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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.




Date: Tuesday, April 28, 2015, 2:30-4:00pm EST
Presenters:  Va’a Tofaeono, American Samoa Community Cancer Coalition; Alicia Kirley, Pittsburgh Mercy Health System; Pam Pietruszewski, National Council for Behavioral Health.


Over the past decade, the systematic integration of general and behavioral health care has been instrumental in meeting the complex health needs of people with mental illness and addictions. While increased awareness about the importance of integration has helped us address high prevalence rates of many chronic health disorders, cancer is commonly excluded from integration efforts. Research suggests that people with a mental illness are more likely to receive a later stage cancer diagnosis, putting these individuals at a high risk of dying from cancer. Community mental health and addiction treatment providers are in a unique position to help bridge this gap by initiating conversations with clients about cancer screening, referring to appropriate community resources for screening and treatment, and adopting accountability for clients’ overall health and wellness. Join us on this webinar to learn more about your role in improving cancer outcomes for people with mental illness and addictions.

During this webinar, participants will learn about:

  • Making the case for integrating cancer prevention and control efforts into community behavioral health settings
  • Cancer screening guidelines and evidence-based practices
  • Successes and lessons learned from community behavioral health providers that have implemented cancer control and prevention efforts


Date: Wednesday, April 29, 2015, 2:00-3:00pm EST
Presenters: Dr. Jane Pearson, National Institute of Mental Health and Dr. Brian Ahmedani, Henry Ford Health Systems


Individuals at risk for suicide intersect with care systems at many points. This gives providers multiple opportunities to deliver effective services that reduce suicide risk, if the proper systems, policies and protocols are in place. Determining evidence-based components for improving care systems and linkages between care systems (e.g., emergency departments, community providers) is necessary for efficient and effective suicide care delivery.

Join this webinar to hear from the National Action Alliance for Suicide Prevention’s Prioritized Research Task Force about the advances in engaging at-risk individuals who avoid care and improving care transitions and the research challenges that remain.


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

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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.

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