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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. 

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

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SBIRT in Mental Health Settings

Date: Tue., August 30, 2016, 3:00-4:30 p.m. ET

People with mental health conditions are more likely to experience risky drug and alcohol use and substance abuse conditions. This webinar will address the data that substantiates the link between mental health and addictions and the core competencies needed to implement an SBIRT protocol in mental health settings (including screening, brief intervention, integrating BI into existing clinical practice, enhancing workflows to include SBIRT, and best practices for referral). The topic areas covered by this webinar include:

  • Statistics/Data on Effectiveness of SBIRT.
  • Rationale for support of SBIRT by federal, state and local governments and public insurance.
  • Continuum of use of alcohol including rates of non-use, low risk use, risky use and dependent use in the US; Discussion of risky and harmful limits daily and weekly.
  • Overview of SBIRT major components, Screening, Brief Intervention and Referral to Treatment.
  • Evidence based screening tools.
  • Strategies to integrate the SBIRT protocol into mental health services.

The Role of Palliative Care and Hospice Care in Dementia

Date: Thur., September 1, 2016, 1:00-2:00 p.m. ET

There are often barriers to obtaining palliative and hospice services for those living with dementia which can impact the trajectory of dementia care. Research shows that compared to those without dementia, patients with dementia are less likely to receive a referral to palliative care teams, receive prescriptions to palliative care medications, and receive referral or access to hospice care.

Join the Geriatric Technical Assistance Center’s webinar to learn about the integration of palliative and hospice services with dementia care. Participants will also learn:

  • The diagnosis, prognosis and trajectory of dementia
  • How palliative and hospice care can improve emotional, medical, and financial impacts of dementia on patients and caregivers
  • The role of advanced directives and surrogate decision makers
  • Strategies to overcome barriers in obtaining palliative and hospice services

GTAC is managed by the National Council, learn more here.

Linchpin to Success: Engaging Staff in Implementation of Long Acting Injectable Medications (LAI Series)

Date: Wed., September 7, 2016, 2:00-3:00 p.m. ET

Key to the success of any new practice is the engagement and support of staff who are responsible for its day-to-day implementation. Join Part 2 of the LAI series to explore strategies for working with prescribers, therapists, and administrative staff to understand the relevance of LAI medications, address common questions and potential barriers, and motivate change.

Changing the Narrative of Opioid Dependency Treatment

Date: Wed., September 7, 2016, 3:00-4:00 p.m. ET

The impact of opioid dependence has reached epidemic proportions and the need to find the right treatment plan for each patient is critical.  Dependence is a chronic, relapsing brain disease that affects a person both psychologically and physically. While counseling and peer-to-peer programs are important for psychological healing, medication can play a key role in addressing the physical effects of dependence.Join us for a webinar to learn about a medication-assisted treatment option that along with counseling may help treat opioid dependence.

Depression and Dementia: An Update on Diagnosis and Treatment

Date: Fri., September 9, 2016, 12:30-1:30 p.m. ET

Dementia, now termed Major Neurocognitive Disorder in the DSM 5, is increasing in prevalence with the aging of the world’s population and currently impacts approximately 5.4 million Americans. Approaches to diagnosis and treatment are changing rapidly given advances in biomarker development and clinical trials. Depression and dementia have a strong bidirectional relationship, as approximately half of all patients with late-onset depression have a cognitive impairment like dementia. In addition, depression has been both proposed to be a risk factor and an early symptom of dementia.

Join the Geriatric Technical Assistance Center’s webinar to learn about the current treatments and assessments related to depression and dementia.  The speaker will highlight the impact of behavioral and psychological symptoms of depression and dementia on quality of life, morbidity, mortality and disease progression. Participants of this webinar will learn about:

  • The etiology, differential diagnosis, and treatment of later in life depression
  • Clinical assessment, current treatments and clinical trial highlights
  • Approaches to evidence based treatment of dementia

GTAC is managed by the National Council, learn more here.

The Business and Operations of Long Acting Injectable Medications (LAI Series)

Date: Thur., October 27, 2016, 2:00-3:00 p.m. ET

Healthcare administrators rightly jump to the logistics of any new intervention: What will this cost and how will it be paid for? What impact will this have on staff? On our workflows? On contracts? Part 3 of this webinar series on LAI medications will help healthcare administrators understand and navigate payer benefit and authorization policies, achieve operational efficiencies, and overcome practical barriers to implementation.

Engaging Patients in Informed Decision-making about Long Acting Injectable Medications (LAI Series)

Date: Wed., November 9, 2016, 2:00-3:00 p.m. ET

Research shows that patients who are actively involved in clinical decision-making are more likely to adhere to treatment plans and have improved health outcomes and lower costs. In Part 4 of this webinar series on LAIs, learn about messaging and how to engage clients and family members in shared decision-making around this evidence-based treatment.

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

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