Implementing Assertive Community Treatment (ACT) in Kansas

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A MONTHLY SERIES: MAY TO NOVEMBER 2022

 

Overview 

This training series is for all employees working on an Assertive Community Treatment (ACT) team. Participants will learn foundational skills for their specific role, how to work on a multi-disciplinary team, and how to advance the lives of persons with serious mental illness. 

  

Target Audience 

Certified Community Behavioral Health Centers (CCBHCs) that are implementing Assertive Community Treatment (ACT) in Kansas. 

 

 

Upcoming Sessions: 
  

Shared Decision Making 

July 27, 2022 | 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. CT

Register 

 

Assessments

August 31, 2022 | 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. CT

TBD 

 

Treatment Planning 

September 28, 2022 | 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. CT

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De-escalation/Crisis Intervention 

October 26, 2022 | 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. CT 

Registration link for in-person trainings will be disseminated directly to Kansas CCBHCs.

 

Benefits Planning 

November 16, 2022 | 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. CT

Register 

 

 

Communities of Practice 

Specialists on Assertive Community Treatment (ACT) teams will meet monthly with others in similar positions. Members of the community will learn from peers to effectively integrate their unique practices on the multi-disciplinary team. The communities are facilitated by a seasoned ACT specialist. To inquire about participating, contact [email protected] 

 
  

Speakers: 

 

Mogens Bill Baerentzen, Ph.D., CRC, LMHP 

Bill Baerentzen, Ph.D., CRC, LMHP, is the Program Director of Mid-America MHTTC Serious Mental Illness initiative. He received his PhD in Psychology and certification in Psychiatric Rehabilitation and Assistive Technology at the Illinois Institute of Technology. Dr. Baerentzen has dedicated his career to helping persons with serious mental illness live meaningful inclusive lives. Today, he works to increase utilization of evidence-based mental health practices in Kansas, Missouri, Iowa and Nebraska. Dr. Baerentzen has worked as director of a 250-bed emergency overnight shelter; supervisor of therapists in a treatment program for persons with co-occurring disorders; and as faculty in a rehabilitation counseling program.    

  

Marla Smith, MS, LMHP, LMHC 

Marla Smith has been a Regional Trainer for the Mid-America Mental Health Technology Transfer Center (MHTTC) since November 2020. There, she coordinates behavioral health training with a focus on working with those who have a diagnosis of a serious mental illness. Licensed in both Nebraska and Iowa as a Mental Health Counselor, Marla has spent nearly 17 years working directly with clients of all ages and has learned over the years that it is about connecting with those you serve by meeting them where they are at and communicating in a respectful and trauma-informed manner to help facilitate change.  Marla holds a Master's degree in Youth and Family Services from Bellevue University. In her spare time, she enjoys spending time with her family and taking long walks in nature. 

 

 

 

Archive

 

Orientation to Assertive Community Treatment

WEBINAR VIDEO | PRESENTATION SLIDES

  • The Orientation to Assertive Community Treatment (ACT) provides an overview of the evidence-based practice. We will discuss the principles and practices of an effective ACT team, review the ACT Fidelity Assessment and highlight the feasibility of implementing the model.

 

Trauma Informed Care 

April 27, 2022 | 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. CT 

WEBINAR VIDEO | PRESENTATION SLIDES 

  • Being trauma informed is an important skill to have when working with those diagnosed with serious mental illness. Trauma-informed care is an approach to engaging people with histories of trauma that recognizes the presence of trauma symptoms and acknowledges the role that trauma has played in their lives. 

 

Fidelity Assessment Training

April 29, 2022 | 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. CT

WEBINAR VIDEO | PRESENTATION SLIDES 

  • This training, led by Bill Baerentzen, PhD, CRC, LMHP, and Marla Smith, MS, LMHP, LMHC, is a part of the Mid-America Mental Health Technology Transfer Center's series on Implementing Assertive Community Treatment (ACT) in Kansas. 

 

Motivational Interviewing 

May 25, 2022 | 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. CT 

WEBINAR VIDEO | PRESENTATION SLIDES

 

Recovery Oriented Care 

June 22, 2022 | 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. CT

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