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June 2022 Newsletter

MHRT/Community Non-Academic Training

The Maine Office of Behavioral Health (OBH), with support from the Muskie School Center for Learning, developed a 30-hour non-academic course for each of the eight MHRT/C competency domains. (The last course, Domain 5, is still under development.) These courses are an option for applicants to meet the MHRT/C domain requirements for certification.

Professional trainers applied to participate in a Train-the-Trainer session for each domain they wanted to teach, and when approved, have been able to offer courses to their staff and individuals outside of their agency. The first Train-the-Trainer was in November 2019, for Domain 1, and the first course offered was during the summer of 2020. The other domains rolled out as the course training manuals were completed.

By the Numbers

From July 2020 through first week of May 2022 there are:

  • 36 approved trainers
  • 75 completed courses
  • 500 certificates of completion issued
  • 487 completed course evaluations

Recently many of the trainers met as a group with representatives from the Office of Behavioral Health and the Muskie School to discuss their experiences with the program thus far. Trainers said they enjoy teaching the material, and the course evaluations indicate the participants are generally very satisfied. Some of the challenges for the trainers are professional demands and time constraints, and the logistics of planning, scheduling and registering students. Muskie staff is currently working to enhance the online calendar view for all the MHRT/C courses to improve its navigation and readability.

Healthcare Training for ME

This website provides resources for training including funding to cover the cost of training including MHRT I trainings and MHRT/C non-academic training.

Check out Healthcare Training for ME for more information.

Please note: In spite of the lifting of the Governor’s Civil State of Emergency due to COVID-19, MHRT/C certificate holders can continue to complete the entire 18-hour Continuing Education requirement online, until further notice. We will send out advance notice when OBH reinstates the face-to-face requirement. Please remember that at least four (4) of these hours must be in Ethics.

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