UMA’s Mental Health & Human Services programs allow students to specialize in a variety of areas, and build a curriculum that meets their individual career goals.
There are four different concentrations each directed toward different avenues of career and professional development: Adult Mental Health Rehabilitation, Addictions Counseling, Child and Family Services and Mental Health and Human Services Generalist.
The B.S. degree meets the academic requirement for the Licensed Social Worker-Conditional (LSX) credential, and students completing the Adult Mental Health Rehabilitation concentration qualify for the Mental Health Rehabilitation/Community (MHRT/C) credential.
Many MHHS students are returning students whose academic education was interrupted by parenthood, military service, or the economy and who bring their family and work commitments with them. To accommodate those needs, the MHHS program offers the opportunity to complete the majority of the courses online.
Skills You’ll Acquire
Handling crises, managing caseloads, representing others (advocacy), providing psychosocial rehabilitation, counseling, job coaching, teaching life and career skills, providing educational support, coordinating support services, identifying and solving problems, and more.
Sequence of Courses
All University degrees have a specific curriculum which is made up of several components: Core and General Education, Program Requirements, Program Electives and General Electives. How a student goes about completing the curriculum is determined by where the student starts.
- If you are just entering college we recommend taking your Core and General Education requirements during the first two years that you are here. That will ensure that you are fully prepared to take other courses later in your academic career.
- If you are transferring into the program once your prior credits have been assessed, it will be important to make sure that you have completed the Core and General Education courses.
Regardless of which pathway brought you here, progressing through program requirements and electives is rather straight forward. We have simplified the process of selecting courses to ensure both continuity and choice for the student. The fundamental principle is to follow the numbers. Students are encouraged to take 100-level classes initially. These courses are general in nature and provide an entry into more advanced classes. 200-hundred level classes are primarily designed to develop and enhance skills and knowledge useful for more advanced classes. 300-level classes typically are building upon earlier courses. Finally, 400 level classes should be taken once the student has completed most of their undergraduate education. These courses prepare the student for the internship/capstone experience, then graduation and entry into either the profession or further education for a more advanced degree.
A special note regarding general electives.
The baccalaureate degree program in Mental Health and Human Services has many required classes, hence limiting the number of electives (5, three-credit courses). Students, particularly those transferring into the program, should be very cautious about taking courses that do not directly lead to the degree.
UMA’s Mental Health and Human Services’ Associate of Science degree is integrated within our baccalaureate program. Students can pursue a variety of potential career paths and earn an Associate’s degree along the way. The sequence of taking courses should be the same as the baccalaureate degree; take the Core and General Education courses during the first year and then follow the numbers, take the 100-level, then 200-level and finally the 300-level courses. Once you have fulfilled the required prerequisite courses you will need to take HUS 223 Fieldwork Preparation and then HUS 270 Fieldwork Placement I.
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- State Board of Social Worker Licensure, License Types
LSX is the conditional social work license. Make sure you stay abreast of the regulations for licensure. This license is required for medical type environments.
- Board of Alcohol & Drug Counselors, License Types
There are three levels of licensure. The first is CADC, which is required to work with individuals diagnosed with substance use disorder.
- Behavioral Health Training Resources
This page includes links to a wide variety of behavioral health training resources and is intended for individuals interested in, or currently working in, the behavioral health field.
- Maine Department of Education Certification & Credentialing
- Mental Health Rehabilitation Technician/Community (MHRT/C)
People who work in the MHRT/Community (MHRT/C) role provide services to adults with serious mental illness. You can qualify for MHRT/C certification through a variety of ways.
Effective immediately, Muskie Institute CFL is paperless (unless other arrangements are made) for all MHSS and MHRT/CSP certificates.
Therefore, Muskie Institute must receive an email address at the time of the application. For MHRT/CSP, please provide the email address of the agency contact who should receive the certificate. For MHSS, if the certificate is to be sent to the student or to the agency, please be sure to provide the appropriate email address.
If there is an extenuating circumstance, whereby a certificate cannot be received electronically, please let us know and we can make an exception. We will need a valid mailing address.
This effort will not only save resources, it will enable certificates to be issued more timely, putting the certificate in your hands sooner. Thank you very much for your cooperation, and for your part in improving this process.
Criminal Background Check Policy
Many agencies that provide mental health and human services field placement opportunities for students require a criminal background check. If a criminal background check indicates a conviction, this conviction may prevent you from securing a field placement, which is a required component of our degree programs. A conviction may also negatively impact your ability to get licensure to practice in the field of behavioral health. It is recommended that you contact the Licensure Board in the state(s) you plan to practice receiving specific information regarding their requirements. Other types of background checks, such as child protection or driving history, may be identified and required by the organization that is considering you for a field placement.
If you have any doubts, please initiate a criminal background check yourself. This may include a Department of Motor Vehicle check as well.