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Counseling Program Receives More than $1.5M
in New Grant Awards in 2014-18

Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Grant - Screening, Brief Intervention, and Referral to Treatment (SBIRT)

The University of Detroit Mercy Counseling Program was awarded a $780,000 grant from the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) as part of the federal Screening, Brief Intervention, Referral and Coordination of Treatment (SBIRT) initiative. The project that is geared toward early detection and coordination of treatment for individuals struggling with addiction will provide advanced training to primary and mental health professionals, including dentists, physicians' assistants, nurses, psychologists, and counselors. The three year project began in Fall, 2015 and continues through 2018. The Project Director and Principal Investigator, Dr. Nancy Calleja, leads an inter-disciplinary team of faculty and administrators accross the University in preparing health professions' students in addiction assessment and treatment. The University of Detroit Mercy clinics, including the Counseling, Dental, McAuley Health, and Psychology Clinics each serve as training sites for the project. "Because these four clinics collectively serve more than 22,000 community members annually, most through providing no or low cost services, the impact of this project should have a tremendous positive impact on our region and specifically, on the city of Detroit" said Dr. Calleja.  The Detroit Mercy SBIRT Project Team includes Dr. Janet Baiardi (College of Health Professions), Dr. Daniel Duryea (Addiction Studies) , Dr. Carla Groh, Professor Jill Loewen (Dentistry), Dr. Cheryl Munday (Psychology), Dr. E. J. Newness (Dentistry), amd Professor Elizabeth Sammons Rodems (Dentistry).    

Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) Grant - WARY Fellowship Program

The University of Detroit Mercy Counseling program was awarded a $703,000 grant from the Health Services and Resources Administration (HRSA) as part of the Behavioral Health Workforce Education and Training (BHWET) for Professionals program.  In support of the White House’s Now is the Time initiative, the 3 year grant program (2014-2017) is intended to expand the mental health and substance abuse workforce serving children, adolescents, and transitional-age at- and high-risk youth.  The grant provides specialized education and training for Counseling students to work specifically with high risk adolescents (15-24 yrs.).  The funding also provides $10,000 in scholarship funding to eligible, participating students while they complete their clinical internship. 

The award is timely as theUniversity of Detroit Mercy Counseling program celebrates its 50th year, and is well-aligned with the social justice-infused Mission of the program and the University. “As a Counseling program that has been historically dedicated to preparing students to work with marginalized populations, to engage in service and advocacy, and to enhance the lives of individuals by providing the most effective behavioral health treatment,University of Detroit Mercy’s Counseling program is uniquely postured to fulfill the intent of this grant,” said Dr. Nancy Calleja, Professor and Chair, Department of Counseling and Addiction Studies, and Project Director.   “Moreover, the funding enlarges the pipeline of professional counselors prepared to further strengthen and enhance the city of Detroit and its surrounding communities” she added. 

For more information, vist the WARY Fellowship page.

Ethel and James Flinn Foundation Grant

University of Detroit Mercy Counseling Program was awarded a $50,000 grant from the Ethel and James Flinn Foundation in 2015. The funding supported an evaluation of the Emotional Skills-Building Curriculum, a treatment program that has been implemented in theUniversity of Detroit Mercy Counseling Clinic. The project director, Dr. Sheri Pickover, led the evaluation and Kimberly Childers, Counseling Clinic supervisor, participated on the project.   

Introducing the 2016-17 Counseling Program Scholarship Recipients

Each year theUniversity of Detroit Mercy Counseling program offers competitive Graduate Research Assistantships to several students.  In 2016-17, more than $45,000 in scholarships is provided directly to Counseling students for additional tuition support. These scholarships provide an opportunity for students to work directly with faculty members on a variety of research and grant-funded projects, enhancing their learning experience through the development of a range of research skills and scholarship. 

In addition, each year, a competitive scholarship is awarded to one student to work directly in the Counseling Clinic, in order to learn directly about clinic operations and provide support services to Clinic staff and student counselors.

Finally, a need-based scholarship is awarded each year to one student in honor of a Counseling program alumna, the Denise Davenport Memorial Scholarship.  

2016-17 Graduate Research Assistants

 2016-17 Counseling Research Assistants

Elizabeth Curtis, 2nd year (Calleja's lab)

Robert Kaiser, 1st year (Calleja's lab) 

Kathryn Marburger, 1st year (Palmer's lab)

Hella Mohamed, 2nd year (Bennett-Garraway's lab)

Joy Montgomery 2nd year (Bennett-Garraway's lab)

Counseling Clinic Administrative Support Assistant

Elizabeth Formica, 1st year

Denise Davenport Memorial Scholarship

Elizabeth Curtis, 1st year

Ashley Meekins, 3rd year

Addiction Studies Undergraduate Scholarship Recipient

counseling and addiction studies graduate assistants

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