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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.



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.


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.


Invest in Wellness: Strategies to Support Your Staff

Date: Tue., June 14, 1:00 pm ET
Speakers: Jaycie Ransom, Director of Operations, Addiction Treatment Services; Susan Blue, President & CEO, Community Services Group; Janet Hartle, VP of Processes & Employee Services, Community Services Group; Emily Hertzler, Director of Human Resources, Community Services Group; Nancy Paull, CEO, Stanley Street Treatment & Resources; Paula Beaulieu, Program Director, Stanley Street Treatment & Resources


When you’re committed to helping people live healthier lives, it’s important to sustain your own mental and physical wellness and that of your workforce, too.

Workplace wellness programs help organizations combat chronic diseases and lower health care costs of employees. By creating a wellness culture within your organization, employers can enable employees to live healthier and more productive lives, which can translate into healthier clients.

Hear from Addiction Treatment Services, Community Services Group and Stanley Street Treatment & Resources to learn how its executives prioritized employees by giving them the resources, education and tools—such as the myStrength platform or Relias Learning courses—to support their mental health and well-being.

Invest in your wellness and that of your workforce—because when you’re healthy, you’re better able to help others.


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.




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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.

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