Texas State awarded HRSA grant for social work training

The School of Social Work at Texas State University has been awarded a four-year, $1.9 million grant from the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) agency of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.

The “Behavioral Health Workforce Education and Training for Professionals” grant is intended to enhance services to rural and at-risk populations.

The School of Social Work will accomplish this by increasing the number of social workers prepared to provide trauma-informed, culturally sensitive, evidence-based behavioral health prevention and intervention practices at schools, hospitals, clinics and homeless-serving agency settings, said Amy Benton, associate professor in the School of Social Work.

The cornerstone of the project is the enhanced, integrated training and stipend-supported final field opportunity for 30 Masters in Social Work students per project year.  The project will include online learning modules and in-person trainings/workshops on a variety of topics related to behavioral health issues across the lifespan in the semester prior to and during final field placement. Expanded training prior to the students’ entry into their field placement will result in students who are better able to implement evidencebased practices.

The project will utilize existing partners to explore opportunities for increasing the number of rural-based field placements, and offer interdisciplinary trainings/ workshops from university and community-based experts that are open to participating students, field agency staff and university faculty.

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