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The Behavioral Health Scholars Program provides master's-level clinical social work students with scholarship support and educational opportunities in behavioral health practice with at-risk adolescents and transition-age youth (16-25) with particular focus on integrated care.

A limited number of new Scholars for the 2017-18 school year will be selected. Priority will be given to students in the Western Kansas MSW Program. Deadline to apply is February 1. To access the online application, please go to the Behavioral Health Scholars Program page. 

For more information contact Michelle Levy, Scholars Program Director at mlevy@ku.edu or (785) 864-2291.

2016-2017 Scholars 

There are 24 Behavioral Health Scholars for the 2016-17 school year. Meet the 2016-17 Scholars (pdf) and see where they are in field practicum.

Scholars News

Current Scholars and Field Instructors, click on the month below for program updates. 

August

Upcoming Dates/Reminders

We’re still working on the schedule for this year’s Scholars training which is required for Scholars and open to their field instructors. For now, please hold these dates for upcoming seminars. More information will be sent about the sessions shown below as well as topics, dates and locations for the additional spring semester sessions.

  • Behavioral Health Practice with Adolescents and Transition-Age Youth
    Wed, Sept 7, 12-5 pm at KU Edwards campus and tour at Marillac (lunch included!)
  • Motivational Interviewing with Adolescents and Transition-Age Youth (Jim Kreider)
    Mon, Oct 24, 8 am-12:30 pm at CAPS in Lawrence (also working to schedule a KC-based session on the morning of Fri, Oct 28)
  • Integration of Behavioral Health in Primary Care – Nov, date TBD (Lawrence)
  • Foundations of Interprofessional Collaboration (students only) - Jan 20 (1-5 pm) (KU Med)

Field Instructors: This year we are inviting all Field Instructors to join us in the Scholars training seminars. Your participation is optional though we will be offering free CEUs. To attend, please RSVP to the seminar invitations you receive over the course of the year.

Important Information for August

As you begin the semester, click here to read “Starting Strong in the Field: What New Behavioral Health Scholars Should Know.” (pdf) In addition, stayed tuned for next month’s “Important Information” featuring ideas and tips for developing your Learning Contract.

Professional Development Opportunities

Webinar: Screening, Assessment & Treatment for Adolescents with SUD - register here and join this webinar on Wednesday, August 31 at 1-2 pm. Presented by Michael Dennis, Chestnut Health Systems.

Participation in these professional development opportunities is not required. We invite Scholars and Field Instructors to share information about trainings or other resources that might be of interest to colleagues to include in future issues (please submit to mlevy@ku.edu). 

September

***Policy clarification:  The Field Office has agreed that BHS seminars will count as practicum hours (formerly this was left to the discretion of Field Instructors). It is reasonable and acceptable for Field Instructors to ask students to report on their learning or share training resources with the agency.

Upcoming Dates/Reminders

  • Treating Adolescents and Transition-Age Youth with Complex Needs
    Wednesday, Sept. 7, Noon to 5 p.m. at KU Edwards Campus, Regnier Hall, Room 265 (12610 Quivira Road, Overland Park) - Lunch will be provided!
    Parking is free at the Edwards Campus, so you can park wherever is most convenient. There is a parking lot off of 127th street along the south side of Regnier Hall. A portion of this lot, denoted by signage, is reserved for staff and faculty.
  • Motivational Interviewing with Adolescents and Transition-Age Youth (Jim Kreider)
    Monday, Oct. 24, 8 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at CAPS in Lawrence OR
    Friday, Oct. 28, 8 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at Maddie Rhodes in Kansas City
    Please choose whichever session is more convenient for you to attend.
  • Integration of Behavioral Health in Primary Care – Wednesday, Nov. 16, (time TBD) in Lawrence
  • Foundations of Interprofessional Collaboration (students only) - Jan. 20, 1-5 p.m. at KU Med

Important Information for September

Now that your field practicum is underway, you should be working on your initial learning contract for field. This month, check out “The Learning Contract:  A Guide to Your Professional Development” for ideas for field activities and assignments from last year’s Scholars.

Professional Development Opportunities

  • Evidence-based Treatment, Thursday, Nov. 17, 10 a.m. to Noon at CAPS (students only) - this is an optional training for Scholars but you must RSVP to mlevy@ku.edu if you plan to attend.
  • Crisistextline.org  - a free, 24/7 text messaging support line for people in crisis.
October

Upcoming Dates/Reminders

  • Motivational Interviewing with Adolescents and Transition-Age Youth with Jim Kreider

Mon, Oct 24, 8 am-12:30 pm at Counseling and Psychological Services (CAPS), Watkins Memorial Health Center, Room 2100, Lawrence

OR

Fri, Oct 28, 8 am – 12:30 pm at Maddie Rhodes, 1740 Jefferson Street, Kansas City, MO

Students, please choose whichever session is more convenient for you to attend. Field Instructors, if you would like to attend, please contact me at mlevy@ku.edu. Space is limited in both locations.

  • Integration of Behavioral Health in Primary Care

​Fri, Dec 2, 8:15 am meet at Medical Arts Building (346 Maine Street, Lawrence) to tour Heartland Community Health Center followed by training (9 am-12 pm) at Bert Nash Mental Health Center, 2nd Floor conference room Field Instructors, RSVP to mlevy@ku.edu. Space is limited.

  • Foundations of Interprofessional Collaboration (students only) - Jan 20 (1-5 pm) (KU Med) 

Important Information for October

Election Day is a little over a month away. Mental Health America has released a 2016 “Vote with Mental Health in Mind” Voter Guide. This non-partisan, informational guide provides voter registration information, a review of party platforms, and other tools and tips for getting involved in the year’s election. In addition, this Health Care Snapshot from the Kaiser Family Foundation offers a side-by-side comparison of the candidates’ health care positions.  We encourage you to check out these resources, share them with others and, most importantly, exercise your right to vote! 

Professional Development Opportunities

Evidence-based Treatment, Thurs, Nov 17, 10-12 am at CAPS (students only) - this is an optional training for Scholars. Please RSVP to mlevy@ku.edu if you plan to attend.

Have you completed your Safety Plan and/or Personal Self-Care Plan that was shared by Marillac’s Renee Van Meter at our first seminar? Remember that taking care of yourself is critical to helping others. Here’s a resource to try -  Take 5:  A Guided Meditation for Youth Workers.

As we discussed in the first seminar, stigma and a lack of services targeted toward transition-age youth are barriers for young people who are experiencing challenges related to mental health and/or addiction. This website, Turning Point CT was created for transition-age youth by transition-age youth. While it is written specifically for youth in Connecticut, a lot of the information may be useful for you and the youth that you serve.

November

Upcoming Dates/Reminders

Integration of Behavioral Health in Primary Care – Friday, December 2. We will meet at 8:15 am at Medical Arts Building (346 Maine Street, Lawrence)  to tour Heartland Community Health Center followed by training (9-11:45 am) at Bert Nash Mental Health Center, 2nd Floor conference room. Field Instructors, RSVP to mlevy@ku.edu - space is limited. Remember the Social Work Licensure Info Session will be held from 1-4 pm that afternoon at the Edwards campus, Regnier Hall Auditorium. RSVP for this session by November 25 here.  For those who have contacted me about carpooling (riding or driving), I will confirm arrangements on Monday, Nov 28.

Foundations of Interprofessional Collaboration (students only) - Jan 20 (1-5 pm) (KU Med) 

Important Information for November

Have you heard of the Grand Challenges for Social Work? This is a call to action for all of us to work together to tackle our country’s most difficult social problems. One of the Grand Challenges especially pertinent to us is “Ensure health development for all youth” (AASESW, 2016). To meet  this challenge, researchers suggest that we focus on preventing problem behaviors (or moving up steam on the cliff as we learned in the first Scholars seminar). The Prevention of Problem Behaviors in Adolescents and Youth Adults:  Perspectives on Theory and Practice provides a thorough discussion of behavioral decision theory and gets us thinking about factors that contribute to adolescents’ decisions related to health and wellness. It’s long but a good read and great segue to our next training seminar.  

Professional Development Opportunities

TrainingEvidence-based Treatment, Thursday, November 17, 10-12 am at CAPS (students only). This is an optional training for Scholars. Please RSVP to mlevy@ku.edu if you plan to attend.

Website:  The RTC for Pathways to Positive Futures is packed full of research, publications, training and other resources (in Spanish and English) related to working with older youth with serious mental health conditions.   

December

Upcoming Dates/Reminders

NEXT REQUIRED TRAINING SEMINAR:  Behavioral Health Integration – Friday, December 2. We will meet at 8:15 am at Medical Arts Building lobby (346 Maine Street, Lawrence) to tour Heartland Community Health Center then we will walk across the parking lot to Bert Nash Mental Health Center (200 Maine St), 2nd Floor conference room for the training seminar (9-11:45 am). There are several options for parking:  on the street (east and west sides of Bert Nash); BN staff parking lot on the north side of BN or the north side of the parking lot between Medical Arts and BN. Please leave spaces closest to both of these agencies open for their clients. Carpooling is encouraged. 

Please take a few minutes between now and Friday morning to view these videos:
•    What is Integrated Care? National Council for Behavioral Health (6:01) www.youtube.com/watch?v=S-029Yf7AYM 
•    Integrated Primary Care and Behavioral Health Cherokee Health System (1:59) www.youtube.com/watch?v=8PMvnNv90nw

And, if possible, please bring these two things with you on Friday:
1)    A copy of your field learning contract (or email it to me at mlevy@ku.edu)
2)    A canned good or other donation for the Heartland food bank

Important Information for December

Practicing in an integrated care setting requires skills that may be new to you. Below are some additional videos that provide instruction and examples using these skills with youth. When you need a break from writing papers or preparing for finals this month, be sure to check these out:

Professional Development Opportunities

Please let me know of any training opportunities that your agencies are hosting to share here. ​

January

Upcoming Dates/Reminders

Foundations of Interprofessional Collaboration (students only) – Friday, Jan 20 (1-4:30 pm) at KU Medical Center, 3901 Rainbow Blvd, Kansas City, KS You will receive an invitation directly from KU Med with the details about this training which involves hundreds of students across all health disciplines at KU! You have already been assigned to an interprofessional student group so it is critical that you are there. Parking at the Med Center is difficult so please think about carpooling and give yourself plenty of time to arrive and find your meeting room. A shout-out to Alli McGuinn for representing social work in our profession’s video!  

SBIRT:  Screening, Brief Intervention, and Referral to Treatment – Monday, Feb 13 (9 am-4 pm) at KU Edwards Campus, Regnier Hall 156, Overland Park, KS  Screening, Brief Intervention, and Referral to Treatment (SBIRT) is an evidence-based practice used to identify, reduce, and prevent problematic use, abuse, and dependence on alcohol and illicit drugs. This training will provide all of the classroom hours needed for you to become an SBIRT-certified provider after graduation. Field Instructors:  You are welcome to join us but you must pre-register with me. Lunch will be provided.

Bringing It All Together – Date TBD (likely Wed, Mar 8; Fri, Mar 10; OR Wed, Mar 15) at Children’s Mercy Hospital, 2401 Gillham Road, Kansas City, MO  This seminar will focus on practical, research-based skills to engage and assess high-risk adolescents and transition-age youth in integrated services.  If there are any particular topics that you’d like to see included or a case example that you’d like to share, feel free to email me with your ideas.

Social Work Day Poster Presentations – Friday, Apr 7 (over lunch) at Kansas Union, Lawrence, KS  Posters will highlight a unique project or activity completed at your practicum or you may present research or resources on a particular topic related to integrated behavioral health practice with adolescents and/or transition-age youth. It is expected that you will be present during the poster session (over lunch) to answer questions and engage with faculty, staff, field instructors and other attendees. Poster boards and more information will be provided as we get closer to the date.

Scholars Celebration and Wrap-up (students only) - Late April or early May at Lawrence AND Edwards Campuses (choose one to attend)  Brief gathering to celebrate your impending graduation and review Scholars’ post-graduation requirements. Our evaluator will conduct a short focus group so we can continue to improve this program for others. ​

February

Upcoming Dates/Reminders

SBIRT:  Screening, Brief Intervention, and Referral to Treatment – Monday, Feb 13 (9 am-4 pm) at KU Edwards Campus, Regnier Hall 156, Overland Park  Screening, Brief Intervention, and Referral to Treatment (SBIRT) is an evidence-based practice used to identify, reduce, and prevent problematic use, abuse, and dependence on alcohol and illicit drugs. This training will provide all of the classroom hours needed for you to become an SBIRT-certified provider after graduation.  Field Instructors:  You are welcome to join us but you must pre-register with me. Lunch will be provided.

Bringing It All Together – Wednesday, March 15 (8:30-noon) at Van Go, 715 New Jersey Street, Lawrence 

Social Work Day Poster Presentations – Friday, April 7 (over lunch) at Kansas Union, 1301 Jayhawk Boulevard, Lawrence

Scholars Celebration and Wrap-up (students only) - Late April or early May at Lawrence AND Edwards Campuses (choose one to attend)

Important Information for February

In these divisive and unsettling times, I’d like to share a reminder of what is expected of us as social workers. As reflected in the words of our Code of Ethics below, we, as social workers, have a clear obligation to advance social justice beyond our work with individual clients.

A historic and defining feature of social work is the profession’s focus on individual well-being in a social context and the well-being of society. Fundamental to social work is attention to the environmental forces that create, contribute to, and address problems in living.

Social workers should engage in social and political action that seeks to ensure that all people have equal access to the resources, employment, services, and opportunities they require to meet their basic human needs and to develop fully. Social workers should be aware of the impact of the political arena on practice and should advocate for changes in policy and legislation to improve social conditions in order to meet basic human needs and promote social justice.

Let’s support each other in fulfilling this important professional obligation. Please be ready to share at our next seminar either something that you are doing to engage in social and political action and/or what the Scholars program can do to help you be prepared to take action as part of your role as a social worker.  

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