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Leadership Check-Up Series: What Can We Learn from Crisis? Leadership, Post-Traumatic Growth and COVID-19

The National Council’s Behavioral Health Training Institute and the Association of State and Territorial Health Officials (ASTHO) hosted the webinar Leadership Check-Up Series: Developing Your Resiliency as a Public Health Professional, a special webinar offering to support public health professionals working on the front lines of the COVID-19 pandemic. National behavioral health and resilience experts provided six sessions of conversation, reflection, and nourishment to help attendees continue the vital work of responding to COVID-19 while better supporting their families, friends, coworkers, and communities.

Our nation is experiencing a collective traumatic event, yet how we each manage this time will determine its individual and collective long-term impact. With experts from the National Council, Joe Parks, MD, Medical Director and Elizabeth Guroff, MA, LCMFT, Director, Trauma-Informed Services, we explored the concept of post-traumatic growth and how to harness it to emerge from this crisis in a positive direction, both personally and professionally.

Download the Growth-Focused Journaling Handout

Addressing Trauma, Racism, and Bias in Behavioral Health Service Delivery

African Americans, and other historically marginalized communities, continue to face disproportionate challenges around access to, and quality of behavioral health care owing to systemic racism resulting in significantly poorer mental health outcomes.  These organizational and clinical practices, such as who we fund, how we prioritize care access and types of treatments offered are often times impacted by bias. These biases impact quality of care—for example more severe diagnosis without proper assessment for African Americans or undertreatment of pain and increased coercion in care. These care decisions can cause trauma, re-traumatize and add to cumulative historical trauma. This further perpetuates mistrust in systems of care and decreases African Americans and other communities of colors’ mental health supports despite overwhelming need. Reducing trauma and building resiliency requires direct sustained effort to address the systematic racism and bias that lead to poorer mental health outcomes for African Americans and other people of color.

Please join us for this webinar on Wednesday, September 23rd, from 3:00pm – 4:00pm ET as we explore the historic and systematic causes of these behavioral health access disparities, provider biases and provide innovative strategies to address them within your respective programs.

CoE Office Hours: Whole Health, Wellness, and Resilience

Navigating the unknown and manifesting resilience takes time and energy that’s often hard to find in today’s world. A whole-health approach is an important part of employee wellness, and a natural match with the expertise and training of occupational therapists.

Last week, the Center of Excellence and partners from the American Occupational Therapy Association discussed practical interventions for implementing a whole-health approach during the webinar, “Navigating the New Normal: Whole Health, Wellness, and Resilience.” Check out the recording here, then join us to continue the conversation on the importance of an integrated wellness approach and learn from your peers on our next CoE Office Hours session, Thursday, September 17, 3-4 p.m. ET.

Ask the Expert Series – Military and Veterans Services

Improving outreach and access to care for military members and veterans is crucial for both the well-being of communities and for success in the CCBHC model.

Topics included: Strengthening relationships with community support organizations and local VAs and looking creatively for opportunities to connect with veterans in social settings.

Expert Facilitator: Col. Thomas Stokes, Journey to Normal
Date: Tuesday, September 15, 3 – 4 p.m. ET

Leadership Check-Up Series: Avoiding COVID-19 Burnout: Self-Care and Resiliency for Public Health Leaders

This webinar, held by the National Council’s Behavioral Health Training Institute and the Association of State and Territorial Health Officials (ASTHO) for the Leadership Check-Up Series: Developing Your Resiliency as a Public Health Professional, offered support to public health professionals working on the front lines of the COVID-19 pandemic. National behavioral health and resilience experts provided six sessions of conversation, reflection, and nourishment to help continue the vital work of responding to COVID-19 while better supporting families, friends, coworkers, and communities.

Download the webinar handout

Navigating the New Normal: Whole Health, Wellness, and Resilience

Navigating through the unknown and manifesting resilience takes time and energy that’s often hard to find in today’s world. A Whole Health approach is an important step in furthering employee wellness, and a natural match with Occupational Therapist’s expertise and training. We will explore practical interventions for implementing this approach, and how to apply resilience and compassion cultivation to assist us as we manage our own trauma responses to the turbulence that we are all experiencing. Join the Center of Excellence for Integrated Health Solutions, in partnership with the American Occupational Therapy Association, on Thursday, September 10th for Navigating the New Normal: Whole Health, Wellness and Resilience. We will explore strategies and ideas to: • Understanding the synergy of Occupational Therapy and Whole Health, including Occupational Therapy’s potential role in employee wellness • Learn motivation for and impact of Employee Whole Health as well as applicable resources • Practice how to take a resiliencing approach- specific skills and techniques necessary to promote resilience in ourselves, each other, and those we work with

CoE Office Hours: Responding to the Opioid Overdose Epidemic

In recent years, the opioid and overdose epidemics have increasingly threatened individuals, families, and communities across the country. Daunting statistics and rising death rates have necessitated diverse approaches by providers in all sectors, including professionals in public health, behavioral health, and primary care. Interventions have included an increase in medication-assisted treatment (MAT), medication-first policies, and harm reduction strategies. Did you miss our recent webinar where speakers shared these latest statistics and strategies to initiate recovery? Check out the recording on our website (https://www.thenationalcouncil.org/integrated-health-coe/training-events/), and join us to continue the conversation and learn from others on our next CoE Office Hour session on September, from 2-3 p.m. ET titled, CoE Office Hours: Responding to the Opioid Overdose Epidemic.

Responding to the Opioid Overdose Epidemic

In recent years, the opioid and overdose epidemics have increasingly threatened individuals, families, and communities across the country. Daunting statistics and rising death rates have necessitated diverse approaches by providers in all sectors, including professionals in public health, behavioral health, and primary care. Interventions have included an increase in medication-assisted treatment (MAT), medication-first policies, and harm reduction strategies. Join the Center of Excellence for Integrated Health Solutions for a webinar on August 26, from 2-3 p.m. ET. Our experts will present perspectives on the opioid overdose epidemic, related rises in stimulant overdoses and share strategies that can address overdose prevention, saving lives, and initiating recovery.

Ask the Expert Series – Establishing Effective Partnerships

Partnerships with designated collaborating organizations and other community-based organizations and services are critical for success as a CCBHC.

Topics included: Legal and operational considerations for establishing effective partnerships.

Expert Facilitators: Samantha Holcombe, Susannah Vance Goplan, Esq., Feldesman Tucker Leifer Fidell, LLP
Date: Tuesday, August 25, 3 – 4 p.m. ET

innovaTel – Re-Imagining Behavioral Health Delivery: The Hybrid Model of In-Person & Tele-health Appointments

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