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Forensic Rehabilitation Counseling

Graduate School of Education and Human Development

Graduate Certificate
Location(s): Online Learning

Program Overview

The program offers a collaborative multidisciplinary approach, making it ideal for counselors in private practice, rehabilitation counselors and supervisors, directors of rehabilitation agencies and vocational experts.

Counselors seeking additional education required for certification also benefit from this program.

GW’s program in forensic rehabilitation counseling is one of only two such programs offered nationally in the United States.

Program Objectives

Students in the certificate program:

  • Learn about the role that counselors provide within the legal system;
  • Gain expertise in the ethical standards expected of expert witnesses;
  • Learn about the processes followed within legal cases when testifying on one’s expert opinion; and
  • Gain an understanding of the business aspects of a forensic counselor’s work that breed success in this area of specialization.


Admission Requirements

Admission deadlines:

Fall – Rolling admissions
Spring – Rolling admissions
Summer – Rolling admissions

Recommendations required:

Two (2) recommendations

Prior academic records:

A prior degree from a regionally accredited institution in counseling, rehabilitation counseling, psychology, social work or a related field is required.

Transcripts are required from all colleges and universities attended, whether or not credit was earned, the program was completed, or the credit appears as transfer credit on another transcript.  Unofficial transcripts from all colleges and universities attended should be uploaded to your online application. Official transcripts are required only of applicants who are offered admission.

Transcripts from institutions outside the United States must be accompanied by an official transcript evaluation from an accredited independent evaluating agency. Please be sure you request a detailed evaluation that includes all course titles, credit hours, grade-point average (GPA), United States degree equivalency, and date of degree conferral. For a list of acceptable foreign credential evaluation services.

Statement of purpose:

In an essay of 250 to 500 words, state your purpose in undertaking graduate study at The George Washington University, describing your academic objectives, research interests, and career plans. Also discuss your related qualifications, including collegiate, professional, and community activities and any other substantial accomplishments not already mentioned in the application.

Additional requirements:

A resumé is required.

International applicants only:

Please review International Applicant Information carefully for details on required documents, earlier deadlines for applicants requiring an I-20 or DS-2019 from GW, and English language requirements.

Supporting documents not submitted online should be mailed to:
Office of Graduate Admissions
Graduate School of Education and Human Development
The George Washington University
2136 G Street, NW
Washington, DC 20052

Contact for questions: ~ 202.994.9283 ~ 202.994.7207 (fax)
9:30 am – 6:00 pm, Monday through Friday