Integrated Mental and Behavioral Health Training Program
The WVU School of Social Work has been awarded a Behavioral Health Workforce Education and Training for Professionals grant from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) in conjunction with the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA). The funding will support expansion of the Integrated Mental and Behavioral Health Training Program (IMBTP) originally funded by HRSA in 2012. The newly funded project, known as theIMBTP-2, will support the training of 40 MSW students between 2014-2017 in integrated mental and behavioral health with a focus on practice with children, adolescents, and transitional age youth. The IMBTP-2 will emphasize prevention and clinical intervention with children, adolescents, and transitional age youth at risk for (or who have already developed) behavioral health disorders, with particular focus on integration with primary care, violence prevention, and family involvement in prevention and treatment. IMBTP-2 trainees will receive $10,000 in stipend support when completing their advanced field placement within the WVU M.S.W. program. The IMBTP-2 will support 3 cohorts of students with graduation dates of May 2016, 2017, and 2018. Interested applicants apply the year prior to their advanced year in theMSW program.
Advantages to participation in the IMBTP include the following:
- Specialized field placements in mental and behavioral health settings that emphasize integrated models of service delivery and foster trainee connection with leaders in the local service delivery system
- Enrollment in the new Graduate Certificate in Integrated Mental and Behavioral Health and training workshops that focus specifically on mental and behavioral health practice and integrated models of service delivery including:
- integrated behavioral health and primary care services;
- integrated prevention and treatment services;
- integrated child and family services;
- integrated mental health and substance abuse treatment;
- integrated school and community services.
- Individualized mentorship, professional networking opportunities, leadership development, and employment placement support
Additional materials describing the IMBTP-2 components are available upon request.
Criteria for selection in the IMBTP include:
- Enrolled as a MSW student in the Direct Practice track in good standing
- Commitment to pursue future employment in the mental and behavioral health field working with children, adolescents, and/or transitional age youth and their families
- Potential to provide leadership in the field
- Reliable transportation and willingness to travel to placement sites in rural areas if necessary
- No criminal history or anticipated problems in obtaining clearances
- A commitment to participate in/complete:
- Advanced Field Placement experience in an approved site with opportunity for practice in mental and behavioral health serving children, adolescents, and/or transitional age youth.
- The WVU Graduate Certificate in Integrated Mental and Behavioral Health (including all required coursework for this certificate) – This requires three credit hours beyond those required for the M.S.W.
- All required IMBTP-2 field seminars
- 2 specialized training workshops per year
- The WV-NASW 3-day conference in the spring of the trainee’s advanced year
- All IMBTP-2 program evaluation activities
Please note that this is a competitive application and selection process with 10 students to be accepted in Cohort 1 (Graduation date May 2016), 15 in Cohort 2 (Graduation date May 2017), and 15 in Cohort 3 (Graduation Date May 2018).