Introducing Behavioral Health Careers to High School Students

The presentation and videos provide in-depth information on each career opportunity including job description, roles, job outlook, median pay and more. The videos, under the stories from the field will introduce students to professionals in the field and highlight what's involved in a variety of behavioral health jobs.

Professions Highlighted

  • Mental Health Rehabilitation Technician 1
  • Mental Health Rehabilitation Technician - Community
  • Drug and Alcohol Counselors
  • Certified International Peer Support Specialist
  • Clinical Mental Health Counselor
  • Vocational Rehabilitation Counseling
  • Social Work
  • Certified Prevention Specialist
  • Nurses

Stories from the Field

Licensed Alcohol and Drug Counselor (LADC)
Interview with Darren Ripley, LADC, CCS who talks about the reasons he choose this field. Watch clip from 5:13 - 6:16.

Licensed Clinical Practical Counselor (LCPC)
Interview with John Yasenchak, Ph.D., LCPC, LADC who talks about what his career and interactions with others that have influenced him. Begin video at 1:15.

Licensed Social Worker - Conditional (LSW-C)
Interview with Chelsea Gentile, LSW-C talks about what she enjoys about her job. Watch clip from 1:31 - 3:47.

Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW)
Interview with Vickie Fisher, LCSW who works for a Maine Behavioral Health Organization in Maine. Start video from the beginning.

Certified Prevention Specialist
Interview with Rob Rogers, LADC, CPS who works for a Behavioral Health organization in central Maine. Start video from the beginning.

Registered Nurse & Masters of Science in Nursing (RN, MSN)
Interview with Jenny Bamford-Perkins, RN, MSN who talks about her work story. Watch clip from 3:41 - 4:38.


For More Information

The collaborative has developed a presentation for high school students. If you would like to request a presentation at your high school, please contact Scott M. Gagnon, MPP, PS-C, 207-626-3615, or