The University of Maine at Farmington 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 field of Psychology is vast — and applies to many different careers. You might consider one of these paths:
Counseling / Social Work
Potential Careers: Counselor, Social Worker, Case Manager, Behavioral Health Professional
Supporting the Development of Children and Adolescents
Potential Careers: Youth Counselor, School Counselor, Childcare Director, Child Protection Specialist, Child Custody Worker
Law / Forensics / Criminal Justice
Potential Careers: Forensic Psychologist, Forensic Science Technician
Aging / Gerontology / Lifespan Studies
Potential Careers: Geriatric Care Specialist, Career Counselor
The UMF Psychology program was named one of the Top Psychology Programs in the U.S. by Study.com for 2021, the only college or university in Maine named to the list.
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.
A unique sequence of courses in Psychology will help prepare you for a career as clinical psychologist, school psychologist, crisis response worker, abuse/case management counselor, residential support worker, research assistant, legal assistant and 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.
See Psychology student Andrew Parent (included in this three-student video) on why he chose Farmington
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.
Mental Health Rehabilitation Technician / Community (MHRT/C) Certification
Students in UMF’s Psychology program are also eligible to receive Mental Health Rehabilitation Technician / Community (MHRT/C) certification from the state of Maine. While UMF does not provide this state certification, our coursework prepares you for the certification.
MHRT/Community (MHRT/C) certification is the most widely needed certification in the State of Maine. It’s required for mental health crisis workers, case managers or community support workers, day treatment workers and independent living specialists, children’s case managers and home-based family services staff.
Your UMF academic advisor in Psychology can guide you through the coursework needed for the state MHRT/C certification.
For more information, you can also check out the MHRT/C site through The Center for Learning at the Muskie School of Public Service, which collaborates with the Maine Dept. of Health and Human Services Office of Behavioral Health (DHHS-OBH) to promote excellence in the mental health workforce. It is located in Augusta, Maine.
This program will prepare you to be eligible for licensure in the State of Maine. Visit the UMaine System State Authorization & Licensure page to learn more about the licensure requirements in other states and territories, in addition to the contact information needed to inquire further into the licensure requirements associated with this program.
Want to save more than $6,000 per year in tuition? This University of Maine at Farmington program qualifies for the New England Regional Program tuition discount.
This price break is for residents of Connecticut, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Rhode Island and Vermont for the 2023-2024 academic year — a savings of more than $6,000.See More About the New England Regional Program Tuition Discount Got questions? Ask a professor in this program
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