Cara M. Daley, Blade Reed Mills


Presentation: 3:00-4:15, Kennedy Union Ballroom



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In pursuit of advancing behavioral health education, the University of Dayton’s Behavioral Health Workforce Education and Training (BHWET) program set-forth the goal of developing diverse leaders through Interprofessional Education and Practice (IPEP). BHWET is a cross-disciplinary collaboration of faculty and graduate students from UD’s three graduate-level mental health programs. We empower diverse professionals to become leaders through training, research, and community outreach. Students collaborate with community partners to tackle systemic barriers hindering access to mental health services for youth across our 30-county region... Engaging with a spectrum of stakeholders including schools, mental health agencies, law enforcement, hospitals, public health boards, faith-based organizations, and public service organizations, BHWET participants work to: 1. Increase accessibility to healthcare services for children, adolescents, transition-aged youth, families, athletes, and first responders; 2. Address mental health workforce shortages in critical areas of need across various disciplines; and3. Cultivate diverse leaders adept at navigating the complex behavioral health landscape. As Graduate Research Assistants for BHWET, we have the unique perspective of working on both the development and implementation of research and community outreach projects. We've gained lessons and skills that may be beneficial to other graduate students, faculty, staff, program managers, and community partners. Those lessons/skills include: •Enhancing productivity across diverse fields through effective communication skills.•Managing a 30+ participant team using a project management platform.•Facilitating a curriculum on IPEP training.•Collaborating with community partners to tackle the shortage of behavioral health personnel in crucial regions.•Developing partner-centric programming through tailored strategies, collaboration, and continuous refinement.•Recognizing the importance of flexibility in driving successful project outcomes.•And, understanding how public health and education services intersect to promote societal well-being.At Stander, we aim to share our insights and gather feedback from students, faculty, and community members on the BHWET program.

Publication Date


Project Designation

Graduate Research

Primary Advisor

Meredith L. T. Montgomery

Primary Advisor's Department

Counselor Education and Human Services


Stander Symposium, School of Education and Health Sciences

Institutional Learning Goals

Community; Vocation; Diversity

Cross-Campus Collaboration: Advancing Behavioral Health Education