Albizu University receives a three-year grant to establish a specialized training track in opioid and substance use disorders prevention and treatment.

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Miami, Florida – May 12, 2020. Albizu University is developing a specialized training track in Opioid and Substance Use Disorders (OUD and SUD) prevention and treatment with funding from the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA).

The overarching goal of the program is to build the capacity of the doctoral health psychology workforce to provide OUD and other SUD prevention and treatment services in high need and high demand areas. The primary focus of the program is to develop an OUD/SUD-specific training plan to enable doctoral psychology (Psy.D.) students to develop skills in the provision of culturally competent, evidence-based screening, evaluation, and treatment of OUD/SUD in integrated behavioral health care settings. The training curriculum focuses on the development of OUD/SUD competencies under the mentorship of Albizu University faculty and renown experts enriched by experiential training at Borinquen Medical Centers (Miami, FL). Two students per year will be selected to receive a $25,000 stipend during the grant period. The program also supports faculty development of health service psychology and the enhancement of telehealth technology for OUD/SUD prevention and treatment.

According to Dr. Scott Hyman, the Project Director of the program, “this is an exciting opportunity for the university to take part in improving the workforce of psychologists who are trained to address the opioid crisis in the U.S.” Dr. Hyman is a Professor in the Clinical Psy.D. Program at Albizu University.

About Albizu University:  Albizu University was founded in 1966, offers the only Psy.D. degree in Miami Dade County. The university is known for its pioneering work addressing issues of diversity and multiculturalism in the training of psychologists. The Clinical Psy.D. and the Doctoral Internship programs are accredited by the American Psychological Association. The institution is accredited by the Middle States Commission on Higher Education and is licensed by the Commission for Independent Education of the Florida Department of Education.