UMM-USM to Hold Master's in Counseling Information Session on October 27

The University of Southern Maine (USM), in collaboration with the University of Maine at Machias (UMM), will be offering a 54-credit graduate degree in rehabilitation counseling, beginning in the summer of 2010. The Master of Science in Counseling will be granted through USM and the curriculum will be offered primarily through distance education technologies in the following formats: ITV (interactive television), videoconferencing and online. In addition, selected classes will be taught on-campus at UMM. The USM program is nationally accredited through the Council on Rehabilitation Education (CORE) and students who complete the three and a half year program will be eligible for national certification as a rehabilitation counselor. Students who decide to take an additional 3 classes of targeted coursework will be eligible for state licensure as a Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor (LCPC).

The program will be available to a cohort of 10-12 students from the Washington and Hancock counties area. Stephen Murphy, USM professor of counseling, describes the program as “a wonderful opportunity for individuals in the Machias area to remain employed locally and obtain a master’s degree in rehabilitation counseling and licensing as an LCPC in Maine.” Meghan Duff, UMM assistant professor of psychology in behavioral science and community studies agrees. “For people who are interested in working with persons with disabilities, substance abuse or mental health issues, this a great opportunity and it fulfills a need within our communities.”

There will be information sessions on Tuesday, October 27 at 12:00 p.m. in the Faculty Dining Room of Kilburn Commons, and on Monday, November 16 at 7:00 p.m. through videoconferencing in Torrey Hall, room 104. No RSVP is required.

The deadline for admissions to the program is February 1, 2010. For additional information about the program, including a schedule of information sessions, please visit: www.usm.maine.edu/cehd/Counselor-Education/Machias.

For more information contact: Stephen Murphy, professor of counseling, USM, smurphy@usm.maine.edu; 207-780-5319; or Meghan W Duff, assistant professor of psychology,  behavioral science & community studies, UMM; meghan.duff@maine.edu; 207-255-1227.

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