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Students enrolled in the University of Maine at Farmington Rehabilitation and Human Services Program can now prepare for a career as a Certified Alcohol and Drug Counselor (CADC) with access to the University of Maine at Augusta’s Substance Abuse Rehabilitation Technician Certificate (SART).

This collaborative effort between UMF’s Rehabilitation and Human Services Program and the University of Maine at Augusta’s (UMA’s) Mental Health and Human Services Program allows you to prepare for the CADC exam more easily.

UMF students can complete up to 15 credits (5 classes) at UMF to be used towards the required 30 SART credits at UMA. The other 15 credits (5 classes) must be taken at UMA to make you eligible to receive the UMA Substance Abuse Rehabilitation Technician Certificate. The chart below lists the UMF courses accepted by UMA for the certificate as well as all of ten of the UMA courses in the program.

Upon completion of UMA’s Substance Abuse Rehabilitation Technician requirements, you’ll be eligible to apply for the UMA Substance Abuse Rehabilitation Technician Certificate. Once you receive your certificate you can then apply for the Certified Alcohol and Drug Counselor (CADC) license in Maine.

Addiction Rehabilitation Professionals are in Demand

One in four families is affected by substance use disorder. According to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control, “For every drug overdose that results in death, there are many more nonfatal overdoses, each one with its own emotional and economic toll.” The Federal Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration also says, “serious workforce shortages exist for health professionals and paraprofessionals across the United States.”

According to the Occupational Outlook Handbook, the job outlook for substance abuse and behavioral disorder counselors is expected to grow by 31 percent through 2023. Perhaps surprising, however, is that the need is increasing in all parts of Maine and New England, from cities and urban areas to wealthy suburbs to rural small towns. Unfortunately, the problem of addiction crosses all socioeconomic boundaries.

UMA Requirements and their UMF Equivalent

 UMA Certificate Requirement (online) UMF Certificate Equivalent (in person)
HUS 101  Introduction to Human Services REH 120  Introduction to Social Services
HUS 125  Intro to Substance Use Disorder REH 250  Addictive Behaviors and Recovery
HUS 212  Case Management REH 310  Principles of Casework
HUS 233  Trauma: Recognition and Interventions REH 420  Trauma & Resiliency
HUS 305  Group Process REH 305  Group Process
HUS 232  Crisis Intervention
HUS 326  Counseling for Substance Use Disorder
HUS 308  Assessment and Planning
HUS 335  SUD Counseling with Diverse Populations
Plus One Elective from the Following at UMA (online) Plus One Elective from the Following at UMF (in person)
HUS 222  Psychosocial Rehabilitation REH 249  Psychiatric Rehabilitation
HUS/SSC 332  Relational Systems that Support SUD
HUS 342  SUD and Trauma

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