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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.


Upcoming Webinars

Implementing Tobacco-Free Policies in Community Behavioral Health Organizations

Date: Tues., March 3, 2015 2:30-4:00 PM EST
Presenters: Kimberlee Homer Vagadori, California Youth Advocacy Network; John O’Rourke, CommuniCare, Incorporated; Jana Parody, Credo Community Center for the Treatment of Addictions, Incorporated.

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It’s hard to believe that 36% of people with mental illnesses and 77-93% of people with addictions use tobacco. The good news is that adults with addiction disorders and mental illness want to quit and can be successful when they have access to evidence-based cessation treatments and support. Community behavioral health organizations are in a unique position to act as agents of change in addressing health disparities and offering tobacco cessation screening, treatment and tobacco-free environments. This webinar will provide tools and resources for community behavioral health organizations to implement tobacco-free campus policies while discussing the real benefits and challenges going tobacco-free has meant for both clients and providers. Don’t miss this opportunity to inform your organization’s tobacco-free endeavors and improve the health and wellness of clients and staff.

During this webinar, participants will:

  • Discuss evidence-based strategies and best practices that work well in implementation and enforcement of tobacco-free policies
  • Hear lessons learned from community behavioral health organizations that have implemented tobacco-free campus policies
  • Understand the common implementation barriers and workarounds of implementing tobacco-free campus policies



MasterING Supervision: Moving from effective to Excellent – an informative webinar

Date: Wed., March 4, 2015 2:00-2:30 PM EST
Presenters: Jeanne Supin

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Alarmed by turnover rates among your key staff? Are you hiring peer specialists, but your supervisors are struggling? Join us for a coffee break webinar to learn more about the National Council’s “Mastering Supervision: Moving from Effective to Excellent” training.

This new 1-day training is structured to build strong supervisors who, in turn, can nurture lasting success and job satisfaction among the vital core of the behavioral health workforce: our everyday staff.


Developing Integrated Care through Brief Interventions

Date: Tues., March 10, 2015 3:00-4:00 PM EST
Presenter: Dr. Nick Szubiak

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Integration of behavioral health and primary care demands changes in how we identify with our roles as medical, mental health or addictions experts. We must continue to look for efficient ways to be patient-centered in order to meet patients where they are creating a partnership in their care

During the 2015 National Council Conference, Dr. Nick Szubiak will present “Brief Intervention Strategies for Health Behavior Change.”


Google Hangout: mental Health first aid for veterans: serving those who have served

Date: Thursday, March 12, 1:00 pm – 1:30 pm EST
Presenters: Bryan Gibb, National Mental Health First Aid instructor and director of public education at the National Council for Behavioral Health; Ottamissiah Moore, Mental Health First Aid for Veterans instructor


Join us for a Google Hangout at our rescheduled time on Thursday, March 12 to learn more about how Mental Health First Aid for Veterans is working to support the needs of the men and women who served our country. Bryan Gibb, a national Mental Health First Aid instructor and director of public education at the National Council, and Ottamissiah Moore, a Mental Health First Aid for Veterans instructor and a member of the military community, will introduce and discuss how Mental Health First Aid for Veterans can be used to make an impact on the veteran and military community.

Mental Health First Aid for Veterans is a valuable resource to support the unique needs of more than 22 million veterans and their families and communities.

what interventions prevent suicidal behavior?

Date: Thurs., April 2, 2015 2:00-3:00 PM EST
Presenters:  Jane Pearson, Ph.D., Chair, National Institute of Mental Health’s (NIMH) Suicide Research Consortium

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Research shows that intervention strategies such as psychotherapies targeting suicidal thoughts, “caring letters” and a limited number of medications with specific suicide mitigation effects are beneficial in preventing suicide in health care settings.

Join this webinar to hear from the National Action Alliance for Suicide Prevention’s Prioritized Research Task Force about advances in the most effective psychotherapies, medication interventions and adjunct interventions, and research challenges in refining and expanding interventions 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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