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UMFK Behavioral and Social Science Program develops advisory council

March 25, 2015

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The University of Maine at Fort Kent announced on March 24 it has formed a new advisory council for its behavioral and social science programs in order to enhance the connections between the university and organizations in the region that provide health services.

The goal of the advisory council is to ensure the ongoing collaboration between the behavioral and social science programs at UMFK and area agencies, service providers, community members, and students.

The advisory council consists of members representing organizations including the Department of Health and Human Services, AMHC, Life by Design, Northern Maine General, Aroostook Home Health, Aroostook County Action Program, and the Hope and Justice Project.

Assistant Professor of Human Services Shawn Graham, LCPC-C, CADC, said, “Communication and collaboration with community providers is essential for the ongoing development of our programs and for the effective preparation of students entering the field.”

The members will serve as liaisons between the behavioral and social science programs and service providers. The purpose of the group is to collaborate with the service providers in order to better inform the behavioral and social science program as they prepare high quality providers to enter the human services field.

Pete McCorison, LCSW, LADC, program director for behavioral health services for AMHC, said, “AMHC is very pleased to be working with the University of Maine Fort Kent to broaden and strengthen their behavioral health service programming. UMFK plays an important part in preparing individuals to support change in our communities and reach individuals and family goals.”

Advisory council members also will ensure effective communication between service providers and the programs regarding areas related to the growing needs of the human services field, professional training and educational needs, and emerging trends in the field.

UMFK's President Wilson G. Hess said, “Advisory committees are a great source of strength for a university program. We are grateful to have such a distinguished group to help guide the behavioral and social science programs.”

To learn more about the behavioral and social science programs at UMFK, please contact UMFK admissions, Professor Shawn Graham, or visit the programs website at: https://www.umfk.edu/behsoc/