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2022 Topics

  • The Role of the ACT Nurse: Using the DACUM process to define ACT RN competencies and to develop a robust onboarding and professional development curriculum with Paula Gubrud-Howe EdD, RN CHSE, ANEF, FAAN; Heidi Herinckx, MA.

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2023 Topics

  • The Role of Families and Natural Supports on Mitigating Loneliness and other Negative Outcomes with Bette Stewart, Training Specialist for the Evidence-Based Practice Center at University of Maryland School of Medicine, Baltimore, MD
  • Slides for October 2
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2024 Topics

2021 Topics

Kicking off the New Year with a Crash Course on Developing Meaningful Objectives within Person-Centered Planning by Lorna Moser, PhD, Director of UNC's Institute for Best Practices.

Supporting Covid-19 Vaccine Uptake: An Opportunity for ACT Teams to Strengthen Their Ability to Integrate Physical and Behavioral Health Care with Austin Hall, MD, Clinical Associate Professor, Department of Psychiatry, University of North Carolina School of Medicine; Medical Director, UNC Center for Excellence in Community Mental Health; and Director, Clinical Informatics, UNC Department of Psychiatry.


Establishing a Digital Crisis Plan and Psychiatric Advance Directive with Amy N. Cohen, PhD, Associate Director; Implementation Scientist and SMI Psychological Treatment Expert, American Psychiatric Association, and Zhuoyin Yang, American Psychiatric Association, Project Manager, SMI Adviser.

COVID-19 and Substance Abuse: Providing Support During and After the Pandemic by Richard Kruszynski, MSSA, LISW, LICDC, Director Center for Evidence Based Practices, Case Western Reserve.
Using Behavioral Activation and Gradual Activity Scheduling During This Time of Transition, with Jennifer Gottlieb, PhD, Cambridge Health Alliance.
An Update on COVID-19 Adaptations to Fidelity Reviews and Looking Ahead, co-facilitated by Heidi Herinckx, PhD, Director of the Oregon Center of Excellence for Assertive Community Treatment (OCEACT), and Maria Monroe-DeVita, PhD, Associate Professor, Department of Psychiatry & Behavioral Sciences, University of Washington School of Medicine; and Director, Washington State Center of Excellence in First Episode Psychosis.
Leveraging the ACT Multidisciplinary Team Approach: Working Smarter, Not Harder within the Daily Team Meeting facilitated by Lynette Studer, PhD, MSW, LCSW, Clinical Assistant Professor at the University of Wisconsin-Madison Sandra Rosenbaum School of Social Work, and Tracy Hinz, MSW, LICSW, Director of Rehabilitative Services, Central Minnesota Mental Health Services.
  • Addressing Delta & the Myriad of Related Issues within ACT 

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    • Featured Presentation: The Latest on Delta and COVID: Brandon Guthrie, PhD, Associate Professor, University of Washington, Departments of Global Health and Epidemiology at the University of Washington, Seattle, WA. View Dr. Guthrie's slides here.
    • ACT Team Panel: Don Shipp, LCSW, ACT Program Manager, Places for People, St. Louis, MO; Hillary Faulk Vaughan, MA, LPA, HSP-PA, Clinical Director, Physician Alliance for Mental Health, Wilmington, NC; Karen Boyd, MA, LPC, CCFC, Forensic ACT Team Lead, Integral Care, Travis County, TX

2020 Topics

Quick CBT Skills During COVID-19:  Problem-Solving with Jennifer Gottlieb, PhD

Quick CBT Skills During COVID-19: Activity Scheduling with Jennifer Gottlieb, PhD

Applying an Occupational Therapy Framework in Supporting Individuals in Following CDC COVID-19 Guidelines with Antoine Bailliard, PhD OTR/L

Evaluating Digital Technologies and Mobile Apps for People with Serious Mental Illness with John Torous, MD

Coming Out of Quarantine Safety Plan with Pat Deegan, PhD

Addressing Self-Care During COVID: Tips and Strategies for ACT Teams with Maria Monroe-DeVita, PhD. 

Leaning into Supervision (during a Pandemic) with Stacy L. Smith, M.Ed., LCMHC, member of MINT, Consultant & Clinical Instructor for the Institute for Best Practices, UNC, CECMH.

Outreach and Engagement of Vulnerable Populations: Barriers and Successes during COVID-19, with Brittany Barbour, Outreach Team Leader, MSW, LMSW; Leon Farrar, Program Manager, MSW, LCSW; and Don Shipp, ACT Teams Program Manager, MSW, LCSW. Places for People is a community mental health agency in St. Louis Missouri. This presentation provides information on assertive outreach strategies during COVID-19 for un-housed and housing insecure populations experiencing severe and persistent mental health and/or substance use disorders.

Accessing Technology for Services During COVID, featuring Thava Mahadevan, MS, Director of Operations, UNC Center for Excellence in Community Mental Health; and Jacob Schonberg, CPSS, Social Work Practitioner, UNC Center for Excellence in Community Mental Health.

2020 in the Rearview Mirror and Planning for Holiday Supports

Virtual Discussion Forum

Visit our Virtual Discussion Forum for information, resources, and strategies used across teams and the recordings of past meetings held in 2020-July 2021.

You can participate in the forum as a guest, or sign up as a member. Within the Discussion Forum are specific board topics:

  • Support for ACT Service Recipients;
  • Support for ACT Team Staff;
  • Info and Updates: Federal Sources;
  • Info and Updates: State and Local Sources; ACT Fidelity and COVID-19 Pandemic; and Words of Encouragement.
  • Click on a board of interest to read existing threads, react to threads, or post new threads.
  • You can also view recordings of prior meetings at this forum.