One incredible benefit of being in the College of Health and Human Services is our interdisciplinary coursework and professional learning opportunities. Check out the connections below.
Dr. Bridget Weller and Dr. Jennifer Harrison were awarded the Opioid Workforce Expansion Project (OWEP) grant for the Michigan Youth Prevention and Recovery from Opioid Use Disorders (MY-PROUD) project. This three year program will begin September 1 of this year and run through August of 2022. The MY-PROUD project was awarded a total funding of $1.35 Million, 60% of which will go directly to our CHHS graduate students in the form of stipends! The goal of the program is to fundamentally transform the behavioral health workforce in Southwest Michigan toward greater competency in preventing, treating, and supporting recovery from Opioid Use Disorders, particularly with youth and transitionally aged adults. MY-PROUD will partner with healthcare and school providers inareas with the highest rates of opioid overdose deaths and the lowest access to behavioral health care, including Calhoun, Jackson, Muskegon, and Van Buren counties.
The Interprofessional Peer Education and Evidence for Recovery program provides enhanced interdisciplinary education for social workers, occupational therapists and peer specialists in evidence-based practices in behavioral health. Learn about this innovative workforce development project from WMU's Department of Occupational Therapy and School of Social Work.
Studying abroad through the College of Health and Human Services can raise your geographical and cultural awareness and increase your employability by providing experiences that allow you to function more effectively in our global economy. Social work faculty teach several study abroad courses with instructors from across the college and across the University. Check out the upcoming spring break trip to Guatemala!