Interested in a career in human services, mental health or substance abuse rehabilitation? UMA’s Mental Health & Human Services program will provide you with the skills, knowledge and practices you need to thrive in one of the many helping professions.
Degrees Offered: B.S. and A.S.
Courses offered on Augusta and Bangor campuses, online, and statewide via ITV.
Designed in response to a statewide need, UMA’s Mental Health and human Services program prepares students for expanding opportunities in community-based human services. Your coursework will offer a stimulating blend of human services and liberal arts, while an internship will provide you a chance to put your skills and knowledge to work in a human service, mental health, or substance abuse rehabilitation agency.
UMA’s unique and innovative program offers the Bachelor’s and the Associate’s degree. Coursework in both degree programs includes general education classes in combination with mental health, substance abuse, human services and child and family courses. Each degree program culminates with an internship experience. NOTE: Students residing in a state other than Maine may not be able to take an internship in their state of domicile. If your desired program requires an internship for graduation, please check with your admissions counselor for the latest update on State Reciprocity.
UMA’s Associate of Science in Mental Health and Human Services allows you to specialize in one or more of several vitally important areas: substance abuse services, mental health treatment, developmental disabilities, early childhood services, child and adolescent services, or gerontology. As a graduate, you can find rewarding employment in a convalescent, geriatric, rehabilitation, substance abuse treatment, developmental disabilities, or mental health facility.
Graduates of the Bachelor’s program can pursue successful professional careers involving crisis stabilization, case management, counseling, psychosocial rehabilitation, income maintenance, job coaching, and other services in a variety of agencies and institutions.
Several minors and certificate programs are also available. Certificate programs are designed to prepare people for fields in Mental Health Rehabilitation Technician/Community, Child and Youth Care Practice and Substance Abuse Rehabilitation.
Students who are enrolled in an academic program which requires an internship as a part of the curriculum requirements must know that certain states do not allow students enrolled in an out-of-state university to participate in an internship within their state borders. If you reside outside the State of Maine, or wish to enroll in classes and/or an internship outside of Maine, please contact your UMA faculty advisor or the UMA Advising Office to be sure that your state of domicile allows you to enroll in classes or perform an internship sponsored by UMA, or your program has an alternate capstone option. The list of reciprocal states changes frequently. It is incumbent upon students to understand their home state’s policies as UMA must work within the legal framework of that states’ regulations.
Skills You Will Acquire
Managing case loads
Representing others, advocacy
Providing psychosocial rehabilitation
Developing individual service plans (ISPs)
Providing supported employment assistance
Providing educational support
Teaching life and career skills
Administering job assistance programs
Conducting intake interviews
Teaching parenting skills
Coordinating support services
Identifying and solving problems
Careers You Can Seek
UMA’s Mental Health and Human Services graduates have applied their skills in several areas. The range of occupational areas is demonstrated in the list below.
Health And Human Services
Mental Health Rehabilitation Technician/Community
Community Support Worker
Substance Abuse Worker
Disabilities Determination Administration
Family Support Services
Nursing Home Administration
Early Childhood Services Caseworker
Vocational Rehabilitation Counselor
Non-Profit Service Agencies
Employment Specialist (Job Coach/Job Developer)
Shelter Manager (homeless or abused women)
Social Club Director
Program Director, Big Brothers/Big Sisters
Other Qualified Mental Health Workers
Child and Youth Care Worker
Special Education Technician
School-Based Case Management
Mental Health Case Management
Early Childhood Intervention
*Baccalaureate or Graduate level study is generally required for these occupations.
Students who complete the Mental Health and Human Services Program should be able to:
- Apply the current evidence-based practices to work in the behavioral health and human services fields
- Apply, implement and provide community support, case management, crisis services, and psychosocial rehabilitation
- Apply the appropriate use of information for assessment, planning and documenting to meet the needs of service delivery
- Apply appropriate interviewing and counseling techniques, supportive interventions, and evaluate related outcomes
- Collaborate effectively within teams in a variety of settings
- Perform in accordance with ethical practice guidelines