The University of Massachusetts, Boston has a mission and vision that is grounded in urban and global engagement. Many BPS students go on to become UMB students, and many UMB students intersect with BPS as educators and/or parents. The School Psychology training program provides graduate level trainings to specialist (Ed.S.) and doctoral (Ph.D.) level school psychologists.
Through the partnership with CBHM, UMB faculty and students have contributed greatly to the capacity and expertise within the Boston Public Schools. Faculty have provided in-kind trainings on evidence based practices in school-based mental health. Students in both programs have completed practica and internship experiences in BPS where they benefit from exposure to the entirety of the expanded role of practice in action.
Boston University holds the belief that education and positive development are the most powerful tools we have for promoting equity and social justice, and for ensuring that all human beings have the opportunity to reach their full potential. BU and the Wheelock College of Education and Human development have been integral partners to BPS Behavioral Health Services department for several years. They have supported the district’s mental health collaborative, provided training and consultation and engaged in research projects. Most recently they worked with the district to secure a federal grant to address mental health workforce shortages.