Training and Events Calendar

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Eating disorders, and essential knowledge for clinicians, are the focus of this 90-minute webinar. ABOUT THIS EVENT Eating disorders are common mental health disorders that can negatively affect quality of life and can be fatal. It is important for clinicians to be able to recognize individuals with disordered eating and help them get the treatment they need. In this presentation, we will review what eating disorders are, who and how to screen, initial interventions, when to consider referring an individual for additional support, and how to help caregivers who may be supporting someone with an eating disorder. Objectives: - Identify who is at risk for eating disorders - Describe how to screen for eating disorders - Discuss interventions for eating disorders and when to refer for specialized treatment - Discuss how to support caregivers to help someone who has an eating disorder, especially if they need treatment. Presentation slides FACILITATORS Megan Riddle, MS, MD, PhD Megan Riddle, MS MD PhD (she/her), is board-certified in both adult psychiatry and consult liaison psychiatry. She attended Western Washington University for her bachelor’s and master’s degrees and then went to Weill Cornell Medical College where she earned a medical degree as well as a PhD in neuroscience. She completed her residency and fellowship training in psychiatry at the University of Washington.  She is currently a Courtesy Clinical Instructor with the University of Washington Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences and enjoys teaching and supervising residents.  After graduating, Dr. Riddle started working at the Eating Recovery Center in Bellevue, WA, where she is currently medical director.  Dr. Riddle has a longstanding passion for eating disorders, with a particular interest in inclusivity in eating disorder treatment and research, with a focus on transgender and gender diverse individuals.   Natalie Goodwin, PhD Natalie Goodwin, PhD (she/her), is a native Seattle-ite who loves living in the Pacific Northwest and taking advantage of all the natural beauty it has to offer. She left Seattle for a short period of time to journey to the south for graduate training. She received her PhD in Clinical Psychology from the University of Alabama, Birmingham and completed her pre-doctoral internship and post-doctoral fellowship at Baylor College of Medicine in Houston, Texas. Following the completion of her graduate training, Dr. Goodwin returned home to Seattle and served as a clinical manager and clinical director at Eating Recovery Center Bellevue for 6 years and then spent 3 years in private practice. Her professional focus is in the area of treatment of eating disorders. Dr. Goodwin enjoys providing therapeutic intervention with clients and their families, as well as supporting others who are providing care through teaching, supervision and general support. Therapeutically her favorite interventions are Family Based Treatment, Emotion Focused Family Therapy and Acceptance and Commitment Therapy. She is certified in Exposure and Response Prevention treatment for Obsessive Compulsive Disorder, and also has training in Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Dialectical Behavior Therapy, and Prolonged Exposure for PTSD.  In her personal life, Dr. Goodwin enjoys hanging out with her partner and cats, and spending time being an extroverted introvert who loves yoga, dancing, rollerblading, reading, the sunshine, nature, food and her friends.  
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How might we grow (in our practice and policies)? This learning session is the second of two in the series Healing School Communities in the Context of Faith-Based Bullying, intended for students, families, educators, and school mental health professionals who are navigating the ongoing impact of faith-based bullying on student and staff mental health. Each 1.5 hour learning session features a moderator who will engage advocates, leaders and the school mental health workforce in a conversation that focuses on: Navigating discussions which are grounded in advancing belonging and preventing/intervening in faith-based bullying both in and out of school; Elevating strategies for communicating and engaging in the ongoing work to support the mental health of students and school mental health professionals which are grounded in community wisdom and build upon protective factors, both in and out of school; Developing spaces which engender opportunities for the field to improve its commitment to fostering a workforce ready, able and willing to hold faith-based bullying as a mental health issue in a way that is founded in community strengths and wisdom while supporting and building protective factors. Introducing a set of tools to navigate this moment while minimizing more harm. Priming resources: We have curated a list of MHTTC and external resources that detail strategies to address Islamophobia and antisemitism, the effects of Islamophobia and antisemitism on students and schools, and ways to support affected students and staff. Access our priming resources here!
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This training is part two of the Better Visits: Creating an Affirming Environment for LGBTQ+ Clients series. Everyone is welcome to attend this session, even if you did not attend the first session. In this training, we will continue to explore how community behavioral health agencies can better serve the LGBTQ+ community. In this webinar, participants will gain practical strategies for address gender identity and sexual orientation. Starting at intake, participants will lean ways to improve interactions and ask clarifying questions to improve the intake process.   LEARNING OBJECTIVES: Participants will recognize their own discomfort to better address it within the helping relationship. Participants will learn at least three strategies to improve interactions with the LGBTQ+ community. Participants will learn at least two ways to ask better questions.   CERTIFICATES: Registrants who fully attend this event or training will receive a certificate of attendance via email within two weeks after the event or training.   PRESENTER: Samuell Carney, MSW, LSW Sam is from Houston, Texas. He graduated from the University of Houston with his Master’s in Social Work in 2016 and gained his LSW in 2017. He is currently a full-time therapist in private practice. Sam began his transition from female to male in 2018 and has spoken about his experiences personally as well as professionally within the community.   This training is provided by our valued partners at the Ohio Association of County Behavioral Health Authorities.   The Great Lakes MHTTC is offering this training for individuals working in HHS Region 5: IL, IN, MI, MN, OH, WI. This training is being provided in response to a need identified by Region 5 stakeholders.
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Event Description This is Session 1 of the Thriving Together series. Learning objectives for this session include: Define the components of a Culture of Care within an organization and its impact on staff retention and morale.  Identify effective communication strategies for promoting a Culture of Care and fostering collaboration among staff members.  Analyze strategies for fostering Organizational Commitment to a Culture of Care, including leadership involvement and staff engagement initiatives.  Trainers Rachel Navarro, PhD, LP  Topaza Yu 
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Many meetings feel like a waste of time, clog up our day and make our real work hard to get to. In addition, many meetings are unnecessary and can be replaced by other more effective team practices. This short course shares seven practical tips to make your next meeting productive and useful.   LEARNING OBJECTIVES: Discern whether a meeting is required or not Describe strategies to make meetings quick and effective   CONTINUING EDUCATION: Registrants who fully attend this training will be eligible to receive 1 continuing education (CE) hour certified by the Minnesota Board of Social Work. CE certificates are provided by People Incorporated Training Institute.   PRESENTER: Russ Turner, MA, Director of the People Incorporated Training InstituteDuring Russ’s 16-year tenure, he has written and taught thousands of hours of person-centered curriculum to help people become more effective helpers, communicators, and leaders. His audience includes workers and leaders across a wide range of organizations from human services, healthcare, and libraries, to law enforcement and corrections. He trains trainers, works with management, and has consulted and coached on training projects across multiple sectors of the economy. He has worked as an educator for three decades in a variety of countries and settings including Japan, the Czech Republic, and the UK. His teaching philosophy is that adults learn best when they are challenged, the material is applicable to work situations, and sessions are interactive and engaging.   This training is provided by our valued partners at the People Incorporated Training Institute. The Great Lakes MHTTC is offering this training for individuals working in HHS Region 5: IL, IN, MI, MN, OH, WI. This training is being provided in response to a need identified by Region 5 stakeholders.
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Part 2 of 2 in the "Fostering Trust & Employee Wellbeing Through Reflective & Relational-Based Supervision" Series (view series page for full details)     Interested in how to provide supervision through a trauma-informed lens? Hoping to interrupt team burnout and support your workforce retention? By nurturing our supervision skills and approaches through a practice known as Reflective Supervision/Consultation (RSC), we can embody the parallel process in which we as colleagues experience the same kind of relational dynamics we hope to encourage in our provider-client relationships.   Both sessions in this two-part series provide building blocks for foundational, conceptual, and applied information related to reflective facilitation/supervision, in both preventive and treatment settings for mental health professionals.    Traditionally, RSC is mainly fostered in early childhood/ infant mental health settings; however, we offer these two workshops not only for Early Childhood & Education practitioners to strengthen their RSC skills, but for anyone (school mental health supervisors/professionals and other mental health supervisors/professionals beyond the school context) to explore how RSC can fortify our supervisor-supervisee relationships and overall team wellbeing.    More information about reflective supervision, including the evidence behind its impact, and how it actuates trauma informed organizational culture is available here: What is Reflective Supervision | Multiplying Connections.     In Part 2, Rouba will provide a deeper dive into reflective supervision and delve into cultural considerations, limitations, and sample cases.   Learning Objectives Identify three key components of reflective supervision and apply appropriate skills within their different roles and responsibilities as supervisors. Name at least four techniques that will address the needs of supervisees to be responsive to cultural and contextual needs and continue to develop a set of skills that helps supervisees build these skills. State three ways that supervisors will strengthen and support skills that allow supervisees to explore ways that their own belief systems or internal reactions might be impacting care. Audience Supervisors, managers, directors, administrators and leadership of early childhood/infant mental health, k-12 school mental health, and mental health organizations, and agencies Clinical supervisors, human resources professionals, mental health and school mental health providers (e.g., infant mental health specialists, therapists, social workers, peer support professionals) Trauma informed professionals Anyone else interested in reflective supervision and consultation!  Faculty Rouba Otaky, LMFT, holds a Master’s degree in Marriage, Couples Child Counseling & College Counseling, a BS in Psychology & Spanish, is a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist and a certified Reflective Practice Mentor, and Infant Mental Health Specialist. She has over 15 years of experience working in program management, community collaboration, supervision, and therapy with specialization in anti-racism, diversity, equity and inclusion, and child-parent psychotherapy.  She has provided reflective practice training, consultation, and supervision for over 10 years and is committed to supporting providers in building reflective practices in their work and lives. Priming Resources   Honoring Race and Diversity in Reflective Supervision: Guiding Principles to Enhance Relationships | ZERO TO THREE  Using Reflective Supervision to Support Trauma-Informed Systems for Children  THE REFLECTIVE SUPERVISION TOOLKIT Reflective Supervision Collaborative - Southwest Human Development   
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This presentation will explore the role of medications in both treating and preventing mood episodes in bipolar disorder. We'll discuss diagnosis briefly and mainly focus on treating medication resistant mood symptoms in individuals with this diagnosis.   Presenter: Dr. Roscoe Brady is an associate professor of psychiatry and vice-chair for research at the Department of Psychiatry, Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, Boston, Massachusetts. He is well known for his work in improving our understanding of the biological basis and innovative treatments for serious mental illnesses such as bipolar disorder and schizophrenia.   If you would like accommodations to participate in any of our events, please contact us at [email protected] ahead of the event date. For example, if you would like an ASL interpreter, please let us know 3 weeks ahead of the event date so we have sufficient time to secure the services.  
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ABOUT THIS EVENT This webinar in partnership with Perfectly Queer Counseling will delve into the history of feminist therapy, how it has developed into modern therapy, and how to use it in their own practice. Participants will be able to define intersectional feminism and feminist therapy and will leave with tools and resources to apply intersectional feminism to various therapeutic interventions. FACILITATOR Leah Post, LICSW, MSW, MPH Leah Post (she/they) is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker, a WA State Approved Clinical Supervisor and founder of Perfectly Queer Counseling. Leah graduated from the University of Minnesota with both a master's in social work in public health. Leah has spent their career providing support, education and psychotherapy to folks ages 13+. Leah's focus is working with queer youth and adults and has built an all-queer practice of clinicians who bring lived experience and queer identities to their work. 
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About this Event: The National Model Standards for Peer Support Certification” is the first substantive document on peer support published by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration since the 2015 landmark publication of “SAMHSA’s Core Competencies for Peer Workers in Behavioral Health Services.” A lot has changed (as evidenced by the depth and breadth of the content areas packed into the 35 pages of the Standards); and all but one state now have state-run or state-endorsed peer certification programs. For those without an extensive formal training in behavioral health or experience reading federal policy, the Standards, while exciting as movement forward, can be nonetheless confusing, intimidating, and challenging. In this 3-part series we plan to make the Standards more understandable to the people and organizations providing peer support on both the macro level (What is a national standard, and does it impact me and my work?) and the micro level (What are the five Pillars of Peer Support Supervision and what happens if my state only adopts four of them as certification requirements?). Subject knowledge experts will be joining us throughout the series, but the focus will remain on the peer perspective. The first session, held on July 29 (1-2:30pm ET), will be an overview of the 11 standards and introduction to a matrix that groups can use to determine their compliance with the standards and whether or not the standards apply to their state/organization. Then we will do a deep dive into the two standards that have generated the most discussion among the stakeholders we have been in contact with since the release of the standards in 2023. The second session, held on August 5 (1-2:30pm ET), will review Standard 7: Recovery. For the third session, held on August 12 (1-2:30pm ET) facilitators will discuss Standard 11: Peer Supervision. At the end of Session 1, participants will be able to: Define what National Model Standards are generally, including whether they are mandated under federal law, can states tie funding to them, is there a timeline for their implementation, etc. Describe the purpose and/or goal of each of the 11 standards Describe the purpose of the matrix, and when and how it should be used. To learn more or register for additional sessions in the series, please visit here.
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Screening, brief intervention, and referral to treatment (SBIRT) is an evidence-based method for reducing harm and improving outcomes for patients with substance use disorders. This SBIRT training will prepare participants to deliver SBIRT interventions in health care and other settings. In this interactive, instructor-led workshop, you will learn the SBIRT process, practice using SBIRT screening tools, practice administering and interpreting assessments, and understand how to give feedback and make recommendations, including recommendations for treatment.   Note: Participants must complete Motivational Interviewing: Relational Skills (Level 1) and Motivational Interviewing: Technical Skills (Level 2) to be eligible to attend SBIRT. Those who fully attend Levels 1 & 2 will automatically receive an invitation to register to attend Level 3. More info can be found on our MI and SBIRT Training 2024 webpage.   LEARNING OBJECTIVES: Define the five categories of use on the substance use continuum Explain the rationale for universal SBIRT Understand how to use motivational interviewing to conduct each step of the SBIRT process (screening, brief assessment, and intervention/referral) Administer SBIRT to adult patients Discuss how to conduct patient follow-up after initial SBIRT sessions Describe indications, adverse effects, and dosing for FDA-approved medications for substance use disorders Delineate common barriers to administering high-quality SBIRT systematically to all patients and how to overcome those barriers     CERTIFICATES: Registrants who fully attend this training will be eligible to receive 8 NAADAC-certified continuing education (CE) hours. CE certificates are sent to qualifying individuals via email within two weeks after the event or training.   TRAINER: Richard L. Brown, MD, MPH, is a highly experienced family physician and healthcare leader who is a nationally recognized leader in implementing the "Screening, Brief Intervention, and Referral to Treatment" (SBIRT) program focused on preventing problematic use, abuse and dependence of alcohol and illicit drugs. Dr. Brown has served as a practice-transformation team member for an SBIRT-related project administered by the National Council on Behavioral Health and funded by the U.S. Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration. Most recently, Dr. Brown served as a market medical director for ConcertoHealth. Previous to that he as professor of Family Medicine and director of the Wisconsin Initiative to Promote Healthy Lifestyles, at the School of Medicine and Public Health, University of Wisconsin-Madison; and CEO and Chief Medical Officer for Wellsys, LLC. Among his many accolades, Dr. Brown is a recipient of several awards including the Hope in Healing Award from the Addiction Resource Council of Waukesha, Wis. He holds a bachelor's degree in biology from Brown University in Providence, R.I., where he also received his M.D. degree. He also earned an M.P.H. degree from the University of Washington, in Seattle, Wash.     The Great Lakes A/MHTTC is offering this training for individuals working in HHS Region 5: IL, IN, MI, MN, OH, WI. This training is being provided in response to a need identified by Region 5 stakeholders.
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When faced with challenges like homework, screen time, food choices, and bedtime, it is helpful for parents to have a plan to address them with consistency. Children who have experienced trauma often respond with reactivity instead of receptivity. Nevertheless, caregivers can foster their children’s ability to be open and curious about the world despite its frustrations and challenges. This is done by specific strategies that initiate the thinking part of the brain, inviting exploration and chance-taking. This class outlines practical parenting strategies to help navigate common situations in the home.   LEARNING OBJECTIVES: Set boundaries and limits in the home Strengthen insight and empathy Explore the mind body connection Increase tolerance with discomfort   CONTINUING EDUCATION: Registrants who fully attend this training will be eligible to receive 1.5 continuing education (CE) hours certified by the Minnesota Board of Social Work. CE certificates are provided by People Incorporated Training Institute.   PRESENTER: Warren Duncan, BS, has had various roles throughout his career working with households experiencing homelessness and multiple barriers to stable housing. He has worked as direct support staff on mobile teams in Permanent Supportive Housing program across the metro area, assisted in outreach efforts for program participants living on the streets and in shelter, provided outreach to property managers and landlords, connecting them to support services in metro and greater Minnesota communities. He has worked to provide support to a network of supportive housing programs and community organizing among County, State, and local community agencies in Southern and Central Minnesota. He is currently overseeing all programming as Program Director for a Minnesota Nonprofit. Warren enjoys facilitating workshops and has led a number of training sessions. Topics include Building Landlord Relationships, Housing First, Harm Reduction, Navigating Conflict, De-escalation, and Mindfulness. Warren grew up in Des Moines, Iowa and moved to Minnesota shortly after graduating from Iowa State University. He currently lives with his family in the Twin Cities western suburbs. He enjoys drawing, painting, and photography in his spare time. This training is provided by our valued partners at the People Incorporated Training Institute. The Great Lakes MHTTC is offering this training for individuals working in HHS Region 5: IL, IN, MI, MN, OH, WI. This training is being provided in response to a need identified by Region 5 stakeholders.
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TUESDAY, JULY 30, 2024 10:00 - 11:15 a.m. HT / 12:00 - 1:15 p.m. PT / 1:00 p.m. - 2:15 p.m. MT / 2:00 - 3:15 p.m. CT / 3:00 - 4:15 p.m. ET Session 7 of 8 in the "Provider Plática Learning Collaborative" Series / Sesión 7 de 8 de la Serie "Colaboración de Aprendizaje para una Plática entre Profesionales" (view series main page for full details / consultar la página principal de la serie para ver toda la información) Provider Plática Learning Collaborative: Supporting the Training Needs of Practitioners of Spanish Language Mental Health Services Colaboración de Aprendizaje para una Plática entre Profesionales: Respaldando las Necesidades de Capacitación de los Profesionales que Prestan Servicios de Salud Mental en Español July 30: Session 7 / 30 de julio: Sesión 7   Welcome to Session 7 in this series! / ¡Bienvenidos a la Sesión 7 de esta serie! Collaboratively held by the National Training & Technical Assistance Center (NTTAC) and the Pacific Southwest MHTTC this Provider Platica program is a monthly collaborative space for peer learning and resourcing. This session and all that follow are an open, bilingual space for members of the mental health workforce to share common challenges and experiences when providing services to Spanish-speaking communities with Limited English Proficiency (LEP) as well as high-quality resources and innovative solutions. All levels of Spanish language proficiency and comfort are welcome. Este programa de Plática entre Profesionales, llevado a cabo colaborativamente por el Centro Nacional de Capacitación y Asistencia Técnica (NTTAC por sus siglas en inglés) y el Centro de Transferencia de Tecnología de Salud Mental del Sudoeste del Pacífico (MHTTC por sus siglas en inglés), es un espacio mensual de colaboración para el aprendizaje entre pares y la facilitación de recursos. Esta y todas las demás sesiones son un espacio abierto y bilingüe donde los miembros de la fuerza laboral de salud mental podrán compartir desafíos y experiencias en común a la hora de prestar servicios a las comunidades de habla hispana con un Dominio Limitado del Inglés (LEP por sus siglas en inglés), así como recursos de alta calidad y soluciones innovadoras. Son bienvenidas las personas con cualquier nivel de dominio del español y comodidad con el mismo.   Audience / Audiencia Mental health professionals across the country and U.S. territories, including clinicians, peer counselors and others who provide services to Spanish-speaking individuals with Limited English Proficiency (LEP). We welcome providers in a wide range of professional settings, including clinical, community and government agencies, education, private practice, and more. Profesionales de la salud mental de todo Estados Unidos y sus territorios, incluidos médicos clínicos, consejeros entre pares y otras personas que prestan servicios a hablantes de español con un Dominio Limitado del Inglés (LEP por sus siglas en inglés). Les damos la bienvenida a profesionales provenientes de una amplia variedad de entornos, que incluye instituciones clínicas, comunitarias, gubernamentales, educativas, consultorios privados y demás.   About the Facilitator / Conozca a la Facilitadora   Kristi Silva (she/her) has over 15 years’ experience providing culturally responsive training and technical assistance – especially for Latine and Native American communities – at the local, state, and national level. In addition to subject matter expertise in health equity and policy, Ms. Silva is an experienced researcher and evaluator, with specialization in community-developed best practices requiring an adapted evaluation methodology. She has worked in partnership with communities impacted by pan-generational trauma to develop strengths-based policies and practices that are sustainable and rooted in a social justice framework. As a professional who now serves communities like the one she comes from, Ms. Silva brings an essential lens of lived experience to the work. Kristi Silva (ella) tiene más de 15 años de experiencia brindando capacitación y asistencia técnica culturalmente receptiva —especialmente a comunidades latinas e indígenas norteamericanas— a nivel local, estatal y nacional. Además de ser experta en asuntos de equidad y políticas de salud, la Srta. Silva es una evaluadora e investigadora experimentada, especializada en mejores prácticas desarrolladas por la comunidad que requieran una metodología de evaluación adaptada. Ha trabajado junto con comunidades impactadas por el trauma pangeneracional para desarrollar prácticas y políticas basadas en las fortalezas que sean sostenibles y se fundamenten en un marco de justicia social. Como una profesional que ahora atiende a comunidades similares a aquellas de donde proviene, la Srta. Silva lleva a cabo su trabajo con una perspectiva fundamental de experiencias de vida.     Meet Our Guest Speaker / Conozca a nuestro invitado especial   Irene Gotera (she / her /ella) is an attorney, seasoned linguist, and restorative justice practitioner specializing in multilingual community engagement. She is the founder of Linguistic Justice®, a private practice dedicated to co-creating linguistic justice with grassroots movements, academia, and philanthropy. She collaborates with organizations to develop social capital for language justice, serving as a consultant in implementing language justice research, a conference interpreter, and a facilitator of strategic global initiatives. She is the Executive Director of the newly founded nonprofit organization, Linguistic Justice Foundation. The first and only organization wholly dedicated to advance language rights and linguistic justice globally.   Irene Gotera es abogada, lingüista experimentada y practicante de justicia restaurativa especializada en participación comunitaria multilingüe. Es la fundadora de Linguistic Justice®, un despacho privado de asesorías dedicado completamente a co-crear justicia lingüística con movimientos de base, en el ámbito académico y con organizaciones filantrópicas. Irene colabora con dichas organizaciones para desarrollar capital social en pro de la justicia lingüística, sirviendo como asesora en la implementación de investigaciones sobre justicia lingüística, intérprete de conferencias y facilitadora de iniciativas comunitarias estratégicas a nivel global. Es la Directora Ejecutiva de la recién fundada organización sin fines de lucro, Linguistic Justice Foundation. La primera y única organización completamente dedicada al progreso de los derechos lingüísticos y la justicia lingüística a nivel global.   (view series main page for full details / consultar la página principal de la serie para ver toda la información)  
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One of the most difficult tasks for staff in human service work is to successfully respond instead of react to agitated clients. While many trainings teach de-escalation approaches, few are explicitly grounded in an understanding of how trauma and stress impact the brain. And even fewer acknowledge that responding to an escalation requires the professional to override their natural “fight-flight-freeze” instincts. This two hour training will examine disconnecting our own stress response when responding to power struggles and escalated clients. Guided by frameworks of Trauma-Informed Care, Motivational Interviewing, and Behavioral Change Theories, the training will educate, inform, and inspire service providers to improve practices and approaches. Frameworks presented can be used in organizational settings of both children and adults.   Presenters: Rowan Willis-Powell is an experienced systems transformation advocate with 10 years of experience using their living expertise to uplift the voices of youth peers, guide development of youth peer programs, educate the behavioral health community about supporting LGBTQIA individuals, and advocate for appropriate and equitable suicide prevention and intervention for youth. Rowan has 10 years of experience connecting and mentoring young adults with lived experience in behavioral health service settings to peer support career pathways and leadership opportunities on community, state, and national levels. Rowan has supported numerous organizations and groups with the process of developing or strengthening their youth serving programs and always strives to ensure that youth voice and youth engagement are at the focus of the work.   Liz Geisel, MSW has dedicated the last twenty years to the field of social work, specializing in healthcare, mental health and substance dependence. Her clinical approach focuses on trauma-informed practices, harm reduction and building collaborative partnerships with individuals, families and organizations. Liz has worked at several leading Boston based healthcare organizations including the Sidney Borum Health Center (now part of Fenway Health), the Institute for Health and Recovery and Boston Medical Center. Liz collaborates with the MA Bureau of Substance Abuse Services and AdCare to create impactful trainings to individuals working in the field of substance dependence and recovery. Most recently, Liz was the Director of Programs at Family Reach, a national nonprofit focused on financial toxicity for individuals living with cancer. Liz is a passionate trainer that engages participants through interactive activities, real life scenarios and lessons learned through her years of working with vulnerable populations. Liz can usually be found listening to music, playing outdoors or thrifting for old furniture in the hopes of restoring it back to beauty.     If you would like accommodations to participate in any of our events, please contact us at [email protected] ahead of the event date. For example, if you would like an ASL interpreter, please let us know 3 weeks ahead of the event date so we have sufficient time to secure the services.  
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ABOUT THIS EVENT This webinar in partnership with Perfectly Queer Counseling will describe key competencies for working with individuals who self-identify as a sexual and/or gender minority on their substance use treatment. The goal is for participants to be able to define SGM populations, identify disparities for SGM populations and substance use, and understand the gaps in research. Participants will leave with resources for national and local support information for SGM populations and substance use. FACILITATOR Leah Post, LICSW, MSW, MPH Leah Post (she/they) is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker, a WA State Approved Clinical Supervisor and founder of Perfectly Queer Counseling. Leah graduated from the University of Minnesota with both a master's in social work in public health. Leah has spent their career providing support, education and psychotherapy to folks ages 13+. Leah's focus is working with queer youth and adults and has built an all-queer practice of clinicians who bring lived experience and queer identities to their work. 
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Event Description Group counseling services are considered the mainstay of all clinical services. It is essential that everyone leading groups possess effective group facilitation skills. Facilitators skilled in group counseling methods are better prepared to assist group members in practicing communications skills, can effectively role play difficult situations, can give and receive feedback, can identify and name feelings, and provide support, all of which correlate to positive client outcomes. The goal of this Group Counseling: Intentionally Built & Effectively Facilitated Enhanced Professional Learning series (EPL) is to help group leaders build skills, increase knowledge on evidence-based practices in group counseling, avoid unhelpful or non-therapeutic group activities, and elevate confidence in providing quality group counseling services through feedback and practice. Participants will have weekly learning opportunities to share group counseling experiences and practice group facilitation skills. This EPL will focus on how to envision and build groups and develop/refine facilitation skills, including knowledge and skills related to: · Building group cohesion · Managing conflict · Redirecting clients who monopolize group discussion or stray off topic · Managing unhelpful advice given from one member to another · Eliciting client participation rather than lecturing · Handling content and process issues · Awareness of group work versus individual casework within a group · Using reflection to refine and enhance facilitation skills.   WHEN: Every Wednesday, July 31 – September 25, 2024 from 2 – 3:30 pm MDT / 3 – 4:30 pm CDT INTENDED AUDIENCE: Mental health professionals who are located in the Mountain Plains MHTTC region (HHS Region 8 includes CO, MT, ND, SD, UT, and WY).   PARTICIPANT COMMITMENT & EXPECTATIONS · Attend a live 1-hour Orientation Session on July 31 at 2pm MDT/3pm CDT · Commit to 8-weeks of training for 1.5 hours weekly from August 7 – September 25 · Complete 1-hour of weekly self-study learning activities · Access to appropriate technology to utilize online videoconferencing platform (i.e., an internet connection, webcam, computer/tablet, speakers, and microphone) · Be prepared and actively engage while on camera during the scheduled series time.   Trainers Kate Speck, PhD, MAC, LADC Paul Warren, LMSW Amy Shanahan, MS, CADC
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This is Session 4 of 4 in the Applying Holistic Leadership to Create Healthier Workplace Cultures series. Event Description This program aims to equip behavioral health leaders with the essential skills and knowledge to effectively lead teams and foster healthier organizational cultures. Participants will learn strategic and people-focused leadership methods through “Authentic Connection.” The goal of this training series is to enhance their ability to navigate uncertainty, ambiguity, and conflict while maintaining resilience and composure in a rapidly changing behavioral health landscape.  Participants will learn:   -          Explore strategies for fostering wellness and resilience to develop a healthier work culture within their scope of influence.  -          Acquire practical skills in self-care, compassion, and inclusive strategies to integrate into their professional roles.  -          Learn communication strategies to collaborate with others to develop adaptive strategies to address challenges in diverse teams.    Trainer Lamarr Lewis Lamarr Lewis, is a dedicated advocate, author, and agent of change. With a focus on community-based mental and public health, he works with diverse groups including individuals living with psychiatric disabilities, people in recovery from substance abuse, and at-hope youth (He does not use the term at-risk).   He is an alumnus of Wittenberg University graduating with a Bachelor of Arts in Sociology with minors in Africana Studies and Religion. He later received his master’s degree in clinical mental health counseling from Argosy University.   His career spans over twenty years with experience as a therapist, consultant, public speaker, facilitator, trainer, and human service professional. He has been a featured expert for such organizations as; Boeing, Region IV Public Health Training Center, Fulton County Probate Court, Mississippi Department of Health, the Mississippi Band of Choctaw Indians, and many more.   His lifelong mission is to leave the world better than how he found it. 
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The South Southwest Mental Health Technology Transfer Center (MHTTC), invites Region 6 Peer Specialists and Family Partners to participate in our monthly networking meetings. These no-cost, virtual meetings offer you the opportunity to collaborate with other Peer Specialists and Family Partners in a supportive, mentoring environment. The goal is to provide a space for resource sharing, support around ways to be most effective when working with clients, options for self-care strategies, and more! This event takes place on the first Friday of each month from 9:00 – 10:00 a.m. CT.  About the Facilitator:  Jessi Davis (she/they) is an experienced Program Coordinator with a demonstrated history of working in the Peer Support, Mental Health, and Substance Use Recovery fields. Jessi is known for work surrounding Youth and Young Adult Peer Support training, technical assistance, and leadership. Their qualifications include Mental Health Peer Specialist, Recovery Support Peer Specialist, Peer Recovery Support Specialist – Transitional Aged Youth, and Digital Peer Support certifications. Currently working at the South Southwest Mental Health Technology Transfer Center, Jessi works to provide support, technical assistance, and training to the peer workforce throughout the 5 states and all tribal communities within Region 6. They have spent much of their career focused on Youth and Young Adult Peer Support and is currently the President of the National Association of Peer Supporters.
Webinar/Virtual Training
ABOUT THIS EVENT This webinar in partnership with Perfectly Queer Counseling will focus on the benefits, impacts and unique challenges that queer supervisors and queer supervisees may encounter in the therapeutic space. We will look at self-disclosure, therapeutic models from a queer lens and the importance of a shared queer space. FACILITATOR Leah Post, LICSW, MSW, MPH Leah Post (she/they) is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker, a WA State Approved Clinical Supervisor and founder of Perfectly Queer Counseling. Leah graduated from the University of Minnesota with both a master's in social work in public health. Leah has spent their career providing support, education and psychotherapy to folks ages 13+. Leah's focus is working with queer youth and adults and has built an all-queer practice of clinicians who bring lived experience and queer identities to their work. 
Webinar/Virtual Training
The Northwest MHTTC is excited to partner with Leah Post to offer a live learning community on LGBTQIA2S+ supervision. 6 hours of CE contact hours available* (see below.) ABOUT THIS LEARNING COMMUNITY This Learning Community in partnership with Leah Post, LICSW, MSW, MPH will focus on the benefits, impacts and unique challenges that queer supervisors and queer supervisees may encounter in the therapeutic space. We will look at self-disclosure, therapeutic models from a queer lens and the importance of a shared queer space. ELIGIBILITY Members of the mental health/behavioral health workforce who are based in the states of Alaska, Oregon, Idaho & Washington (HHS Region 10) Commitment to attend the whole series is required Each individual must have access to computer/web camera/audio to participate The deadline for applications is July 29th. We will notify you of your application status by July 31st. Questions: For questions about this series, including eligibility and registration please contact the Northwest MHTTC at [email protected]. SESSIONS: Mondays, August 5 - 26 8:30 - 10:00am AK / 9:30 - 11:00am PT / 10:30am - 12:00pm MT August 5: Participants will learn the benefits of queer therapists working with queer supervisors. August 12: Participants will learn how to be an intersectional supervisor. August 19: Panel discussion of supervisees discussing the pros and cons of different types of supervision they've attended over the years. August 26: Participants will learn how to find/offer supervision for your target Supervisor/Supervisee FACILITATOR Leah Post, LICSW, MSW, MPH Leah Post (she/they) is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker, a WA State Approved Clinical Supervisor and founder of Perfectly Queer Counseling. Leah graduated from the University of Minnesota with both a master's in social work in public health. Leah has spent their career providing support, education and psychotherapy to folks ages 13+. Leah's focus is working with queer youth and adults and has built an all-queer practice of clinicians who bring lived experience and queer identities to their work.  *Continuing Education Contact Hours Details Physicians, physician assistants, primary care ARNPs, psychologists, and other health care providers may be eligible for CME or CEUs for completing the course. Retain your Certificate of Completion and verify its suitability for CME/CEUs with your licensing/credentialing entity. 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, substance use disorder 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.
Webinar/Virtual Training
The Massachusetts Psychosis Network for Early Treatment (MAPNET) and the New England Mental Health Technology Transfer Center (MHTTC) will host a virtual monthly “Early Psychosis Prescriber Consultation Series” led by Dr. Matcheri Keshavan on prescribing practices for early psychosis, including a review of a selected monthly topic. Our next call is on Monday, August 5 from 11am-12pm EST. Our topic for this month is “Long Acting Injectables” and will be presented by Dr. Raúl Condemarín.   Dr. Raúl Condemarín is a psychiatrist with many years of experience as a psycho-pharmacologist and psychotherapist. He is board certified in Psychiatry, Addiction Medicine, Psychosomatic Medicine and Psychoanalysis. His main areas of expertise are: psychopharmacology, anxiety and mood disorders, and substance abuse disorders. He has conducted research and published in the areas of addiction, psychodynamic psychopharmacology, and the relationship between medical and psychiatric disorders. Dr. Condemarín holds an appointment as Clinical Instructor in the Department of Psychiatry at Harvard Medical School through his affiliation with Massachusetts Mental Health Center, where he teaches and supervises medical students and residents. He is Editor and Trustee of the American Academy of Psychoanalysis and Dynamic Psychiatry. He is fluent in English, Spanish and Portuguese.   Attendees are invited to bring deidentified case questions to discuss with the group. Cases do not have to relate to the monthly topic but should be focused on prescribing issues in early psychosis care. Attendance will be limited to 20 participants and will be on a first come, first serve basis.     If you would like accommodations to participate in any of our events, please contact us at [email protected] ahead of the event date. For example, if you would like an ASL interpreter, please let us know 3 weeks ahead of the event date so we have sufficient time to secure the services.  
Webinar/Virtual Training
This 90-minute virtual consultation call with ACT teams and ACT stakeholders consists of a mini-didactic training on a topic of relevance and interest to ACT teams, plus opportunities to pose consultation questions and learn from other ACT teams and their shared experiences within ACT. ABOUT THIS EVENT Assertive Community Treatment (ACT) is a multidisciplinary, team-based model that provides intensive community-based and outreach-oriented services to people who experience the most severe and persistent mental illness. The vast majority also have a co-occurring substance use disorder and many experience comorbid medical illnesses as well as homelessness. This is a vulnerable population and their providers – ACT teams – are at elevated risk themselves during the COVID-19 pandemic. The Northwest MHTTC is partnering with the Institute for Best Practices at the University of North Carolina to host and facilitate regular meetings for ACT teams. August's Meeting Topic: Findings from the National ACT Study with Lorna Moser, PhD Goals of the meetings are to: connect with one another share strategies and resources for adapting team practices and communications facilitate connection to the most up-to-date resources For more information or questions, contact: Maria Monroe-DeVita, PhD, Associate Professor, Department of Psychiatry & Behavioral Sciences, University of Washington School of Medicine and Director of the Washington State Center of Excellence in First Episode Psychosis or Lorna Moser, PhD, Clinical Associate Professor, Department of Psychiatry, University of North Carolina School of Medicine, Director of the Institute for Best Practice, Center for Excellence in Community Mental Health. FIND OUT MORE ABOUT THIS SERIES FACILITATORS Lorna Moser, PhD Dr. Lorna Moser is a Clinical Associate Professor in the Department of Psychiatry, University of North Carolina School of Medicine, and the Director of the Institute for Best Practice, Center for Excellence in Community Mental Health.     Maria Monroe-DeVita, PhD Dr. Monroe-DeVita is an Associate Professor in the Department of Psychiatry & Behavioral Sciences at the University of Washington School of Medicine and the Director, Washington State Center of Excellence in First Episode Psychosis.    
Webinar/Virtual Training
About this Event: Session Two: Model Standard 7, What is Recovery? This is a deep dive into Standard 7 of “The National Model Standards for Peer Support Certification,” and how organizations and communities with different understandings of what “abstinent recovery” is can thrive while aligning themselves with the national standards. At the end of this session, participants will be able to: Define what “recovery” means according to Standard 7. Describe how the standards address Medication Assisted Recovery, and the purpose and/or goal of each of the 11 standards Explain the role of recovery-pathway-specific requirements in state-level certification requirements. To learn more or register for additional sessions in this series, please visit here.
Webinar/Virtual Training
The Northwest MHTTC is excited to partner with Leah Post to offer a live learning community on sexual health in treatment to improve client health outcomes. 6 hours of CE contact hours available* (see below.) ABOUT THIS LEARNING COMMUNITY This learning community in partnership with Leah Post, LICSW, MSW, MPH is geared towards mental health therapists who want to understand the importance of sexual health in treatment to improve client health outcomes. Participants will gain confidence in assessing a client's sexual health need/risk, while also learning to define various types of intimate relationships. Sexual health is important to talk about in therapy, and this learning community will help you understand why and how to better engage your clients in this discussion. ELIGIBILITY Members of the mental health/behavioral health workforce who are based in the states of Alaska, Oregon, Idaho & Washington (HHS Region 10) Commitment to attend the whole series is required Each individual must have access to computer/web camera/audio to participate The deadline for applications is July 30th. We will notify you of your application status by August 1st. Questions: For questions about this series, including eligibility and registration please contact the Northwest MHTTC at [email protected]. SESSIONS: Tuesdays, August 6 - 27 8:30 - 10:00am AK / 9:30 - 11:00am PT / 10:30am - 12:00pm MT August 6: Participants will learn the basics of sex education and how to communicate with clients to improve health outcomes. August 13: Participants will learn about various types of intimate relationships and how to communicate with clients to improve understanding in the therapeutic relationship. August 20: Participants will discuss and discover why sexual health is important to talk about in therapy. August 27: Participants will engage in a game of Sexual Health Jeopardy and have time to ask questions related to their clientele and treatment setting. FACILITATOR Leah Post, LICSW, MSW, MPH Leah Post (she/they) is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker, a WA State Approved Clinical Supervisor and founder of Perfectly Queer Counseling. Leah graduated from the University of Minnesota with both a master's in social work in public health. Leah has spent their career providing support, education and psychotherapy to folks ages 13+. Leah's focus is working with queer youth and adults and has built an all-queer practice of clinicians who bring lived experience and queer identities to their work.  *Continuing Education Contact Hours Details Physicians, physician assistants, primary care ARNPs, psychologists, and other health care providers may be eligible for CME or CEUs for completing the course. Retain your Certificate of Completion and verify its suitability for CME/CEUs with your licensing/credentialing entity. 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, substance use disorder 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.
Webinar/Virtual Training
The Northwest MHTTC is excited to partner with Lamarr Lewis, MA, LAPC, CPRP, to offer a live learning community about motivation in mental health recovery. 6 hours of CE contact hours available* (see below.) ABOUT THE LEARNING COMMUNITY This Learning Community is designed to equip behavioral health professionals with the skills and knowledge to leverage storytelling for effective communication and community engagement. Through a combination of theoretical understanding, practical exercises, and real-world application, participants will emerge with enhanced storytelling capabilities that can drive positive change in behavioral health. The goal is to enhance communication to build more functional relationships and improve service outcomes. Learning Objectives:  Improve participants' ability to craft compelling stories that resonate with diverse audiences in the context of behavioral health.  Equip participants with the ability to integrate local stories into their behavioral health messages for increased community engagement.  Develop participants' ability to assess the impact of storytelling on behavioral health outcomes through measurable indicators.  Eligibility Members of the mental health/behavioral health workforce who are based in the states of Alaska, Oregon, Idaho & Washington Commitment to attend the whole series is required Each individual must have access to computer/web camera/audio to participate Deadline to apply: Monday, July 22nd. Applicants will be notified of their status by July 26th. Questions: For questions about this series, including eligibility and registration please contact the Northwest MHTTC at [email protected]. SESSIONS: Tuesdays, August 6 - 27, 2024  12:30 - 2:00 pm AK / 1:30 - 3:00pm PT / 2:30 - 4:00pm MT August 6: Mastering the Art of Narrative Construction   Participants will learn the fundamentals of crafting compelling narratives that resonate with the audience. August 13: Identifying Personal Narratives   Effective storytelling in behavioral health requires the ability to reflect and clarify our own personal narratives and how they influence our work. August 20: Tailoring Messages to Diverse Audiences   Effective storytelling in behavioral health requires the ability to adapt narratives for diverse audiences. August 27: Evaluating and Measuring Impact   To ensure the success of storytelling initiatives, participants will discover how to assess the impact of their narratives. FACILITATOR Lamarr Lewis, MA, LAPC, CPRP Lamarr Lewis is a dedicated advocate, author, and agent of change. With a focus on community-based mental health, he works with diverse groups including individuals living with psychiatric disabilities, people in recovery from substance abuse, and at-hope youth (He does not use the term at-risk). He is an alumnus of Wittenberg University graduating with a Bachelor of Arts in Sociology with minors in Africana Studies and Religion. He later received his master’s degree in clinical mental health counseling from Argosy University. His career spans over twenty years with experience as a therapist, consultant, and human service professional. He has been a featured expert and trainer for such organizations as; Boeing, Fulton County Probate Court, Georgia Mental Health Consumer Network, Mississippi Department of Health, the Mississippi Band of Choctaw Indians, Region IV Public Health Training Center, the Ruby Neeson Diabetes Awareness Foundation, and more. His lifelong mission is to leave the world better than how he found it. *Continuing Education Contact Hours Details Physicians, physician assistants, primary care ARNPs, psychologists, and other health care providers may be eligible for CME or CEUs for completing the course. Retain your Certificate of Completion and verify its suitability for CME/CEUs with your licensing/credentialing entity. 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, substance use disorder 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.
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