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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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innovaTel Telepsychiatry: Back to School: Helping Children and Parents

Date: Wed., October 17, 1:00 p.m. ET

Starting a new school year is exciting, but can come with mental health challenges for students, teachers, parents and caregivers alike. The importance of initiating back-to-school routines, a positive mindset and leading by example can help make the transition much easier.

Dr. Philip Liu, child and adolescent psychiatrist, will discuss methods for families returning to school, cell phone and social media usage, bullying and why children refuse and have anxiety about school. He offers approaches and solutions to each of the different situations.

If you are a mental health professional that works closely with school age children, this webinar is sure to help you prepare your patients and their families on how to face challenges throughout the school year.

The Role of Technology in Solving the Opioid Crisis

Date: Wed., November 7, 2:00 p.m. ET

It’s been about one year after a State of Emergency was declared and the Opioid Commission issued its recommendations. Where are we now?

Join the National Council and our Strategic Partners Relias and myStrength to discuss the state of the opioid epidemic in healthcare, including what progress has been made since the commission report release and declaration of federal State of Emergency.  Aaron Williams, MA, Senior Director of Training and Technical Assistance for Substance Abuse at the National Council for Behavioral Health will moderate a discussion with clinical experts about the current state of healthcare as it pertains to moving the needle on the opioid epidemic. We’ll also hear from Bonni Hopkins, PhD, VP Analytic Innovation and Strategy from Beacon Health Options about how they have used technology to support their efforts.

We will address the following issues:

  • Where should healthcare providers, health systems, health plans and payers go from here?
  • How can providers work differently and perform better in prevention and substance use treatment?
  • What’s the role of medication-assisted treatment (MAT)?
  • How can the newest digital tools impact self-reported opioid use, quality of life and health outcomes?
  • What is the role of research in shaping technology to help manage healthcare crises?
  • How can providers best address chronic pain and other behavioral health comorbidities with the best clinical and cost outcomes?
  • What role can predictive modeling play to ensure good opioid stewardship, reduced risk and prevention of dependence?

Behavioral Health 101: What do we need to know as public health and behavioral health professionals?

Date: Thurs., November 8, 11:30 a.m. ET

The rise of prescription drug overdoses, suicides and excessive alcohol use in this country continue to emphasize the need for collaboration between public health and behavioral health (mental health and addictions) systems. Particularly striking are the profound health disparities that persist among underserved communities. Public Health and Behavioral Health have limited engagement with one another yet play a critical role in addressing these challenges. US Health and Human Services funding mechanisms (e.g., CDC  and HRSA ) that are strengthening the public health infrastructure and workforce and the introduction of Public Health 3.0 have created opportunities and incentives for these systems to work together. So, what does this mean for public health and behavioral health professionals? To start, these professionals have opportunities to connect with the work that is happening in their state, tribe, territory or local jurisdiction and to ensure that they are not further exacerbating these challenges through their own biases or negative perceptions unintentionally. So, it’s important to take a moment to understand the basics: common behavioral health terminology and framing. Join our webinar on November 8th to learn foundational behavioral health concepts, the science of addiction as well as real-world examples of how public health and behavioral health professionals are working together to address the behavioral health needs of the communities they serve.

This webcast is provided in partnership with the Region V Public Health Training Center and the Public Health Learning Network. This webcast is supported by the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) under grant number UB6HP31684 Public Health Training Centers ($924,899). This information or content and conclusions are those of the author and should not be construed as the official position or policy of, nor should any endorsements be inferred by HRSA, HHS or the U.S. Government. 


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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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