Community Mental Health


The Community Mental Health Certificate Program is designed to prepare students with the necessary knowledge and skills to pursue a position in the mental health field or provide an opportunity for advancement through credentialing for those already working in the field.

Quick Facts
  • Program tracks


  • Estimated certificate completion time

    2 semesters, 27 credits

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Areas of study include trauma, vocational rehabilitation, substance abuse, listening/communication techniques, and cultural awareness. Upon completion of the certificate requirements students are eligible to apply for the Mental Health Rehabilitation Technician Community (MHRT) certificate through the State of Maine. This certificate represents the minimum licensing qualifications necessary for working in the mental health field in Maine and is required for all positions funded by the Main Department of Health and Human Services. The courses in this program are transferable to the Behavioral Health Studies program.

The sequencing of courses in this program begins in the fall semester. Students entering in the spring or summer will likely take longer than one year to complete the program. *Intended for part-time study.

Program Learning Outcomes

Students who successfully complete the Community Mental Health Certificate will be able to:

  • Demonstrate cultural awareness and sensitivity to working with diverse populations.
  • Utilize listening and communication techniques which demonstrate an empathic and non-judgmental approach to helping clients.
  • Articulate awareness of the importance of self-care and what that means for them as an individual.
  • Collaborate with clients to optimize access to services.
  • Recognize the importance of adhering to ethical guidelines relating to issues such as confidentiality and providing services in the least restrictive setting.
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Qualified graduates of the Community Mental Health certificate will be eligible for entry level employment at community health centers, hospitals, schools, social service and mental health programs, and child care settings. Specific jobs may include, but are not limited to, Community Support Worker, Residential Service Worker, Rehabilitation Technician, Youth and Family Counselor, Case Manager, Direct Support Professional, Life Skills Coach, and in-home Support Worker.

Meet the Faculty

  • Cathleen Ferrick

    Cathleen Ferrick

    Chair - BHS/Gerontology, Faculty - Psychology

    Cathleen has over twenty years of experience in the mental health field and has worked in a variety of different settings such as child protection, adoption, court investigation, and crisis intervention. She began her teaching career as an adjunct instructor at York County Community College in 2007 before transitioning to the University of New England as a part-time, and then full-time, faculty member of the Psychology Department. She was an active member of the UNE community serving as the Mental Health Rehabilitation Technician/Community (MHRT/C) program coordinator, the Psychology Club advisor, and a member of both the Core Curriculum committee and Core Assessment Committee. She has been involved in the new Behavioral Health Studies program at YCCC since it’s inception and assisted with program/curriculum development as well as writing the initial proposal for state approval of the embedded MHRT/C certificate. In her new role as a full time faculty member at YCCC she will teach a variety of courses as well as advising for the BHS program and supervising student interns.

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