Mental Health Institute for Washington State Providers | Spring 2023

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The purpose of the Mental Health Institute is to train and expand the behavioral health knowledge base of the workforce to increase equity and inclusion for underserved populations in Washington state. 


Specifically, the Institute is designed to provide training and support to professionals working in Washington State who serve:

  • Older Adults (Spring 2023)
  • Children, youth and young adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities and behavioral health needs (Fall 2022, COMPLETED)
  • Underserved (e.g., racial/ethnic/gender/sexual minority) populations (Fall 2022, COMPLETED)
  • Individuals managing co-occurring disorders (Fall 2022, COMPLETED)


The trainings will provide multiple sessions of live video workshops focused on a specific topic area related to the track. The sessions will use interactive teaching strategies like breakout rooms, role plays, audiovisuals, etc., to foster an environment of a collaborative learning community. Lived experiences from impacted communities will be highlighted throughout the workshops as a pedagogical strategy. Considerations around diversity, equity, and inclusion and social determinants of health will be addressed in each track.   

You are not required to attend every session within a particular track, and you may register for sessions within any track.


SPACE IS LIMITED: these will be interactive sessions on camera, and some will include breakout sessions.  


Frequently Asked Questions

Find our FAQ here.


This event is specifically for people who work in Washington State. 

Contact Hours (CEs)

Contact hours (CEs) will be available on a per-session basis; participants must attend the entire session. The University of Washington is an approved provider of continuing education for DOH licensed social workers, licensed mental health counselors, licensed marriage and family therapists, psychologists, chemical dependency professionals, nurses and physicians under the provisions of: WAC 246-809-610, WAC 246-809-620,WAC 246-811-200, WAC 246-840-210, WAC 246-919-460 and WAC 246-924-240.


WA INCLUDE Collaborative, Center on Human Development & Disability; SPIRIT Lab (Supporting Psychosis Innovation through Research, Implementation, & Training), University of Washington Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences; Washington State Health Care Authority; and the Northwest Mental Health Technology Transfer Center.


If you have any questions please contact us at [email protected] 


Older Adults sessions offered March-July 2023

  • Increase knowledge and skills in treating mental health conditions in older adults, as well as
    provider capacity and confidence in serving this population.
  • Provide high quality training in common elements of evidence-based practices found to be 
    effective in meeting the mental health needs of older adults, and provide supported skill 
    acquisition in specific interventions, including Problem Solving Treatment, PEARLS, and 
    Behavioral Activation.
  • Include voices of lived experience from individuals experiencing mental health conditions in late 
    life and peers providing evidence-based support to older adults, with amplification of voices 
    from historically underserved communities.


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