Psychosocial rehabilitation (PSR) is a comprehensive treatment strategy for meeting the needs of people with severe mental illnesses. PSR 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 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 advising, 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.
Rutger’s SHRP’s Program
The Rutgers School of Health Related Professions had the first undergraduate degree-granting program in this field in New Jersey. It is one of the few model programs of this type throughout the nation. Students in this program will complete two clinical placements at sites such as Rutgers-UBHC, Bridgeway, Collaborative Support Programs of NJ, Project Live, and others.
Requirements for admission to the Union County College general education phase of the program are: High School graduation or equivalent diploma (GED); English as a Second Language (ESL) placement test if required and completion of ESL courses if necessary; and completion of any necessary remedial courses.
To qualify for admission to the professional phase of the program offered by Rutgers, students must complete 21 credits of their Union County College general education requirements (including ENG 101 , ENG 102 ) and UPR 101 (PSRT 1101) . A minimum GPA of 2.5 is also required.
In order to successfully complete this program, the student will be required to take the following courses. BE SURE TO CONFER WITH A UNION COUNTY COLLEGE OR RUTGERS ADVISOR WHEN PLANNING YOUR COURSE SCHEDULE.
After Union County College
Graduates may transfer to Kean University, Georgian Court University, or Felician College which offer a Joint Bachelor’s Degree Program in Psychology & Psychiatric Rehabilitation with the Rutgers School of Health Related Professions.