Student practicum training programs

Social workers are vital front line workers of the interprofessional healthcare ecosystem of Detroit, partnering with allied health professionals to address the social determinants of health and improve patient outcomes in our urban community. For nearly a decade the Wayne State University School of Social Work has partnered with community organizations, allied health professionals, alumni, faculty and students to provide valuable urban interprofessional student training experiences in Detroit. 

Community organizations interested in participating in the School's existing interprofessional collaborations or working to establish a new one should contact the Clinical IPE Program Manager, Kristi Andreski Price at

Behavioral Health Workforce Education and Training (BHWET)

The purpose of the Behavioral Health Workforce Education and Training Program (BHWET) is to develop and expand the behavioral health workforce serving populations across the lifespan, including in rural and medically underserved areas. Tuition stipends are available and spots are limited. Be sure to indicate your interest when you fill out the IPT! *Note: participating agencies will make final decision regarding students accepted into the program. Information regarding program acceptance will be sent out in July/August* For more information contact Kate Oleksiak at


BHWET is open to MSW students who are completing their advanced/final year internship placements in the fall and are...

  • Passionate about working with underserved communities
  • Committed to working in the behavioral health field
  • Interested in physical and mental healthcare focused on at-risk children, adolescents and transitional aged youth

Community Homeless Interprofessional Program (CHIP)

The Community Homeless Interprofessional Program (CHIP) is a student-run clinic that partners with the Cathedral Church of St. Paul to provide education and resources primarily to people without housing. The clinic is run once a month on Sundays. Learn more


CHIP is open to both BSW and MSW students with a desire to collaborate with allied health professional students and faculty from pharmacy, medicine, and physical therapy.

Diabetes Education and Wellness Clinic (DEW)

The Diabetes Education & Wellness Clinic (DEW) is a student-run, non-profit organization that provides the greater Detroit area with no-cost, individualized diabetes and wellness education through an interprofessional team approach. The goal is to provide support and assist people in the community in managing and preventing potential complications of diabetes by offering personalized, holistic treatment plans. The clinic runs once the first Monday of each month from 4 - 7 pm at the 400 Mack complex. Learn more


DEW is open to MSW students intersted in working with fellow students from Pharmacy, Physical Therapy, Dietetics, Medicine, and Occupational Therapy graduate programs.

Interprofessional Team Home Visit Program (IPTV)

There are nearly 90,000 older adults residing in Detroit and the numbers continue to grow. Working with older adults presents a variety of opportunities and challenges in our urban environment. For over 10 years this interdisciplinary program has brought together WSU students from social work, medicine, nursing, occupational therapy, pharmacy, physical therapy, physician assistant studies, and dental students from the University of Detroit Mercy to care for older adults. Students learn how to assess an older adult's health and social needs and to participate in an interdisciplinary team home visit environment. In conjunction with the Social Work Practice Methods II course, students in the bachelors of social work program (BSW) participate in IPTV during their winter semester. Learn more


BSW students should contact their Social Work Practice Methods II course instructor for more details.