Behavioral Health Workforce Enhancement Training

Trauma-Informed FlourishCare™

Paid Pre-Apprentice Internship Begins October 2023

The University of Louisville Trager Institute Trauma-Informed FlourishCare Paraprofessional Program is funded by the University of Louisville Rural Integrated Behavioral Health and Primary Care Training Network and will reach individuals who have experienced trauma and behavioral health challenges across their lifespan in three high need and high demand regions in Kentucky. 

Are You a High School Grad or Adult Interested in a Career Path in Community Health or Social Work?

The Trauma-Informed FlourishCare™ Pre-Apprentice Training Program is a competitive six-month paid internship open to people of any age with a high school diploma or GED.

This paraprofessional training will prepare you for a career track in Behavioral Health, emphasizing recovery for people with substance use and other behavioral health needs throughout Kentucky.

Program graduates may continue to the Apprenticeship Program including career placement services and career pathway opportunities.

Trauma-Informed Care (TIC) promotes a culture of safety and empowerment to help people heal from trauma and adverse childhood experiences (ACE’s). Many people who experience ACE's as children, recover from trauma with behavioral health support. Learn more about how trauma in childhood is determined with the ACE questionnaire.*

*Please be aware this questionnaire may trigger certain individuals who have experienced trauma. If this happens to you, speak with your Primary Care Physician or a trauma-informed therapist.


  • 6-month session begins October 2023
  • Approximately 130 hours classroom and experiential learning
  • Receive a $5000 Living Stipend
  • Peer Support Specialist Certification, if lived experience with mental health 
  • Following application review, select candidates will be invited to interview
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Thank you for your interest in the Trager Institute's Trauma-Informed FlourishCare Paraprofessional Program. Applications for the Fall 2022 cohort are now closed. If you are interested in applying to the program, please check back in Spring of 2023 for information on applying for the next cohort of paraprofessionals.


Contact Natalie Vickous, Coordinator
[email protected]

This project (M01HP424540) is supported by the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) as part of an award totaling $2,216,000 with 0 percentage financed with non-governmental sources. The contents are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily represent the official views of, nor an endorsement, by HRSA, HHS or the U.S. Government.