Mental Health and Human Services

Interested in a career in human services, mental health or substance abuse rehabilitation?  UMA’s Mental Health and 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 are offered on our Augusta and Bangor campuses, on-line, and through interactive television around the state

 

 

About the Program

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.

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. 

 

Skills You Will Aquire

 

Social Service

Vocational

Handling crises
Managing case loads
Representing others, advocacy
Providing psychosocial rehabilitation
Developing individual service plans (ISPs)
Job coaching
Providing supported employment assistance
Providing educational support
Teaching life and career skills
Administering job assistance programs
  

Communication

Organizational

Conducting intake interviews
Counseling
Teaching parenting skills
Writing Reports
Interviewing
Supervising positions
Coordinating support services
Maintaining records
Preparing reports
Identifying and solving problems
Administering programs

 

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

Government

Mental Health Rehabilitation Technician/Community
Case Management
Community Support Worker
Crisis Counselor
Substance Abuse Worker
Disabilities Determination Administration
Family Support Services
Recreational Therapist
Nursing Home Administration
Early Childhood Services Caseworker
Vocational Rehabilitation Counselor
Community Educator
Foster-Home Supervision
  

Non-Profit Service Agencies

Education

Employment Specialist (Job Coach/Job Developer)
Therapist
Legal/Court Advocate
ADA Consultant
Shelter Manager (homeless or abused women)
Social Club Director
Volunteer Coordinator
Representative Payee
Program Director, Big Brothers/Big Sisters
Other Qualified Mental Health Workers
Child and Youth Care Worker
Special Education Technician
Group Facilitator
School-Based Case Management
Mental Health Case Management
Activities Director
Early Childhood Intervention
Behavioral Specialist

 

*Baccalaureate or Graduate level study is generally required for these occupations.