IPEER Project

The Interprofessional Peer Education and Evidence for Recovery project, a joint initiative of the Department of Occupational Therapy and School of Social Work, aims to increase the number of thoroughly trained treatment providers who work with the region's underserved and vulnerable community members.

IPEER was initially funded in September 2017 with a four-year, $1.8 million grant from the U.S. Health Resources and Services Administration.

Program focus

The IPEER program benefits the WMU community in two major ways:

  • IPEER provides $10,000 stipends annually to 28 final-year master's students in Social Work and OT. These stipends greatly reduce financial stress on our graduate students, allowing them to focus more acutely on learning during their clinical/externship work.
  • The program provides free workforce development training for practicing behavioral health professionals at partner organizations. This free training will improve behavioral health care at these sites, benefiting our students, our partners and their clients in the greater community.

Application Information

All students who are placed in fieldwork at an eligible IPEER site will be invited to apply for the stipends. Applicants will be interviewed by CHHS faculty. There is no GPA requirement associated with the program. All students at IPEER sites may participate in the training, whether they receive the stipend or not.

Partner organizations

The WMU School of Social Work and Department of Occupational Therapy are always looking for opportunities to partner with behavioral health organizations in the Kalamazoo community and region. For more information on working with WMU social work or occupational therapy students, please contact: