A joint Associate in Science Degree in Psychosocial Rehabilitation is offered in cooperation with the School of Health Professions (SHP) at Rutgers University. A degree is awarded simultaneously by Ocean County College and Rutgers.
Psychiatric rehabilitation practitioners provide services and support to people with severe mental illnesses and other disabilities, empowering them to manage their illnesses and live rewarding and productive lives in the community. Psychosocial rehabilitation practitioners assist people in obtaining the skills, support and resources they will need to achieve success and satisfaction in their social, vocational, educational and independent living environments. The overall goals of this field are the promotion of recovery, community integration, and improved quality of life for people coping with psychiatric disabilities. There are ample career opportunities for PSR practitioners in a variety of rehabilitation programs and community mental health settings. The knowledge and skills of the PSR practitioner qualify him/her to provide supportive counseling, case management services, and vocational rehabilitation interventions. The practitioner is also prepared to facilitate skills training groups as well as psycho-education and support groups.
To meet the demand for qualified professionals in this area, Rutgers’ School of Health Professions (SHP) now offers a full psychiatric rehabilitation career ladder-from the associate’s through the Ph.D. degree. This program will provide you with the basic skills and rehabilitation techniques to begin your career. As part of the program, you will complete two semesters of fieldwork at a community service agency.
Students will complete 30 pre-professional general education credits at Ocean County College, and 30 Psychosocial Rehabilitation credits through the Rutgers SHP Piscataway or Blackwood campus. This course of study can be completed on either a full or part-time basis.
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