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Carroll University Combats Mental Health Worker Shortage After COVID

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It’s an issue educators and professionals agree needs to be addressed. A new educational program at Carroll University in Waukesha has begun to tackle both sides of the issue, with a focus to get more students into a field of work as the need for post-COVID care grows.

Carroll has initiated its new Masters of Science in Behavioral Health Psychology, a program that’s “uniquely positioned” to prepare the next generation of clinicians and scholars who will address today’s behavioral health issues. Addressing a need

More:’The perfect storm’: Drug overdose deaths hit record-breaking numbers in the Milwaukee area during the coronavirus pandemic To be sure, concerns about the anticipated needs in behavioral health preceded the pandemic. Lahner said the development of a master’s program of this sort has been in development for more than a decade.

More:The COVID-19 pandemic may be deepening Milwaukee County’s mental health crisis but providers see a glimmer of hope “The need for highly trained mental health professionals in Wisconsin and beyond has never been greater,” said Jessica Lahner, the new program’s director. “I am proud to be a part of the team that is stepping up to take on this challenge.”

In a summary announcing the launch of the masters program in April, university officials noted that prior to 2020 the Robert Wood Foundation and the University of Wisconsin Population Health Institute ranked Wisconsin 32nd in the United States for the number of mental health professionals, 27th for licensed professional counselors and 30th for psychologists. “For various reasons, it hasn’t come to fruition until now,” she said.

Then the coronavirus concerns emerged, and that raised a whole new level of emphasis on the lack of professionals offering needed services. More:’No matter when they call, I pick up’: Mental health workers see increased demand for treatment, support Essentially, those figures suggested the state was lagging in general in a medical field even during more normal times.

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