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As part of the White House Now is the Time initiative, the University of Detroit Mercy Counseling program was awarded more than $700,000 by the Health Services and Resources Administration (HRSA) in 2014 to implement a three-year grant program. Funded by the HRSA, the Behavioral Health Workforce Education and Training (BHWET) for Professionals program is intended to expand the behavioral health workforce serving at- and high-risk children, adolescents and transitional-age youth. The University of Detroit Mercy's Working with At Risk Youth (WARY) Fellowship program was designed to specifically meet the needs of this funding opportunity, and provides enhanced training and preparation for up to 46 master's level counseling students from 2014-2017.

Program Description

With a particular emphasis on court-involved adolescents, the WARY Fellowship program at Detroit Mercy provides enhanced academic coursework and experiential training to participating Detroit Mercy Counseling students in preparation of careers specializing in the treatment of at- and high-risk adolescents (defined as individuals ages 15-24 years of age) with a specific emphasis on working with public system-involved adolescents (i.e., child welfare, juvenile justice, mental health). WARY Fellows complete enhanced coursework (in addition to meeting all requirements of the Counseling curriculum) in the treatment of at- and high-risk adolescents, including a six month internship at an authorized site. 

WARY Advanced Training Curriculum

The WARY curriculum includes three courses that are completed during the Fellows final year of the Counseling program. The courses include:

WARY Advanced Clinical Preparation and Practice
An advanced semester-long course emphasizing the treatment of adolescents with behavioral health disorders, trauma, and addiction as well as a deep, developmentally-informed examination of the myriad issues affecting adolescents. In addition, a primary emphasis is on adolescent brain development while integrated treatment of primary and behavioral health is explored, and site visits to local treatment providers are included.

WARY Internship Workshop
A brief, highly-focused workshop that includes outside reading and writing to prepare students for the specialized internship working with at and high risk adolescents. The workshop includes both a primer on adolescent development and specific preparation for the internship experience.

WARY Inter-Professional Seminar Series
The seminar series consists of several sessions in which Fellows learn directly from seasoned community-based leaders and practitioners who specialize in treating at- and high-risk adolescents as well as from primary health providers and other behavioral health providers. The public systems of mental health, juvenile justice and child welfare are highlighted and addiction and school-based settings are also emphasized.


In order to be eligible for a WARY Fellowship, students must be:

  • Currently enrolled in University of Detroit Mercy's master's programs in Counseling, in Clinical Mental Health, Addiction or School Counseling;
  • Must maintain a 3.0 GPA throughout the Counseling program;
  • Must maintain 90 percent or better attendance in the Counseling program; and
  • Must have U.S. citizenship or be a non-citizen national of the United States or have been lawfully admitted for permanent residence at the time of award.

Participation in the WARY Fellowship is open to both current Counseling students as well as to those admitted to the Counseling program throughout 2015.

Financial Information

WARY Fellows participate in all of the WARY enhanced coursework free of charge and receive a stipend of $10,000 for completion of the Fellowship, including completion of the specialized internship.

Authorized WARY Internship Sites

Currently, there are several authorized WARY sites that include but are not limited to:

  • Chippewa Valley High School
  • Counseling & Psychological Services, Wayne State University
  • Detroit Public Schools
  • Development Centers, Inc.
  • Harbor Oaks Hospital
  • Mariners Inn
  • Oakland Family Services 
  • Spectrum Child and Family Services
  • Spectrum Juvenile Justice Services
  • The Guidance Center

    2016-17 WARY Fellows

    • Kristen Albright
    • Rusmira Bektas
    • Alex Belanger
    • Chioke Bracy
    • Aisha Cunningham
    • Elizabeth Curtis
    • Ashley Grimes
    • Taliah Williams-Hunter
    • Robert Kaiser
    • Dayna Kanouna
    • Audrey Kary
    • Heather Kohl
    • Kelly Maveal
    • Joy Montgomery
    • Timothy Ossman
    • Eva Qerama
    • Jennifer Villarreal
    • Megan Waterbury
    • LynShannon Williams
    • Tanesha Windom

    2015-16 WARY Fellows


    • Christina Arsenault
    • Cortney Ball
    • Jessica Elezaj
    • Thomas Grden
    • Timothy Mann
    • Michelle Marshbanks
    • Rema Mourad
    • Peter Petroske
    • Jennifer Schilling
    • John Simmons

    2014-15 WARY Fellows

    WARY Fellows 14/15

    • Layla Almaliky
    • Molly Belill-Biondo
    • Marques Blanford
    • Kylie Chaffin
    • Shimika Chillous
    • Ann Dadah
    • Brandon Johnson
    • Tearah Kemp
    • Tracy Manigold
    • Andrea Maxwell
    • Robert Oden
    • Shaaree Presley
    • India Schumake
    • Randa Shakra
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