Dr. Kurt Michael, the Stanley R. Aeschleman Distinguished Professor of Psychology is part of team winning a $2.5 million Department of Education grant.
The U.S. Department of Education announced its decision to fully fund the Rural School Mental Health Training and Service Provision in North Carolina grant proposal in the amount of 2.5 million dollars over the next 5 years. The successful proposal is based on a partnership between Appalachian State University (ASU), the Ashe County School District, and RTI International.
This grant will promote a scaling up of the longstanding partnership between Appalachian State University and rural K-12 schools in developing and sustaining training sites called Assessment, Support, and Counseling (ASC) Centers designed to serve youth and families in rural North Carolina communities.
Dr. Michael, the Stanley R. Aeschleman Distinguished Professor of Psychology and ASC Center co-founder, will serve as PI for ASU. The grant will help to deepen pre-professional preparation of ASU doctoral students in clinical psychology in hopes of deploying them strategically into high need schools after graduation. Pre-professional preparation will also include advanced, targeted coursework and practicum training in the provision and study of rural school mental health services.
This grant will bring much needed workforce preparation through the ASU doctoral program in clinical psychology and essential workforce development in the rural schools of North Carolina for years to come. Most importantly, it will create vastly improved capacity to serve children and families in our K-12 rural schools.
Congratulations to Dr. Michael!