The Graduate School of Rehabilitation Counseling is the first graduate program in Puerto Rico and the Caribbean, with the mission of training qualified professionals in the field of rehabilitation counseling with the knowledge, skills, sensitivity and ethical behavior necessary to facilitate people with impediments the development of their capacities and their integration into society. The School also has the responsibility of guiding and providing consultancy in matters of public interest related to persons with disabilities and to the professionals of rehabilitation counseling.


A graduate program of excellence, in continuous development, leader in Puerto Rico and the Caribbean in the comprehensive training of professionals in the field of Rehabilitation Counseling, which will serve and intercede on behalf of people with disabilities, guided by the highest values ethical and scientific knowledge.



Offer an up-to-date and scientifically based curriculum in the field of Rehabilitation Counseling that facilitates the acquisition of the necessary competencies for effective professional practice, focused on the needs of people with disabilities or special needs.


  1. Promote in the student body the development of the attitudes, knowledge, skills and competences necessary to perform effectively as rehabilitation counselors in line with the ethical principles of the discipline.
  2. Promote among the students the adherence to the postulates of affirmative action to guarantee equal opportunities to disadvantaged individuals due to physical, mental or social impediments.
  3. To develop awareness among students of the importance of providing affordable and quality rehabilitation services so that people with disabilities can enjoy better living conditions.
  4. Encourage students to develop the necessary skills for a professional practice based on the principle of social responsibility and the ethical values ​​of the profession.

Learning Objectives

  1. Each objective will be preceded by the number corresponding to the position in which the competences were ordered in the profile of the graduate. Sometimes an objective of teaching by competition will be included more.
  2. Analyze the classical counseling theories most used in the practice of therapeutic counseling and evaluate its application to the adaptive-rehabilitative process of people with disabilities.
  3. Develop skills to conduct a clinical interview and begin a process of therapeutic counseling that promotes emotional adjustment of the person with disability or family.
  4. Will achieve a comprehensive understanding of the therapeutic counseling process for people with disabilities or special needs.
  5. Understand the roles of the rehabilitation counselor and the members of the interdisciplinary team involved in the rehabilitation of people with disabilities.
  6. Understand the historical, philosophical and legislative process in the evolution of the field of rehabilitation and in the development of the profession of Rehabilitation Counseling in the United States and Puerto Rico.
  7. Analyze the ethical and legal aspects that govern the profession of Rehabilitation Counseling.
  8. It will apply federal and state legislation aimed at guaranteeing services that result in the physical, emotional, social and vocational rehabilitation of people with disabilities or special needs.
  9. Analyze the personal, family, social or cultural factors that can be interposed in the psychosocial adjustment to the impairment of the individual and his family.
  10. You will know the medical and psychological terminology used in the clinical or service scenarios.
  11. You will know, analyze and apply updated information from the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (ie, DSMIV-TR) when preparing rehabilitation and intervention plans for people with disabilities.
  12. Analyze medical, psychological, family, social, vocational / occupational information, functional capacity and available technological resources (ie, Assistive Technology) when preparing a rehabilitation or intervention plan.
  13. You will know, analyze and apply updated information from the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (ie, DSMIV-TR) when preparing rehabilitation and intervention plans for people with disabilities.
  14. You will know the public or private services, and community resources available to people with disabilities or special needs.
  15. Will know systems or models of provision of rehabilitation services for people with disabilities.
  16. Will show willingness to intercede on behalf of people with special needs and their family.
  17. Apply the theories or psychological techniques and career counseling in the development of a comprehensive and comprehensive rehabilitation plan for the person with disabilities or special needs.
  18. Analyze the results of psychological, vocational, occupational information and other available data when conducting an assessment of the person with disabilities.
  19. Will know the legislation related to the employment of people with disabilities, vocational assessment systems, existing resources in the community, sources of occupational information and employment market trends.
  20. Demonstrate competence in the use of occupational information resources (ie, DOT, O'Net, SOC, GOE, etc.).
  21. Apply different vocational assessment techniques, search and retention of employment, the factors and occupational demands of a job, to determine the functional capacity of a consumer and develop a vocational rehabilitation plan.
  22. Understand the importance of evaluating the functional capacity of the person with disabilities from a comprehensive and comprehensive perspective.
  23. Apply the results of the vocational evaluation, the psychometric evaluation or other forms of assessment, the information on the employment market and consumer preferences, when preparing a vocational rehabilitation plan or placement in employment.
  24. You will know the existing resources in the community and the fluctuations in the employment market.
  25. Perform a job analysis applied different assessment techniques or vocational assessment and information sources.
  26. Develop skills for job search and retention and become familiar with potential employers for the employment of people with disabilities.
  27. Develop awareness about the effects of architectural and attitudinal barriers in the process of psychosocial adaptation and in the achievement of goals of people with disabilities.
  28. Recognize the importance of scientific research (quantitative, qualitative and mixed) in the development of the knowledge base of the Rehabilitation Counseling.
  29. Analyze the development, methodology and results of research in the field of rehabilitation in a critical and constructive manner.
  30. It will apply the scientific method in the solution of problems and professional matters in the field of Rehabilitation Counseling.


From 1980 to 2017, the School was accredited by the "Council on Rehabilitation Education Inc." (CORE), entity that during said period regulated the academic-professional training of rehabilitation counselors in the United States and Puerto Rico. As of 2017, the accreditation of our School is for the "Council for the Accreditation of Counseling and Related Educational Programs" (CACREP), an entity that now accredits Rehabilitation Counseling programs. Our current accreditation cycle is valid until October 2021.

Admission requirements

Specific Requirements of the Master's Program

  • Baccalaureate or its equivalent from a recognized university.
  • Proficiency in Spanish and English.
  • General academic index of 3.00 on a 4.00 scale.

Documents Required for Admission Application

  • Application for Admission to Graduate Studies in electronic format.
  • Interview, if necessary.
  • Payment for the application for admission.
  • Two official credit transcripts with evidence of conferred grade.
  • Two Letters of Recommendation
  • Experience
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Last updated December 1, 2018
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