Behavioral Health Training for Community Health Workers
For more than 60 years, community health workers (CHWs), also known as promotoras, health coaches and by a number of other titles, have demonstrated promise in improving health behaviors and outcomes, particularly for racial and ethnic minority communities. The Affordable Care Act includes provisions to enhance the role and reimburse preventive services provided by CHWs. In chronic disease care, CHWs provide culturally responsive services to educate patients, identify resources, provide case management, support care coordination activities and become part of an individual’s support network. Understanding behavioral health (mental illness and addictions disorders) needs of the people in their communities expands their ability to provide this support, but is often a gap in their training.
Who Should Apply for Behavioral Health Training for Community Health Workers
Community health workers in:
- Behavioral health settings
- Primary care settings
- Integrated behavioral health and primary care settings, including health homes
Behavioral Health Training for Community Health Workers Curriculum
The National Council’s Behavioral Health Training for Community Health Workers is a one-day, in-person group training program (for up to 50 CHWs) designed to expand the skills and expertise of community health workers to support people with physical and behavioral health disorders. Through interactive activities and didactic lecture, participants will learn key elements of understanding behavioral health disorders in ways that are culturally responsive and that support recovery.
The Behavioral Health Training for Community Health Workers contains five modules:
- What is integration, why integration?
- What are depression and anxiety and how can you help?
- What is the role of trauma in behavioral and physical health issues?
- Suicide Assessment
- Self-care for the caregiver
Upcoming Community Health Worker Trainings
The National Council can organize a custom Behavioral Health Training for Community Health Workers at locations and dates of your choice. The custom training price offers significant savings. Ask us how we can bring a training to you.
Need a quick summary to pitch the training at your organization? Download the Community Health Worker one pager.