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Behavioral Health Workforce Education and Training (BHWET) Program for Professionals

The BHWET Program Overview

We are pleased to announce that the graduate counseling program at Waynesburg University was awarded the Behavioral Health Workforce Education and Training (BHWET) Program for Professionals. The BHWET program is supported by the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) as part of an award totaling $1,069,240 over a four-year period from 2021 to 2025 with 0% financed with non-governmental sources. The award amount for the annual budget period 07/01/2021-6/30/2022 is $198,485.00. The BHWET program provides eligible students with a $10,000 stipend while completing their clinical field experience in the grant’s focus area.

The purpose of the BHWET Program for Professionals is to develop and expand experiential training opportunities, such as field placements and internships, to improve the distribution and supply of the behavioral health workforce. The BHWET Program for Professionals emphasizes relationships with community-based partners to increase access to quality behavioral health services for populations across the lifespan in high need, high demand, and medically underserved areas. A special focus is vulnerable populations, such as children, adolescents and transitional-aged youth who are at risk for behavioral health disorders as well as individuals with substance use disorders. Additionally, the BHWET Program for Professionals emphasizes interdisciplinary collaboration by utilizing team-based care in integrated behavioral health and primary care settings and recruiting a workforce that reflects participation in the institutions’ programs of individuals and groups from different racial, ethnic, cultural, geographic, religious, linguistic and class backgrounds, and different genders and sexual orientations, interested in serving high need, high demand and medically underserved areas.


How to Apply

Current Waynesburg University Master of Arts in Counseling students can apply to the BHWET program one semester prior to beginning the internship portion of the program. To apply, students must submit the following:

  • BHWET Application
  • Writing Prompt
  • Site Profile Form
  • Student Commitment Letter
  • Resume
  • Transcripts
    • Please be advised that the students will not need to provide a copy of their transcripts. Students are not required to request transcripts through the Office of the Registrar.
    • Students are to be advised that department faculty will access and review student transcripts through the University accordingly.

Application Deadlines

  • Applications for the Fall Semester must be completed in full and submitted no later than July 1.
  • Applications for the Spring Semester must be completed in full and submitted no later than December 1.
  • If you are remaining at the same site for the Spring Semester, students will be required to complete an attestation per the same which will be completed in full and submitted no later than December 1.
  • You will be notified as to whether or not your application to the program was accepted or denied one month prior to the start of the semester.

Who should I contact?

Grant Project Director

Dr. James Hepburn

Program Director for the Master of Arts in Counseling, Program Director for the Doctor of Philosophy in Counseling Education and Professor of Psychology

Email: jhepburn@waynesburg.edu
Phone: (724) 743-2257