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Training and Education Across Clinics and Hospitals (TEACH)

Project TEACH is funded through the Department of Health and Human Services, Health and Resource and Services Administration (HRSA) under the Bureau of Health Workforce Education and Training (BHWET) Program for Professionals. This program was created to increase the supply of behavioral health professionals while also improving distribution of a quality behavioral health workforce and thereby increasing access to behavioral health services. A special focus is placed on the knowledge and understanding of children, adolescents, and transitional-aged youth at risk for behavioral health disorders. 


Project TEACH aims to expand local behavioral health care provider organizations with a well-trained workforce that ultimately supports improved behavioral health outcomes for the area’s most underserved patients. Through in-field student training (clinical component), didactic trainings (through course work or workshops), existing provider training and active recruitment of diverse trainees into the program.  


The Mission of Project TEACH is to meet the needs of vulnerable populations of Southern New Mexico and surrounding areas. As TEACH scholars, Clinical Mental Health Counselors, and Masters of Social Work trainees are offered an experiential, didactic and practical curriculum in which trainees learn about inter-professional teamwork while providing culturally responsive, integrated primary care services. 

TEACH scholars receive a one-year training in the principles and best practices of interdisciplinary practice by completing a year in seminars, workshops, fieldwork, and clinical experiences. Each scholar is awarded a stipend of $10,000. Funds are distributed and released by New Mexico State University’s financial aid.  

Who is eligible to apply? 

  • Graduate students enrolled in Clinical Mental Health Counseling or Masters in Social Work program. 
  • Graduate students who are completing their last year of training. 
  • Graduate students completing a field placement in a primary care site aimed at providing services to children, youth or transitional young adults.  
  • Graduates students completing a field placement in an interdisciplinary setting.  
  • Graduate students who are in good academic standing. 

When should I apply? 

  • Prior to applying, you should review all information related to the grant including the application, “Letter of Commitment” and Informational Sheet.  
  • Application should be submitted only after you have secured placement at an integrated care setting or primary care. 
  • The application deadline: : Late Summer  

How do I apply? 

  • The following materials should be submitted to Shanna Salazar-Sanchez at 
    • Completed Application 
    • Letter of Intent- This letter should detail your interest in the program and should discuss your career goals and how the TEACH Project stipend will help you achieve those goals, your commitment to the project, and your plans to pursue a behavioral health career upon graduation. 
    • Resume/Curriculum Vita 
    • Signed “Letter of Commitment and Compliance Agreement” form   
  • All forms can be requested from Shanna Salazar-Sanchez at 

 What is the course of study for this grant?


  • During first semester:  
    • Enrollment and completion of Advanced Practicum (CEP 578; 3 credit hours) if placement is in the schools OR Completion of Internship (CEP 580; 3 credit hours) if placement is in another agency focused on work with children and adolescents.  
    • Completion of minimum of 150 clinical hours.  
    • Enrollment and completion of Primary Care Psychology (CEP 563; 3 credit hours). 
  • During second semester:   
    • Enrollment and completion of Internship (CEP 580; 3 or 6 credit hours depending on whether student enrolled in Advanced practicum or Internship the semester prior) at a Ben Archer Health Center or La Clinica de Familia site.  
    • Completion of minimum 300 hours of clinical work.  
    • Enrollment and completion of Behavioral Health Practicum (CEP 670 if taken in the Spring; CEP 598 if taken in the Fall).  
  • During first semester: 
    • Enrollment and completion of Field Practicum 1 & Seminar  
    • Completion of minimum of 250 hours in field. 
    • TEACH: Enrollment and completion of Integrated Behavioral Health Seminar (fall and spring). -1 credit course 
    • Complete 4 trainings related to interdisciplinary work or primary care (community trainings) ***  
  • During second semester:  
    • Enrollment and completion of Field Practice II & Seminar 
    • Completion of minimum 250 hours.  
    • *TEACH: Enrollment and completion of Integrated Behavioral Health Seminar (fall and spring).- 1 credit 
    • Complete 4 trainings related to interdisciplinary work or primary care (community trainings) *** 

      ***Completion of 8 Community trainings one for each month in the program. (Each scholar is responsible for submitting a certificate of completion for each training 
*Behavioral Health Practicum/Seminar: 
   A two-semester course, 1 credit each semester.
      The goal of this seminar is to establish competency for behavioral health students working in organizational settings with newly integrated mental health services. The framework for this seminar has been designed based upon the "Core Competencies for Integrated Behavioral Health and Primary Care." In the context of their practicum placements, trainees will demonstrate competency in the following areas: Interpersonal communication, interprofessional collaboration, leadership, screening and assessment, care planning and coordination, crisis intervention, cultural humility, systems-oriented practice, quality improvement, informatics, race/ethnicity, gender/sex, and professional development and specialization. 
      * As an option for Spanish-speaking TEACH grant recipients, there is an alternative section for this class that is identical to this one, except that students and the instructor speak and write in Spanish.

TEACH approved trainings

  • Available in TEVERA 


  • Please contact Shanna Salazar-Sanchez for any questions
Office Hours:
Tuesdays from 9a-11a 
Health and Social Service Building
Room: 232H
School of Social Wok

Wednesdays 9a-12pm
O'Donnell Hall 
CEP 222K
Counseling and Educational Psychology 

Shanna Salazar-Sanchez, MSW 
Training Coordinator/Point of Contact for TEACH grant 

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Dr. de la Rosa, Ph.D.,  
School of Social Work 
Project Director  

Dr. Anna Lopez Ph.D.,  
Clinical Mental Health Counselor
Co-Project Director
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Dr. Erika Gergerich
Co-Research/Assessment Coordinator and Instructor