The UMF Psychology program offers a nurturing academic environment where you can explore the field of psychology, develop long-term mentoring relationships with faculty, and deepen your understanding of yourself and others.
In addition to your classwork, you’ll be encouraged to gain real world, hands-on experience in research and practice through internships, independent study, service-learning, and practica.
For example, students enrolled in the Positive Psychology course are expected to keep a gratitude journal, an activity that allows them to experience first-hand the benefits of reflecting on the various “gifts” they have received in their lives. Students in the Death & Dying course prepare their own obituary, which compels them to reflect on how they would like to be remembered.
The UMF Psychology program values a sense of community among students and faculty where collaborations on research and other scholarly projects are a high priority. Students regularly present at regional and national conferences and engage in self-designed research projects mentored by UMF psychology faculty.
Internships – Real-World Experience in Psychology Fields
At UMF you can find out, first-hand, what it’s like to work in Psychology fields while you learn valuable career skills and develop a strong network of professional contacts.
Here’s a short list of where our Psychology students have recently interned:
- Evergreen Behavioral Services
- Maine Medical Center
- Maine Behavioral Health
- Pierce House Senior Living Center
- Franklin County Children’s Task Force
- Crisis & Counseling Center
- Camp Akeela
- Equality Maine
- Tri-Valley United Way
- Farmington Public Library
- FunNominal Events and Marketing
- DEW Haven Wildlife Sanctuary
- UMF Athletics Dept.
UMF Psychology students in the Counseling Psychology Track are also eligible to receive Mental Health Rehabilitation Technician/Community (MHRT/C) certification from the state of Maine.
A unique sequence of courses helps to prepare students for careers as clinical psychologists, school psychologists, crisis response workers, abuse/case management counselors, residential support workers, research assistants, legal assistants and in various other careers.
Graduates of the UMF Psychology program have also gone on to advanced study in psychology, social work, counseling, law, medicine, nursing and business.