Heads Up Camp launches this summer and is designed for students interested in careers in the field of Behavioral Health. Students will explore a variety of career paths including social worker, counselors, psychologists, psychiatrists, behavioral health aides and other positions within the field. Students will learn about key topics in behavioral health including stress, abuse, addiction, bullying, suicide and mental health. In addition to career exploration, students will have the opportunity to earn a Youth Mental Health First Aid certificate by the end of the camp. Montana AHEC focuses on accepting students from low-income families, rural areas, under-represented minorities or those who will be first in their family to attend college. The aim of the Behavioral Health Career Camp is to provide students a chance to further explore healthcare careers, learn about college life, and realize it is possible to pursue higher education.
Montana, and the nation as a whole, is facing a mental and behavioral healthcare workforce shortage. To develop the next generation of healthcare professionals, the Montana AHEC system has organized the Heads Up program as one way to foster student’s interest in pursuing careers in this field of behavioral healthcare. The goal is to provide students with the support and resources needed to enter and succeed in the industry. This “grow your own” approach can be seen as one way to fill the healthcare pipeline and ultimately address the workforce shortage.
Heads Up Camp is being offered through the South Central Montana AHEC. For questions, contact Natascha Robinson, 406-457-8048.
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