What is the YOSAT Counseling II Program?

YOSAT Counseling 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 requirement (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
    • Short essay: In about 250 words, please describe your interest in the Youth-Oriented Substance Abuse and Trauma Counseling II Program. Any MSW student meeting program requirements is encouraged to apply for this program. Please document if you identify as a student of color, student from low-income community, 1st generation college student, and/or other.

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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