- Emily Faust, PhD, Behavioral Health Consultant, Community Health of Central Washington, Yakima, WA
- David Bauman, PsyD, Behavioral Health Education Director, Community Health of Central Washington, Yakima, WA
- Ryan Boggess, M.S., LMHC-A, BHC Fellow, Community Health of Central Washington, Yakima, WA
As we all know, the covid pandemic has created an unprecedented need for integrated behavioral healthcare providers. At the same time, students in master’s level clinical training programs are facing additional challenges in obtaining the field-based training that will support their readiness and confidence in entering the workforce after graduation. Today, we will explore three distinct versions of training partnerships between our FQHC and local masters-level trainees that are mutually beneficial in meeting the training needs of the student clinicians, while also serving to build a behavioral health workforce and increase our clinics’ capacity to meet the needs of our communities. We will review the educational and/or licensure requirements for masters-level psychiatric nurse practitioners, mental health counselors, and clinical social workers. We will then discuss the ways in which our FQHC partnered with students from these disciplines to meet the needs of the individual trainees, while simultaneously supporting the goals and values of our healthcare organization. Considerations related to billing, financial sustainability, and organizational ethics will also be briefly discussed. By the end of this presentation, participants will have learned about how to identify potential training partnership opportunities in their specific geographic areas, as well as initial steps to begin creating these training programs. Lastly, and consistent with this year’s conference theme of celebrating frontline integrated healthcare workers, throughout this presentation we hope to highlight the meaningful contributions to healthcare made by students, trainees, and early career masters-level clinicians.
- Recognize the basic educational and/or licensure requirements for master's-level trainees from various disciplines.
- List several core competencies for training masters-level trainee clinicians in integrated behavioral health.
- Identify one geographically-local educational program that could serve as a potential training partnership for your integrated behavioral healthcare.