Spectrum Health Systems

Spectrum Health Systems Unveils Scholarship Program with Assumption University

Published On: November 8th, 2023

Spectrum Health Systems, Inc., a not-for-profit organization providing a comprehensive continuum of addiction treatment and behavioral health services throughout Massachusetts, announced today its partnership with Assumption University to create a scholarship program for its employees to complete the university’s clinical counseling psychology master’s program.

“We continue to see an increased need for both representation and clinical care service accessibility for those individuals from underrepresented communities, and this scholarship is one step towards changing those realities,” shared Heidi DiRoberto, regional executive director at Spectrum Health Systems. “Continuing education is an important initiative for our organization and our industry, and through our partnership with Assumption University, we are committed to offering our employees the opportunity to further expand their knowledge and expertise within the behavioral health field and ultimately better serve individuals in need of care.”

Spectrum Health Systems and Assumption University have a long history of working together to prepare professionals heading into the mental health field. This scholarship program will help further aid in their shared mission to diversify the clinician field.

To qualify for this program, applicants must be a full-time Spectrum employee, have been employed for a minimum of one year and in good standing. After completion of the master’s degree program, employees will continue working in a full-time position at Spectrum.

“We are happy to join Spectrum in naming Mariana Valerna, recovery support navigator at Spectrum’s Lincoln Street outpatient center, as the first recipient of this scholarship,” shares Dr. Regina Kuersten-Hogan, program director of the accredited Clinical Counseling Psychology master’s degree program at Assumption University. “Through our partnership, we have seen first-hand the work the organization is doing to diversify the clinician field and meet the needs of all clients. We are proud to partner with Spectrum to support efforts to increase access to individualized treatment for clients through training in cutting-edge, evidence-based treatments in mental health counseling at Assumption University.”

Learn more about Mariana here and what Spectrum means to her.

Spectrum Health Systems and Assumption University will be offering this scholarship opportunity on a yearly basis to support its staff and student development. To learn more about the program and how to apply for the Fall 2024 semester, visit the link here.

For more information about Spectrum Health Systems, visit spectrumhealthsystems.org or call 1-877-MyRehab. For more information about the Clinical Counseling Psychology master’s degree program at Assumption University, please visit www.assumption.edu/graduate/clinical-counseling-psychology or call Assumption’s Graduate Admissions Office at 1-508-767-7365.

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