Why Choose the IBH Program?

The Master of Professional Studies in Integrated Behavioral Health (IBH) prepares counselors to treat clients with mental health, substance use, or co-occurring disorders. The IBH program provides a strong theoretical and practical foundation in integrative treatment modalities, clinical skills, professional and ethical responsibilities, and client advocacy.

The IBH degree features:

  • Coursework that meets Minnesota Licensed Alcohol and Drug Counselor (MNLADC) and Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor (LPCC) educational requirements
  • A comprehensive, integrated curriculum that addresses both mental health and substance use disorders
  • Real-world application that reflects state-of-the-art, evidence-based best practices
  • A case-based learning approach to enhance understanding of counseling theories and techniques
  • A client-centered focus that recognizes more than one treatment ideology
  • A diverse and inclusive student experience

Career Outlook

“Currently, there is a shortage of addictions practitioners in the state of Minnesota,” says Debra Wamsley, former Director of Graduate Studies. “Our degree effectively prepares future clinicians to successfully practice in this rapidly changing landscape.”

 

  • 37%

    Expected employment growth in mental health and behavioral therapy occupations between 2020-30 in Minnesota*

In fact, in Minnesota, mental health and behavioral therapy positions that request a LADC and/or an LPC have an average salary 63 percent higher than the average across all positions.* 

Your future career could be as a:*

  • Mental Health Therapist  
  • Behavioral Health Counselor
  • Behavioral Health Therapist
  • Social/Human Service Assistant
  • Senior Clinical Supervisor

* Burning Glass Technologies: Program Insight™, accessed 10/28/21.

Courses

To earn the Master of Professional Studies in Integrated Behavioral Health, complete 60 credits. You have up to five years to complete the degree.

Required Courses (55 credits)

Electives (5 credits)

Elective courses must relate to counseling, human development, or human services, or must enhance your understanding of mental health, co-occurring disorders, substance use disorders, or human behavior within a broader context. Obtain approval from the Director of Graduate Studies to take electives outside the IBH.

For detailed course information, visit the U of M Schedule Builder.

Course Name Course Number Credits
Methods and Models III: Synthesis Seminar in Client-Centered Care IBH 6021 2
Prolonged Exposure Therapy for PTSD IBH 6041 2
Advanced Group Practice IBH 6051 2
Adolescents and Co-occurring Substance Use and Mental Health Disorders IBH 6222 2
Supervision Models and Methods in Integrated Behavioral Health IBH 6227 3
Clinical Application in Prolonged Exposure Therapy IBH 6230  3
Introduction to Navigating Issues of Sexual Health and Gender in the Therapy Session IBH 6232 2
DBT Skills Training: Group Practices and Treatment Modalities IBH 6233 2
Counseling Grief and Loss IBH 6234 2
Topics IBH 6910 1-3
Foundations of Human Sexuality HSEX 6001 3
Sexual Function and Dysfunction HSEX 6012 3
Perspective and Practices in Sexual Health Education HSEX 6013 3
Introduction to Healthcare for Transgender and Gender Diverse Adults HSEX 6014 3

Youth Specialization

If you are interested in counseling youth, this specialization will add competencies in psychopathology and resilience, and application of theory and research to meet the needs of youth, families, and communities. As part of the specialization you will also earn a graduate minor in Infant and Early Childhood Mental Health. 

This optional specialization requires additional coursework beyond the IBH degree’s minimum credits and a youth-focused internship. Please be aware that legal convictions may disqualify you from internship and clinical practice. Anyone seeking this specialization will be required to pass a background check before internship.

Faculty

The Integrated Behavioral Health program is supported and directed by talented, engaged professionals at every level. Their experience and knowledge will help you navigate an educational and career path that works for you.

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Fall Semester Application Deadline: March 1
Spring Semester Application Deadline: October 1

We strive to be fair in the admissions process. Our program thrives when we have students from different backgrounds and cultural experiences. The admissions committee looks at all the pieces of your application equally to ensure that you will be successful in the program. We do not require standardized test scores from the Graduate Record Exam (GRE).

If you have questions about the admission requirements or would like advice on how to put together application materials, please contact Steve Wicks.

Admission Requirements

We welcome applications from students who have:

  • a bachelor's degree from an accredited post-secondary US institution, or its foreign equivalent
  • an undergraduate GPA of 3.0*

* If you have a GPA below 3.0, please include an explanation in the extenuating circumstances part of your professional statement.

Application Checklist

Your complete application will include:

  • An online application
  • A professional statement
  • Two letters of recommendation
  • College transcripts
  • A resume or curriculum vitae
  • English proficiency test scores (if applicable)
  • An application fee

Ready to take the next step and start gathering your materials?

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Admissions Advising

Graduate enrollment advisor Steve Wicks is happy to answer your questions about the IBH program and the application procedure.

Or you can give Steve a call at 612-301-6127.

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