University Partnerships

Join Us in Helping Others Toward Transformation and Healing

The Jacob’s Ladder Group is proud to partner with universities to offer meaningful internship, volunteer, and employment opportunities. These opportunities allow students to provide hope and healing for families in desperate need.

University students who participate in these opportunities become part of a movement to change the conversation around individuals with neurobiological challenges.

Ways to get involved as a University Partner

University students can participate in undergraduate- and graduate-level internships with Jacob’s Ladder. Internship opportunities include training in the Interpersonal Whole-Brain Model of Care® (IWBMC™) and research opportunities. Internships can be completed on-campus or remotely. Participants will gain:

  • An in-depth understanding of our holistic methodology
  • Exposure to clients with varying needs
  • Hands-on learning in a place unlike any other that provides hope and a path forward for clients and families 

University students can volunteer at Jacob’s Ladder to learn more about our unique model of care and service offerings. Volunteers may assist with The School, Ascend Training Institute, or Pillar Research Institute, participating in hands-on or project-based tasks.

As students learn about the Interpersonal Whole-Brain Model of Care® (IWBMC™), they enhance their personal and professional skills to support future employment opportunities. Volunteers and Interns are encouraged to apply to join the Jacob’s Ladder Team and pursue career opportunities with The Jacob’s Ladder Group, including serving as providers or evaluators, training others in the IWBMC™, facilitating research, or serving families remotely through our Community of Care program. Learn more about career opportunities with Jacob’s Ladder

The Jacob’s Ladder Group offers robust training and educational content to supplement college and university course curricula. This content provides students with training in the Interpersonal Whole-Brain Model of Care® (IWBMC™) as part of their college education. This course content furthers students’ knowledge and education in working with individuals experiencing brain-based challenges and provides an avenue to obtain Certification in the IWBMC™ as a Provider or Evaluator. The IWBMC™ course content applies to numerous degrees and fields, including Education, Psychology, Neuroscience, and Healthcare.


When I was hired to create the neuroscience program at Truett McConnell University, I was hired with Jacob’s Ladder in mind. I have been working with Jacob’s Ladder since the summer of 2022, and I wholeheartedly support their mission and purpose. The work Jacob’s Ladder performs is genuinely transformative and changes the lives of students and their families. The Jacob’s Ladder IWBMC™ method of wholistic integration is unlike any other in the field, and many families who are at their wit’s end have found hope and help in Jacob’s Ladder. Everyone I have interacted with through Jacob’s Ladder is friendly, helpful, and ready to connect and try new things as we develop our partnership with them. It has been a privilege to incorporate the Jacob’s Ladder content in several ways at Truett McConnell University since 2022.

In December of 2022, I, along with several colleagues and students on campus, were a few of the first individuals to complete the Jacob’s Ladder Provider training program and take the certification exam. We then partnered with Jacob’s Ladder to create online research internships in spring 2023 and spring 2024. In the fall of 2023, we launched a brand new Neurodevelopmental Psychology course that incorporated a modified version of the online Provider training material produced by Jacob’s Ladder. Students were able to learn about child development in the classroom while also virtually learning about the innovative ways that Jacob’s Ladder treats children with atypical patterns of development. We have also had members of Jacob’s Ladder come and speak to our larger student body and in smaller class settings. We have been able to send students for on-campus internships at both the undergraduate and graduate levels. We are also actively working with Jacob’s Ladder to develop and publish scholarly articles that will both promote their work and advance the research being conducted by the university.

In the future, we hope to be able to connect students with full-time employment opportunities at Jacob’s Ladder, and we desire to continue to provide online and on-campus internships for our students to broaden their experiences both with research and with getting hands-on experience in the Jacob’s Ladder IWBMC™ method. Working with Jacob’s Ladder has been a joy, and I am excited to continue our work with them moving forward.

— Dr. Carlie Black, PhD, Neuroscience Degree Program Coordinator

From the very moment I stepped on the campus of Jacob’s Ladder and was introduced to their vision and leadership, I knew Truett McConnell University needed to connect with such a great opportunity and such a great need. Through curriculum development in neuroscience to internships, Truett McConnell University is a very proud partner through our academics and students. I pray many other universities will join the challenge of reaching the least of these.

— Dr. Emir Caner, President of Truett McConnell University

It has been a great experience to work with Jacob’s Ladder in exploring the connections between neuroscience, faith, and intervention. Our faculty and students have greatly benefited from the practical experiences and research provided by the facility. Jacob’s Ladder actively participates in research collaborations. It embraces the scholar-practitioner model, providing students with an innovative environment that fosters professional growth, skills application, and research opportunities related to neuroscience and intervention. Through this robust partnership, students experience an innovative environment that facilitates professional growth, skills application, boundary-crossing conversations, and research participation on the Interpersonal Whole-Brain Model of Care and the future of intervention. Jacob’s Ladder has been a valuable partner in our research efforts and has provided a safe space for discussions about the future of intervention.

— Dr. Holly Haynes, Professor of Behavioral Sciences

To become a University Partner, please contact us.

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