Integrated Behavioral Health Certificate Program
Primary care behavioral health is a rapidly growing practice opportunity for social workers. Clinical social workers join the medical treatment team, led by a physician, and provide in-clinic same-day behavioral health services that run the gamut from acute mental health assessment and intervention to behavioral interventions focused on health and well-being. Behavioral interventions that promote health include tasks such as supporting patients in diabetes self-management, smoking cessation, improving sleep health and much more.
The primary care behavioral health workforce is currently experiencing a significant gap in the number of behavioral health professionals and more specifically, clinicians that are well-trained for the complex generalist nature of primary care medicine. We aim to prepare MSW students, interested in joining the primary care workforce to provide high-quality behavioral and mental health services using the well-established and effective primary care behavioral health model (HRSA workforce report, 2021, Graham Center).
MSW students in the advanced year of their degree program have an opportunity to be placed in the Integrated Behavioral Health (IBH) Certificate program within the Garland School of Social Work and learn from Primary Care Behavioral Health Leaders SUCH AS THE FOLLOWING—