BSW Program: The UMPI bachelor of social work program prepares graduates to help people address and cope with everyday and complex problems. Social workers work in a range of environments such as hospitals, mental health centers, schools, or community agencies. Thus, coursework is focused on assisting graduates to gain competencies to address complex situations. This includes practice courses focused on developing skills, knowledge based courses to understand theories used in social work practice, as well as an emphasis on ethics and ethical practice, guided by the NASW Code of Ethics.
Human Services Minor: The human services minor provides coursework for students interested in working in the public sector in settings such as public assistance programs, healthcare organizations, or not for profit human services. Coursework includes courses complementary to other majors such as behavioral and social science, business, criminal justice and psychology.
Mental Health Rehabilitation Technician Community Certification (MHRTC/C): This certificate allows individuals who are planning to provide community support services in positions funded by the Department of Health and Human Services and MaineCare to meet the special training mandates required by the State of Maine for certain public welfare positions. All students who graduate with a BSW from UMPI also have met the requirements for the MHRTC/C.
Students who are interested in child welfare are eligible to apply for a senior field placement with the Field Instruction Unit (FIU) at the Department of Health and Human Services. Here is information for this placement.
The FIU prepares social work students for successful careers in public child welfare. The training will increase casework retention and effectiveness, thereby improving outcomes for children and families in Maine. This placement includes a stipend and the training you need to be eligible for a Child Protective Services position on graduation.
Mental Health Rehabilitation Technician Community Certification
The MHRT/C certification program is a competency-based certification, enabling those from a variety of backgrounds who have appropriate education, work experience, and training to earn this certification. This certificate allows individuals in the state of Maine, who are planning to provide community support services in positions funded by the Department of Health and Human Services and MaineCare, to meet the special training mandates required by the State of Maine for certain public welfare positions. To be certified by the State of Maine, students who complete the required coursework will then apply for their MHRT/C certificate through the Muskie School’s Center for Learning. Get more information here.
Human Services Assistant Certification
The Human Services Assistant certification provides students with general knowledge and skills to work in a diverse range of human and social service organizations. Students develop foundational knowledge and skills to address individual and family issues, and strengthen connections between individuals, family members, and/or members of the community. When taken together with the required MHRT/C certificate courses in Your Pace, students need only take one additional course to complete both certifications. Get more information here.