Center for Behavioral Health Professions and Workforce Development

The Center for Behavioral Health Professions and Workforce Development strives to expand the workforce in response to the increasing demand for professionals in the fields of behavioral health and substance use disorder.

Workforce Ready

Encompassing the University’s extensive graduate programs in Counseling and School Psychology, Nursing and Health Professions and an MBA in Healthcare Administration, the Center seeks to create partnerships and pathways to professional degrees and licensure requirements.

The Center partners with regional healthcare providers to ensure an adequately trained workforce ready to meet the demands of healthcare facilities, schools, and governmental initiatives. It serves as a hub for behavioral health issues and highlights Rivier’s unique ability to expand the workforce pipeline through the delivery of academic programs.


In New Hampshire and throughout New England, there is a significant shortage in trained behavioral health professionals. In many medically underserved communities, the need is dire and the demand for these professionals is growing. The situation calls for a comprehensive, cooperative approach that begins with education and training to meet the needs of medical and behavioral health treatment providers.

Academic Programs

With a broad array of graduate programs in Nursing and the Health Professions, Rivier University is uniquely positioned to serve as a primary conduit for behavioral health workforce development in the region.

Counseling and School Psychology

Rivier University’s programs prepare professionals for careers as certified or licensed practitioners employed in clinical or educational settings.

Master’s Degrees

Post-Master’s Degrees

Doctoral Degree

Nursing and Health Professions

Rivier University is a recognized leader in graduate nursing education having prepared the largest number of nurses in the state of New Hampshire. The Psychiatric/Mental Health Nurse Practitioner program qualifies graduates to assess, diagnose and treat individuals’ and groups’ mental health needs. The Master of Public Health programs includes comprehensive study in topics such as global health, health care administration, health policy, qualitative-quantitative research, ethics, epidemiology, and more.

Master’s Degrees

Post-Master’s Certificate

Doctoral Program


Master’s Degree



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