• Prepare for Future of Behavioral Healthcare

    Some popular topics being featured in 48 workshops during our EBP Conference 2014. / Today's Spotlight! / Veterans Affairs in Ohio implements integrated treatment for co-occurring substance abuse and mental illness and presents five challenges and solutions  for systems change + Learn why effective team leadership includes more than supervision + Discover clinical solutions for the complexities of co-occurring disorders.

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September 23, 2014

BEST PRACTICES

Prepare for Future of Behavioral Healthcare

Have changes in the policy, practice, regulation, and reimbursement of behavioral healthcare services made you confused and wondering what will happen next? We can help you prepare for the future. Attend our Evidence-Based Practices Conference 2014 at the Cleveland Airport Marriott on October 14 and 15. Learn to implement and integrate behavioral healthcare innovations in your community. Improve outcomes and quality of life for people with mental illness and addiction.

Here's a sample of important topics featured in 48 workshops during our EBP Conference 2014. Seating is limited. Register online today to reserve a place in your first choice of workshops.


Work Is Recovery

Supported Employment/Individual Placement and Support (SE/IPS) is an evidence-based practice that helps people with mental illness identify and acquire part-time or full-time jobs of their choice in the community with rapid job-search and placement services. SE/IPS emphasizes that work is not the product of treatment and recovery. Work is integral to both. These Supported Employment workshops at our EBP Conference 2014 still have seats available. Register today!

  • A-08 | Supported Employment 101: SE Model Overview
  • B-07 | Job Development for People with Legal Backgrounds
  • C-04 | Supported Employment Follow-Along and Job Retention Supports
  • D-06 | The Vocational Profile & Job Development
  • E-06 | Supervising the Supported Employment Team, Part 1: Use of Outcomes
  • F-01 | Employment & Transitional Youth: Planning for the Future
  • F-05 | Supervising the Supported Employment Team, Part 2: Supervising Job Development

[Posted: September 23, 2014]


Making Informed Choices about Personal Finances

Individuals with disabilities need clear and accurate benefits information to make informed decisions about their financial future and employment goals. In most cases, people with disabilities can earn a regular paycheck and still retain benefits. They can also earn income and choose to reduce and gradually leave benefits programs over time. Learn the difference between benefits advocacy and benefits planning and learn how your organization can develop and enhance its capacities for both. Become a benefits advocate. Learn some basic information about benefits programs to help people with disabilities make more informed choices. These workshops at our EBP Conference 2014 still have seats available:

  • A-07 | Navigating the Benefits Maze
  • B-06 | Benefits Advocacy for Non-Vocational Staff
  • E-03 | Social Security Work Incentives

[Posted: September 23, 2014]


Peer Support in Action

Peer specialists, peer supporters, and recovery coaches use their lived experiences in a variety of professional settings to assist individuals who are recovering from mental illness and substance use disorders. Participants in this EBP Conference 2014 workshop will learn about the first-hand experiences of those working in peer support. This presentation will feature a panel of individuals who work as peer specialists and supporters. They will describe some lessons learned from their experiences. Register today.

  • E-07 | Peer Support in Action: Recovery Roles and Context for Success

[Posted: September 23, 2014]


Veterans Affairs in Ohio Delivers Best Integrated Treatment Available

Veterans of the U.S. Armed Forces in central and northeast Ohio are receiving the best treatment available for co-occurring mental illness and substance use disorders. Find out why the Chalmers P. Wylie VA Ambulatory Care Center in Columbus and the Louis Stokes Cleveland VA Medical Center are implementing Integrated Dual Disorder Treatment (IDDT), the evidence-based practice, with help from the Center for Evidence-Based Practices. Attend workshop "E-04, Implementing IDDT in the Veterans Affairs System" at our EBP Conference 2014. / Presenters from the Columbus VA and Cleveland VA will discuss the top five challenges of implementing IDDT in the VA system and their strategies for overcoming those challenges and achieving success with the veterans they serve. / Register online today for this workshop:

  • E-04 | Implementing IDDT in the Veterans Affairs (VA) System: Lessons Learned—A Work in Progress

[Posted: September 9, 2014]


Leadership: It's More Than Supervision

Team leaders of clinical services have an important job on their hands, especially if they are overseeing the implementation of an evidence-based practice. The successful outcomes that team members achieve with their clients rely, a lot, on the team leader's ability to appreciate and understand how cohesive, high-functioning teams actually operate. Think strengths, group dynamics, constant communication, genuine collaboration, advocacy, supervision, and more. / Attend workshop "A-03, Special Considerations for Effective EBP Team Leadership" at EBP Conference 2014. Explore common leadership challenges, discuss solution-focused strategies, identify professional development opportunities to strengthen your leadership skills. / Register today for these Conference 2014 workshops that focus on leadership and supervision:

  • A-02 | Ethics and Boundaries on Intensive Teams
  • A-03 | Special Considerations for Effective EBP Team Leadership
  • C-01 | 20 Questions: A Do-It-Yourself Guide to IDDT Clinical Case Reviews
  • D-03 | Supervising the Practice of Motivational Interviewing
  • E-06 | Supervising the Supported Employment Team, Part 1: Use of Outcomes
  • F-05 | Supervising the Supported Employment Team, Part 2: Supervising Job Development

[Posted: September 9, 2014]


A First Step to Integrated Primary & Behavioral Healthcare

Attend workshop "A-09, Tobacco Interventions: What Can You Do?" at our EBP Conference 2014 and learn some practical techniques for helping people with mental illness and substance use disorders consider the benefits of tobacco cessation no matter how ready they might be to quit or not. Learn about successful interventions that help people reduce and eliminate tobacco use and nicotine dependence and learn how to incorporate them into existing health and behavioral health services and consumer-operated services. Presenters will describe how tobacco products influence the symptoms of mental illness and substance abuse and interfere with the effectiveness of medications. / Register today for these EBP Conference 2014 workshops which address the primary health needs of people with mental illness:

  • A-09 | Tobacco Interventions: What Can You Do?
  • F-02 | Integration of Physical and Behavioral Healthcare in Ohio

[Posted: September 12, 2014]


Solutions for Complexities of Co-Occurring Disorders

Substance abuse and mental illness are a tough combo to treat and beat. But it does happen with the right attitudes and interventions. Expand your knowledge about both disorders and the interaction and overlap of their symptoms. Enhance your skills for helping people with co-occurring disorders manage their symptoms and achieve their recovery goals. Attend these workshops at our EBP Conference 2014:

  • A-01 | Alcohol and Other Drug Abuse 101
  • A-06 | Co-occurring Treatment with People Involved in Criminal Justice System
  • B-04 | Stage-Wise Application for Co-occurring Disorders
  • B-03 | Group Therapy as an Evidence-Based Practice
  • D-01 | Principles of Differential Diagnosis in the Assessment Process
  • D-02 | Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) with People Who Have Serious Mental Health, Co-occurring Conditions
  • D-07 | Persuasion Groups
  • F-03 | Hearing Distressing Voices

[Posted: September 9, 2014]


Ever Wonder Why They Call It "Assertive"?

Find out why Assertive Community Treatment (ACT) ranks as a best practice in states, counties, cities, managed-care companies, and community-based service organizations that want to improve outcomes for people with severe mental illness who are most vulnerable to homelessness, hospitalization, and institutional recidivism. Get ready to make ACT a priority for this priority population in your community. Also, learn why this evidence-based practice works so well with Integrated Dual Disorder Treatment (IDDT), the evidence-based practice for severe mental illness and substance abuse. / Register today for these workshops at EBP Conference 2014:

  • C-03 | Integrating ACT & IDDT for Effective & Intensive Treatment Services
  • D-05 | Making the Case for Assertive Community Treatment (ACT)
  • E-02 | Getting Started with ACT
  • F-04 | Combined IDDT & ACT Team Leader Panel

[Posted: August 28, 2014]


Best Solution for Substance Abuse and Mental Illness

Integrated Dual Disorder Treatment (IDDT) makes so much sense for improving outcomes. This evidence-based practice combines treatment for mental illness with treatment for substance abuse and is considered among the best interventions for people with co-occurring disorders. Make IDDT a priority for this priority population in your community. Find out how IDDT helps people through stages of change and recovery and why it works so well with Assertive Community Treatment (ACT), the evidence-based practice for people with SMI who are most vulnerable to homelessness, hospitalization, and institutional recidivism. / Register today for these workshops at EBP Conference 2014:

  • C-01 | 20 Questions: A Do-It-Yourself Guide to IDDT Clinical Case Reviews
  • C-03 | Integrating ACT & IDDT for Effective & Intensive Treatment Services
  • D-07 | Persuasion Groups
  • D-10 | IDDT Principles and Strategies Overview
  • E-04 | Implementing IDDT in the Veterans Affairs (VA) System: Lessons Learned—A Work in Progress
  • F-04 | Combined IDDT & ACT Team Leader Panel

[Posted: August 28, 2014]


Trauma-Informed Care for Clients, Clinicians & Organizations

Trauma has emerged as an important topic in behavioral healthcare because people in our communities experience it in complex ways, not only as victims of and witnesses to violence, abuse, and neglect in their homes and neighborhoods but also in institutions, such as jails, prisons, and psychiatric hospitals where forced restraints and isolation may be used. In addition, health and behavioral health professionals who provide care to the traumatized often experience the effects (secondary trauma) through the behaviors, stories, and struggles of the people they serve. / Presentations about Trauma-Informed Care (TIC) not to miss:

  • Keynote Plenary, Day 1: "Trauma-Informed Care: Creating Positive Cultures of Care." / Learn from SAMHSA consultant Raul S. Almazar, and advocate Charryse Copper how to reduce the impact of trauma and secondary trauma in clients, clinicians, and organizations.
  • Workshop: "B-02 | Ethical Considerations and Boundary Management When Working with Survivors of Trauma" / Learn from Elizabeth Bach-Van Valkenburgh about the complexity of symptoms from post-traumatic stress, the delicate nature of self-disclosure, and the importance of boundaries.
  • Workshop:  "E-05 | Trauma-Informed Systems of Care"/ Learn from Mark Hurst, MD, and Kim Kehl, MEd, what the State of Ohio is doing to create a seamless system of trauma-informed care in its state psychiatric hospitals and community-based service organizations.

[Posted: August 18, 2014]


Future of Managed Care and Medicaid in Ohio for Behavioral Healthcare

Workshop "A-05, The Future is Now: The Changing Face of Managed Care & Medicaid in Ohio"  explores the increasing role of managed care companies in the oversight and reimbursement of community-based behavioral healthcare services. Presenters will discuss the MyCare Ohio initiative and evolving relationships among managed care companies and community-based behavioral healthcare organizations. Learn about care management in the context of these emerging collaborations. Learn about the Healthcare Effectiveness Data and Information Set (HEDIS) and implications of these healthcare performance measures. / Presenters from: 

  • CareSource
  • United Healthcare
  • Aetna
  • Cenptatico
  • Molina Healthcare
  • Paramount
  • Ohio Association of Health Plans

[Posted: August 11, 2014]


Earn Supervision & Ethics Credits

These workshops at our Evidence-Based Practices Conference 2014 are offering supervision or ethics credits. Register today.

Supervision Credits:

  • A-03 | Special Considerations for Effective EBP Team Leadership
  • B-05 | Implementation Strategies for Effective Integrated Services: DDCAT & DDCMHT
  • D-03 | Supervising the Practice of Motivational Interviewing
  • E-06 | Supervising the Supported Employment Team, Part 1: Use of Outcomes
  • F-05 | Supervising the Supported Employment Team, Part 2: Supervising Job Development

Ethics Credits:

  • A-02 | Ethics and Boundaries on Intensive Teams
  • B-02 | Ethical Considerations and Boundary Management When Working with Survivors of Trauma

[Posted August 11, 2014]