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The Integrated Behavioral Health (IBH) Specialization prepares Clinical Mental Health Counseling students for employment in medically underserved communities and provides them with specialized training in the fields of substance use disorders treatment and integrated behavioral health. These skills are highly valued by employers.

Participating students receive a $10,000 stipend during their internship field placement at Moore Counseling and Mediation Services (MCMS), one of the preeminent behavioral health treatment centers in northeast Ohio. There are no additional classes that need to be taken in order to participate.

At MCMS, students will gain experience in the following areas:

  • Group counseling
  • Individual Counseling
  • Assessments/Screenings
  • Dual Diagnosing Services (mental health and AOD)
  • Clinic/Medical Care
  • Medicated Assisted Treatment
  • Women-specific care (women’s center)
  • Men-specific care (HEAT Program)
  • Employee Assistant Programming
  • Case Management services
  • Specialized dockets/Court-ordered clients (Vets, human trafficking, mental health, drug court)
  • Educational services (domestic violence, parenting, anger management)

Prospective students may apply to participate in the IBH Specialization at the same time they are applying for admission to John Carroll’s Clinical Mental Health Counseling program. The Department of Counseling funds the IBH Specialization through a $1.3 million federal grant, which runs through 2021.

In order to participate in the IBH Specialization, students must enroll full time in the counseling program in summer 2020 at the latest and start practicum in spring 2021 or earlier.

Clinical Mental Health Counseling students who are U.S. citizens or foreign nationals who posses a visa with resident status are eligible. Students must be willing to:

  • Be open to the possibility of obtaining employment at graduation at either (a) an agency in a Medically Underserved Area, or (b) an agency that serves a Medically Underserved Population.
  • During Internship B, work with the Project Director and John Carroll Center for Career Services for job search coaching. This may entail resume review and interview prep.
  • Prospective students who have (a) not yet been accepted to John Carroll or (b) have been accepted but have not yet started taking classes, should apply to the IBH Specialization at the same time as they are applying for admission to the Clinical Mental Health Counseling program. This allows us to concurrently notify you of your acceptance to both John Carroll and the IBH Specialization. In addition to completing the online application (below), prospective students will be required to interview with MCMS (in addition to the standard John Carroll interview). Interviews with MCMS staff are scheduled on the same day as the John Carroll group interviews.

    Students currently enrolled in the Clinical Mental Health Counseling Program may apply to the IBH Specialization during the same semester they are applying for practicum. The application deadlines are: November 1st for Spring semester Practicum start and April 1st for Fall semester Practicum start.

Please use the online application to apply for the IBH Specialization. Applicants will need to submit answers for the following essay questions:

  • In 400 works or less, please address the issue of Medically Underserved Areas and Populations and your interest in working at an agency in a Medically Underserved Area.
  • In 400 words or less, please describe your interest in receiving training in Integrated Behavioral Health.

Questions about the program may be directed to Dr. Nathan Gehlert, IBH specialization director.

This project is supported by the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) under grant number M01HP31305, Behavioral Health Workforce Education and Training (BHWET) Program, $1.3 million in total funding. This information or content and conclusions are those of the author and should not be construed as the official position or policy of, nor should any endorsements be inferred by HRSA, HHS or the U.S. Government.