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Degree Earned
Bachelor of Science: Rehabilitation Services

In this program, students learn to work with both individuals and groups across a wide range of ages, limiting conditions and disabilities.  Real-world practical experience is built into the program with a required 150-hour third-year practicum and a 450-hour internship in the fourth year. The hours in the field offer rich background material for classroom discussion. Students must have a criminal history record check prior to their fieldwork. Faculty work closely with students to insure a coordinated plan that matches their career goals, interests and talents. Students move on to careers in a variety of settings, counseling, social work, human services, mental health, community support services, employment services, family services, and to a wide variety of graduate programs. Students who complete the required rehabilitation courses and also take REH 249 (Psychosocial Rehabilitation), REH 250 (Introduction to Addiction), REH 270 (Vocational Counseling and Placement), and REH 420 (Trauma and Resiliency) are eligible for a statewide credential in Maine, the Mental Health Rehabilitation Technician/Community (MHRT/C)certification. This credential is widely required for employment in mental health services in the state.

Learning Goals:
  • Students will have a significant understanding of different perspectives on disability using research and theory and be able to articulate this understanding in a professional manner.
  • Students will have an understanding of personal and professional development.
  • Students will have applied learning experiences for a deeper understanding of the helping field
  • Perspectives on Disability
    1. Students will be able to assess the psychological, social, and physical implications of a disability, through experience of simulation.
    2. Students will be able to assess the nature and extent of health, social, rehabilitation and education services in a community.
    3. Students will be able to prepare written guidelines for functioning effectively in multicultural settings of service delivery.
    4. Students will be able to create an adapted device and write an extension paper on the creation and development of this assistive technology piece.
  • Interpersonal Skills
    1. Students will be able to use video and written critique of video and conduct self- evaluations of core counseling and interviewing skills
    2. Students will be able to complete an intake assessment and a plan of service, based upon an interview with a simulated client.
    3. Students will be able to make an oral presentation, a speech, workshop, lecture, or professional testimony- to a public audience.
  • Self as Agent
    1. Students will be able to complete a statement of “helping philosophy” as a professional that will guide their work for the near future.
    2. Students will be able to assess in written format their growth and development as professional service providers, noting both strengths and noting qualities and skills to be developed.
  • Writing Samples
    1. Students will be able to submit a project or grant proposal of professional quality.
    2. Students will be able to assemble a multidisciplinary set of writing samples, with a minimum of two items outside the major.
    3. Students will be able to make a public policy statement, backed by research, taking an informed position on the issue of rehabilitation or human services policy.
    4. Students will complete a senior literature review and research proposal.
  • Technology and Media
    1. Students will be able to produce a video for community education or professional education purposes, based upon literature and field research.
    2. Students will apply advanced technological skills for classes including a variety of applications.
  • Professional Development
    1. Students will be able to prepare a vita of professional quality.
    2. Students will be able to create an advanced digital portfolio for fieldwork and other career opportunities.
    3. Students will interview other agencies to learn about the broad range of services in the rehabilitation field.
  • Fieldwork
    1. Students will be able to complete a minimum 150-hour practicum and a 450-hour internship.
    2. Students will be able to complete a service learning activity in addition to internship, with a written analysis/reflection conjunction with coursework in the major.
    3. The student will be able to complete a fieldwork placement using their comprehensive learning plan to develop several affective, behavioral, cognitive objectives with specific and measurable learning activities for each.
    4. Students will participate in fieldwork meeting on campus and supervision with the site supervisor and university supervisor.



REH 110 Introduction to Disability Studies 4
REH 120 Introduction to Social Services 4
REH 200 Counseling and the Helping Relationship 4
REH 305 Group Process in Human Services 4
REH 310 Casework 4
REH 380 Seminar in Professional Practice 4
REH 395 Practicum in Rehabilitation and Human Services 4
REH 480 Undergraduate Thesis in Rehabilitation 4
REH 495 Internship in Rehabilitation and Human Services                           12


*NOTE: Students must have grades of B- or higher in all major requirements courses and any elective MHRT/C courses (REH 249, REH 250, REH 270, and REH 420) while attaining an accumulative GPA of 2.5 or higher to graduate.

Program Related Electives (12 credits)

REH 215 Writing, Research, and Evidence-Based Practice in Rehabilitation  
REH 212 Rehabilitation and Families  
REH 220 Multiculturalism  
REH 230 Surviving and Thriving as Human Service Professionals  
REH 240 Expressive Arts Therapy  
REH 249 Psychosocial Rehabilitation  
REH 250 Introduction to Addiction  
REH 270 Vocational Counseling and Placement  
REH 277 Topics in Rehabilitation 2-4
REH 297 Independent Study in Rehabilitation 1-4
REH 340 Advanced Addiction Rehabilitation  
REH 375 Research Methods  
REH 377 Topics in Rehabilitation 1-4
REH 381 Grantwriting  
REH 397 Independent Study & Research in Rehabilitation 1-4
REH 402 Myth, Madness, and Mental Illness  
REH 420 Trauma and Resiliency  
REH 477 Topics in Rehabilitation 2-4
Independent Study and Research in Rehabilitation
Total Credits for the Major:  56  
GEN ED (including BIO 150):  40                              
ELECTIVES:  32                                                       

*NOTE:  Students who wish to change their major to Rehabilitation Services will need to have a overall GPA of 2.5 before this change can be made.

General education requirements at UMF include foundation courses and distribution courses. The total number of credits required to fulfill these requirements will differ depending on the courses you select; your advisor will help you choose courses that are appropriate to your program and your interests. UMF's general education requirements also include expectations related to writing skills, technology skills, research skills, and public presentation skills. You will typically satisfy these requirements through your normal coursework in general education and your major. For specific information about general education requirements and expectations, see the General Education Requirements in the Academic Programs section of this catalog.

*NOTE: Rehabilitation students will be required to take BIO 150N Human Anatomy and Physiology as one of their natural sciences.


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