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Behavioral Health Workforce Education and Training for Professionals and Paraprofessionals

In fall 2014, The University of Missouri (MU) School of Social Work, in partnership with the University of Missouri-St. Louis (UMSL) School of Social Work, received a grant from the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA), U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, to increase the workforce in integrated behavioral health (IBH) and expand training to integrated behavioral health professionals throughout Missouri. The project is designed to improve access to services among high need, vulnerable children, adolescents, and transitional age youth under 25 years old (at-risk for developing or have developed a recognized behavioral health disorder) in urban and rural Missouri, as well as areas in East St. Louis, Illinois.

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  1. Increase the integrated behavioral health workforce in rural and urban settings that work with the target population.
  2. Foster social work core competencies among students and providers related to behavioral health issues with the target population through inter-professional training and continuing education.
  3. Develop and implement strategies for the integration of behavioral health with primary care and are inclusive of families in the prevention, and clinical intervention and treatment for the target populations.
  4. Develop a sustainability plan for continued integrated behavioral health experiential and inter-professional training and career opportunities for future students.

Over the course of three years, the grant will fund up to 84 students pursuing their MSW degrees at MU and UMSL. Each participating student will receive a stipend of approximately $10,000 while they complete on-the-job training at agencies that provide integrated behavioral health services to youth.

The grant also will fund a number of in-person and web-based trainings, as well as provide materials on integrated behavioral health best practices to integrated health professionals throughout the state. Additionally, the collaborative effort will partner with community agencies to provide inter-professional training to increase cultural competence and understanding of best practices for high need, vulnerable children, adolescents and young adults.

This program specifically builds upon the existing curriculum in the MSW program that emphasizes behavioral health practice and targets vulnerable populations in both urban and rural areas.

In 2012, Missouri became the first state in the nation to implement a federally approved system of community mental health center healthcare homes. Missouri’s Behavioral Healthcare Home program is a nationally recognized innovative best practice for serving Medicaid beneficiaries with severe mental illness and substance abuse disorders, and has shown significant cost savings for the state of Missouri and improved health outcomes through integrated care and disease management.

Integrated Behavioral Health is an emerging model of health care in which behavioral health and primary care providers collaborate to provide holistic care to individuals. Many people believe that IBH is simply making sure two providers communicate with one another or making sure a client has access to both physical health care and behavioral health care. It is much more than that. IBH is a formal integration of both services from personnel to treatment planning to documentation and evaluation. It is targeting specific sets of clients through population based data to have the most impact possible. While there are many aspects that make up IBH, the overall goals are simple: change lives, reduce costs and improve quality of care for vulnerable populations.

Please visit these websites for more information on IBH:


Missouri Health Homes received the 2015 Gold Award for a Community-Based Program. Read more

The School of Social Work is partnering with IBH agencies across the state to offer student practicums. Please visit these websites for a list of IBH agencies throughout Missouri where grantees can potentially complete their practicum:

The school is dedicated to educating all staff and disciplines currently working in integrated behavioral health settings through trainings provided both in person and via webinars.

As a School, we also want to educate our students that plan to work in this emerging and exciting area for social workers. In order to educate our students more fully about integrated behavioral health, we now offer, in conjunction with UMSL, the following courses:

  1. SW 7220: Advanced Social Work Practice in Integrated Health Care (MU)
    Course description: The course will introduce students to the essential practice skills needed to effectively address the challenges of integrating services, care and support for persons with health, mental health, and substance use problems.
  2. SW 6443: Health Care Policy (UMSL)
    Course description: The course focuses on the role of social workers as social policy practitioners within an Integrated Behavioral Health environment. Strategies to influence policies and promote change in the interest of service consumer, agency and society will be presented.

Year 1 Grantees-Completed Practicum Spring 2015:

Abby Harper
Hilary Marsch
Shaina Smith
Addy Van OsKeuls
Jocelyn Gutowski
Jeanny Domon

Jazmine Tezak
Corinne Mann
Melanie Shands
Rachel Huntsman
Jessica Goehring
Katie Thomure

Year 2 Grantees-Scheduled to Complete Practicum Spring 2016:

Erin Richmond
Khalilah Henderson
Jennifer Hrebar-Ihler
Melissa Kay Schaumberg
Amber Siefkas
Kali Thomas
Jenna Rynders

J. Nicole Logue
Alexa Lingren
Danielle Mondloch
Natalie Chafee
Rebecca Higgins
Alison Cornell

Year 3 Grantees-Scheduled to Complete Practicum Spring 2017:

Kristin Glick
Luke Daily
Jami Obermann
Megan Wilson
Danielle Pevehouse
Anna Maurer-Batjer
Aimee Nienstedt
Jenna Wangerin

Paige Chapman
Julia Solter
Brittany Cleek
Samantha Huff
Taylor Hormberg
Jennifer Shearin
Morgan Jones
Marlena Bagley

For questions about MU's participation in the HRSA G02HP27945-01-00 Behavioral Health Workforce Education and Training for Professionals and Paraprofessionals grant, contact:

Suzanne Cary, MSW, LCSW
Director of Field Education, Assistant Clinical Professor
MU School of Social Work
727 Clark Hall
Columbia, MO 65211
Phone: (573) 882-7671
Fax: (573) 882-8926


Applications for Spring 2017 Advance Placement Practicum are due May 15, 2017 and applicants will be selected and notified AFTER June 1, 2017. Selected grantees will receive a $10,000 stipend.

Grantee Responsibilities:

  • Complete your advanced placement practicum in an IBH setting (see websites under IBH Training at MU SSW for listings of potential sites).
  • Seek post-grad employment in IBH.
  • Participate in grant trainings (including bi-annual webinar trainings, the MO Coalition for Community Mental Health Conference annual conference - scheduled for Sept 13-16, 2016 in St. Louis, MO, visit for more details - and more).
  • Participate in surveys pre & post graduation for necessary grant data collection.

***Grantees are also strongly encouraged to complete the elective SW 7220: Advance Social Work Practice in Integrated Health Care

Application Process: A panel will review all submitted applications and assess students’ commitment to complete placement in an integrated health agency that provides both physical & behavioral health services to the target populations. The panel will also assess the students' commitment to serving the target populations - experience related to the target population will be taken into account.

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Educational Webinars:

Access to the webinars is currently restricted to our partner field practicum agencies. If you are one of our partners and do not currently have access to this information, please email Suzanne Cary at

Would you like to receive a contact hours certificate? If yes, please complete the accompanying webinar quiz and then fill out the form below. You will receive a certificate in approximately 2-3 weeks.

Would you like to earn CEUs and pay the accompanying $10 cost? If yes, please complete the accompanying webinar quiz and then fill out the form below. Please send a check (with the last 4 digits of your social security #) to Shannon Mezzanotte, University of MO School of Social Work, 724 Clark Hall, Columbia, MO 65211. Your CEU request will not be processed until a check is received.

Note: Please visit this website for requirements for licensed Missouri Social Workers on contact hours vs. CEUs.

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Dr. Nikole Cronk is a licensed clinical psychologist and Assistant Teaching Professor of Family & Community Medicine at the University of Missouri. She has experience teaching, supervising and conducting Motivational Interviewing (MI) and has given workshops on MI at professional conferences around the country. She received training in MI from a MINT (Motivational Interviewing Network of Trainers)-certified trainer and licensed psychologist and completed a three-year postdoctoral fellowship as the project coordinator for a NIH-funded clinical trial of motivational interviewing for smoking cessation among college students. She currently teaches MI to family medicine residents, engages in research and is publishing her work on MI in peer-reviewed scientific journals.

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Michael Trapp is the Executive Director of Phoenix Health Programs, a full service behavioral health organization whose mission is to improve the the health and quality of life of those impacted by drugs and alcohol and serves over two thousand individuals and families each year. Michael has a Master of Arts in sociology from the University of Toledo and has over 25 years experience in the helping professions with a variety of populations. He holds a Certified Co-occurring Disorders Professional (CCDP) certification form the Missouri Credentialing Board and has led Phoenix's transformation to a co-occurring competent organization over eight years before being named Executive Director. In his spare time he represent the Second Ward on the Columbia City Council.

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Dr. Patricia Carter has been with the Missouri Department of Mental Health (DMH) since 1989 working in various capacities with children and families. She has worked in both inpatient and community settings, providing clinical and administrative services. She is a Certified Forensic Examiner for the MO Dept. of Mental Health and responsible for setting policy and supervising evaluations on individuals under the age of 18 years. Dr. Carter is the juvenile justice liaison as well as Trauma Lead for the MODMH. Her current role as Director of Children’s Clinical Services for the Dept. of Mental Health focuses on enhancing clinical practices to promote quality care in meeting the needs of children and youth with emotional, behavioral, developmental or substance abuse disorders. In March of 2014, Dr. Carter was placed in a joint position with DMH and Children’s Division/Social Services to expand clinical and trauma consultation to the child welfare system. Dr. Carter received her Bachelor’s degree in psychology from the University of Missouri and her doctorate in clinical psychology from the University of Mississippi.

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Speaker: Patsy Carter, PhD
When: Mar. 22, 2:00-3:30pm
Where: Webinar
Cost: Free
Contact Hours / CEUs Available: 1.5 Contact Hours / 0.15 CEUs ($10)


After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about how to join the webinar on the day of the event.

For professionals, 1-2 days after the event, we will post a short quiz on our website page for attendees to take and receive contact hours or a CEU certificate. More information to follow after the event.

This event is sponsored by the University of Missouri School of Social Work's Behavioral Health Workforce Education & Training for Professionals & Paraprofessionals Grant and is intended for Integrated Behavioral Health professionals (social workers, nurses, physicians & other IBH team members) & grant recipient students (MU & UMSL).

Please feel free to pass this invitation along to those who you think may be interested! If you have any questions, please contact Alicia Dotzler at or Suzanne Cary at

Rebekah’s primary professional role is as a clinical instructor at the Univ. of MO SSW. As a clinical instructor, Rebekah teaches courses in the area of family treatment, clinical strategies, & dialectical behavioral therapy. Rebekah also serves as the Director of the Integrative Behavioral Health Clinic in Columbia, MO. Rebekah has over fourteen years of experience in psychotherapy with children, adolescents and families and twenty years in the area of social work. She has worked with a variety of youth and their families, yet her primary focus has been with those who are difficult to treat and engage into treatment. Specifically, Rebekah has extensive experience in working with individuals who are chronically suicidal, self-harming, and those who have been diagnosed with eating disorders.

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John Golden is a Certified Behavioral Health Consultant with University of Missouri. He has experience working with FQHC’s, as well as academic health institutions in expanding the utilization and receptivity towards integrating behavioral health care in a primary care setting. Currently, he provides short term visits within MU’s primary care clinics. The BHC position includes interdisciplinary collaboration and promotion of increased behavioral health knowledge with medical team members. John has experience in training health care teams to recognize symptoms of mental health and how to appropriately refer patients to BHCs or other resources as needed.

Target Audience: This training is designed for non-mental health interdisciplinary team members, such as RNs, LPNs, & others interested in enhancing their understanding of and competence in identifying and treating anxiety and depression.

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