Introduction to mental health work

The Mental Health Rehabilitation (MHR) minor introduces students to the skills necessary to participate in mental health work and allows students to meet the MHRT/C competencies required by the State of Maine to achieve Full MHRT/C certification upon graduation. Visit our blog to read about the experiences of our MHR minors.


A student with GPA of at least 2.25 and a major at UNE may minor in MHR with the approval of the coordinator of the minor or the academic director. Declarations must occur prior to the completion of the first semester of the junior year.

Major programs of study with significant course overlap with MHR minor requirements may be disallowed by the chair. Students declaring a minor in MHR will not be allowed to double-dip credits across the minor and either major or core requirements for PSY 236, 375, or 410 (e.g., PSY majors completing PSY 410 should complete a separate course to fulfill their major elective requirement so 410 will count only towards the MHR minor).

A minimum of 21 hours of approved course credit with a minimum grade of "C-" in each is required for the minor in MHR as follows (students completing the seven (7) courses identified below are eligible for the MHRT/C certificate from the state of Maine):

Required Course Credits
PSY 105 – Introduction to Psychology 3
PSY 205 – Abnormal Psychology 3
PSY 250 – Lifespan Development 3
PSY 236 – Mental Health and Society 3
PSY 375 – Trauma and Health 3
SOC 240 – Race, Class, and Gender 3
PSY 410 – Theories of Clinical/Counseling Psychology 3
Total Required Credits 21

For more information contact Linda Morrison, Ph.D. | (207) 602-2865 |

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MHRT/C Certificate

To work in the agencies funded by the Maine Department of Health and Human Services and many other human service organizations, you must hold certification in Mental Health Rehabilitation Technician/Community (MHRT/C).

Our minor in Mental Health Rehabilitation allows you to meet the MHRT/C competencies as you complete our seven required courses.

Why Get Your Certification or Minor in Mental Health Rehabilitation

Anyone considering working in the State of Maine in a human service-related field may need the MHRT/C certification, and having it prior to graduation increases the likelihood of job placement and increased starting salary. It may also be helpful for a variety of related professions, such as education, occupational or physical therapy, nursing, and other health care careers. 

Applying for MHRT/C Certification

After completion of your degree and the Mental Health Rehabilitation minor, send an official copy of your transcript and the MHRT/C application to the Muskie School Center for Learning. Application processing time is approximately three weeks and no payment is required. Applications can be obtained at the Muskie website or by contacting the program coordinator, Dr. Linda Morrison. Completed applications should be mailed to:

MHRT/Community Request
The Center for Learning  
45 Commerce Street, Suite 11  
Augusta, ME 04330