Building Capacity for SAMHSA’s Minority Fellowship Program

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Throughout the Summer of 2018, A-G Associates managed a series of A-G provides on-going support to the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration’s (SAMHSA) Minority Fellowship Program (MFP). The primary purpose of the MFP is to facilitate the entry of ethnic minority students into mental health careers and increase the number of behavioral health professionals trained to teach, administer, and provide direct mental health and substance abuse services to diverse populations.

Our efforts under the MFP, reflect A-G’s commitment to meet the critical mental health and substance abuse prevention and treatment needs for ethnic minorities and under-served populations. Our work to increase the number of minorities in Public Health enables stewards of Health and Wellness to work in their communities all over the United States. More specifically, this program targets Behavioral Health professionals in the following disciplines:

  • Marriage and family therapy
  • Nursing
  • Professional counseling
  • Psychiatry
  • Psychology
  • Social work
  • Addictions treatment

Each year, approximately 200 fellows (Master’s-level or postgraduate students) are accepted into SAMHSA’s MFP. The program is administered by seven MFP grantee organizations. Each MFP grantee individually manages the application approval process and program activities for their given disciplines. Approved applicants are offered scholarships, tuition assistance, professional development training, and other resources as benefits of program enrollment. The following grantee organizations currently administer the MFP program:

During the life of this initiative, A-G provided training, logistics support and coaching to support the fellows in two MFP grantee organizations: NADDAC: The Association for Addiction Professionals and the National Board for Certified Counselors (NBCC) in 2018.  A-G also facilitated workshops that helped to recruit fellows from both the NBCC and NADAC.

During the initial, three-day conference, topics included cultural competence, post-traumatic stress disorder, and the prevention and treatment of opioid use.  Our staff also worked in concert with NAADAC to coordinate four Workforce Development and Educational Forums to explore educational and career path strategies in the behavioral health field.

During the final conference, A-G developed, and implemented, the MFP Certification Academy, to prepare fellows, along with graduates and faculty, for addiction-relevant credentialing and licensing exams. The following topics were covered during the workshop:

  • Credentialing Requirements and Resources
  • Counseling Practices
  • Theories of Counseling/ Co-Occurring Issues
  • Pharmacology
  • Ethics and Professional Issues

To learn more about A-G’s behavioral health and workforce development services, please visit our website at: http://www.a-gassociates.com

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