Skip to content
The National Council logo

National Council Webinars

national council webinars


National Council webinars present experts on key mental health and addictions topics, followed by meaningful Q&A with webinar participants.

Webinars are offered in the following tracks:

  • Addiction Disorders
  • Clinical Practice Improvement
  • Workforce Development
  • Compliance
  • Integration
  • Health Reform & Other Delivery/Payment System Changes
  • Trauma-informed Behavioral Health
  • Health IT & Treatment Technologies

The National Council does not offer continuing education credits or certificates of attendance for webinars.

Applying for the CCBHC Demonstration Program: Application Overview and Strategies for Success

Date: Tues., May 3, 2016 3:00 PM ET
Presenters: Heidi Arthur, Principal, Health Management Associates

With states’ Certified Community Behavioral Health Clinic planning well underway, states and potential CCBHCs must have a clear understanding of how their planning year activities will play into their applications–due October 31—and what they can be doing now to meet the criteria in the application guidance. As states convene their CCBHC Steering Committees, solicit input from stakeholders, oversee technical support and training for CCBHCs, conduct the actual certification, and design their prospective payment systems, how competitive is their approach based on required application elements? What is necessary to create the strongest possible application? Join Heidi Arthur of Health Management Associates (HMA) for a deep dive into the CCBHC demonstration program application, with a focus on what is required for each section. Participants will walk away with a strong understanding of the application requirements and strategies to ensure readiness for a competitive submission by the deadline.


Bringing it all Together: Using Data during Supervision to Improve Wellness

Date: Wed., May 4, 2016 1:00 PM ET
Presenters: Nick Szubiak, Integrated Health Consultant, National Council for Behavioral Health
Supervisors will learn to use outcome data to drive clinical supervision.  The webinar will break down the walls between “administrative” and “clinical” supervision to provide supervisors with strategies for using outcome data to excite therapists and improve quality of care. Supervisors will participate in a dialogue about tracking trends and setting individualized goals for therapists.


Creating and Maintaining a Culture of Recovery at the Organizational Level (NYAPRS)

Date: Wed., May 11, 2016,1:00 PM ET
Speakers: Edye Schwartz, DSW, LCSW-R and Ruth Colón-Wagner, LMSW of NYAPRS

This webinar will provide an organization with the framework for transforming their organizational culture from traditional to recovery-focused.  Vision and leadership is essential to an agency’s transformation.  Organizational change is a dynamic and ongoing process that requires nurturing to ensure quality and fidelity to the organization’s vision and mission.  In addition, participants will explore their own and their staff’s practice to assure that it becomes and remains recovery focused.


Putting Community Back into Community Mental Health

Date: Thu., May 12, 2016,1:00 PM ET
Speakers: Lydia Prado, Vice President for Child & Family Services, Mental Health Center of Denver; Maya Wheeler, Community Outreach Liaison, Forest Street Compassionate Care Center


The Dahlia Campus for Health and Well-Being is not a traditional mental health clinic. It is an innovative community center that offers a place for neighbors to connect, learn new skills and find supports they need to increase their overall health and wellness. The 4-acre site features a hub of services and program, including: mental health services, pediatric dentistry, preschool, urban farm, training kitchen and more.

By engaging and partnering with the surrounding community, the Mental Health Center of Denver created a supportive and inclusive space with programs beyond traditional community mental health. Register today to hear how they did it and lessons learned through the community engagement process.

For more information on the Dahlia Campus, check out this blog on Conference 365.


Using Workforce Management Strategies to Improve Your Organization’s Performance Scores

Date: Thu., May 12, 2:00 pm ET
Presenters: Erik Marsh, President & CEO, DATIS; Joe Naughton-Travers, Senior Associate, Open Minds

Organizations in the health and human services field are constantly faced with the challenge of improving their performance and the quality of care for consumers. As a result, the pressure on management teams to produce “good performance” is high.

To develop a workforce that is up for the challenge of the tech-enabled, pay-for-value environment is a complex and time-consuming undertaking. To manage this challenge, executive teams need to understand how to leverage new workforce management technologies that can automate human resource management administrative tasks and workflows.

Register for this webinar for a discussion of the new technologies available to develop and manage the workforce needed for the emerging performance challenges in the health and human service field.


Health Monitoring in Outpatient Mental Health Clinics

Date: Wed., May 18, 2016,12:00 PM ET
Speakers: Nina Marshall, Senior Director, Policy Practice and Improvement


Creating a whole health culture in a mental health setting starts with creating an infrastructure to provide health monitoring services. Mental health administrators are setting aim at integrating medical and mental health policy, workflows, and quality improvement strategies that support a change in practice. Organizations will develop a business strategy to build or bolster their medical team. This webinar will equip outpatient mental health clinic administrators with the business model to use nursing staff to support prescribers and build efficiencies. The webinar will help organizations that are targeting improved outcomes in hospitalization rates and are building the internal infrastructure to support shifts in practice.


Tobacco Cessation: Strategies for Creating Policy to Improve Outcomes

Date: Tue., May 24, 2016,12:30 PM ET
Speakers: Shelina Foderingham, Director of Practice Improvement


About 50% of people with mental illnesses and addictions smoke, as compared to 23% of the general population.  Smoking-related illnesses cause half of all deaths among people with behavioral health disorders. Organizations are collecting data on tobacco cessation as a part of meaningful use, but are practices intentionally using this data to drive clinical practice?  Mental health administrators will gain an understanding of why they should take aim at tobacco use. Administrators will learn strategies to use the data that they are collecting on tobacco use to drive clinical practice and target tobacco reduction for their client population.


Coffee Break Webinar: Recharge Your HR

Date: Wed., May 25, 2:00-2:20 pm ET

Did you know that only 30% of business leaders feel that HR Departments make sound business decisions and only 28% feel that HR is highly efficient?

Business leaders surveyed by Deloitte seem to have reached a general consensus that HR is falling behind the curve of modern innovation and strategies. Yet, organizations are still not expending strategic investments to improve the department. In order to fully recharge HR, organizations need to embrace the evolution of HR and transition the department into a more strategic role. Register for this webinar to learn how to recharge your HR and your organization through efficiency, innovation and automation.


Right Supports, Right Time: Implementing a Coordinated Specialty Care Team and Program

Date: Tues., May 31, 2016, 2-3:30 PM ET

Speakers: Tonya Brown, Carey Counseling Center, Inc., OnTrackTN; Dr. Lisa Dixon, Columbia University Medical Center, New York State Psychiatric Institute; Kemi Sells, Harris County FEP team; Rhonda Thissen, Virginia Department of Behavioral Health & Developmental Services, Office of Mental Health Services


Behavioral health organizations across the U.S. are implementing programs to care for young individuals experiencing a first episode of psychosis. The promise of early intervention and coordinated specialty care demonstrates remarkable results for a population that too often slips through the cracks. In 2015, Congress increased funding to support first episode programs and their corresponding service elements. Join program directors from state governments and behavioral health organizations to hear their expertise around first episode for psychosis services, including organizational and community readiness assessments, community outreach, funding and full-scale implementation of services.


Reducing Healthcare Disparities: Social Determinants of Health

Date: Tue., June 7, 2016,12:30 PM ET
Speakers: Shelina Foderingham, Director of Practice Improvement


Addressing social determinants of health is a primary approach to achieving health equity. Practices will learn about the social determinants of health and the link to health care disparity. Participants will learn about the domains that will be incorporated into the Meaningful Use Project plans to capture data pointing to the social determinants of health. Participants will contribute to a dialogue about how to set goals and begin to measure reductions in healthcare disparities.


Person and Family-Centered Care Design:  Implementing Successful Engagement Practices to Support Motivation and Engagement (NYAPRS)

Date: Wed., June 8, 2016,1:00 PM ET
Speakers: Ruth Colón-Wagner, LMSW of NYAPRS


This webinar will present providers with key strategies to implement engagement practices that are designed to activate participants and their families in their care.  Engaging participants is an art.  Challenges and barriers can overwhelm staff and interrupt a person’s path towards wellness.  Implementation planning using a team approach will be reviewed to ensure everyone throughout your care delivery system attends to engagement.


Ensuring Stakeholder and Family/Consumer Engagement in Organizational Oversight of Community Behavioral Health Services

Date: Mon., June 13, 2016, 2:00 PM ET
Speakers: Sita Diehl, Director of Policy and State Outreach, National Alliance on Mental Illness; Lynda Gargan, Executive Director, National Federation of Families for Children’s Mental Health; Larry Fricks, Deputy Director, SAMHSA-HRSA Center for Integrated Health Solutions


Adults, youth and children with lived experience and families of those affected by mental illness and behavioral health challenges have emerged as some of the leading voices in the modern day development of comprehensive resilience and recovery services across the U.S. In fact, some behavioral health payers in today’s health care arena are now requiring states and organizations to diversify the stakeholder groups that contribute to and govern overall program development and implementation. This webinar will explore how organizations can incorporate consumer, family and community perspectives in organizational decision making, and the role states can have to encourage behavioral health organizations to include consumers, families and community partners perspectives’ in governance and decision making through formal and informal mechanisms.

Join us to learn strategies you can use to engage families, consumers, and other community-based stakeholder voices in the development of behavioral health programs. Our expert panel will discuss effective outreach, approaches for engagement, potential challenges and barriers, and tactics to solicit and utilize valuable feedback.


LGBT Youth: Ensuring Supportive and Affirmative Approaches to Behavioral Health Services

Date: Wed., June 15, 2016, 2:00 PM ET
Speakers: Brian Altman, Director, SAMHSA Division of Policy Innovation; Judith M. Glassgold, PsyD, Associate Executive Director, Government Relations Office Public Interest Directorate; Dr. Caitlin Ryan, Director, Family Acceptance Project


In October 2015, the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) published its Ending Conversion Therapy: Supporting and Affirming LGBTQ Youth report—the first ever in-depth federal exploration of effective and ineffective therapeutic practices related to children’s and adolescent’s sexual orientation and gender identity. The report also included recommendations for best practices in appropriate therapeutic interventions to address concerns regarding sexual orientation and gender identity in children and youth. Join this webinar to hear from a panel of key experts responsible for the report, including an exploration of the scientific evidence underlying it, and affirmative alternatives for therapists in working with children, youth and their families to support youth and improve outcomes.


Rapid Cycle Change

Date: Thu., June 16, 2016,10:00 AM ET
Speakers: Jeff Capobianco, PhD, LLP


Rapid-cycle improvement is a “quality improvement method that identifies, implements and measures changes made to improve a process or a system.” Rapid-cycle improvement implies that changes are made and tested over periods of three months or less, rather than the standard eight to twelve months. Organizations will learn to utilize Plan-Do-Study-Act to target system improvements. Organizations will apply PDSA to target PTN related outcome measures.



Watch this page for topics, dates, and registration. Go to our Webinar Archive for recordings and PowerPoint presentations from past National Council LIVE webinars.

For closed captioning during a webinar, click here

The National Council does not offer continuing education credits or certificates of attendance for webinars.

Attendance is limited to the first 1,000 people that join. So please sign in early to ensure your seat for the live event. A free audio recording and Powerpoint will be available after the live event concludes.

How Do I Participate in National Council LIVE Webinars?

Registration is required for each webinar. Upon registering, you will receive email confirmation with webinar access information. Please register using the email of the person who will attend the webinar as the access information is unique and cannot be shared or forwarded. If multiple persons from your organization plan to attend the webinar from different computers, each person must register separately.

At the time of the webinar, you will need Internet access to view the presentation on your computer monitor and listen to the presenters through your computer speakers. We recommend that you log in at least 15 minutes prior to event time. You may also dial into a phone line to access the audio. During the presentation, you can send in questions for the speaker using the dialog box on the right of your webinar window.

Download the Attendee Quick Reference Guide to keep handy.

A recording and the PowerPoint will be be posted within 48 hours AFTER the event.

For help, email

©2015 National Council for Behavioral Health. All Rights Reserved.