Professional Opportunities in Clinical Rehabilitation Counseling

“After completing the Rehabilitation Counseling program at PSU, the State of Alaska immediately found me an ideal candidate for their Vocational Rehabilitation Counselor II position. My start date was one day after completing my internship. Not only did the training and education received at PSU prepare me for work in the field Rehabilitation Counseling, but I also have been given the opportunity to have a mental health caseload specialization due in large part to the additional classes offered at PSU that are now required.”
-2014 Graduate

Job opportunities exist for qualified rehabilitation counselors in a wide variety of work settings, including:

  • State-federal rehabilitation agencies
  • Private nonprofit rehabilitation facilities and workshops
  • Private-for-profit rehabilitation companies
  • Insurance companies
  • Private clinical counseling practices (e.g. mental health, substance abuse, marriage and family)
  • Substance abuse programs
  • Mental health centers
  • Psychiatric rehabilitation programs
  • Geriatric counseling and rehabilitation programs
  • Head injury rehabilitation programs
  • Developmental disability agencies
  • Mental retardation programs
  • Public and private counseling centers
  • Halfway houses and group homes
  • Independent living centers
  • Employee assistance programs
  • Disability management programs
  • Institutional and community based correctional programs
  • Comprehensive rehabilitation centers
  • University, college, and high school settings
  • Special education and transition from school to community and work programs
  • Hospital based rehabilitation and substance abuse programs
  • Veterans administration medical centers/hospitals
  • Client assistance and advocacy programs


The most recent editions of the Occupational Outlook Handbook (U.S. Department of Labor) report that employment for rehabilitation counselors are expected to grow faster than the national average for all occupations and that demand for their services is expected to be strong. Graduates of the Portland State University Program are currently employed in numerous rehabilitation settings including, DVR programs, the VA, private rehabilitation agencies, psychosocial/mental health centers, independent living centers, college and university services for students with disabilities, agencies serving people with specific disabilities, and public schools.

Use this link to access a current list of "Approved Internship Sites in Oregon" (pdf format).

For more information contact Portland State University's College of Education at:

Portland State University
College of Education
PO Box 751
Portland, OR 97207-0751

Phone: 503-725-4619
Fax: 503-725-5599