SAN ANTONIO -- Our Lady of the Lake University OLLU has been awarded $300,000 from the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) to provide funding to recruit and train family therapy graduate students in integrated behavioral health.

The university said this is expected to serve the unmet needs of Hispanic children, adolescents and transitional-youth at risk in the San Antonio area.

The program will focus on recruiting students, especially those who are bilingual and demonstrate a commitment to serve at-risk children, adolescents and transitional-age youth, to OLLU’s master’s program in psychology, which has a concentration in family, couple and individual psychotherapy.

Training in the FCIP program will consist of an intense course taught by a family therapist who has expertise in integrated behavioral health and two semesters of supervised practica in English or Spanish on an integrated behavioral health team at the Community Counseling Service CCS, OLLU’s training facility.

Through completing the program, students will be trained in integrated primary care settings that provide services to Hispanic children, adolescents and transitional youth who are at-risk or report a behavioral health related concern.

Additionally, behavioral health teams will be created in English and Spanish at the CCS that will work with the primary care physicians of Health Texas Medical Group (HTMG). This will allow for students to be supervised through direct observation.

Students recruited for the program will be eligible to receive a $10,000 scholarship to assist with the cost of completing the program.

OLLU’s Master of Science in Psychology degree with a concentration in Family, Couple and Individual Psychotherapy is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation for Marriage and Family Therapy Education COAMFTE.

OLLU is one of four universities in Texas with a COAMFTE accredited master’s program.