ROBUST Specialization | Rural Optimization of Behavioral Health for Underserved Settings and Trainees (ROBUST)

Two social work professionals working in an office setting.

Specialized training and curriculum in Integrated Behavioral Health

Through federal funding provided by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA), we are offering a limited number of stipends and other financial incentives, to graduate students committed to working within rural northern Minnesota and with an emphasis on Integrated Behavioral Health (IBH).

HRSA Grant benefits

Select students that are admitted into the MSW program are eligible to apply for the grant. Upon acceptance students will receive: 

  • $10,000 stipend
  • Some mileage reimbursement
  • Financial assistance with licensure
  • Other financial incentives

Eligibility, criteria and preference

Any accepted St. Scholastica student, who believes he or she meets the criteria listed below, is welcome to apply for the ROBUST Specialization or attend an information session.

  • Accepted MSW students (includes Advanced Standing) who are in or entering their final year of the program and are in good academic standing
  • Current students who will be completing a clinical field placement that meets the criteria for integrated behavioral health and provides interprofessional learning experiences (learning experiences among a group of individuals from two or more professions)
  • All stipend recipients must be U.S. citizens, noncitizen nationals or foreign nationals who have a visa permitting permanent residence in the U.S. (Temporary or student visas are ineligible.)

Students will receive special preferences for stipends if they are:

  • A member of an underrepresented and underserved group, bilingual or a veteran
  • Currently living and working in a rural area or with underserved populations
  • Committed to working with rural/underserved populations after graduation

Preference will be given for clinical field placements that meet the following criteria:

  • A placement that includes a focus on prevention and clinical intervention and treatment for those who are considered at risk
  • A placement in which the student works with multilingual and multicultural populations

Curriculum components

The MSW program at CSS uses a competency-based model of instruction and assessment. MSW classes in the ROBUST specialization include advanced practice social work measurable learning objectives and outcomes that include interprofessional communication; collaboration and teamwork; screening and assessment, intervention, cultural awareness and adaptation; practice-based learning and quality improvement; and the use of informatics with an interdisciplinary approach. The following curriculum components and measures will be used to evaluate student performance in the ROBUST Specialization.

  • Integrated Behavioral Health (IBH) Elective Credits
    Students complete a 4 credit Integrated Behavioral Health elective course in the fall semester.     
  • Advanced Policy IBH Focus Course Component
    Students complete a course assignment in the SWK 6400 Advanced Policy, Services, and Community Practice course with a focus on Integrated Behavioral Health.      
  • Prep for Field II and Field Practicum II
    Field courses prepare and facilitate the practicum experience. Seminar class sessions are held throughout the fall and spring semesters. These courses are offered in both on-line and face-to-face instruction formats.  
  • Six IBH Focused Workshops
    Various workshops focusing on IBH with a cultural component are offered throughout fall and spring semesters. The presentation formats are on-line (both synchronous and asynchronous) and face-to-face.  
  • Practice Evaluation II Section
    As a part of a practice evaluation course, students complete a recorded mock simulation experience focused on interprofessional communication with other healthcare disciplines at CSS.   
  • IBH Specialization Seminars
    On-line seminars are focused on career development and other various topics related to IBH and the ROBUST Specialization. One seminar includes a poster presentation on IBH evidenced-based treatment approaches.

Application deadline

June 1

This project is supported by the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) under grant number M01HP31293 and the title of Behavioral Health Workforce Education and Training (BHWET) Program for $333,299.00 each year for four years. This information or content and conclusions are those of the author and should not be construed as the official position or policy of, nor should any endorsements be inferred by HRSA, HHS or the U.S. Government.

Contact Us

For additional information, email or call (218) 723-5981.

Jordanne Even
Admissions Counselor
(877) 353-0820