BOONE, N.C. — Three faculty members in Appalachian State University’s Department of Human Development Psychological Counseling have been awarded $417,472 in funding to improve the availability of culturally sensitive behavioral health services in the Appalachian region. The funding was provided by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA).
Through the Behavioral Health Workforce Education and Training Program, Drs. Karen Caldwell, Laura Gambrel and Christina Rosen will use the first-year funding to recruit and train marriage and family therapy (MFT) and clinical mental health counseling (CMHC) interns who are committed to careers serving the population of rural Appalachia.
Caldwell, Gambrel and Rosen serve as professor, assistant professor and associate professor, respectively, in Appalachian State University’s Department of Human Development Psychological Counseling in the Reich College of Education.
The funding will support 35 Appalachian students during their final internship experiences, providing approximately $10,000 stipends for each.
If the federal budget allows, funding for the project will extend for four years for a total of $1,754,806 combined direct and indirect costs, according to Caldwell.
“Beyond supporting interns at established sites, this project will provide the incentive needed to establish new partnerships with community leaders who are developing the first integrated health care settings in a rural area of Appalachia,” Caldwell said.
“These partnerships will support the creation of new, culturally sensitive internship settings for MFT and CMHC interns. The project also supports recruitment efforts to train MFTs and CMHCs who will commit to providing these services to rural, vulnerable and/or medically underserved clients after graduation, as well as enhanced curriculum on integrated health care.”
About the Department of Human Development and Psychological Counseling
The Department of Human Development and Psychological Counseling in Appalachian State University’s Reich College of Education is responsible for organizing and providing instructional programs in counseling and other human development functions for public schools, colleges and universities and various agencies. The department offers Master of Arts degrees in clinical mental health counseling, professional school counseling, college student development and marriage and family therapy. Learn more at https://hpc.appstate.edu.
About the Reich College of Education
Appalachian offers one of the largest undergraduate teacher preparation programs in North Carolina, graduating about 500 teachers a year. The Reich College of Education enrolls approximately 2,400 students in its bachelor's, master's, education specialist and doctoral degree programs. With so many teacher education graduates working in the state, there is at least one RCOE graduate teaching in every county in North Carolina.
About Appalachian State University
Appalachian State University, in North Carolina’s Blue Ridge Mountains, prepares students to lead purposeful lives as global citizens who understand and engage their responsibilities in creating a sustainable future for all. The transformational Appalachian experience promotes a spirit of inclusion that brings people together in inspiring ways to acquire and create knowledge, to grow holistically, to act with passion and determination, and embrace diversity and difference. As one of 17 campuses in the University of North Carolina system, Appalachian enrolls about 19,000 students, has a low student-to-faculty ratio and offers more than 150 undergraduate and graduate majors.