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This course will guide you in becoming aware of diversity in Maine and using that awareness to inform your approaches to behavioral health.

The subjects covered include bias, similarities, special populations and poverty.

How it Works

This course is a self-guided online training with a combination of readings, videos, and reflection questions. You are not required to complete all course activities in one sitting. You may exit the course and return at your convenience until you have completed all sections. In order to receive credit and your certificate, you must finish all sections, complete the evaluation and score an 80% or higher on the exit quiz. You will then be directed to a course evaluation. Once you have completed the evaluation, you will be able to download a .pdf certificate to get your course credit.


  • Introduction Activity
  • Audio/slide presentations and self-assessments in five course sections
  • Exit quiz requiring a score of at least 80% to earn contact hours
  • Evaluation of the training

Target Audience

Behavioral health care providers in Maine, Licensed Social Workers and Counselors, Nurses, and other clinical staff.

Learning Objectives

  • Identify one’s own history, bias, and sense of privilege in order to develop a greater sense of self-awareness and the importance of cultural competence
  • Describe how people experience discrimination and prejudice in order to understand how these experiences affect their daily lives
  • Infer from training content that culture is more than race and that cultural awareness impacts us all

About the Facilitator

Rachel Cyr Henderson’s experience spans 40+ years in the field of addictions and mental health in Ohio and Maine. She has worked in private non-profit agencies, hospitals, private practice, and government. She holds a master’s degree in rehabilitation counseling and has completed a major portion of the course work for a Ph.D. Ms. Henderson has been recognized at the national level for her innovative approach to treatment program development.

Contact Hours

Certificates will be issued upon completion of an online course evaluation.
No partial credit will be given.

  • 3 contact hours for nurses.
    CCSME Provider Unit is an approved provider of continuing nursing education by the Northeast Multi-State Division (NE-MSD), an accredited approver by the American Nurses Credentialing Center’s Commission on Accreditation.
    Accreditation status does not imply endorsement by ANCC, NE-MSD or CCSME Provider Unit.
  • 3 contact hours approved by the Maine Board of Alcohol and Drug Counselors.
  • 3 Category I contact hours for Psychologists are provided.
    CCSME is a pre-approved sponsor and provider of Professional Education Activities for Psychologists.
  • 3 contact hours for CHES.
    CCSME is a designated provider of continuing education contact hours (CECH) in health education by the National Commission for Health Education Credentialing, Inc.
  • Certificate of completion for 3 contact hours for Social Workers, Licensed Clinical Professional Counselors, and other Professionals.