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Interdisciplinary Behavioral Health Collaboration (IBHC)

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Interdisciplinary Behavioral Health Collaboration (IBHC) Project

In 2017, the MSW Program and the College of Graduate and Continuing Education were awarded a Behavioral Health Workforce Education and Training for Professionals grant from the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) to prepare social workers for interprofessional work in a variety of settings.

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The IBHC project provides training on working in team-based care in integrated settings and competitively awards $10,000 training stipends to 20 MSW students each year at WSU. Students selected into the IBHC Project Fellowship receive comprehensive education in both classroom and field settings providing integrated behavioral healthcare. IBHC Fellows gain the professional competencies outlined by the Interprofessional Education Collaborative and the Council on Social Work Education.

IBHC Fellows - Class of 2019

Bandu Adhikari
Michelle Bachetti
Jenny Bender
Deidre Brazenall
Tania Cabrera
Riley Cook
Haley Dexter
Toni Dolan
Melissa Gentile
Christina Girard
Jeremy Hill
Theresa James
Katie Leblanc
Jessica Mooney
Madison Morse
Kelly Noga
Randy Reed
Nicole Twining
Karina Velazquez
Keith Ward

Class of 2019 IBHC Graduate Catalogue





IBHC Fellows - Class of 2018

David Bjorklund, MSW
Veronica Brandt, MSW
John Choiniere, MSW
Cristina Cintron, MSW
Brooke Deren, MSW
Paige Fairman, MSW
Daisy Hernandez, MSW-C
Laura Hoffman, MSW
Sarah Indominico, MSW
Mary Jamieson, MSW
Michael Keeney, MSW
Elizabeth Kelley, MSW
Montana McKim, MSW
Chantal Newkirk, MSW
Julie Pearce, MSW
Sara Pena, MSW
Jaqueline Rosado, MSW
Jessica Whitehead, MSW

Class of 2018 IBHC Graduate Catalogue

The IBHC Project has developed partnerships with a diverse group of community agencies to host IBHC Fellows in completing specialized integrated behavioral health care MSW Advanced Internships. Some of the IBHC practice settings include: a major medical center, outpatient clinics, behavioral health hospitals, a community-based program supporting persons on the autism spectrum and with learning differences, an urban homeless shelter, a program of all-inclusive care for the elderly (PACE), and community-based healthcare organizations. To assist our partners in further developing their integrated behavioral health work, they receive:

  • Agency-based needs assessment
  • Online training modules
  • Complimentary continuing education units
  • Attendance at the IBHC Annual Clinical Conference
  • Training opportunities within the Leadership in Human Services Academy
  • Individualized agency recommendations for training materials

Hosted jointly by the IBHC Project and Social Work Field Education, this annual conference brings together healthcare professionals for a day long intensive. Each spring the conference focuses on topics related to interprofessional practice across social work settings, such as: foundation knowledge about integrated care; trauma and addiction; integrated behavioral health within primary care practice; collaborations with law enforcement; and team-based care for elders.

Julie Berrett-Abebe, Ph.D., MSW, LICSW
IBHC Training Coordinator

Julie’s teaching and research interests include cancer survivorship, quality of life for vulnerable populations in the health system, and interprofessional education and practice. These interests are informed by extensive clinical experience in elder community care, hospice, and oncology social work. Most recently she worked for 10 years as an Oncology Social Worker in the Gillette Center for Breast Cancer at the Massachusetts General Hospital (MGH), where she provided direct clinical services to patients and families. She also collaborated extensively across professions and served as both a supervisor and lecturer in MSW student training programs. Julie’s dissertation research was a mixed methods project to train interprofessional primary care providers to identify and intervene on long-term emotional distress in cancer survivorship. Julie currently teaches clinical, integrative field, and research courses in masters and bachelor’s of social work programs across several institutions. Her educational background, clinical experience, and recent dissertation research make her particularly well-suited to be in the position of Training Coordinator for the IBHC Project.

Terri J. Haven, MSW, LICSW
IBHC Field Education Director

Terri J. Haven has several academic, clinical, and leadership strengths that provide her with the demonstrated skill set needed to directly influence this project. Since 2012, she has served as the Field Education Director for the Department of Social Work at Westfield State University (WSU). Under her leadership, almost 1000 social work field placements have been developed with a disruption rate of under 3 percent.  She has created and taught graduate level social work courses for 22 years, including courses in advanced practice, human behavior in the social environment, policy, research, as well as developing and teaching an elective in trauma.  Currently she teaches foundation and advanced integrated field seminar courses at WSU. Her areas of social work practice are in mental health and trauma. She also provides evidence-based treatment within her private therapy practice as well as consultation and training to individuals and organizations regarding the far-reaching impact of psychological trauma, including vicarious traumatization and the development of trauma-informed practice.  Parallel to her service in academia, she has served in clinical leadership and direct service roles nationally and internationally.

Nora Padykula, Ph.D., MSW, LICSW
IBHC Project Director

Nora Padykula is the IBHC Principal Investigator and oversees the Project. Before entering academia, she provided collaborative behavioral healthcare services in various medically underserved settings while working with adults with chronic mental illness and addiction. Her scholarship and research has focused on topics related to addiction and recovery issues, program evaluation, the attainment of social work competencies, and scholarship of teaching and learning (SOTL). Formerly, the director of the Baccalaureate Social Work Program, she continues to teach both undergraduate and graduate social work students, primarily in the practice sequence. Currently, she also serves as Chair of the Department of Social Work. Dr. Padykula has received several grants from Westfield State University to promote her work in SOTL, the current HRSA-BHWET award is her first federal grant.

Ryan Zenevitch, BS
IBHC Graduate Assistant

Ryan is a Master of Social Work student in Westfield State University’s Worcester program. He received a Bachelor of Science in Psychology at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst. He has worked in the health care field in varying capacities for the past several years. He began his career working as an emergency department technician. He later transitioned to mental health services and has worked in supervisory roles and as a mental health counselor in community-based programs, a crisis assessment unit, and an inpatient psychiatric treatment center. Ryan’s experiences in multiple roles and in various settings have led to a passion for providing effective, integrated care to individuals served by the health care system, particularly to those in underserved or vulnerable populations.

This Behavioral Health Workforce Education and Training (BHWET) Grant is supported by the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) under grant # 1 M01HP31395-01-00 for $1,299,235.13, entitled the Interdisciplinary Behavioral Health Collaboration Project. This information or content and conclusions are those of the author and should not be construed as the official position or policy of, nor should any endorsements be inferred by HRSA, HHS or the U.S. Government.