice.

Due to the broad focus of this program, you may pursue careers within a variety of public and private human service settings.

In your coursework, you will learn how to serve individuals who have physical, mental and emotional disabilities and help them become productive and active citizens. You will:

  • Explore the social, psychological and physical impact of disabilities
  • Understand the human service delivery system and how to effectively interact with other professionals
  • Gain skills in advocacy, case management, interpersonal communication and problem solving
  • Become knowledgeable about intervention techniques and providing services for people with disabilities

Rehabilitation Studies Minor Highlights

All requirements for this minor can be completed fully online.
Our rehabilitation minor combines classroom curriculum with practical experience in community service and involvement.
You'll learn from faculty who have years of experience working as counselors for hospitals, mental health centers, state agencies and nonprofit organizations.
Our program supports the North Texas Rehabilitation Association and Eagle Peer Recovery student organizations. They can help further develop your skills and provide vital professional experiences.
We combine a comprehensive curriculum with opportunities for service learning in community agencies. This results in an in-depth and well-rounded education.

Rehabilitation Studies Minor Courses You Could Take

Physical and Psychosocial Aspects of Disability (3 hrs)
Stages of adjustment to disability, impact of age at onset, impact on family. Introduction to consumer-based health perspectives. Overview of etiology, progression and treatment of major disabling conditions related to cognition, emotion and addiction and other disorders related to the nervous system. Includes the interplay of physical, psycho-social and vocational implications of these disorders.
Employment Services (3 hrs)
Covers basic job development and job placement skills and activities. Includes job analysis, supported employment, transition services and labor market analysis.
Introduction to Drugs and Addictions (3 hrs)
Examines the meaning of substance use and addiction in modern society, taking an interdisciplinary view of its causes and the effects of commonly used drugs and the impact of substance use/addiction on the individual and society.
Microcounseling (3 hrs)
Microcounseling skills and case presentation. Students learn and practice specific interpersonal communication and microcounseling skills related to human service delivery.
Introduction to Psychiatric Rehabilitation (3 hrs)
Overview of the field of psychiatric rehabilitation for students who are interested in providing services to individuals with severe mental illnesses (psychiatric disabilities). Review of the principles and values of psychiatric rehabilitation, emphasizing consumer empowerment and recovery. Covers a brief history of the field, current practice models and identifying important issues facing the psychiatric rehabilitation practitioner today.
Disability and Society (3 hrs)
Explores the historical and current treatment of persons with disabilities. Examines the impact of social institutions, public policy, and attitude on service provision, with emphasis on the impact current legislation and research have had on the marginalization and segregation of persons with disabilities.

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