PCMH Offered in Maine - Info Sessions Aug. 17, Aug. 19, and Aug. 20

Monday, July 13, 2009
SNHU Communications Office

Southern New Hampshire University is pleased to announce a new learning site for the Graduate Program in Community Mental Health (PCMH).  The graduate program will be offered at the SNHU satellite campus located in Brunswick, Maine, beginning in May 2010. Applications are currently being accepted. Information sessions are being held Aug. 17, Aug. 19 and Aug. 20. Come meet a representative for more information. Call 800.730.5542 or e-mail pcmhadmissions@snhu.edu to schedule an individual meeting.

''We are excited that this program has come to Maine, as it aligns with our vision of using evidence-based practices in a system where care is integrated,’’ said  Maine Department of Health and Human Services Commissioner Brenda Harvey. ''The weekend format makes it accessible to people who are working and going to school and encourages people working in different segments of the service arena to learn together.''

PCMH offers a Master of Science in Community Mental Health, with a minimum of 48 and 60 credit options. Classes are held one weekend per month, all day Saturday and Sunday, and are designed to meet the learning needs of working adults.  Individuals may also enroll in selected courses as continuing studies. The graduate program offers two specializations focused on Integrated Community Mental Health and Substance Abuse Services for Adults, or Children, Youth, & Families. In addition, the Mental Health Counseling track helps to prepare students for licensure as a Licensed Professional Counselor and Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor in Maine.

PCMH’s mission is to increase the preparation, recruitment and retention of staff in the behavioral health workforce, to develop leaders in the field, to promote improved service outcomes for children and families and adults of all ages, and to increase the number of family members and people in recovery working in the field.

The program has more than 500 master’s degree program graduates nationally, and approximately 170 current master’s degree students, as well as students completing certificates and other course work.

The program has also been awarded recognition nationally by the Annapolis Coalition on the Behavioral Health Workforce and identified as an ''Innovative Practice in Workforce Development.''  The Coalition identified SNHU’s Graduate Program in Community Mental Health in their review of best practices in workforce education under the following five categories: consumer and family/adult mental health, child/adolescent and school-based mental health, leadership, rural mental health, and substance use disorders treatment and persons in recovery.

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