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August 2023 Newsletter

Back to School

It’s that time of year again – kids are looking forward to seeing new teachers and classrooms; high schoolers are ending summer jobs; and college students are making their moves back to campuses. So many opportunities for learning and growth!

Academic Programs

The Center for Learning works closely with colleges and universities across Maine to assist programs in aligning their courses to include the MHRT/C knowledge competencies. There are currently 33 approved degree and certificate programs, where students can earn their MHRT/C certification while also earning academic credit! We strongly encourage applicants who might not have a degree to consider these offerings. Many of the programs offer online and hybrid options. More information about these programs is on the MHRT/C Academic Programs tab on the CFL website,

Non-Academic Training

Another option for a MHRT/C applicant who might have a degree and not want to enroll in an academic course to meet their certification requirements, is the Office of Behavioral Health’s (OBH) non-academic competency domain courses. There is now a 30-hour training for each of the eight competency domains (Domain 5 – Policy Knowledge, will be available later this fall) taught by approved trainers around the state. Most of the courses are offered virtually. To learn more, visit the Non-Academic Training tab on the CFL website above.

MHRT/C Continuing Education Reminder: As of June 1 – the 18-hour continuing education requirement for MHRT/C certificate renewal must include a minimum of six hours of live training. This can be face-to-face or real time (live) webinars or classes, NOT asynchronous classes. See the Continuing Education tab on the CFL website for a list of resources

Please let us know if you have questions or comments about any of this information by emailing Thank you and enjoy the rest of the summer!


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