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UNC-PrimeCare4Youth is a federally funded program available to final-year MSW students in the Direct Practice concentration. The program prepares trainees with skills needed to work on interprofessional teams providing behavioral health services to underserved children, adolescents, and their families. Trainees will take our program-specific course and attend workshops focused on topics including trauma-informed care, cultural and linguistic competency, suicide prevention, digital behavioral health, and community engagement. MSW students will train alongside master’s-level students in school counseling and clinical rehabilitation/mental health programs. Our funders, the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA), award a $10,000 stipend to every trainee in order to reduce financial barriers to participation and learning. This program will be offered through 2025. Requirements include:

  • Being a direct practice final-year MSW student
  • Completing a practicum placement at an approved field site serving children, adolescents, and their families (e.g., schools, child welfare agencies, and pediatric health care sites)
  • Taking EDUC 890 (a 1.5 credit course offered in the fall semester that satisfies an elective credit)
  • Attending two supplemental seminars/workshops
  • Completing 6 hours of independent learning
  • Completing brief standardized assessment measures from the PrimeCare4Youth project team
  • Producing a capstone project at the end of the academic year