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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.


Trauma-Informed Care Systems Implementation 

Presenter: Cheryl Sharp, MSW, ALWF, Senior Advisor, Trauma-informed Services, National Council for Behavioral Health
Date: Mon., Aug. 31, 2:00 pm EDT


Nearly 90 percent of people who receive mental health and addictions treatment services have experienced trauma. Explore what your organization needs to start, stop and do more of in order to become more trauma-informed. Participants will learn the principles of a trauma-informed care approach and the critical elements involved in implementing and leading this type of transformational change within an organization.



Presenters:  Jeannie Campbell, Chief Operating Officer, National Council for Behavioral Health, and 20+ year Navy veteran; Joyce Wessel Raezer, Executive Director, National Military Family Association; Caitlin Thompson, PhD, Deputy Director, Suicide Prevention & Mental Health Services , Veterans Health Administration
Date: Mon., Sep. 14, 3-4:30 pm EDT


Access to high-quality behavioral health services is becoming more readily available throughout the country because of the changing health care landscape. With an increasingly diverse client population, it is critical that community-based mental health providers become knowledgeable about providing care to veterans and their families — a group that encompasses roughly 30 million Americans.

Learn more about programs like Mental Health First Aid for Veterans and how your organization can become a community resource for veterans, their families and active members of the military. Join our distinguished panel of speakers in exploring strategies for community outreach, protocols to improve crisis mental health and emergency services and other resources to improve your service offerings for members of the military.



MILITARY CULTURE TRAINING for Strengthening Access to SMVF Behavioral Health Services Resources

Date: Tue., September 22, 2:00pm EDT
Presenters: Kacie Kelly, M.H.S., National Program Manager, VA/DoD Integrated Mental Health; Jo Moncher, Bureau Chief, Community-Based Military Programs, New Hampshire Department of Health and Human Services; Nicola Winkel, M.P.A., Program Consultant and Community Liaison for the Arizona Coalition for Military Families


Military culture training and workforce development have become increasingly important as tools for systems change. Service members, veterans, and their families (SMVF) have more choices than ever about where they will receive their behavioral health care. As part of Executive Order 13625 – Improving Access to Mental Health Services for Veterans, Service Members, and Military Families, the U.S. Departments of Defense, Health and Human Services, and Veterans Affairs (VA) have partnered to increase military culture training across multiple community providers. Military culture training helps community providers recognize, assess, and refer SMVF to the right services at the right time with the right payor, thus improving access to quality care.

This webinar will include information about the VA’s newly released “Understanding Military Culture” Community Provider Toolkit, the impact of the VA’s Choice Program on community providers, and other military culture training resources. It will also feature state examples from the work of SAMHSA’s Policy Academy teams in which statewide interagency planning and coordination has successfully implemented military culture training and collaboration with the VA to increase access to services.

Learning Objectives

  • Describe the need for military culture information, knowledge, skills, and competencies among providers and peers
  • Discuss strategies to increase access to the VA and build the capacity of the behavioral health workforce to serve SMVF
  • Explore opportunities for collaboration and coordination with state interagency behavioral health systems and the VA’s programs and services.
  • List at least three best practice resources, tools, and/or strategies used by states to increase the number of community providers trained in military culture

If you have any questions about your registration, please contact Sarah Degnan, Project Assistant, at 518-439-7415 ext. 5272 or by e-mail at



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

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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.

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