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The National Council Consulting Team is committed to supporting excellence across the field. As your partner in change, browse our services below to see how we will help you move forward today and position yourself for a better, stronger and more effective tomorrow.

The National Council’s wide array of training and consultation fosters effectiveness, efficiency and sustainable integrated services to improve the overall health and wellness of individuals who are at risk for and living with chronic health conditions including mental health concerns and addictions. Our team of consultants have expertise in organizational readiness, integrated care models, workforce and clinical practice, health and wellness, and financing and sustainability. We will partner with you to create a customized approach to advance integrated care and health outcomes.

Integrated Health Consulting Consultants:

  • Joe Parks, M.D.
  • Kate Davidson, LCSW
  • Joan Kenerson King, RN, MSN
  • Aaron Williams, MA
  • Jeff Capobianco, Ph.D., LLP
  • Laura Leone, DSW
  • Pam Pietruszewski, MA
Certified Community Behavioral Health Clinics (CCBHCs) have revolutionized behavioral health care and strengthened services for those who most need them. CCBHCs are a new provider type in Medicaid – organizations defined not just by the comprehensive array of services they provide.

CCBHC Consulting Consultants:

  • Kate Davidson, LCSW
  • Joan Kenerson King, RN, MSN
  • Jeff Capobianco, Ph.D., LLP
The National Council’s trauma-informed care initiatives have helped hundreds of organizations across the country map out and execute a plan for delivering trauma-informed care. National Council trauma experts can help you devise and implement a complete A-Z trauma-informed care plan for your organization. They help you address board and leadership buy-in, workforce training, practice changes and guidelines, community awareness and outcomes measurement. Our experts are available for short- and long-term consulting and training engagements at your site and can work hands-on with your core implementation team. Addressing trauma helps your organization improve the quality and impact of your behavioral health services, increase safety for all, reduce no-shows, enhance client engagement and avoid staff burnout and turnover.

Trauma-informed Services Consultants:

  • Linda Henderson-Smith, Ph.D. LPC
  • Laura Leone, DSW
  • Pam Pietruszewski, MA
  • Elizabeth Guroff, MA, LCMFT
  • Cheryl S. Sharp, MSW, ALWF
  • Karen Johnson, MSW, LCSW
  • Pamela Black, MA
Motivational interviewing (MI) is an effective communication tool to help people living with mental illness, addictions and other chronic conditions make positive behavioral changes to support their overall health. Based on four fundamental processes — engaging, focusing, evoking and planning — it provides a framework for creating a dialogue about behavior change. Health care providers can use these tools to create conversations that empower the people you treat to make meaningful changes.

Motivational Interviewing Consultants:

  • Laura Leone, DSW
  • Pam Pietruszewski, MA
The changing health care marketplace requires case managers to act as care coordinators, increase health literacy, use data effectively, support health behavior change and understand the intersection of common health problems and behavioral health needs. This training equips attendees with the skills they need to help the people they serve navigate health care systems and manage their whole health needs. There are three targeted versions of the training – adult, child/adolescent and supervisors.

Case to Care Management Consultants:

  • Joan Kenerson King, RN, MSN
  • Laura Leone, DSW
Developed by peers, for peers, Whole Health Action Management (WHAM) empowers peer providers to support the whole health of clients in organizations and promote physical and mental health. Peers learn to conduct one-on-one and group peer support to create and sustain healthy behaviors and identify strengths and supports in 10 science-based whole health and resiliency factors. The program helps counter the high incidence of chronic physical health conditions – such as diabetes, heart disease and obesity – among people living with behavioral health conditions.

Whole Health Action Management (WHAM) Consultants:

  • Larry Fricks
Screening, Brief Intervention and Referral to Treatment (SBIRT) is an evidence-based practice used to identify, reduce and prevent risky substance use. Health care and social service organizations have found that SBIRT can bolster an organization’s capabilities to address co-occurring disorders and implement integrated care. Through our training and coaching, participants learn how to use evidence-based screening tools to determine alcohol and drug use risk levels, respond with a brief intervention and operationalize referral to treatment.

Screening Brief Intervention and Referral Treatment Consultants:

  • Aaron Williams, MA
  • Laura Leone, DSW
  • Pam Pietruszewski, MA
The Middle Management Academy is the only program of its kind designed specifically for future health care leaders. It’s an intensive, practical and highly interactive training steeped in proven business strategy that helps participants understand what great managers do differently. It gives managers the skills they need to manage work and people as it connects them to the bigger vision of their organizations. They become stronger links in the management chain who motivate staff and improve productivity by communicating effectively and fulfilling their role as influential frontline leaders.

Middle Management Academy Consultants:

  • Jeanne Supin, MA
The Practice Transformation Academy works with organizations to achieve the necessary competencies for operating in a value-based payment arrangement. This unique program combines in-person, one-on-on coaching with a web-based curriculum to educate providers in population health, how to effectively stratify their clients by risk and how to respond to client risk levels effectively by developing patient-centered care pathways. We also teach you effective project management, how to understand costs and data associated with value-based contracts, current contracting trends and how to articulate the organization’s value in contract negotiations.

Practice Transformation Academy Consultants:

  • Kate Davidson, LCSW
  • Jeff Capobianco, Ph.D., LLP