Psychologists Collaborating and Advocating to Restore Equity (Psi CARE): An Integrated Training Program in Behavioral Health Care for Underserved Urban Communities

Funded by: U.S. Department of Health and Human Services; Graduate Psychology Education Grant

We are excited to announce that all our incoming counseling psychology doctoral students will now be trained to provide competent care to vulnerable and underserved populations in the urban core as members of behavioral health care teams through participation in the Psi CARE grant.

To reduce health disparities and meet the behavioral health needs of underserved and vulnerable populations in the urban Kansas City metropolitan area, four goals guide Psi CARE: (a) attract and enroll counseling psychology students committed to reducing health disparities in vulnerable communities; (b) collaborate with faculty form medicine and nursing, the raining director of an urban APA-accredited intership site, and community agencies to develop inter-professional behavioral health training; (c) develop and deliver a series of didactic and clinical educational experiences in behavioral health for psychology students; and (d) enhance counseling psychology faculty’s knowledge in urban issues, primary and inter-professional health care. Qualitative and quantitative methods will be used to evaluate the effectiveness of each objective.

Highlights of the two-year Psi CARE curriculum include cultural immersion experiences in the urban core for students, courses in urban issues and inter-professional practice with students in other health professions, and two-semester practicum in behavioral health. Students will be provided stipends for up to three semesters for participation in this training.