2017-18 Catalogs

Certificate of Graduate Study in Mental Health Rehabilitation Technician/Community (MHRT/C)

The MHRT/community certificate program is offered through the Counseling program and is especially suited for practitioners who work in the mental health system and desire training in psychosocial rehabilitation, and persons with prior graduate training who need flexible coursework to update their skills and knowledge in the psychosocial rehabilitation approach.

The five-course (15 credits) program described below leads to the MHRT/community certificate and can also lead to the new state employment specialist certificate.

HCE 510 Introduction to Rehabilitation Counseling and Services
HCE 514 Psychiatric Rehabilitation: Evidence-based Practices and Treatment
HCE 611 Medical and Psychological Aspects of Disability and Rehabilitation
HCE 612 Multicultural Counseling: Social & Cultural Foundations of Helping Diverse Families
HCE 615 Vocational Counseling and Placement in Rehabilitation

For course descriptions, please click here.

Minimum Requirements: Criteria for admission include successful completion of a bachelor's degree and relevant professional experience. To earn a certificate, students must complete 75 percent of the required coursework at USM, and earn a grade of B (3.0) or better in each course.

Persons with a bachelor's degree and one year direct experience in the mental health field may apply for the five-course sequence.

Application Deadline


  • Candidates should submit all application materials to the Application Processing Center, University of Maine System, P.O. Box 412, Bangor, ME 04402-0412. Electronic transcripts and other application materials can be emailed to: edocs@maine.edu

Applications must include:
  • A submitted online graduate certificate admission application; including a $25 non-refundable fee;
  • Official transcripts from all colleges or universities attended, excluding the seven campuses of the University of Maine system. A transcript is official when it comes directly from the institution. If an applicant is submitting an official transcript, it must be in a sealed envelope from the institution indicating that it is an official document. If the envelope has been opened prior to arriving at the Office of Graduate Admissions, it is no longer considered an official transcript;
  • Current resume; and
  • Personal statement.

Acceptance to a certificate program does not constitute acceptance to a master's or post-master's certificate of advanced study program. Applications for degree status must be made under separate cover.   The completed MHRT-C courses are eligible for transfer to the Rehabilitation Counseling concentration upon admission, per request providing they meet transfer status.