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Behavioral Health Workforce Education & Training

Alabama A&M University’s Master of Social Work Program has received a four-year $1.92 million grant award from the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) through the Behavioral Health Workforce Education and Training (BHWET) Program. Over the next four years, AAMU’s Behavioral Health Workforce Training Program (BHWTP) will recruit and train a cadre of M.S.W. students in their final year of field practicum to pursue careers in behavioral-health social work.

The grant is being administered by Dr. Tonya Perry, principal investigator, and professor and chair of the Department of Social Work, Psychology and Counseling; Dr. Pamela Plummer, co-principal investigator and assistant professor of social work; and project coordinator Theia L. Byars, M.S.W.

The project will provide M.S.W. students the tools necessary to assist vulnerable, medically underserved communities. As part of their training, BHWTP fellows will participate in interprofessional trainings designed to increase their core behavioral health knowledge and skills. 

In conjunction with community partners, BHWTP fellows will learn alongside nursing, psychology, communicative science and disorders (CSD), and family and consumer science students. 

For additional information, contact Ms. Theia Byars at theia.byars@aamu.edu