This session will focus on providing outcome data associated with a multidisciplinary educational program designed to train counseling students to work with underserved youth populations. Models for interdisciplinary training will be discussed, along with recommendations for enhancing training and onsite supervision for counseling interns.
Participants will learn how to develop a training program focused on multidisciplinary work with underserved populations for mental health counselors using currently approved CACREP specialty and core curriculum guidelines. Guidelines discussed will support efforts from program administrators/coordinators designed to ensure mental health counseling interns receive exposure to the greater systems processes necessary to contribute to collaborative systems of care.
Participants will learn results that indicate the efficacy of incorporating interdisciplinary ecological perspectives and interprofessional collaboration in the training of mental health counselors. Research outcomes from a comparative study evaluating the training of traditional students moving through a CACREP accredited mental health counseling program and those moving through an enhanced, interdisciplinary focused program will be reviewed so as to identify aspects that may be most effective for improvement of job readiness for clinical work with underserved populations.
Presenters will review aspects of the enhanced inter-professional behavioral health curriculum that can become a model for other CACREP mental health counseling programs interested in implementing similar programs. Methods for strengthened partnerships with regional mental health providers and alumni will be discussed as these may lead to a broader collection of internships sites that value approaches to multidisciplinary care.