HAPPY Project

Chatham University’s Counseling Psychology graduate programs received an HRSA-funded Behavioral Workforce Education and Training grant in fall 2021 for the Healthcare Alliance Promoting Pittsburgh Youth Project (the HAPPY Project).


Chatham partnered with federally qualified health centers and hospital and community sites offering integrated care to address the behavioral healthcare needs of children, adolescents, and young adults in high need, high demand populations and areas.

The HAPPY Project also intentionally supports students holding marginalized identities, to increase the representation of these identities among the professionals in our field.

In addition to practicum training at these integrated care sites, the ​HAPPY Project includes:
  • An enhanced Practicum course which offers 15 additional hours of training per semester to practicum students, covering topics such as integrated care models, trauma-informed care, suicide assessment and prevention, substance misuse assessment and intervention, intimate partner violence, violence prevention, health disparities and social determinants of health, and specific evidence-based interventions.
  • Funds for membership in professional organizations like the American Psychological Association (APA) or American Counseling Association (ACA)
  • Funds to attend a conference or training
  • Mentoring and support through Chatham’s Office of Career Development
  • Stipends during the training year, which must be the final year prior to pre-doctoral internship or graduation
  • Participating in an interdisciplinary community of practice to network with alumni, collaborators, and site supervisors
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Where Students May Work

The federally-qualified health center, hospital, and community sites students may work in include:

  • North Side Christian Health Center
  • Primary Health Care Services, Inc.
  • UPMC Matilda Theiss Child Development Center
  • Persad Center
  • University of Pittsburgh Counseling Center (focus on integrated care)
  • Central Outreach Wellness Center
  • UPMC Adolescent and Young Adult Medicine’s Gender & Sexual Development Program
  • UPMC Services for Teens at Risk (STAR) Center

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Proposed Training Events

  • A discussion with WELL Project alumni about working in integrated care settings
  • A discussion with WELL Project alumni about working with refugee and immigrant populations
  • A workshop with Dr. Sharon Higgenbothan to discuss the application of global bioethics/universal human rights frameworks to clinical concerns like lethality assessment (e.g., 302s), clinician burnout and harm reduction models
  • Addressing microaggressions in clinical settings and supervisory relationships
  • ​Presentation related to suicide among Black youth
  • A collaboration with an upcoming conference “Say Its Name: Restoring Self in a White Supremacy World”