About School of Education and Behavioral Sciences

School of Education and Behavioral Sciences

REHABILITATION AND DISABILITY STUDIES

Mission

The mission of Rehabilitation Counseling Program (RCP) is to train qualified personnel to provide quality rehabilitation and mental health professionals to meet the state and national human resources demands as well as conducting a programmatic research agenda and service aimed at improving vocational rehabilitational services for persons with disabilities.

Goals & Objectives
  1. To increase the number of qualified rehabilitation counselors and mental health professionals from traditionally underrepresented populations to work in the state and federal rehabilitation program or counseling-related agencies.
  2. To provide high-quality academic training which is responsive to the needs of practicing Vocational Rehabilitation (VR) counselors from the Oklahoma Combined Rehabilitation Agency, the eight American Indian VR Programs, and community rehabilitation programs.
  3. To present an academic curriculum that provides program participants with the knowledge, skills, and competencies that emphasize independent living and that meet or exceed CACREP standards.
  4. To prepare graduates for the Certified Rehabilitation Counselor (CRC) designation, and the Oklahoma Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC) credential.
  5. To place graduates in vocational rehabilitation and counseling positions in state-federal rehabilitation agencies, as well as in profit and non-profit entities.

Special Project

Advanced Rehabilitation Research Training Project at the LU-RRTC
Project Overview

The Advanced Rehabilitation Research Training (ARRT) Program at the Langston University (historically Black college/university [HBCU]) Rehabilitation Research and Training Center (LU-RRTC) on Research and Capacity Building represents a collaborative effort between the Institute for Community Inclusion at the University of Massachusetts Boston ([ICI] Asian American and Native American Pacific Islander-serving Institution [AANAPISI]), North Carolina Agricultural and Technical State University ([NCA&T] HBCU), South Carolina State University ([SCSU] HBCU), Jackson State University ([JSU] HBCU), and the Kessler Foundation. The Project implements a Peer-to-Peer Multiple Mentor Model to help post-doctoral Fellows navigate institutional context and cross-fertilize their independent research project and research grant proposal through exchanges with a primary mentor and a scientific panel of mentors comprised of content experts, multicultural specialists, methodologists, and statisticians.

The ARRT Program works in concert with the LU-RRTC drawing upon the center’s extensive minority-serving institution research capacity building expertise, collaborative networks, resources, and interventions (e.g., methodology and grant writing web-based trainings, communities of practice, strategic planning, sponsored programs office and institutional review board technical assistance and consultation), offers courses, webinars, and implements peer mentoring as an innovative strategy to holistically address the Fellows’ research skill building needs. The ARRT Program works in concert with the LU-RRTC drawing upon the center’s extensive minority-serving institution research capacity building expertise, collaborative networks, resources, and interventions (e.g., methodology and grant writing web-based trainings, communities of practice, strategic planning, sponsored programs office and institutional review board technical assistance and consultation), offer courses, webinars, and implement peer mentoring as an innovative strategy to holistically address the fellows’ research skill building needs.

Advanced Rehabilitation Research Training Project Goals

The ARRT objectives are to:

Implement a recruitment strategy that will attract 4 to 6 well-qualified MSI-based fellows, including individuals with disabilities, interested in pursuing research or academic careers in the rehabilitation of individuals with disabilities for advanced research training.

Provide fellows with a multidisciplinary training program that includes didactic research coursework and classroom instruction offered through alternative technological platforms (skype or on-line) that will increase their knowledge of scientific research methodologies, multicultural research best-practices, and solutions-focused translational approaches suitable to the field of rehabilitation.

Implement mentoring through an interface between fellows and a Peer-to-Peer Multiple Mentor approach that consist of a primary mentor and a scientific mentorship panel comprised of context experts, multicultural specialists, methodologists, and a statistician from the LU-RRTC, ICI, NCA&T, SCSU, JSU, and Kessler Foundation.

Increase fellows’ scientific writing abilities by having them collaborate with researchers on grant writing and preparation of independent research findings for submission to peer-reviewed journals.

Improve fellows’ presentation abilities to both professionals and consumers.

Provide fellows with interdisciplinary research experiences.

Involve fellows in consumer-related experiences by providing opportunities to deliver clinical employment support interventions and/or participate in structured community-based settings with organizations representing individuals with disabilities such as Oklahoma Department of Rehabilitation Services, Goodwill Industries of Central Oklahoma, and Oklahoma City Public School District-Department of Special Education

Upcoming Events

45th Anniversary Luncheon: LU-Tulsa

June 13, 2024
The Langston University urban campuses located in Oklahoma City and Tulsa will commemorate their 45-year anniversaries this June with celebratory luncheons. LU-Tulsa will celebrate its 45-year anniversary with a luncheon in the Doubletree by Hilton in Downtown Tulsa on June 13. The deadline to purchase tickets is June 6. Tickets can be purchased for $45 at bit.ly/LUTulsa45. Paid parking available near ...

Juneteenth Informational Fair

June 13, 2024
Langston University will host a Juneteenth Informational Fair at the Oklahoma City campus, 7401 N. Kelley Avenue, on Thursday, June 13 from 5-7 p.m. The event, sponsored by LU’s Reach Higher Program, will feature family-friendly activities such as a bounce house, face painting and food. It will also give attendees an opportunity to learn about Langston’s online bachelor’s degree in ...

Fall Classes Start August 5th

August 5, 2024
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