HRSA BHWET Paraprofessional

Explore our behavioral health workforce training opportunities!


The goal of this BHWET project is to develop and expand the behavioral health workforce providing services to across the lifespan to persons in rural, vulnerable, and/or medically underserved communities.

It provides support to students through the provision of tuition, fees, and supplies to complete courses that lead to certification and/or licensure in behavioral health-related fields including substance abuse, school social work, and child welfare for no more than 12 consecutive months.

Paraprofessionals seeking one of these credentials may be eligible:

  1. Certified Substance Abuse Counselor (CSAC)
  2. Licensed Clinical Addicition Specialist (LCAS)

Courses Leading to Certification

The HRSA B-WISE curriculum consists of high-impact training opportunities with students, providers and consumers of services in partnership with interprofessional community based agency resources and education.

Course Description: Models and roles relevant to school social work practice. Cooperative work with school personnel in the identification, prevention and treatment of social, emotional and behavioral problems of children and interventive techniques with parents and community groups. For individuals preparing for social work practice in the public schools and for school social workers seeking licensure. Credit not given for both SW 412 and SW 512. Instructor Permission Required.

Course Description: Generalist perspective on the practice of public child welfare. History of child welfare, practices in child welfare, and current trends in child welfare programs. Skills needed to practice in child protective services, adoption, and foster care with specific attention to the North Carolina child welfare system. Application of cultural diversity and cultural competency integrated throughout as it relates to child welfare issues.

Course Description: Knowledge and skills in identifying Alcohol and Other Drugs [AOD] problems, screening, assessment, intervention, referral, and prevention: history of AOD problems and treatment, AOD classification, effects and signs/symptoms of AOD, models of addiction, diversity, assessment, diagnosis, intervention, treatment modalities, mutual-help groups, family dynamics, prevention, and ethical considerations.

Course Description: Physical, psychological, social, and cultural theories of the aging process as it relates to social work practice, social policy, and services for working with older adults and their families. Emphasis on mental and physical well-being, diversity, social and economic justice, intergenerational issues, policy and programs.

Course Description: A basic overview of military life and the issues and challenges faced by military personnel, their families, friends, and community. The course provides a foundational guide to help professionals working with military families and to understand and address these issues and challenges.

Course Description: This course will familiarize students with the history and experience of hunger and homelessness in contemporary American society. The course includes discussion, narrative readings, experiential exercises, movie reviews, field trips, and other media to expose students to issues of food insecurity and housing instability. Students will critique ideas of what it means to be "poor" and be exposed to the lives of individuals who do not have access to adequate food, housing, healthcare, and other basic needs. American social welfare policy, including governmental and local programs that address these issues, will be discussed. Students are responsible for transportation.

Course Description: This course introduces students to issues and topics relating to community-based strategies and interventions supporting the journey towards recovery and overcoming addiction. The context of the course includes a brief historical overview of mental healthcare in the US; some key principles of an evolving behavioral healthcare system and discussion topics on prevention, intervention and service delivery in community practice settings will be explored.

Course Description: This this course prepares students for direct practice of integrated behavioral health in primary care. Students will become knowledgeable of the roles of behavioral health providers working in primary care settings, theories and models of care, and cross-cultural issues. They will develop skills in engagement, assessment, and intervention planning and implementation, and practice evaluation. 

Course Description: This course examines evidence-based treatments across the lifespan from a social work perspective, with a specific focus on the most common mental disorders and evidence-based treatments. Students will demonstrate application of the most current version of the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders and become critical consumers of evidence-based treatment research with diverse populations. The course emphasizes strengths and ecological systems perspectives, risk and resiliency factors, and the impact of biological, psychological, cultural, spiritual and other social factors.

Course Description: Sport is one of the oldest social work interventions for vulnerable populations. The congruence between sport and social work is its capacity to enhance human well-being, reduce the harms of poverty and contribute to human capital development. As means of teaching sport interventions in social work, this course provides a foundation for practice in sporting environments and begins to prepare students to assist athletes, at all levels that they encounter in various practice settings. This course will introduce students to the intersection between social work and mental health disorders in athletics, parenting and youth athletics, athletes in foster care and how social services use sports as a social work intervention.

                *For questions about academic support and services, please contact Mr. Alex Parsons*