Training and Events Calendar

If a specific training offers a certificate of completion and/or continuing education credits, this will be stated directly in the event description. Please review that information. If questions, please contact the Center hosting the event. To view past events, click here.

Webinar/Virtual Training
Join Abbe Duke from OnTrackNY to learn more about the role of Peer Specialists on Coordinated Specialty Care (CSC) teams. This training will offer an overview of the OnTrackNY approach to the role of Peer Specialist, examples and lessons learned from implementation in New York State (NYS), and ample time for Q&A and dialogue. For more information, visit OnTrackNY.org to read Peer Specialist manuals, view Peer Specialist intro modules, and review many tools for the role.   Abbe Duke (she, her, hers) is a long time NYS Peer Specialist and the Recovery Specialist & Trainer supervisor at the OnTrackNY initiative at the Center for Practice Innovations. OnTrackNY is an innovative model of coordinated specialty care, which has thoughtfully integrated the role of Peer Specialist throughout its development. Abbe brings her decade of experience working as a Peer Specialist in a variety of settings throughout NYS, as well as her training and technical assistance work for the NYS Office of Mental Health and for OnTrackNY. Abbe is particularly proud of the development of the recent OnTrackNY Peer Specialist manual and the introductory training modules for OnTrackNY Peer Specialists- all of which can be found at OnTrackNY.org.
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. 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 This June, Juli Templeton RN, BSN, QMHP, TTS & Heidi Herinckx, MA will provide an update on the creation of an ACT nurse onboard training curriculum created by the Oregon Center of Excellence for Assertive Community Treatment (OCEACT). ACT nurses from five states participated in an extensive DACUM (Developing a Curriculum) process, to describe the core duties and tasks essential to the role of an ACT nurse. A recent publication on the DACUM results (Herinckx et al., 2024) outlines the DACUM process. OCEACT is using the DACUM as a roadmap for developing a competency based onboarding curriculum. This presentation will describe the eight modules that are being developed and how OCEACT intends to provide the onboard training to newly hired ACT nurses statewide. OCEACT will describe the ACT nurse statewide trainer role and describe the onboard training all ACT nurses will receive in their first year of hire. 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.  
Face-to-Face Training
This event is being offered to a specific cohort and is not accepting applications.  ABOUT THIS EVENT The Northwest MHTTC is offering this training in collaboration with Partnerships for Native Health at Washington State University, the Upper Skagit Indian Tribe, the Swinomish Indian Tribal Community, and Portland Area Indian Health Services. This training is being held from June 4 - 5, 2024, at the Skagit Valley Hotel and Casino in Bow, WA. Learning Objectives Understand the fundamental aspects of the way of being with relatives/clients using Motivational Interviewing (MI). Learn to recognize change talk and sustain talk and how to respond to each in a good way. Utilize open-ended questions to develop discrepancy between ideal self and current behaviors in a way that encourages movement toward integrity. Day 1: 9:00am - 4:30pm Introduction to the Spirit of Motivational Interviewing (MI) Why MI for Native Communities Introduction to the Tools of MI Skill-building Exercises Day 2: 9:00am - 4:30pm Review & Discussion of Day 1 Skill‐building Exercises Deeper into Change Talk Rolling with Resistance Avoiding Traps Real-world application FACILITATOR   Lonnie Nelson, PhD, Clinical Psychologist, Associate Professor, Partnerships for Native Health, Eastern band Cherokee (AniKituwah) Dr. Lonnie Nelson (descendant of the Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians) earned his PhD in Clinical Psychology from the University of Arizona and completed a postdoctoral fellowship in Rehabilitation Psychology at University of Washington's Harborview Medical Center. In 2012, he returned to the field of Native health disparities through the Patient Centered Outcomes Research Career Development Award (K12) at the University of Washington School of Public Health. Dr. Nelson joined the Washington State University College of Nursing in 2015. His work aims to address health disparities experienced by American Indian and Alaska Native communities through multiple avenues. His current research interests focus on the elimination of health disparities in urban dwelling and other Native populations through the application of culturally adapted evidence-based interventions and other patient centered approaches to changing health behaviors, such as indigenized motivational interviewing and harm reduction treatments. Outside of work, he enjoys making and using traditional Native archery gear and spending time with his 7-year-old daughter, Amelia.
Webinar/Virtual Training
This 4-part webinar series on Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT) offers an exploration of DBT's core modules, designed to enhance the skills of students and new professionals. This series is designed to provide a foundational overview of DBT to cover the skills for mindfulness and how to help individuals stay present in the moment, regulate emotions and reduce emotional vulnerability, cope with crises and difficult situations without making them worse, and navigate interpersonal relationships effectively. Throughout the series, participants will gain valuable insights and practical techniques to support individuals in applying tools to their daily lives. Webinar objectives: Review DBT's history and outline the DBT treatment structure and process Explain the key components of DBT: Mindfulness Emotional regulation Distress tolerance Interpersonal effectiveness Understand mindfulness strategies and their importance in DBT Review a case study and practical examples of using these skills with clients   Presenter: Crystal Socha, MS, LPC, CRC, NCC, ACS (she/her) is a PhD Candidate and Senior Training and Consultation Specialist at Rutgers School of Health Professions in the Department of Psychiatric Rehabilitation and Counseling Professions. Crystal's primary role includes providing in-person and remote training, consultation, and technical assistance to New Jersey agencies that provide Community Support Services. She has over 10 years of experience in the behavioral health field, delivering trauma-informed, culturally responsive, gender-affirming care and supporting individuals in building a life worth living. Before joining Rutgers, she provided recovery-oriented services in supportive housing, intensive in-home and in-community settings, community mental health centers, integrated primary care, hospital systems, and private practices. She has received a 40-hour foundational training in Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT) by a Linehan Board Certified Clinician and utilizes a DBT informed approach within her work as a counselor.   Other sessions in this series: Session 2: DBT Skills Training: Strategies for Distress Tolerance Session 3: DBT Skills Training: Strategies for Emotion Regulation Session 4: DBT Skills Training: Strategies for Interpersonal Effectiveness
Webinar/Virtual Training
TUESDAY, June 4, 2024 2:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m. PT Workshop 1 of 2 in the "Foundations in Perinatal Mental Health & Navigating Culturally Concordant Care" Series (view series main page for full details)   Registration Has Closed as This Event is Now at Capacity If you would like to sign up for the waitlist, please find instructions by clicking through the registration link. It is estimated that approximately 1 in every 5 birthing people in the United States will experience symptoms of depression or anxiety during pregnancy or postpartum. Additionally, perinatal depression is two times more likely to occur in marginalized communities and communities of color. However, only about 50% of individuals with symptoms are ever identified or receive appropriate and timely care. Community mental health care professionals play an integral role in the screening, identification, and care of perinatal mental health conditions. This 2-hour workshop is the first part in our series, and designed to educate and prepare community service and mental health care providers to differentiate between the most commonly experienced perinatal mental health diagnoses and to understand their impact on parents, their overall functioning, and their attachment relationship with their baby.   Learning Objectives Discuss the myths, stigmas, and stereotypes associated with parenting and their impact on mental health; Discuss the prevalence and incidence of perinatal mental health conditions and address the impact of unaddressed perinatal depression on individuals, families, and systems; Differentiate between perinatal mental health conditions such as depression, anxiety, trauma, psychosis, grief/bereavement, and obsessive-compulsive disorder.   Audience We invite community and general mental health professionals and teams of two providers within the same organization to participate. Examples include: social workers, psychiatrists, counselors, psychologists, clinicians, therapists, physicians and peer support specialists.   Facilitator Anna King, PhD, LCSW, PMH-C Dr. Anna King (she/her) is a licensed clinical social worker, researcher, and certified perinatal mental health specialist. She has over 10 years of experience in community mental health and has specialized training and experience supporting individuals and families across the reproductive spectrum. As the full-time Director of Training for Maternal Mental Health NOW, Anna oversees the development of training programs, including conferences and partnerships with healthcare institutions, and facilitates curriculum development to educate care providers on mental health during pregnancy and postpartum. Before joining the MMH-NOW team, Anna served as a clinical social worker with outpatient oncology services and inpatient hospital units, including the neonatal intensive care unit (NICU), birthing center, and emergency department. She is a part-time psychotherapist with ARC Counseling and Wellness, offering anti-oppressive, body-oriented therapy as a student practitioner of Somatic Experiencing® and trained EMDR therapist. She earned her PhD in Integral and Transpersonal Psychology after conducting qualitative research on the intersection of the Highly Sensitive Person (HSP) trait and embodied social justice.  
Webinar/Virtual Training
This event is an excellent opportunity for professionals in the early childhood mental and behavioral health field to learn about ASQ-3™ and ASQ:SE-2™, two important developmental screening tools that are widely used in all child-serving settings. Led by certified trainer, Holly Gursslin M.Ed, NCC, LPC attendees will gain practical skills and knowledge to use these tools to effectively identify and monitor developmental and social-emotional needs in young children.
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Join us for the South Southwest MHTTC First Episode Psychosis (FEP) Conference on June 5th – 6th. Our 2024 theme, Pausing with Purpose: Guiding FEP Care with Human Connection, focuses on the crucial role of human connection in effective FEP care. The theme underscores the importance of fostering genuine relationships among those involved in FEP care, including team members, young people in services, family and other supporters, as well as connecting with ourselves. We invite those committed to transforming FEP care, including providers, researchers, and those with lived experience, to join us for the South Southwest MHTTC FEP conference. Let’s pause and reflect on how being in a relationship can drive FEP care.   Click here for more information
Webinar/Virtual Training
Humor is a part of daily living that has been shown to improve mental, physical, and emotional health. Laughter can bring us through some of the darkest times when hope seems glim. Despite the benefits and need for laughter and humor, helping professionals are taught very little about the therapeutic benefits of humor in treatment and recovery. In fact, it is sometimes discouraged in the helping professions. In this presentation you will learn strategies to incorporate humor in your work with clients.   LEARNING OBJECTIVES: By the end of this presentation, you will be able to: Understand the research on the benefits of using humor to improve physical, mental and emotional health Use humor more effectively in your work with clients Use humor to improve rapport with clients and to help clients grow in recovery Use humor to help reduce burnout and increase organizational morale   CERTIFICATES: Registrants who fully attend this webinar will receive a certificate of attendance via email within two weeks after the event.   PRESENTERS: Tom Farley Tom Farley grew up in Madison, WI and graduated from Georgetown University with a degree in Marketing.  He began his career in banking and finance, living and working in the New York City area.  From 1999 to 2012, he ran The Chris Farley Foundation, a nationally recognized non-profit dedicated to substance abuse prevention. Like his brother, Tom was successful in opening the “eyes and ears” of youth audiences through the powerful and effective use of humor.  In 2008 he wrote “The Chris Farley Show”, a New York Time bestselling biography of his late brother, the actor and comedian Chris Farley.  He has been interviewed on The Today Show, Good Morning America, Larry King Live, Fox News and The View. He has also been featured in People Magazine, USA Today and several national and regional newspapers and publications. Tom has served on the Dane County Human Services board and several non-profit boards. Tom works for Rosecrance Behavioral Health as the Professional Relations Coordinator for Wisconsin. He is also a motivational speaker, delivering messages on prevention and recovery. Tom lives in Madison, WI.   Mark Sanders, LCSW, CADC Mark Sanders, LCSW, CADC, is the Illinois state project manager for the Great Lakes ATTC, MHTTC, and PTTC. He is an international speaker and behavioral health consultant whose presentations and publications have reached thousands throughout the United States, Europe, Canada, West Indies, Lithuania, and Guam. He is the recipient of four lifetime achievement awards, including NAADAC’s prestigious Enlightenment Award, the National Association for Addiction Professionals’ 50th Anniversary Legends Award, the Illinois Certification Board's Professional of the Year Award and Jessica Hayes Lifetime Achievement Award, and the Barbara Bacon Award for outstanding contributions to the social work profession as an alumnus of Loyola University of Chicago.  Mark is the author of five books on behavioral health recovery. Recent writings include Slipping Through the Cracks: Intervention Strategies for Clients with Multiple Addictions Disorders and Relationship Detox: A Counselors Guide To Helping Clients Develop Healthy Relationships In Recovery. His groundbreaking monograph, Recovery Management, co-authored with historians William White and Earnest Kurtz, helped shift substance use disorders treatment and recovery from the acute care model towards a recovery-oriented system of care. Mark is the primary contributing author of a trauma-informed gun violence prevention curriculum which is now being implemented in several large cities throughout the U.S., and he authored two stories published in the New York Times bestselling Chicken Soup for The Soul book series. In addition to his behavioral healthcare work, Mark has a 30-year career as a university educator, having taught at The University of Chicago, Loyola University of Chicago, and Illinois State University School of Social Work. He is also the co-founder of Serenity Academy Chicago, a program which sponsors recovery-oriented peer groups in local high schools.   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.
Webinar/Virtual Training
1 in 36 school-age children have autism spectrum disorder (ASD). Autistic students are much more likely than non-autistic students to experience mental health challenges, including difficulty with emotion regulation, anxiety, and depression that may be exacerbated by experiences of bullying, victimization, and segregation within schools. There is an urgent need to support the mental and behavioral health of autistic students. In this webinar event, Dr. Katherine Pickard will orient attendees to the resources – reports, infographics, webinar recordings, and more  –  the Southeast MHTTC has developed and disseminated on supporting the mental health of autistic students.   Learning Objectives: 1. Contextualize mental health support for autistic students as an urgent need. 2. Access key resources that support the mental health of autistic students, particularly regarding anxiety, executive functioning, and challenging behaviors. 3. Identify additional resources that explore nuances of how to support the mental health of autistic students including those with and without co-occurring ADHD.
Virtual TA Session
The South Southwest MHTTC hosted the Educator Wellness and Trauma-Informed Classrooms Master Training event for Texas Education Service Centers (ESC).  This optional learning community is a space to share new resources, research, and tools to support the implementation of this training in Texas. We will provide a space to share what is working, any challenges experienced, and brainstorm ways that the South Southwest MHTTC can support the leaders implementing this training. This group meets the first Thursday of every month from 9:00 - 10:00 am CT.
Webinar/Virtual Training
This workshop will explore the vast array of situations and settings in which a harm reduction lens can be utilized in behavioral health. Harm reduction incorporates a spectrum of evidence-based and evidence-informed strategies (from safer use, to managed use, to abstinence) to meet individuals engaged in high-risk behavior “where they're at” while addressing symptoms and diagnoses. Join this 4-hour virtual training for an introduction to harm reduction, to learn how to implement harm reduction strategies, and for tools to navigate conversations on access to lethal means. The six principles of harm reduction will be taught (humanism, pragmatism, individualism, autonomy, incrementalism, and accountability without termination), including how they relate to the role of the clinician. Important Note: A recording of this webinar will NOT be provided. Please only register for this event if you are able to attend live.   LEARNING OBJECTIVES After attending this training, participants will be able to: Understand harm reduction opportunities, and the role of safe injection facilities and housing first opportunities in harm reduction Understand the role of the clinician, and list ways a clinician might assist the person served in their treatment Demonstrate knowledge on the 6 principles of harm reduction specific to healthcare settings   CONTINUING EDUCATION Participants who fully attend this virtual training will be eligible to receive 4 continuing education (CE) hours certified by NBCC. The hosting agency (WAFCA) will manage the dissemination of CE certificates after the conclusion of the event.   PRESENTER Myranda Green, LLMSW Myranda Green holds a Bachelor’s degree in social work from Grand Valley State University and a Master’s degree in social work from Western Michigan University. She has extensive experience developing and managing crisis services systems, making her a vital member of TBD Solutions Clinical and Crisis Services team. Myranda also brings leadership skills and a passion for developing relationships to her consultant role.   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.
Face-to-Face Training
The Northwest MHTTC is proud to collaborate with the University of Washington Integrated Care Training Program (UW ICTP) to present "Cultivating Integrated Care within the Behavioral Health Ecosystem," an in-person conference being held June 6-7, 2024, in Seattle, WA. ABOUT THIS EVENT Integrated care is a crucial component of the behavioral health ecosystem. Supporting our patients and care teams in integrated care requires critical innovations, rethinking approaches and strengthening systems. Join a community of partners to share ideas, learn about clinical and community-level innovations in integrated care, and help improve behavioral healthcare and health equity in the State of Washington and beyond. This conference is open to medical and behavioral health clinicians in integrated care settings, program and clinic administrators, policymakers, peer supports, and other staff supporting integrated care work. For more details and to register, please view the flyer and visit the 2024 Integrated Care Conference website.   Dates Thursday, June 6, 2024,1:00 PM - 6:45 PM PST Friday, June 7, 2024, 8:00 AM - 4:30 PM PST Location DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel | 18740 International Blvd, Seattle, WA 98188 The DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel is located near the light rail station with direct access to the Seattle-Tacoma International Airport. Conference Breakout Threads Building Connections Across the Behavioral Health Ecosystem Integrated Care Skills Workshops Workforce Strategies in Integrated Care Pre-Conference Skills Sessions  
Webinar/Virtual Training
Communicating feedback to team members in a way that motivates them to improve can be a difficult challenge. Most people dread feedback and automatically think it will be negative. However, given effectively, feedback can help people grow, which is a key part of the supervisory function. This webinar addresses some practical tools to give effective feedback to your direct reports. This class is part of the Leadership Coffee Break Series. Be sure to check out other classes in the series: Coffee Break Series.   LEARNING OBJECTIVES: Describe strategies for dealing with high and low performers Outline feedback approaches that focus on building on strengths   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.
Webinar/Virtual Training
THURSDAY, June 6, 2024 2:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m. PT Workshop 2 of 2 in the "Foundations in Perinatal Mental Health & Navigating Culturally Concordant Care" Series (view series main page for full details)   Registration Has Closed as This Event is Now at Capacity If you would like to sign up for the waitlist, please find instructions by clicking through the registration link. Assessment for perinatal mental health conditions can be implemented in a number of ways, but its efficacy largely depends on how screening is conducted (i.e., language, tools, approach, consistency, etc.). Ensuring that screening and care are culturally concordant and timely will increase the likelihood that individuals experiencing perinatal mental health conditions are not only identified but also receive adequate support to feel better. This 2-hour interactive workshop will coach community and school-based mental health providers on how to utilize validated screening tools as conversation starters regarding mental and emotional well-being with expectant or postpartum individuals and their families. The workshop will also explore approaches to offering supportive resources and referral intervention, in addition to centering cultural humility and trauma-informed care with birthing families.   ** Please note the following: Attendance of the first workshop on June 4th is a prerequisite to attending this workshop. Registration for this workshop is set to manual approval, as attendance of the June 4th workshop will be verified before providing the full sign-in information     Learning Objectives Identify and utilize the three most commonly utilized screening tools to identify signs and symptoms of depression and anxiety in the perinatal period; Name six referral options for mitigating risk factors and increasing support for perinatal mental health conditions; Demonstrate a foundational understanding of the importance of engaging cultural humility and trauma-informed approaches to perinatal mental health care.   Notes This event has limited space and is expected to reach capacity; there will be a waitlist. Waitlist registrants will be added in the order that their registration is received. For those signing up as a group within the same organization, we ask that groups be limited to teams of two. Registrants will be accepted on a first come, first serve basis. Once registered, if your availability changes and you’re unable to attend, please notify us as soon as possible so we can open a space for those on our waitlist. This event series will be recorded. Recording, materials and resources will be made available to all registrants at the conclusion of the program. Up to four Continuing Education Hours (CEH) will be available at no cost through verified participation in both workshops.   Audience We invite community and general mental health professionals and teams of two providers within the same organization to participate. Examples include: social workers, psychiatrists, counselors, psychologists, clinicians, therapists, physicians and peer support specialists.   Facilitators   Anna King, PhD, LCSW, PMH-C Dr. Anna King (she/her) is a licensed clinical social worker, researcher, and certified perinatal mental health specialist. She has over 10 years of experience in community mental health and has specialized training and experience supporting individuals and families across the reproductive spectrum. As the full-time Director of Training for Maternal Mental Health NOW, Anna oversees the development of training programs, including conferences and partnerships with healthcare institutions, and facilitates curriculum development to educate care providers on mental health during pregnancy and postpartum. Before joining the MMH-NOW team, Anna served as a clinical social worker with outpatient oncology services and inpatient hospital units, including the neonatal intensive care unit (NICU), birthing center, and emergency department. She is a part-time psychotherapist with ARC Counseling and Wellness, offering anti-oppressive, body-oriented therapy as a student practitioner of Somatic Experiencing® and trained EMDR therapist. She earned her PhD in Integral and Transpersonal Psychology after conducting qualitative research on the intersection of the Highly Sensitive Person (HSP) trait and embodied social justice.   Karen Balumbu-Bennett, LCSW, PPSC, PMH-C Karen Balumbu-Bennett (she/her) is a licensed clinical social worker, holds a pupil personnel services credential, and is a perinatal mental health specialist practicing psychotherapy in the greater Los Angeles area. She has experience providing therapy in community mental health settings, emergency outreach teams, and within secondary schools. In recent years, Karen has become dedicated to supporting people who are trying to conceive and those of the perinatal population. Karen specializes in supporting individuals struggling with perinatal trauma, loss, and fertility challenges and, in September of 2022, released her first book, which she categorizes as a ‘memoire meets guided journal’ titled, My Baby Journey – A Guided Journal to Support You Through the Peaks and Valleys of Trying to Conceive. She takes a client-centered approach and truly enjoys helping people live fuller lives. Karen is an advocate of self-care and is deliberate about participating in activities that bring her joy. She lives by the motto “balance over everything,” which is a reminder that when aspects of life are in the correct proportion, overall wellness is more achievable.
Online Course
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
Join us for an informative webinar focused on Perinatal Mood and Anxiety Disorders (PMADs). Delve into crucial topics for understanding and addressing mental health challenges during the perinatal period. Our expert speaker will cover the prevalence, signs, and symptoms of common mental disorders experienced by birthing parents. Discover valuable insights into recognizing the signs of Perinatal Mood and Anxiety Disorder symptoms and exploring practical coping and management strategies. We'll discuss a range of resources available to expecting parents and their families, empowering them with actionable steps to navigate the perinatal journey with resilience and support. Don't miss this opportunity to gain knowledge and tools to enhance perinatal mental health outcomes. Register now to secure your spot!   Presenter: Marianela Rodriguez, PhD, PMH-C, is a mother, Certified Lactation Educator, and Clinical Psychologist certified in Perinatal Mental Health. For the past 15 years, she has worked exclusively in the perinatal mental health field. She is a PSI Volunteer Coordinator in Puerto Rico and an international trainer with the organization. She is a psychology consultant for the Puerto Rico Health Department, Mother, Child, and Adolescent Section (Title V) and a member of the Fetal and Infant Mortality Review Board (FIMR). She provides supportive psychotherapy for PLWHIV at the Center for Maternal Infant Studies at the University of Puerto Rico. In 2020, she co-founded the first Center for Perinatal Mental Health in Puerto Rico, focusing on research, awareness, and service for this population.
Face-to-Face TrainingLearning CollaborativeWebinar/Virtual Training
55th Annual New England School of Addiction and Prevention Studies, Worcester State University, MA – June 10 – 13, 2024 – Hybrid – Face-To-Face and Virtual Options for Attendance The New England School of Addiction and Prevention Studies, commonly called Summer School, is an intensive 4-day learning experience to further knowledge, skills, and experience in the field of substance use disorder services. For over 55 years, participants from many disciplines have come together to form a unique, diverse learning community. This year will be our second hybrid year, with options to attend the program in person in Worcester or to attend the program virtually! We are delighted to return to Worcester State University for a face-to-face program. Due to the demand for intensive Summer School program online, we are happy to also offer a live virtual program. Select from many intensive courses from across the continuum of treatment, prevention, and recovery. Virtual courses will take place live by videoconference, allowing for course group work and interaction. In addition to courses: plenary sessions, community, and more! Options are available to attend the full program, or any number of days. Earn 26 Contact Hours during the week. Courses are designed for the extensive demands of today's professionals and organizations: Certification, licensing, and re-credentialing; Evidence-based practices; Addressing health disparities and equity issues; Behavioral healthcare and primary care integration; Recovery oriented care across the continuum; Addressing the opioid crisis, stimulants, and other current drug trends; And many other current and emerging topics!   New England summer programs have been developed to respond to specific needs in our regional workforce. Participants may attend offerings specifically for treatment, prevention, or recovery support, or select courses of interest to all. The Summer School provides wonderful combined learning opportunities for participants working in different areas of the behavioral health services continuum. Please join us for new knowledge, skills, virtual networking and continuing education contact hours in June! Partial New England State Scholarships are available from most New England states. The Summer School is appropriate for all who recognize the impact of alcohol, tobacco and other drugs on individuals, families, and communities. We hope to see you either in person or virtually at this year’s Summer School! Complete course information, registration, and scholarship information are posted on the site pages on the menu bar. Click here to register today! Please contact us with any questions at [email protected] or 207-621-2549. This event is hosted by AdCare Educational Institute of New England. New England MHTTC is proud to be a regional workforce development partner--visit us at our exhibit table!
Learning Collaborative
Consultation calls are an integral component of long-term changes, staff training and skill development. Black Mental Wellness is collaborating with the Great Lakes Mental Health Technology Transfer Center to facilitate consultation calls for mental health providers who address racial stressors and/or trauma with youth in therapy/counseling. These consultation calls will be a safe space for mental health providers to address challenges in their current therapeutic practices or approaches, learn additional culturally responsive practices, and support providers in discussing racial stressors while building trust and connection with youth. The Great Lakes MHTTC will provide funding for up to 16 participants accepted into this learning community at no cost. Each consultation group will consist of 5-8 participants, who will meet for a total of 6 sessions over the months of June, July, and August. Target Audience: Mental health providers from HHS Region 5 who are currently and actively working with youth experiencing racial stress and trauma.   HOW TO APPLY  Click the “Register” button to complete the application. Application deadline is May 24, 2024. Please note: Due to the limited attendance capacity, applications submitted by providers working in HHS Region 5 (IL, IN, MI, MN, OH, WI) will be given priority. Please only apply if you can commit to fully attending all six virtual sessions. Applicants will be notified about the status of their application shortly after the application deadline.   TRAINING SCHEDULE All calls will be 12-1PM CT. Group 1 (Mondays): June 10, June 24, July 8, July 22, August 5, August 19 Group 2 (Wednesdays): June 12, June 26, July 10, July 24, August 7, August 21 *You will indicate in the application which group works best for you.  Note: All Consultation Calls will be held virtually on the Zoom platform. Please make sure you have the capacity to have cameras and microphones on and working to be an engaged participant in these calls.   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.   TRAINERS: Nicole L. Cammack, PhD, is a licensed clinical psychologist in Maryland and Washington, DC. She is the President and CEO of Black Mental Wellness, Corp., and owns Healing Generations Psychological Services and Consultation Center, LLC., a private practice in Washington, DC.   Danielle R. Busby, PhD, is a licensed clinical psychologist in Michigan and Texas and is an assistant professor in the department of psychiatry and behavioral sciences at the University of Texas Medical Branch.   Jessica S. Henry, PhD, is a licensed clinical psychologist in Washington, DC, Maryland, and Georgia and founder and CEO of Community Impact: Consultation & Psychological Services.   Dana L. Cunningham, PhD, is a licensed psychologist and program director at the National Center for School Mental Health in the Department of Psychiatry at the University of Maryland School of Medicine. 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.
Webinar/Virtual Training
Today’s work environment requires collaborating with more than just the clients with whom you work. To provide effective support services, a team is needed to fully address the participant’s situation (housing, medical care, mental health, substance use, behaviors, etc.) and conflicting approaches can lead to confusion, which can cause services to be less effective. This can sometimes be described as conflict, and it delays progress. In this class, there will be discussion around what happens to us in situations where others may see things differently and utilize strategies to build a worker’s confidence. These strategies will also allow attendees to work toward congruence when those situations arise. Diverse teams have multiple perspectives. Workers will need to be able to use an equitable and trauma-informed approach when building a coalition. Whether working with property management to secure housing or grass roots organizing, identifying shared values is essential for inclusion and partnership. Knowledge and regular practice of these skills can help continually refine these relationships, and gain insight and understanding.   LEARNING OBJECTIVES: Review tools to discern one’s own feelings and intentions when in situations that involve various partners and perspectives Review tools to build understanding and empathy when engaging with various partners Review engagement strategies that align with collaboration and coalition building approaches Practice communication strategies in real life scenarios   CONTINUING EDUCATION: Registrants who fully attend this training will be eligible to receive 2 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.
Webinar/Virtual Training
This 4-part webinar series on Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT) offers an exploration of DBT's core modules, designed to enhance the skills of students and new professionals. This series is designed to provide a foundational overview of DBT to cover the skills for mindfulness and how to help individuals stay present in the moment, regulate emotions and reduce emotional vulnerability, cope with crises and difficult situations without making them worse, and navigate interpersonal relationships effectively. Throughout the series, participants will gain valuable insights and practical techniques to support individuals in applying tools to their daily lives. Webinar objectives: Examine distress tolerance skills for navigating a crisis and intense emotions Review a case study and practical examples of using these skills with clients   Presenter: Crystal Socha, MS, LPC, CRC, NCC, ACS (she/her) is a PhD Candidate and Senior Training and Consultation Specialist at Rutgers School of Health Professions in the Department of Psychiatric Rehabilitation and Counseling Professions. Crystal's primary role includes providing in-person and remote training, consultation, and technical assistance to New Jersey agencies that provide Community Support Services. She has over 10 years of experience in the behavioral health field, delivering trauma-informed, culturally responsive, gender-affirming care and supporting individuals in building a life worth living. Before joining Rutgers, she provided recovery-oriented services in supportive housing, intensive in-home and in-community settings, community mental health centers, integrated primary care, hospital systems, and private practices. She has received a 40-hour foundational training in Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT) by a Linehan Board Certified Clinician and utilizes a DBT informed approach within her work as a counselor.   Other sessions in this series: Session 1: Introduction to DBT & Strategies for Mindfulness Session 3: DBT Skills Training: Strategies for Emotion Regulation Session 4: DBT Skills Training: Strategies for Interpersonal Effectiveness
Learning Collaborative
This learning community is closed to select participants.  To learn more about this series, visit the homepage: Implementing Assertive Community Treatment (ACT) in Kansas  
Webinar/Virtual Training
Motivational Interviewing (MI) is an evidence-based collaborative conversational style used to help strengthen an individual's own motivation and commitment to change. In this interactive, skills-based workshop, participants will have the opportunity to learn about and practice the spirit, relational skills, and technical skills of MI.   Note: Participants must complete Motivational Interviewing: Relational Skills (Level 1) to be eligible to attend Motivational Interviewing: Technical Skills (Level 2). Those who fully attend Level 1 will automatically receive an invitation to register to attend Level 2. More info can be found on our MI and SBIRT Training 2024 webpage.   LEARNING OBJECTIVES: Define and summarize the processes of focusing and evoking Identify different strategies for focusing and how to apply them to client interactions Define and recognize change talk, sustain talk, and discordance Differentiate between client cues of readiness, ambivalence, and discordance Construct effective responses to different client cues Design a plan for advancing individual MI skills   CONTINUING EDUCATION: Registrants who fully attend this training will be eligible to receive 9 NAADAC certified continuing education (CE) hours. CE certificates are sent via email within two weeks after the conclusion of the training.   TRAINER: Sue EckMaahs has practiced and trained Motivational Interviewing (MI) for over 30 years.  With a background in Sociology, she has provided MI implementation, training, and coaching services to thousands of professionals and over two hundred organizations, nationally & internationally.  Her audience spans mental health, substance abuse, public health & primary care, education, child protection/family reunification, workforce development, and re-entry/corrections.  On a personal note, she loves hiking with her partner Steve & dog, Cassie.     To ensure all participants get the most out of these interactive virtual trainings, we ask that everyone be prepared to do the following in every session: 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.
Online Course
The South Southwest Mental Health Technology Transfer Center (MHTTC) invites peer specialists from across Region 6 to apply for the Healing & Power in Peer Support training. Studies have shown that most people will experience trauma at least once in their lifetimes. In order to be effective, peer specialists should have an embodied understanding of trauma and healing. The Healing & Power in Peer Support training was developed to train peer supporters on the concepts of power and healing-centered practice, and how those concepts impact peer support. The Youth and Young Adult Peer Support training is available for anyone who works, or is interested in working, as a peer specialist. The only prerequisite to attendance is that participants must have previous formal training in peer support practice (e.g., their state’s Peer Specialist certification training, Intentional Peer Support, etc.). This three-day training provides participants with a foundation for how power shows up in peer support relationships, how Healing-Centered Engagement principles can foster healing relationships and “power with,” and how peer specialists can integrate healing-centered principles into their practice of supporting others and themselves. This is a highly experiential training, where participants will integrate practice with their own lived experience through structured reflection, group discussion, and interactive activities. The application deadline is May 22, 2024. Learning Objectives: At the end of this training, it is envisioned that participants will be able ​​to: Identify the basic principles of Healing-Centered Engagement; Employ radical acceptance and empathy to foster healing relationships; Define the concept of “meaning-making” and how storytelling plays a role in healing; Apply skills for holding space in relation to supporting self and others; Describe the different forms that power can take; Assess power dynamics within a peer support relationship to foster “power with” another person; and Understand how racism and oppression impact power dynamics both broadly and specifically to peer support.     Facilitators: Jessi Davis (she/they) is an experienced Program Coordinator and Peer Specialist with a demonstrated history of working in the Peer Support, Mental Health, and Substance Use Recovery industries. Jessi is known for work surrounding Youth and Young Adult Peer Support training, technical assistance, and leadership. 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 promoting access to quality Peer Specialist services across the lifespan. Darcy Kues (she/her) is a Project Manager with the South Southwest Mental Health Technology Transfer Center and the Addiction Research Institute, where she writes curricula focused on peer support and recovery services. She has over 7 years of experience in curriculum development, grant writing, and program coordination for peer support services and recovery-oriented behavioral health. Darcy has developed trainings on reentry peer support, youth and young adult peer support, trauma responsiveness, peer support supervision, LGBTQ affirming services, and more. She is committed to building a world where recovery and lived experience are centered at every level of decision-making.
Webinar/Virtual Training
As peer workers, we are committed to providing the best care possible, rooted in peer-centered values of choice, autonomy, and ethics. Join us for a 2-hour presentation and discussion on the ethics of peer support, with a special focus on the impact of perceived credibility on our work and support for peers.   Key Takeaways: A comprehensive understanding of perceived credibility and shared reality, and how those concepts impact the work of peer workers and the individuals they support. An understanding of the role of ethics in peer work. An understanding of how to discuss ethical concerns with peers, peer workers, and clinical coworkers.   Presenter: Rowan Willis-Powell (she/they) 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.   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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