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WHAM: Whole Health Action Management Preconference Training

Saturday, April 1, 8:30 am – 4:00 pm, and Sunday, April 2, 8:30 am – 2:30 pm

Complete the conference registration and choose the WHAM package, registration rate: $100.*

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Whole Health Action Management (WHAM) training is a peer-led intervention for people with chronic health and behavioral health conditions that activates self-management to create and sustain new health behavior. WHAM aims to counter the high incidence of chronic physical health conditions such as diabetes, heart disease and obesity among people living with mental illnesses and addictions. Through facilitated group sessions focused on setting strengths-based whole health goals, WHAM participants learn to:

  • Identify strengths and supports in 10 science-based whole health and resiliency factors
  • Write a concise whole health goal based on person centered planning
  • Create and log a weekly action plan
  • Participate in peer support to create new health behavior
  • Elicit the Relaxation Response
  • Engage in cognitive skills to avoid negative thinking
  • Prepare for basic whole health screenings
  • Use shared-decision making skills and tools for engaging with doctors

Research shows that activation of self-management helps support the triple aim of health care reform – to increase the efficacy of care, improve care quality and reduce cost. Peer providers are the fastest growing part of the behavioral health workforce in the US. WHAM training offers peer providers the materials and tools needed to successfully implement a WHAM program at your organization. WHAM training offers trainees strategies for peer engagement along 10 evidence-based whole health and resiliency factors. Since 2012, more than 3,000 people in 30 states have received WHAM training in partnership with community behavioral health centers, federally qualified health centers, health homes, and Veterans Administration programs. WHAM training graduates are linked to a national listserv to foster ongoing peer support, share tips and tools for success, and provide new resources for peer services and integrated health.

Approved by both SAMHSA and HRSA, the WHAM process is undergoing a randomized control study by Dr. Judith Cook at the University of Illinois at Chicago; Preliminary WHAM findings from a randomized study led by Dr. Judith Cook at UIC show:

  • 88% met goals for healthy eating
  • 82% met goals for exercise
Who Should Apply for WHAM Training?

The WHAM training program encourages applications from peer providers, whether employed by or volunteering for for a health care agency, who agree to:

  • Create and work toward a whole health goal
  • Provide peer support to reach a whole health goal
  • Facilitate or participate in an 8-week WHAM peer group
How it Works

Participants who attend the 2-day, onsite training based on curriculum developed by the SAMHSA-HRSA Center for Integrated Health Solutions (run by the National Council for Mental Wellbeing) learn about the WHAM process and participate in eight week WHAM peer support groups.

Questions? E-mail Sarah Flinspach, Project Assistant at

Preconference Training — complete the conference registration and choose the WHAM package.

*This exclusive rate cannot be used with any coupon code.

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