The Youth-Oriented Substance Abuse and Trauma Counseling Program (YOSAT Counseling II)

What is the YOSAT Counseling II Program?

The Youth-Oriented Substance Abuse and Trauma Counseling Program II is a new offering within the MSW program at UWM that exposes students to specialized training in both substance abuse and trauma counseling with a focus on vulnerable children, youth, and young adults. The program also includes state-of-the-art training in cultural competency, technology integration, and integrated care.

Who should apply?

  • Any MSW student admitted to the program who meets the program eligibility and requirements (see below).
  • Students of color, students from low-income communities, and first generation college students are strongly encouraged to apply. Increased diversity in mental/behavioral health services in underserved communities is an objective of this program.
  • MSW students interested in careers working with children, youth, and young adults within the mental and behavioral health field.

Program eligibility:

  • Must be admitted or enrolled in the MSW program.
  • If enrolled, must have a GPA of 3.0 or better.
  • Must not have started SW 821 (Field Instruction III).

Financial assistance:

  • Accepted students receive a $10,000 Fellowship over 2 semesters.

When to apply:

  • Students should apply as early as possible once admitted to the MSW program.

Program requirements:

  • Must maintain MSW student status and a GPA of 3.0 or better.
  • Course plan must include substance abuse counseling education and the trauma-informed care graduate certificate program.
  • Must complete 9 additional credits beyond MSW graduation requirements (1 additional academic semester).
  • Includes a field practicum in a select mental/behavioral health clinic, outpatient treatment center, or integrated health center.

How do I apply?

  • Apply online
  • Application materials:
    • Resume
    • In about 250 words (no more than 500), please describe the following:
      – Your interest in the Youth-Oriented Substance Abuse and Trauma Counseling (YOSATI) II Program.
      – Your experience with individuals impacted by mental and/or behavioral health conditions.

      – Your future career goals and how the YOSAT II Program will help you achieve these goals.


This project 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 over $1.8 million. 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.

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