March 2012




Psychology Advising Office (619)594-5412   Location: Life Sciences N. Rm. 105

The Master of Science in Rehabilitation Counseling Program (RCP) at San Diego State University prepares professionals to provide responsive and effective services to individuals with physical, cognitive and psychiatric disabilities.



Rehabilitation Counselors s work with a variety of populations from children to the elderly.  These individuals could be working with clients in supervisory and administrative , Department of Veterans Affairs, academic settings, career counseling  facilities, substance abuse facilities, hospitals, private practices, community mental health centers, and nonprofit agencies.

A Department of Rehabilitation counselor may work with a client who is trying to go back into the work force after being diagnosed with a mental health issue.  The counselor would assit in finding the clients strengths and weakness to assist the client accomplish the goal of transitioning back into the work force with acceptable accommodations.

As a RCP graduate, one

would be eligible to become a Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor (LPCC) in the State of California.  A counselor can have specializations in cognitive disabilities psychiatric rehabilitation and assistive technology.  A Rehabilitation Counselor will work with other agencies and build collaborations and a resource bank.  Clients consit of people who were born with disabilities to those who have had recent circumstances.  The Clientel could be those with a range from physical disabilites to mental and social..

The goal in working with clients is to assist them achieve their goals of employment, counseling/mental health concerns, and/or independent living skills.



If you are looking for a career in the helping profession that is rewarding – why no rehabilitation?  Most people think of rehabilitation as only drugs and alcohol, but working with those with disabilities can be just as rewarding.  RCP trains counselors to

work with the population. So that a counselor can better assist their client’s needs.  This can be a challenging and exciting career.

“You make a dramatic difference” , Dr. Charles Degeneffe, Program Coordinator emphasis.

Working in rehabilitation can help someone to a satisfying and qualitative life.


Suggested Courses:

Psy 340, 350,380,388


Psy 319,351,370,407,452

Other depts..:

Gen S 420

If you are interested, the Psychology Undergraduate Advising Office, LS105 will be happy to assist. ■


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Laboratory Spotlight: Attention Lab- Dr. Katherine Turner & Sara Roldan

The Fifth Annual Student Research Symposium will be held on March 9 and 10, at the Love library. The symposium is an event where SDSU students have the opportunity to present their research projects through posters and/ or oral presentations. Sara Roldan is one of the presenters. The research project Sara is working on is the Attention Laboratory. The Attention Lab  is pursuing multiple research questions

concerning Joint Attention. Is the use of another’s gaze  essential to determining whether information is socially meaningful? Also,  to discriminate and encode the direction of someone’s gaze that  is crucial for normal cognitive development. And finally, to assess experiences in diverse population that contribute to the memory, thought, and emotion. It  is a pilot

research laboratory  and is directed by Katherine  Turner PhD. a faculty member of the SDSU Psychology Dept. Ms. Roldan presented her poster at the Bio- medical Conference for Minority Students held November 2011 in St. Louis.


For more information about the Attention Lab you can e-mail Sara Roldan at sarablue2326@





Come show your support for your classmates and friends at the Student Research Symposium!