Social and Behavioral Sciences

BA in Social and Behavioral Sciences - Counseling Concentration

Career Options

MHRT/C and the SBS Degree  Flyer - pdf Format

If you are planning on working in the adult mental health field in the State of Maine, and do not plan to pursue a post-graduate degree, you may be interested in obtaining MHRT/C certification. 

Did you know:

  • If you graduate with the SBS degree, with no concentration, you are automatically eligible for MHRT/C Provisional Level A accreditation.
  • Effective arrangements completed with the state Spring '11, you can now attain full MHRT/C accreditation via a ‘MHRT/C track’ within the SBS Counseling Concentration. See Flyer for full details!

If you have any questions, contact Carol Nemeroff at

A concentration is a way of organizing the six required SBS electives.  The Counseling concentration provides students with an introduction to theory, topics, and skill areas relevant to professional applications in counseling. Organizing the choice of SBS electives through adoption of this concentration strengthens students’ preparation for entry into variety of positions in or related to the helping professions, as well as for the pursuit of graduate study. Students doing so should complete the necessary paperwork so that the counseling concentration appears on their MaineStreet academic plan.

Two foundational courses are required, plus one from each of the four categories below. Substitutions must be approved by a faculty adviser. Any student who wants to fulfill the MHRTC (Mental Health Rehabilitation Technician - Community) certificate for the State of Maine should work closely with an advisor as early as possible. Graduates of the SBS program are automatically eligible for the MHRT/C Provisional Level A.  The Provisional Level B preapproval for the Counseling Concentration has been replaced by the full MHRT/C accreditation track within the SBS Counseling Concentration at LAC.  In addition, a new Provisional Level B option is currently in development with the CFL (not yet available) for students who have not yet completed the Bachelor's degree. 

Please visit the Office of Undergraduate Admission for application information.

If you are interested in Social Work, use the following advising sheet to plan your carreer: Advising Sheet

Note: For the Counseling Concentration, the required Internship (LAC 447) must be in a clinical-type setting.

In addition to the requirements listed in the BA, the following requirements apply to the Counseling Concentration:

Foundational courses for everyone pursuing this concentration:

SBS 311 Theories of Personality
SBS 411 Counseling and Psychotherapy

Four additional electives for concentration – Choose one course from each of the following four groups of courses. Any substitutions must be approved by faculty advisor:

Psychosocial Disorders and Services:
SBS 303 Abnormal Psychology
SBS 346 Introduction to Social Services
SBS 348 Responding to Mental Health Crisis in the Community
SBS 350 Psychosocial Disorders of Childhood and Adolescence

Diversity and Multiculturalism:
SBS 315 The Social Psychology of Disability
SBS 316 Diversity in the Workplace
SBS 345 Diversity: Many Voices
SBS 470 Study Abroad

Developmental Contexts:
SBS 305 Child Development
SBS 306 Adolescence
SBS 341 The Family

Applied Topics:
SBS 304 Food, Culture, and Eating
SBS 308 Health, Illness, and Culture
SBS 332 Death, Dying, and Denial
SBS 343 Substance Abuse
SBS 344 Violence: Causes and Control 
SBS 349 Trauma and Narrative
SBS 390 Brain and Behavior
SBS 420 Mindfulness
SBS 450 Assessment of Individual Differences in Children