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Counseling & Human Services students participating Integrated Behavioral Health, Education, Research and Training Program (IBHERT)

Integrated Behavioral Health Training Grant

Integrated Behavioral Health

Integrated Behavioral Healthcare (IBH) is an emerging field within the wider practice of high-quality, coordinated health care. In the broadest use of the term, "integrated behavioral healthcare" can describe any situation in which behavioral health and medical providers work together. IBH is an evidence-based and cost-effective approach to patient-centered care in primary and behavioral healthcare settings, as a result of an interdisciplinary collaboration between primary and behavioral health clinicians. This care may address mental health and substance abuse conditions, health behaviors (including their contribution to chronic medical illnesses), life stressors and crises, stress-related physical symptoms, and ineffective patterns of health care utilization.

Students participating in the IBHERT grant will follow the standard counseling curriculum as well as supplementary educational requirements in IBH.

Students will:

  • Earn a $10,000 stipend while enrolled in their internship course
  • Develop competence and expertise in integrated behavioral health care
  • Work with an interdisciplinary team
  • Participate in Interprofessional Education Day at the ODU School of Nursing (Spring)
  • Gain practical knowledge in working with youth and/or seniors in integrated settings

IBHERT students will be required to engage in the following:

  1. Complete the IBH course offerings:

    • COUN 695X: Integrated Care for Children, Adolescents, and Transitional Aged Youth (Spring) and
    • COUN 695Y: Integrated Care for Senior Populations (Summer online)
  2. Attend the Advanced Topics Seminar Series (Fall)

  3. Complete COUN 667/668 at an approved IBH site.

    • In lieu of IBH field placement, school counseling students have the option to complete a 100-hour IBH-specific project at their assigned schools
  4. Support IBHERT goals and program development by completing assessments and evaluations required for funding.

Medical professional speaking with a patient

You may sign up for the program at any time during your enrollment in the Master's in Counseling, as long as it's before your internship semester.

  • CMHC students: Internship must start by Spring 2022
  • School Counseling students: Internship must start by Spring 2022

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Please email: ibhert@odu.edu

Counseling & Human Services Faculty involved in the grant

Program Director & Manager


Mark Rehfuss


Supervision Coordinator

Gulsah Kemer

Dr. Gulsah Kemer


Fall Seminar Coordinator


Jeffry Moe


Assessments Coordinator

Kristy Carlisle

Kristy Carlisle


Clinical Coordinator


Amber Pope


Graduate Research Assistant

Yesim Giresunlu

Yesim Giresunlu


Previous and current IBH sites include:

  • Chesapeake Integrated Behavioral Healthcare
  • Chesapeake Regional Medical Center
  • Indian Creek Correctional Center
  • Oyster Point Academy
  • Saint Leo University
  • Sentara Ambulatory Care Clinic
  • Harbor Point Behavioral Health
  • Sentara Behavioral Health Services
  • Virginia Beach Psychiatric Center
  • As well as any assigned schools for school counseling students

The Integrated Behavioral Health, Education, Research, and Training Program (IBHERT) is supported by the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) as part of an award totaling $1,920,000 with 0% financed with non-governmental sources. The contents are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily represent the official views of, nor an endorsement, by HRSA, HHS, or the U.S. Government. For more information, please visit HRSA.gov.

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