Altshuler Center for
Education & Research


An urgent need exists for well-trained mental health professionals who are able to provide trauma-informed, evidence-based care.

Metrocare’s Altshuler Center for Education and Research (ACER) is the premiere training and research institute for community mental health professionals across the State of Texas. In order to meet the demand for public mental health services tomorrow, ACER offers top-tier training for physicians, advanced practice nurses (APNs), counselors, and other healthcare workers today. ACER is a unique partnership between Metrocare, UT Southwestern as well as dozens of other academic medical institutions that offers a specialized training experience through real-world community mental health experience at Metrocare.

In addition to preparing the behavioral health workforce of the future, ACER’s nationally renowned researchers lead the way in advancing innovative new treatment methods for mental health. Trainees who wish to be involved in community-based clinical research have the opportunity to collaborate with current studies or to develop new ones with the assistance of ACER staff.

Informing and inspiring the next generation of public mental health professionals.

Training Programs Include:

In order to meet the demand for the public mental health services tomorrow, ACER offers top-tier and real-world training in a community mental health setting as well as clinical mentorship for professional growth.

Physicians who are training to become psychiatrists are offered experiences in community mental health in the mental health and developmental disability services provided by the Center through our psychiatric resident and fellow program.
The Center is committed to meeting the needs of people with developmental disabilities as well, and offers clinical training in the principles of applied behavior analysis in public sector settings, including practical experience in the design and implementation of behavior intervention programs.
Advanced nurse practitioners who wish to become experts in mental health treatment are offered training in both child/adolescent and adult psychiatry at the Center. Practitioners can receive assistance in preparing for recognition as Advanced Practice Nurses by the Texas Board of Nurse Examiners, as well as preparation for the Family Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner and Adult Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner exams.
Evidence-based mental health care is provided by many professional disciplines with a variety of specialized skills. For that reason, the Center offers training programs in a wide variety of disciplines, including clinical psychology, social work, licensed professional counseling, occupational therapy, speech/language therapy, and physical therapy.

Trainees who wish to be involved in community-based clinical research have the opportunity to collaborate with current studies or to develop new ones with the assistance of Center staff. Grant development staff is also available to pursue funding. Learn more about our research training.

Research Includes:

ACER has a strong track record of research collaboration across many academic institutions, including University of Texas Southwestern Medical School. Research topics such as:

  • Enhanced Program for Early Psychosis
  • Disaster Mental Health
  • Homelessness & Domestic Violence
  • Suicide Risk Screening

See a list of peer-reviewed published articles here.

Application Information

Applications for training programs are accepted on a rolling basis, with the exception of Advanced Nurse Practitioners. Apply here.

To apply for Advanced Nurse Practitioner Fellowships, applications are accepted on a first-come, first-serve basis, on the assigned dates for session call in. No applications will be accepted before or after the dates listed. Names will be taken for the session on the date listed below. Applicants will be placed on the waitlist by sessions requested, and will be notified within two weeks after you have called in.

Call 214-743-1202 beginning at 8:00 A.M. CST. on the dates listed below:

  • For Sumer 2023 Cohort: Applications are due by April 1, 2023.
  • For Fall 2023 Cohort: Applications are due by June 5, 2023.
  • For Spring 2024 Cohort: Applications are due by November 1, 2023.

Education Partners

We value our partnership with education institutions across the country. If interested in partnering with ACER for student training, please email us here.

Interested in Applying for a Training Program?

Please complete this form, and you will be contacted by the ACER Education Coordinator for next steps.

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