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Graduate Counseling program awarded $700,000 grant from HRSA

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October 01, 2014

University of Detroit Mercy has been awarded a $702,000 grant from the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) as part of the Behavioral Health Workforce Education and Training (BHWET) for Professionals program.

In support of the White House’s Now is the Time initiative, the grant program is intended to expand the mental health and substance abuse workforce serving children, adolescents, and transitional-age and high-risk youth.

The Counseling program at UDM offers master’s degrees in three specialty areas:  Addiction, Clinical Mental Health and School Counseling, preparing students to work as clinicians, clinical supervisors, program administrators, and leaders in behavioral health care.

The grant will provide funding for additional specialized education and training for counseling students to prepare them to work specifically with high-risk adolescents.  The funding will also provide scholarships to students as they complete their clinical internship.

The UDM Counseling program partners with a host of nonprofit organizations throughout metro Detroit, including the Veteran’s Administration, Detroit Rescue Mission Ministries, the Guidance Center, Brighton Hospital, Vista Maria, and Harbor Oaks Hospital.  Participating community partners in the grant program include Spectrum Juvenile Justice Services, Detroit Public Schools, Sacred Heart Recovery Center, Chippewa Valley High School, and Spectrum Child and Family Services, among others.

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