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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


Upcoming webinars


A Journey to Recovery: What Does the Cigarette Represent

Date: Tuesday, July 29, 2:00-3:30 pm EDT

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Presenters: Eric Arauz, MLER, President, Arauz Inspirational Enterprises LLC; Chad Morris, PhD, Director, Behavioral Health and Wellness Program and Associate Professor, University of Colorado Denver; Steven Schroeder, MD, Director, Smoking Cessation Leadership Center, Distinguished Professor of Health and Health Care, University of California San Francisco

Anyone who has worked with someone who smokes, or battled a nicotine addiction themselves, knows that a cigarette represents more than just a habit. Whether you’re a clinical provider, a behavioral health advocate, or someone with lived experience, you probably have numerous stories about what smoking means to someone. If you’re a clinician, you’ve probably navigated this addiction with your clients, and if you’re a smoker, then you know first-hand what a cigarette may represent in someone’s life. Especially for those with mental health and addictions disorders, it may seem like cigarettes are “the only normal thing in an abnormal world.” For Eric Arauz, who has battled bipolar disorder, PTSD, and alcohol and drug addiction, recovery was not just about symptom abatement — it was about his personal recovery to health.

Join Arauz as he discusses how we can change what recovery looks like. He’ll share his own experiences of quitting and his journey to becoming tobacco-free. Dr. Chad Morris will join Eric to talk about how the treatment environment has perpetuated smoking, and how common myths prevent the behavioral health field from helping people recover and live healthier lives. Then, Dr. Steven Schroeder will explore how tobacco control and prevention efforts have largely missed the behavioral health population and how the 50th anniversary of the Surgeon General’s Report on smoking and health may be the final impetus for change.

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Coffee Break Webinar-The New Federal Grants Supercircular: How Super Is It?

Date: Wednesday, July 30, 2014, 3:00 – 3:15pm

Presenter: Adam Falcone, Esq., Partner, Feldesman Tucker Leifer Fidell

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The federal Office of Management and Budget recently revised and consolidated the federal grants circulars into a massive guidance document called the “Uniform Administrative Requirements, Cost Principles, and Audit Requirements for Federal Grants,” also known as the “Supercircular.” There are significant modifications to the rules that govern the administration and management of all federal grants and subgrants (also known as subrecipients) related to time and effort reporting, sole source procurement restrictions, mandatory disclosures and indirect cost rates. This 15-minute webinar will highlight the Supercircular’s key reforms that community mental health  and addiction treatment organizations receiving federal grant grants should know.


NASMHPD TA Coalition Webinar

Community Outreach and Prevention as an Element of Early Intervention in Psychosis

Date: Tuesday, July 22, 2014, from 2:00-3:30pm EST

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Speakers: Amy Penkin, LifeWorks Northwest; Ryan Melton, Early Assessment and Support Alliance (EASA) Center for Excellence; Bill McFarland, Portland Identification and Early Referral (PIER) Training Institute

Mental illness typically has its onset at a young age – but all too often, individuals, families, teachers, community members, and others are not aware of the risk signs or local resources available to help. How do you reach outside the clinic walls to engage communities in outreach and prevention? What local partnerships should you form, and what kind of public education is needed? Hear from program directors and coalition leaders about the key elements of a community outreach program that will strengthen your ability to provide clinical services to individuals in need.

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