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The South Southwest MHTTC and the Texas Institute for Excellence in Mental Health hosted a webinar on Reflective Supervision, specifically designed for newcomers or those with up to three years of experience. The webinar is focused on early childhood mental and behavioral health providers in HHS Region VI states: Arkansas, Louisiana, New Mexico, Oklahoma, and Texas. Nat Vikitsreth, a nationally recognized decolonized therapist, trans rights activist, and podcast host, was the honored speaker and trainer. The webinar is meant to help early childhood providers understand Reflective Supervision's importance for growth, connection, and effective care. About the Facilitator Nat Vikitsreth, LCSW Nat Vikitsreth, LCSW (she/her) works as a nationally award-winning decolonized therapist and facilitator, a trans rights activist, and host of the Come Back to Care Podcast. She founded Come Back to Care to help anyone who loves and raises children to heal as they get free. 
Published: June 10, 2024
Multimedia, Presentation Slides
Due to the various barriers that children and adolescents often experience when accessing in-person mental healthcare (e.g., stigma, transportation, cost, insurance), digital interventions have been identified as an alternate and promising modality to facilitate evidence-based intervention service delivery for young people. Youth digital mental health interventions (DMHIs) are defined in this presentation as publicly available, online self-administered intervention programs that do not require a clinician or caregiver to implement. This area of literature is rapidly growing and specifically supports the effectiveness of the modification of cognitive-behavioral therapy into a digital/blended self-administered format. This presentation will outline the general evidence-base of youth DMHIs across settings, with a focus on CBT-based DMHIs and general best practices based on the current state of the literature. Specific guidance will be provided regarding which subpopulations of children and adolescents may be good candidates for DMHIs, along with subpopulations with less evidentiary support. Additionally, this presentation will provide introductory guidance for providers regarding how to use DMHIs within stepped models of care across various care settings (i.e., integrated pediatric primary care settings, schools, etc.). Further, this presentation will discuss practical considerations and limitations of using these tools in real world clinical and school settings, with step-by-step recommendations for ways to put these tools into practice. Finally, the DMHI literature will be discussed within the larger context of culturally sensitive behavioral and mental healthcare. Presented by: Maddy Esterer Maddy has a Master's degree in School Psychology and is a Provisionally Licensed Mental Health Practitioner in Nebraska. Maddy will be earning her PhD in School Psychology in 2024. Maddy currently works for the Munroe-Meyer Institute providing behavioral health services to youth, adolescents, and families in an integrated primary care setting. Maddy has experience providing behavioral and mental health supports to youth in schools and primary care settings in both Michigan and Nebraska. Maddy is also a team member of the Mid-America Mental Health Technology Transfer Center (MHTTC) Network, which assists mental health programs and providers in establishing evidence-based programs that are locally supported and sustainable in the Mid-America region. Maddy has been building her expertise in digital interventions for mental health for several years, which complements her other interests in trauma-informed care and equitable service provision across school and clinical settings.
Published: May 10, 2024
At the end of this event, participants will be able to: · Summarize the clinical significance of new information regarding the neurobiology and treatment of mental illness and comorbid chronic medical conditions, and integrate such data into their patient care. · Assess practice patterns relative to current best practices and modify their practice as appropriate and feasible. · Apply new developments in treatment methods to patients. Presenter: M. Mookie C. Manalili is a psychotherapist, professor, and researcher with particular interest in suffering, embodiment, meaning-making, narratives, memory, and ethics. He is a psychotherapist in a private group practice, utilizing narrative therapy, psychoanalytic approaches, mindfulness traditions, and neuroscience psychoeducation.   View a recording of this event here.   
Published: January 24, 2024
Presentation Slides
In this series, participants will learn about implementing and evaluating new or existing programs at their agency. In this third session, the evaluation stage will be covered. View session recording
Published: October 3, 2023
Presentation Slides
In this series, participants will learn about implementing and evaluating new or existing programs at their agency. In this first session, the planning stage will be covered.   View session recording here.
Published: September 18, 2023
Objectives: Review common supervision models, highlighting their absence of cultural integration. Critique current supervision models, while discussing their potential to cause harm to supervisees. Identify ways to apply the supervision models in a culturally adapted manner. Presented by: Patty Cerda-Lizarraga, Ph.D., Belinda Hinojos, PhD, LP, and Anitra Warrior, PhD, LP Patricia Cerda-Lizarraga, Ph.D., graduated from the University of California, Irvine with a double major in Cognitive Psychology and Spanish Language and Culture. She moved to the Midwest where she completed her Masters degree and doctoral degree in Counseling Psychology from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. Patricia previously worked as a staff psychologist at UNL where she provided individual and group therapy to college students. Patricia was the diversity coordinator at Counseling and Psychological Services at UNL and has a passion to work with issues of diversity and with people of color. She recently came on board at Morningstar to work with the American Indian population in Nebraska and expand her training in working with children and families. Dr. Patty was born and raised in Southern California. Together with her two young boys and her husband they have made Lincoln, Nebraska their home. Dr. Patty enjoys family time and taking trips to California and Mexico.   Belinda Hinojos, Ph.D., received her bachelor's degree in psychology and master's degree in counseling psychology from the University of Kansas. She completed her Ph.D. in counseling psychology from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. She is a staff psychologist and training director with Morningstar. In this role, she provides mental health services to American Indian communities in Nebraska. This includes outreach and services to the Little Priest Tribal College and the Nebraska Indian Community College. Dr. Hinojos previously held the position of training director at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln’s (UNL) Counseling and Psychological Services (CAPS). Throughout her career, Dr. Hinojos has focused on increasing access to quality mental health services for people of color. She began her work at UNL-CAPS as the Diversity Coordinator and Latinx Outreach Specialist. Prior to starting her doctoral program, Dr. Hinojos worked at a community mental health agency in Kansas City providing mental health services to the Latinx community. She is an active member of the National Latinx Psychological Association. She currently serves on the Standing Committee on Diversity through the Association of Counseling Center Training Agencies, in addition to the Training Advisory Committee for the Minority Fellowship Program through the American Psychological Association.   Dr. Anitra Warrior is the owner of Morningstar Counseling and Consultation in Lincoln, Nebraska, and is from the Ponca Tribe of Oklahoma. She earned her Ph.D. in counseling psychology in 2015 and has operated her clinic since 2012. Since receiving her Ph.D., Dr. Warrior has established four additional clinics that are now located throughout eastern Nebraska. Morningstar offers counseling on two college campuses, as well as in schools, communities, and other integrated care locations with the Omaha Tribe of Nebraska. Clinic sites are based on reservations and in rural and urban settings. Dr. Warrior specializes in treating trauma in children through the utilization of evidenced based practices that have been adapted to the American Indian population. Most recently, Morningstar has become a training site for doctoral candidates with the Munroe-Meyer Institute. This track will focus on integrated care on the reservation as well as provide additional clinical training opportunities in schools, colleges, and in the tribal communities. Learn more about the series — Decolonizing Training and Supervision: Implementing a Culturally Responsive Model of Training  
Published: August 15, 2023
2023 marked a significant expansion of behavioral health resources for individuals, families, and providers in Massachusetts. Beginning this year, Massachusetts implemented key components of its Behavioral Health Roadmap at the same time the Massachusetts Psychosis Access & Triage Hub (M-PATH) began providing services. Combined, Community Behavioral Health Centers (CBHCs), DMH’s Behavioral Health Help Line (BHHL), and M-PATH have vastly expanded access to behavioral health services across the Commonwealth. This is an overview detailing the who-what-when-where-why-and-how (to access) these critical new resources.   Presenters: Dr. Margaret Guyer, PhD, Michael Stepansky, MPP   This webinar was co-hosted by the Massachusetts Psychosis Network for Early Treatment (MAPNET,   View a recording of this 6/30/23 event here. 
Published: July 7, 2023
eNewsletter or Blog
  The Great Lakes Current is the e-newsletter of the Great Lakes ATTC, MHTTC, and PTTC.   The July 2023 issue honors National Minority Mental Health Awareness Month and World Hepatitis Day (July 28) by sharing events and resources on these topics. This issue also features newly released episodes from the Checking-In Podcast that focus on PTSD treatment providers' self-care and a new HealtheKnowledge course developed by the Great Lakes ATTC: NIATx Change Leader Academy: Rapid-Cycle Change for Teams.    As always, you will find links to all upcoming events and trainings hosted by the Great Lakes ATTC, MHTTC, and PTTC!  
Published: July 3, 2023
eNewsletter or Blog
  The Great Lakes Current is the e-newsletter of the Great Lakes ATTC, MHTTC, and PTTC.   The June 2023 issue honors National Pride Month, National PTSD Awareness Month, and Men's Health Month by sharing events and resources on these topics. As always, you will find links to all upcoming events and trainings hosted by the Great Lakes ATTC, MHTTC, and PTTC!  
Published: June 5, 2023
Print Media
The Great Lakes MHTTC specializes in the NIATx model of process improvement: a set of tools for addressing problematic processes in the work system. Process improvement can be defined as “changing the way that work is performed so it is more efficient and effective.” Initially geared toward manufacturing, process improvement is now widely recognized as a powerful tool for making positive change in any setting. Behavioral health organizations use process improvement to: Identify and address problems in their work processes Speed up and sustain the adoption of evidence-based practices Reduce barriers to access to and retention in treatment   Download the Great Lakes MHTTC's Areas of Focus: Process Improvement brief to learn more about who we are and why process improvement is an area of focus for HHS Region 5.   
Published: January 19, 2023
Print Media
  This infographic is based on information from the live webinar Updates to the DSM-5-TR that was hosted by our partners at the Ohio Association of County Behavioral Health Authorities (OACBHA) and presented by Jennifer Haywood, MSW, LISW, LICDC. 
Published: December 13, 2022
eNewsletter or Blog
  The Great Lakes Current is the e-newsletter of the Great Lakes ATTC, MHTTC, and PTTC.   The November‒December 2022 issue honors National Impaired Driving Prevention Month (December) by sharing resources and media from SAMHSA's "Talk. They Hear You.®" campaign for underage drinking prevention. This issue also features prevention-focused HealtheKnowledge courses, two new Counselor's Corner blog posts about the relationship between SUD and music, the Great Lakes ATTC's "Embracing Change" article on the ATTC/NIATx Service Improvement Blog, and even more brand new products and resources from HHS Region 5. 
Published: December 9, 2022
Print Media
The Community Mental Health Association of Michigan (CMHAM) created infographics based on data gathered in their recent statewide behavioral telehealth survey. This resource demonstrates the reported rates of behavioral telehealth use patterns prior to and throughout the height of the pandemic. The survey findings underscore the state's need for improved telehealth access and continued training support for Michigan’s behavioral healthcare providers. The CMHAM formed the Michigan Behavioral Telehealth Resource Center to strengthen innovative care delivery models and increase the use of evidence-based technologies to improve access to and the quality of behavioral health care. The Resource Center provides multi-level supports for behavioral telehealth, including an online curated resource library, telehealth alert communications, and a statewide advisory group that facilitates partnerships with Medicaid state leadership staff and national policy institutes. CMHA in partnership with public sector consultants also organized provider/consumer focus groups that offer comprehensive data on telehealth use, satisfaction, and barriers.   
Published: September 13, 2022
Print Media
July 13, 2022 Before the COVID-19 pandemic, youth mental health was a burgeoning public health crisis, with the number of youth experiencing serious mental health challenges, substance misuse, and suicidal ideation rising exponentially year after year (Twenge et al., 2019). The global pandemic of coronavirus disease has exacerbated this problem, shedding light on the multiple factors responsible for this crisis, while increasing pressure on governmental, public, and community groups to respond. We developed this tip sheet to help jumpstart your own advocacy efforts to improve mental health services for youth. We address the basics—how, where, who—and give practical, targeted, and effective recommendations to help you explain why there is an urgent need to increase school mental health services.
Published: July 13, 2022
This webinar was hosted by the South Southwest MHTTC on June 14, 2022. Mark Garnand, CPSW, LSAA facilitated this presentation along with Nathan Lawson and Melisha Montono as part of our Region 6 Peer Support Spotlight Series focused on New Mexico. With the current leadership of the Office of Peer Recovery and Engagement (OPRE), the state of New Mexico has nearly doubled the number of Certified Peer Support Workers in our state. Assisting in various capacities, Certified Peer Support Workers (CPSWs) have become a growing and present force in the Behavioral Health Network in New Mexico. This presentation on the Four Agreements written by Don Miguel Ruiz, explored the Four Agreements discussed the understanding of how they can correlate with our Ethics and self-care as Behavioral Health Professionals.   Presentation Slides Recording
Published: June 16, 2022
May 25, 2022 The U.S. is facing a national mental health crisis among youth due to the lingering effects of the COVID-19 pandemic. Rural communities face unique challenges and barriers developing treatment and recovery options, which can lead to increased rates of mental illness. This webinar features experts who will address challenges faced in reducing barriers to mental health services in rural communities and share innovative ideas for bringing mental health services to youth. They will also address how social connections are crucial to eliminate the red tape and establish mental health services in these areas.   Panelists:  Alicia Casey-McCall, Research Associate, Community Health Systems Development at Georgia Health Policy Center Sean Perry, Founder, We R H.O.P.E. Shea Haury, Executive Director, ComWell
Published: May 25, 2022
May 5, 2022 Creating a culture of change requires transformative leadership. Watch this interactive session, an extended opportunity to discuss the traits of transformational leaders, with speakers from our 4/28/ REACH Session. Learn strategies to help create and communicate your organization’s vision, and then inspire, motivate, and empower others to achieve that vision.   To watch the recording, please go to:    
Published: May 5, 2022
/*-->*/ /*-->*/ /*--> April 28, 2022 Creating a culture of change requires transformative leadership. Our panel of experts will discuss the traits of transformational leaders and share strategies to help leaders create and communicate an organization’s vision, and then to inspire, motivate, and empower others to achieve that vision.   to watch the recording, go to:   Presenters:  Ashley Stewart, PhD, MSSW, C4 Trainer & Curriculum Development Specialist, C4 Innovations Livia Davis, MSW, Chief Learning Officer, C4 Innovations
Published: April 28, 2022
April 21, 2022 Hear our panel of youth mental health advocates discuss strategies for ensuring that all voices get a seat at the table when states, districts, and schools are designing, or perhaps redesigning, school mental health systems. Our panelists provide examples of how youth, families, and community organizations can advocate for best practices from a lived experience perspective and discuss how school communities can actively engage all members of the learning community in collaborative school mental health service delivery.   To watch the recording, please go to: To view more information, view the post-event blast message.    /*-->*/ /*--> Ann Smith, JD, MBA; Sarah Johnson, BA, BS; Youth representatives from Youth MOVE and Mind Out Loud 
Published: April 21, 2022
Print Media
April 10, 2022   The HEART Collective—a group of leaders in education, healthcare, and lived experience advocacy in New England—discussed barriers to collaboration school-based mental health services and systems between schools and healthcare centers, mental and behavioral health agencies, community-based organizations, and other entities in committee-style meetings. In these discussions, leaders shared how their schools and organizations overcame these barriers and developed recommendations to support systems and individuals in working towards more effective collaborations. This document summarizes the findings of the HEART Collective on how to overcome these barriers to collaboration.  
Published: April 10, 2022
March 9, 2022 Hear from the Director of the National Center for Community Schools, Abe Fernandez, about the Community Schools Framework—a way for schools to collaborate with local partners to meet the holistic needs of the whole school community. Leaders in the community schools movement in New England will also share their journeys, as well as the challenges they overcame, the lessons they learned, and their visions for a future where community schools are viable and vital options.   Abe Fernandez, Director, National Center for Community Schools for Children's Aid (NY) Matthew DeBlois, Principal, Vergennes Union Elementary School (VT) Emily Mallozzi, Program Manager for Community Schools for Pawtucket School Department (RI) Dwayne Conway, Former Principal of Maranacook Community High School (ME) Rebecca Tatistcheff, EdD, Principal of Cabot School (VT) Martha Staeheli, PhD, Director, School Mental Health Initiative, New England Mental Health Technology Transfer Center
Published: March 9, 2022
The 2022 Leadership Institute presented by the Mid-America Addition Technology Transfer Center (ATTC), Mid-America Mental Health Technology Transfer Center (MHTTC), and Mid-America Prevention Technology Transfer Center (PTTC) is open to persons who work in behavioral health, mental health, or recovery agencies in Iowa, Kansas, Missouri, and Nebraska. Candidates must complete the Candidate Application Form and be nominated by leadership within their agency using the Agency Nomination Form. Both forms must be submitted no later than February 4, 2022. For more information on the Leadership Institute, please download the forms by clicking the "DOWNLOAD" button above.
Published: January 6, 2022
Presentation Slides
Watch the webinar. This presentation provides an orientation to Internet as a Social Determinant of Health. You will: Learn how internet access is related to physical and mental health Learn how to assess for internet access and problems related to health literacy Learn how to adjust communication to address low levels of health literacy   Watch corresponding presentation Transportation  Learn more about Context Clues: Using Social Determinants of Health (SDOH) to Enhance Treatment  
Published: January 4, 2022
Presentation Slides
Watch the webinar. This presentation provides an orientation to Transportation and Social Support as Social Determinants of Health. You will: Discuss the effects of lack of reliable transportation and social support on health and healthcare utilization. Identify two screening tools to assess for access to transportation and social support. Identify local and national resources to address lack of transportation.   Watch corresponding presentation Internet Access  Learn more about Context Clues: Using Social Determinants of Health (SDOH) to Enhance Treatment  
Published: January 4, 2022
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