Free Online Courses!
The MHTTC Network has developed online courses currently available through Healtheknowledge.org. HealtheKnowledge.org offers high-quality, on-demand or instructor-led courses that are open to the public. Courses are free for a certificate of completion, and yearly membership options are available for purchase to gain access to other HealtheKnowledge resources and earn unlimited CE credits.
The goals of our free online courses are to:
Expedite the adoption and implementation of evidence-based practices for mental health prevention, treatment, and recovery services
Increase awareness, knowledge, and skills of the mental health workforce
Provide free, accessible training and technical assistance
Below is the list of our current courses and their descriptions. For more information, please click on the link to each course.
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General Mental Health
Basics of Coordinated Specialty Care (CSC) for Early Psychosis is a self-paced online course designed introduce the evidence-based, multidisciplinary early intervention service for individuals experiencing a first episode of psychosis. The purpose of this 5-hour course is to provide a basic orientation to CSC's treatment components for staff and trainees that are beginning to work in a CSC program and to those who are interested in learning more about CSC.
This 1.5 hour course is designed to educate employers and employees about mental health and substance use issues that may arise in the workplace and how to manage them. It is not designed for the mental health professional, and this course does not train the viewer to diagnose, only to recognize and respond.
Cognitive Behavioral Therapy for Psychosis E-Primer: A Self-paced Interactive Course for All Professionals | Northwest MHTTC
Relevant to all professionals in a variety of settings, this 3-hour course serves as primer in foundational concepts related to Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) and its application to psychotic symptoms and experiences. The course provides a practical and empathetic approach, introducing you to psychosis treatment and recovery; CBT fundamentals; and the application of CBT to psychosis.
Empowering Wellness in Mental Health: Helping People With Their Lifestyle Changes- A Self-paced Interactive Course for All Professionals | Northwest MHTTC
Making lifestyle changes is hard for most people, but for those living with serious mental health conditions and taking antipsychotic medications, the risks of not living a healthy lifestyle are far greater. This 1-hour course reviews the specific risks to this group and explains proven approaches to lifestyle changes. Learn evidence-based skills and key components to help people identify and work towards their goals.
This course is an introduction to the Illness Management and Recovery (IMR) program as an evidence-based practice which helps individuals develop tools to manage their mental health conditions, set meaningful goals and make progress towards their personal recovery.
This 1-hour course provides an overview of adolescent depression, including depression prevalence, risk factors, and recent trends. It then addresses screening, assessment, and treatment of adolescent depression in pediatric integrated care.
This 1-hour course provides an overview of obsessive-compulsive disorder among children and adolescents, including diagnostic features, prevalence, and course. It addresses identification of pediatric OCD in primary care, including brief assessment strategies, and evidence-based treatment appropriate for use in integrated primary care.
This 2-hour self-paced course has been designed to introduce the evidence-based practice of Assertive Community Treatment (ACT) for ACT team members, and those who oversee ACT teams at various levels (e.g., agency, state). Covering the origins and philosophy, and core elements of high-fidelity ACT, this course provides an overview for those new to or who have limited experience with ACT.
This 45 minute course will provide you with an overview of Psychiatric Rehabilitation, how it is defined and how it differs from other approaches to the treatment of mental health conditions, such as the medical model. The goals, values, and principles of the discipline are explained. The critical role of the service participant in setting personal goals and the connection between these goals and recovery is discussed. The course content is structured around the story of a young woman recovering from a serious mental health condition.
This training series, developed in partnership with Iowa Regional Mental Health Directors and Thresholds, Inc., provides evidence-based content on Trauma Informed Service Delivery, Cultural Humility and Competence, Motivational Interviewing, Crisis Prevention and De-escalation, Self-Care, Shared Decision Making, and Recovery Oriented Care to prepare the workforce to work with clients with serious mental illnesses. Each training provides the learner with a foundation for effective practice and establishes a starting point for further learning.
Working in the field of mental health or within a religious congregation can be challenging and rewarding at the same time because of the exposure to people’s feelings and emotions. Many people experience trauma, difficult circumstances, loss of loved ones, family problems, and mental health conditions and are struggling with the negative emotions that can result. This 1.5 hour course focuses on integrating religion and spirituality into mental health services and supports for mental health and religious professionals.
This 5-hour, self-paced course is the STRIDE Group Facilitator Training, a follow up to Empowering Wellness in Mental Health: Helping People with their Lifestyle Changes, which outlines the principles and evidence behind the STRIDE Program. What makes this course unique is that it was developed specifically for people living with mental illness, taking anti-psychotic medications to help reduce the cardiovascular risks often experienced by this population. Learn with the developers of the STRIDE Program to explore and understand the Group program curriculum.
This 3.75-hour course provides the foundational knowledge needed to understand the evidence-based practice of Supported Employment (SE) and begin or enhance its implementation. Supported Employment focuses on the attainment and maintenance of vocational goals and has been shown to enhance recovery outcomes. SE is grounded in the belief that everyone has the right to participate in competitive, integrated employment based on their interests, skills, aptitudes, and ideal work culture.
The Psychiatrist's Guide to Population Management of Diabetes: Increasing Psychiatric Provider Knowledge | Northwest MHTTC
Designed for psychiatric providers who treat those with serious mental illness, this 3-hour course aims to increase provider knowledge of and confidence in the identification and management of diabetes and other cardiovascular risk factors. Learn strategies to identify care gaps and stratify risks in a population with serious mental illness; address diabetes prevention through supporting health behavior change in specialty mental health settings; and describe treatment options, including goals of diabetes care.
As systems move toward providing trauma-informed care, it is important for everyone at all levels of an organization to understand the basics of trauma-informed care. This interactive 3-hour, three-session course introduces the participant to understanding stress, understanding trauma, and understanding trauma-informed care. All organizational staff can complete the course to develop a shared language, understand stress and trauma, connect the role of resilience in response to adversity and trauma, and identify ways everyone in the organization can support trauma-informed care and implement trauma-informed approaches.
Violence Risk Assessment & Management: What Every Mental Health Professional Needs to Know | Northwest MHTTC
There is often confusion among providers about the boundaries of confidentiality, when and how to invoke their professional obligation to protect or warn third parties, and how to balance therapeutics and public safety. This 3-hour course provides the necessary tools for clinicians to assess, manage, and stabilize threats of violence by teaching the boundaries of confidentiality; duty to warn or protect potential victims; and proven methods to assess and manage the risk of violence.
Mental health care professionals commit time and energy to the care of others every day, yet it can be difficult to find the time and energy to address their own self-care. This 3-hour course offers self-care strategies, practices, and wellness frameworks to increase resilience and flourish in one’s personal and professional life. At the conclusion of this course, participants will know about self-care strategies to survive and thrive, frameworks and strategies, and personal and professional resilience. CE available!
School Mental Health
Building Capacity of School Personnel to Promote Positive Mental Health in Children and Youth | Mountain Plains MHTTC
This 6-hour course builds capacity of frontline interdisciplinary personnel to address the mental health needs of children and youth in schools by embedding strategies through the day. Learn how to implement the Every Moment Counts model programs and strategies with an interdisciplinary team.
Classroom WISE (Well-Being Information and Strategies for Educators) is a 5-hour course that presents concrete approaches to promoting student mental health and creating safe, supportive classrooms, describes student behaviors that may indicate a mental health concern, and provides strategies to support students with mental health concerns. The course includes a video series and resource collection also available on our website, www.classroomwise.org.
Module 4 of this Classroom WISE online training satisfies the Behavioral Health component (one of two components) of the COMAR legislative mandate 13.A.07.11 Student Suicide Prevention and Safety Training in the state of Maryland. In order to satisfy the Behavioral Health component of COMAR 13A.07.11, you must complete the Introduction and Module 4 (including the Module 4 quiz with a passing score of 80%).
This is the only module required to meet the Behavioral Health training requirement of the COMAR regulation for certificated staff. You will then receive a Certificate of Completion for 1 contact hour. This course includes a high-impact video series and resource collection also available on our website, www.classroomwise.org.
Classroom WISE: Well-Being Information and Strategies for Oregon is a minimum 1-hour, maximum 6-hour, self-paced, Oregon State mental health literacy course, developed by the MHTTC Network, in partnership with the National Center for School Mental Health, the Northwest MHTTC, and the Oregon Department of Education (ODE). It introduces ODE's approach to mental health and the model, Integrated Model of Mental Health. This course includes a high-impact video series and resource collection also available on our website, www.classroomwise.org.
The module Mental Health Literacy for Oregon is the only required module. However, we encourage you to complete the Classroom WISE modules if they are relevant to your role. You will also find ODE's recommended learning pathways based on roles within the course.
This 12-hour course offers recommendations to cultivate a compassionate school community that will buffer against the negative effects of trauma, build resilience for all students, and provide stress-relief and enhanced well-being for teachers and other school personnel as well as students. CE available!
A companion course to Classroom WISE (Well-Being Information and Strategies for Educators), Cultural Inclusiveness and Equity (CIE) WISE is a 2-hour course that discusses how inequities in education impact student mental health, how implicit bias influences our perceptions and responses, and culturally inclusive classroom strategies to support student mental health. The course includes a video series and resource collection also available on our website, www.classroomwise.org/cie-wise-companion-course.
Functional Contextual Thinking and Its Application for School Mental Health | Northeast and Caribbean MHTTC
This 4-module course introduces new content and builds skills in a step-by-step fashion, along with opportunities to practice and helpful resources. Throughout the modules, application examples and case scenarios help attendees practice the use of the Functional Contextual Thinking framework. Strategies are provided to minimize and discourage problem behavior and teach replacement skills.
Strengthening Resilience: Promoting Positive Mental Health Among Indigenous Youth | Mountain Plains MHTTC
This course is available for educators and mental health professionals interested in developing skills to promote positive identity in Indigenous youth. Participants will be able to articulate an understanding of US history and its implications on Native Americans including its impact on Indigenous youth today, understand the relationship between positive self-identity and mental health, and demonstrate the ability to apply strategies to support positive identity of Indigenous youth.
Suicide Prevention Across the Educational Continuum: A Five-Part Series | Mountain Plains MHTTC and Mountain Plains PTTC
This 5-hour series focuses on the unique challenges and considerations for mental health practitioners, educators, and parents face when they respond to mental health crises and the risk of suicide in a school setting. Learn recommended best practices for assessing children and adolescents for suicide and initiating appropriate responses to youth experiencing thoughts of suicide in a K-12 school setting. CE available!