The Rural Mental Health Preparation/Practice Pathway (RMHP3)
Montana State University & University of Montana
Partnering to Address Rural Mental-Health Needs
Preparing Counselors for Montana's Rural Schools and Communities
"It has been a wonderful opportunity to see how something so important could get started and thrive in a rural town." - Damon, Counseling Intern, Class of 2021
Working to improve the preparation, retention, and overall numbers and effectiveness of mental health professionals for rural Montana.
The RMHP3 is a cohort model that prepares graduate counseling students to participate and serve as counselors in rural communities. The graduate students are provided with preparation, a professional learning environment, and supervision to create sustainable and supportive mental health services in rural Montana.
- Increase the number of counselors in rural schools and communities from 3.7 per year to 10
- Create a long-term sustainable model for best practice in preparation of rural mental health services in Montana and beyond.
- Foster safety and support in rural schools and communities for all community members.
"I'm learning a lot working in a smaller community. The roles and boundaries of a counselor within a small community are different than what I have experienced in larger communities. Staff, teachers, and administrators in rural schools may often wear multiple hats and have to adapt to evolving situations and the needs of students on a daily basis. I continue to learn new things every day in Ennis, and I am grateful to be at such a welcoming and supportive school." - Heidi, Counseling Intern, Class of 2021
Becoming Involved and More Information
- Current Placements
- Eligible Locations in Rural Montana
- RMHP3 Model and Additional Information
- Hosting a Counseling Intern
For additional information, please contact one of our Lead Principal Investigators listed below
RMHP3 Head Principal Investigators:
Montana State University
University of Montana