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Behavioral Health Workforce Education and Training (BHWET) Program: 

Preparing students for the demands of vulnerable populations with unmet behavioral health needs.

The University of Missouri-St. Louis (UMSL) School of Social Work, in partnership with the University of Missouri (MU) School of Social Work, received a grant from the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA), U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, to further advance and expand the behavioral health workforce to prepare student in master's level social work and clinical mental health counseling for professional clinical practice in integrated behavioral health and collaborative team settings. Continues efforts are being made to expand and promote integrated behavioral health expertise in collaborations with behavioral health agencies and advance trainings. 

With commitment to vulnerable populations, the BHWET program trains students on the specific and unique needs of children, adolescents, and transitional youth living in medically underserved rural and urban communities. Students will be trained in effective behavioral health treatment modalities at interprofessional and team-based care field placement sites or ones that are working toward or have instituted the integration of behavioral health and primary care.

For students who are starting their concentration practicum:

  • Integrated Health Scholars must be willing to commit 20 hours/week to an integrated health setting across 2 semesters of concentration-level practicum
  • Practicum stipend provided
  • Specialized training in integrated behavioral health at no cost


  • Practicum setting targeting the behavioral health
  • Commitment to training and networking activities
  • Full concentration practicum (6800 & 6850) commitment
  • Agreement with and signature on the BHWET commitment letter

For additional information, contact Crystal Johnson, BHWET Coordinator.

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