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), and Educational services (Domestic Violence, Parenting, Anger Management).

Prospective students may apply to participate in the IBH Specialization at the same time that 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.

Who is Eligible? What is the commitment?
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.

Application instructions are available online.

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.