1. What is Integrated Behavioral Healthcare (IBH)?
  • IBH is an approach to treating “the whole person” by coordinating physical and mental (behavioral) health services within primary care medical settings.
  1. What’s the reason for placing social workers in IBH medical clinics?
  • Social workers are well-suited to IBH due to their training in clinical and case management skills. Social workers treat patients with mental health and substance abuse problems as well as support psychosocial wellness by linking patients to resources and referrals.
  1. I care about social justice. How does this career path fit with my values?
  • The federal government is funding IBH student stipends for the purpose of building up the social work workforce to serve underserved and marginalized populations across the lifespan. Enabling vulnerable populations to access behavioral health services is a form of structural change that will improve quality of life for these impoverished and marginalized individuals.
  1. I’m interested in a clinical route. Is this a good option for me?
  • Absolutely! The IBH Special Area of Study offers enhanced clinical training and practice opportunities—it is an excellent option for students interested in clinical practice.
  1. Will an IBH practicum limit my scope of practice?
  • Most likely, an IBH practicum will increase your scope of practice! Our IBH graduates are sought-after job candidates, with employers valuing their clinical practicum experience and interprofessional training.
  1. What types of jobs do IBH students obtain after graduation?
  • Our IBH graduates work in a range of social work jobs, including hospitals (psychiatric, children’s, cancer, etc.), primary care and substance abuse clinics, community mental health, counseling agencies, in-home services, school-based programs, foster care, hospice, and HIV/AIDS clinics.
  1. What is the average salary range for a clinical/IBH social worker?
  • Good news! According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, social workers employed as of May 2017 in the offices of other health practitioners, such as IBH primary care, earn an annual mean wage of $67,520.
  1. Who should apply? Am I a good candidate?
  • Any student interested in clinical (behavioral health) practice and working with underserved populations is encouraged to apply.
  1. How many students will be accepted into the 2019-2020 IBH cohort?
  • At least 30 students will be accepted; there will also be a waiting list.
  1. Will I need to take any extra courses?
  • There are no extra courses required for IBH students. Since IBH is a Specialty Area of Study, there are 3 electives prescribed for IBH students.
  1. What are the special IBH training opportunities?
  • IBH student learning is enriched by specific trainings on clinical skill-building and interprofessional (team) practice competencies.
  1. When are the stipends received?
  • Full-time students will receive a total stipend of $10,000, all of which will be disbursed during their first (Fall) semester in the program: $5000 in September and $5000 in December.
  • Part-time students will receive a total stipend of $5000, $2500 of which will be disbursed in September of year one and $2500 of which will be disbursed in September of year two.
  1. What are the practicum placement options?
  • There are numerous IBH field placement sites in Lexington as well as in rural communities in Eastern Kentucky. Some clinics serve specific populations such as pediatrics (young children and adolescents), teen mothers, immigrants, persons with HIV/AIDs, transgender persons, individuals with substance use disorders (including opioid addiction), and cancer patients. Other clinics serve a broad family and community patient population.
  1. I’m an Advanced Standing student, when do I apply?
  • Full or part-time students entering the program with Advanced Standing should apply at the same time they apply to the MSW program or soon after (before the March 1st deadline), since they will begin their MSW studies as an IBH student if accepted.
  1. I’m in the 60-hour program, when do I apply?
  • Full-time students must apply for IBH acceptance in their foundation (first) year of study. Applications may be submitted as early as October but no later than March 1st of the Spring semester of the foundation year.
  1. I’m a part-time student, when do I apply?
  • Part-time students entering the program with Advanced Standing should apply when they apply to the MSW program or soon after (before the March 1st deadline).
  • Part-time students in the 60-hour program should apply no later than March 1st in the Spring semester of their foundation year of study. Applications must be received prior to the start of Advanced Standing classes (the last 4 semesters of part-time study).
  1. Can I hear an IBH student’s perspective about the program?
  • Sure! Check out these student interview videos here: