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AHEC Training Partnership

UNC School of Social Work faculty members, doctoral students, field instructors, and other partners in education lead continuing professional development programs through our School’s partnership with North Carolina Area Health Education Centers (AHEC).

The SSW/AHEC Training Partnership is a collaborative effort to meet the educational and career needs of North Carolina’s mental health professionals. This partnership has been active for more than four decades, providing continuing education and training opportunities for social work, mental health, substance use, health, and other human service personnel, along with technical assistance and opportunities for student field placements.

Our faculty, adjunct faculty, field instructors, and doctoral students demonstrate their commitment to meeting the educational demands of mental health and substance use professionals in our state by partnering with AHEC to provide more than 365 hours of continuing education programs to nearly 4,000 participants annually.


Info for Social Workers and Other Mental Health Professionals

AHEC training programs include half-day workshops, full-day workshops, and conference presentations on mental health, substance use, and developmental disability topics. These educational opportunities are offered throughout the state at nine AHEC locations (there’s one near you!).

Info for AHEC Regional Behavioral Health Directors

Our School maintains a full list of workshop topics that are available for AHEC locations to schedule through the SSW/AHEC Training Partnership. Information about each workshop’s trainer is also available.

Sherry Mergner, clinical associate professor, serves as the School’s liaison with AHEC. Please contact her directly if you are a NC AHEC regional behavioral health director and are interested in scheduling continuing professional education programs with our SSW/AHEC Training Partnership faculty and consultants.


Sherry Mergner, SSW/AHEC Training Partnership Liaison, 919-210-0450