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Integrated Behavioral Health Graduate Portfolio Program

The Graduate Portfolio in Integrated Behavioral Health provides graduate students from any discipline advanced professional education in the delivery of integrated behavioral health care. Facilitated by the Graduate School at The University of Texas at Austin, Dell Medical School’s Department of Psychiatry hosts the program.

Students build a robust foundation for integrated health care by selecting courses from a variety of behavioral health disciplines to build their knowledge of social determinants of health, evidence-based strategies, organizational dynamics and interprofessional clinical practice. Completion of the program helps students develop the competencies required to successfully compete for clinical and related positions in integrated medical settings.

Students may apply for admission to the portfolio program at any time as application review occurs throughout the year. If you have any questions, please see answers to frequently asked questions or reach out to the program administrator.

Program Requirements

To complete the program, students must:

  • Complete four approved courses, with one course in each of the following areas:
    • integrated practice;
    • social determinants of health;
    • evidenced-based practice; and
    • organizational dynamics, ethics or communication.
  • Complete at least two of the four courses listed above outside the student’s primary academic discipline.
  • Complete at least 50 hours of documented field-based internship/practicum training or volunteer work in an integrated behavioral health setting or complete an alternative clinical or related experience as proposed by the student and approved by the IBH portfolio committee.
  • Deliver a presentation on an integrated topic of the student’s choosing, either to a professional audience in the clinical field–based setting or to a designated group of faculty members associated with the program.

Each course for the portfolio must be taken for a letter grade unless the course is only offered on a credit/no credit basis, and students must maintain a GPA of 3.0 or higher in the program. The IBH Portfolio Steering Committee will monitor each student’s adherence to these requirements.

Courses

For details on the listed courses, see the university Course Schedule.

Students must complete one of the following:

  • EDP 194: Interprofessional Collaborative Practice in Health Care
  • N 250: Interprofessional Collaborative Practice
  • SW 387R 41/SW 387 T: Transformative Teams in Health Care

Students must complete one of the following:

  • EDP 382G 2: Latino/a Psychology
  • EDP 384C 18: Multicultural Counseling
  • EDP 194: Understanding Homelessness
  • N 382: Sociocultural Influences on Health
  • SW 381R: Human Behavior and the Social Environment
  • SW 381S: Foundations of Social Justice
  • SW 395K: Health Justice/Med-LGL

Students must complete one of the following:

  • EDP 384C 24: Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Adults
  • EDP 384C 36: Fundamentals of Behavioral Theory and Intervention
  • EDP 384C: Motivational Interviewing
  • SW 395K: Leadership Training in Autism
  • SW 393R 13: Cognitive Behavior Therapy
  • SW 393R 16: Coexisting Psychiatric and Substance-Use Disorders
  • SW 393R 21: Motivational Interviewing
  • SW 393R 30: Solution-Focused Brief Therapy

Students must complete one of the following:

  • ADV 391K: Health Communication: Messages, Campaigns and the Media
  • CMS 386P: Advocacy
  • CMS 386P: Managing Health Information
  • CMS 386P 10: Stress and Coping
  • EDP 384C 32: Integrated Behavioral Health
  • EDP 385C: Advanced Ethics and Professional Issues
  • EDP 385C 4: Ethics in Counseling
  • N 381D: Leadership Development in Health Care Programs
  • N 382W: Informatics for Health Care Professionals
  • N 386Q: Quality and Safety in Health Care
  • SW 381T: Dynamics of Organizations and Communities
  • SW 393T 16: Leadership in Human Services System

Enrollment date: Fall 2019

Portfolio completion date: Spring 2021
Home department: Department of Educational Psychology

Portfolio coursework:

  • Fall 2019: SW 387R 41 — Transformative Teams in Health Care
  • Spring 2020: N 381D — Leadership Development in Health Care Programs
  • Fall 2020: SW 383R 21 — Motivational Interviewing
  • Fall 2021: N 382 — Sociocultural Influences on Health
  • Spring 2021: Field-based practicum/experience in an integrated medical setting
  • Final presentation delivered to on-site clinical team and supervisor

Portfolio students also complete an integrated field placement or volunteer experience with one of the program’s existing community partners, including local Federally Qualified Health Centers and community-based clinics such as People’s Community Clinic, CommUnityCare Health Centers, Lone Star Circle of Care, Integral Care and UT Health Austin.

Frequently Asked Questions

Any graduate-level student at The University of Texas at Austin is eligible. The program cohort commonly includes students from the Steve Hicks School of Social Work, School of Nursing, College of Pharmacy, College of Education and Moody College of Communication. As long as applications include a reasonable course of study, all academic disciplines are accepted.

Students may apply and join the program at any time. Students without field placements as part of their normal graduate program of study should apply sooner and discuss plans with the program administrator.

  • Academic recognition: Completion of the Integrated Behavioral Health portfolio program appears on official UT transcripts.
  • Interprofessional learning: A key component of the program is taking courses outside of your home department, giving you a unique opportunity to learn from students in other professions.
  • Professional development: You will receive support from faculty in creating your presentation and choosing your field placement site. You will also have opportunities for networking, additional training, and other skill development.
  • Career advancement: You receive notice of internship and jobs, as well as opportunities to meet other students and professionals interested in integrated behavioral health.

Not usually. The program is designed so most students can complete the portfolio during their regular degree program. By carefully mapping one’s academic schedule and use of electives, the majority of students finish on time. Some departments may have fewer electives and less flexibility in scheduling, in which case it may be necessary to take extra classes in order to complete the portfolio.

Your required field placement for your academic program may count, provided it was completed at a site that offers integrated care and you were part of the behavioral health team. If you do not have a required field placement as part of your degree, the program administrator can provide guidance and suggestions and connect you to faculty that can assist.

Each school or department has its own system for out-of-department students to register for courses listed on their departmental website. Usually, available space in courses opens to out-of-department students a few days after the registration period opens. However, some exceptions exist. If you are planning to register for an out-of-department course and do not know the procedure, reach out to the program administrator for help.

Students may submit a petition for a substitute course to the program administrator at any time after admission to the program. Course petitions must include a copy of the course syllabus; a copy of the final project, presentation or paper; and a cover note from the student explaining why this particular course supports their interest in integrated behavioral health. The Portfolio Steering Committee reserves the right to accept or decline any such waiver request.

Yes.

You can, and it is recommended for those selected for the IBH Scholars Program, if your course load allows. If you have questions about your specific situation, please reach out to the program administrator.