Counselor Education


Counseling Programs, Concentrations, and Areas of Expertise

The counselor education program has several programs and concentrations to meet the areas mental health needs. They are nationally accredited by CACREP or CORE.

Certificate of Graduate Study in MHRT/Community

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. Leads to the MHRT-C certificate

M.S in Counseling:

Concentrations in:

Clinical Mental Health

The clinical mental health counseling concentration requires a total of sixty-three credit hours of coursework and is designed to allow students to learn skills specifically related to treating clients facing acute problems and developmental life issues, as well as clients interested in enriching their present life through the establishment of greater coherence and well-being. Students’ learning is accomplished through our clinical training courses and specialized electives. Leads to LCPC

Clinical Rehabilitation

This Rehabilitation Counseling track includes specific content requirements students will need to be competent as clinical counselors and to qualify for both certified rehabilitation counselors CRC) and licensed clinical professional counselors (LCPC).


The rehabilitation counseling specialty requires a total of fifty-four credit hours of coursework. The specialty is intended to promote quality rehabilitation services to persons with disabilities through the education of rehabilitation professionals, providing services to rehabilitation organizations, and sponsorship of rehabilitation-related research and training. Leads to CRC.


The school counseling specialty requires a total of sixty credit hours of coursework. Upon completion, students are eligible for certification from the Maine Department of Education in the area of school guidance and counseling, levels K-12.

Area of expertise in:

Family Systems

For those persons interested in working in the area of family systems, the counselor education program offers coursework with a focus on counseling families, and in incorporating systemic perspectives even when counseling individuals. This area of expertise is available for master's and CAS students.

Substance Abuse

For those students interested in working in the area of substance abuse, the counselor education program offers coursework which will enable students to obtain a Substance Abuse Counseling expertise area within their master's degree. This expertise certificate area is available as part of the clinical mental health counseling specialty. Leads to LADC.

Counseling 3+2 - B.S. in Rehabilitation Service from UMF to M.S. in Counseling from USM

The University of Maine at Farmington’s 3 + 2 agreement with the University of Southern Maine offers an accelerated and more affordable pathway to earning a Master of Science in Counseling degree.

With a shortage of counselors across the nation, the new 3+2 Counseling (B.S. to M.S.) program offered collaboratively between the University of Maine at Farmington and the University of Southern Maine lets you complete your Bachelor’s and Master’s degree in just 5 years, rather than the typical 6 – allowing you to work in the counseling field helping individuals with disabilities one year sooner and one year less expensive.