Retaining Behavioral Health Professionals

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Retaining Behavioral Health Professionals

12 - 1 p.m. Tuesday, Apr. 26 



Join us to discuss effective retention methods utilized to support behavioral health professionals within the workforce. We will explore a multifaceted outreach program for professionals derived by BHECN to illustrate the dimensional efforts from exemplary behavioral health professionals in the state. Opportunities to engage behavioral health trainees not only with practicing professionals and continuing education for professional development, but also engaging trainees with partners across the state to offer timely and local opportunities.


Learning Objectives:

  • Discuss current workforce retention efforts to support behavioral health professionals.

  • Describe the importance of creating partnerships and opportunities with satellite and rural locations for more timely outreach.

  • Explain how networking opportunities amongst behavioral health trainnees and community members strengthen workforce retention




Tara Wilson, PhD, NCC, LMHP

Tara Wilson

Dr. Tara Wilson is an Associate Professor at Chadron State College in the Professional Studies department. Before working at Chadron State College in 2016, Tara was on faculty at Wayne State College. Her past clinical experience includes working in integrated behavioral care at Western Nebraska Behavioral Health Clinics, providing mental health counseling in schools while interning with Oceti Sakowin Education Consortium (OSEC), and working as a school counselor at Red Cloud Indian School.

Dr. Wilson's training includes a B.A. in Communication Studies from the University of Nebraska at Lincoln, an M.A.E. in Community Counseling from Chadron State College, and a PhD in Counselor Education and Supervision from the University of Wyoming. Her research interests focus on rural mental health.

Learn more about this series: Growing More Than Corn: Nebraska Behavioral Health Workforce Development

April 28, 2022
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