Rural Behavioral Health Webinars

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The WICHE Mental Health Program presented four Webinars discussing today's crucial rural behavioral health issues for families and children. Also available are Web casts archived from the Grand Rounds series, produced to meet a range of continuing education needs for professional and allied mental health staff currently working in rural and frontier areas.


Discussed behavioral health issues for children and families in rural and frontier areas. The Rural Behavioral Health Webinar Series 2010 was sponsored by the Child, Adolescent and Family Branch, Center for Mental Health Services at the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA), the Federal Interagency Rural Behavioral Health Workgroup in collaboration with the Western Interstate Commission for Higher Education (WICHE), the National Center for Mental Health Promotion and Youth Violence Prevention, the National TA Center for Children's Mental Health at Georgetown University, and the Technical Assistance Partnership for Child and Family Mental Health.

Previous Webinars


Innovations for Children’s Behavioral Health through the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) and SAMHSA Grantee Partnerships

The presenters for this Webinar discussed the innovative partnerships that exist between local USDA agencies and children’s behavioral health agencies. The discussion will focus on the outcomes achieved through the promotion of healthy children and families in rural and frontier communities. The presenters will provide information about the opportunities for partnerships between USDA local agencies and children and youth agencies.

Lisa A. Lauxman, Ph.D., Youth Development Director and National Children, Youth and Families at Risk Coordinator, 4-H National Headquarters, USDA National Institute of Food and Agriculture
Cathy L. Martinez, Ph.D., Family, Consumer, & Health Sciences Agent, University of Arizona, Pinal County Cooperative Extension
Darcy Dixon, M.S., County Director, University of Arizona, Santa Cruz Cooperative Extension
Dianne Swanson, Extension Educator, University of Nebraska-Lincoln Extension

March 31, 2010 from 3:00–4:30 p.m. E.T.

Event Registration: To register for this event, please visit You will need to register in order to receive information on how to attend the event. Please note that registration for this event will close March 30.  


Work Based Learning for Behavioral Health Workers in Rural Areas

March 12, 2010

Presented by
Melissa Boeckmann, Vice President, Community Health Services
Larry Roberts, Associate Professor of Justice, University of Alaska Fairbanks, Project Investigator and Coordinator
Michael Hoge, Consultant, Annapolis Coalition on the Behavioral Health Workforce

Work-based learning (WBL) is an emerging model and collaborative process for attracting, expanding, and preparing a behavioral health workforce that meets the Alaskan mission of “growing our own” health providers in Alaska. Drawing on the success of the Jobs-to-Career WBL initiative, WBL is proving to fill a gap between formal education and informal/non-formal learning experiences by offering a solid, theoretically grounded, field-based authentic learning experience for entry level workers who have designs for professional credentialing and career advancement. This webinar will offer an overview of the history and challenges of recruiting and preparing a culturally attuned workforce that heretofore have had limited access to formal education and training. It will highlight lessons learned in setting up this new career pathway along with the defining elements and collaborating partners for successful systems change and an expanded workforce pool.

Click here to view this webcast asychronously.

Tribal Communities: Creating the Foundations for Healthy Communities, Hopeful Children, and Better Tomorrows

January 27, 2010

Participants will learn about the realities of American Indian and Alaska Native communities, which have the highest rates of suicide among youth ages 15–24 of any US population, twice as high as the national average for that age group. Presentations will focus on how culturally driven tribal initiatives are helping create healthy communities, hopeful children, and a better tomorrow.

The presenters will discuss strategies for promoting behavioral and overall health for children, youth, families, and communities that integrate American Indian and Alaska Native traditions and cultures with mainstream interventions. These strategies are showing positive outcomes in tribal and community settings – reducing and preventing youth suicides and creating positive and healthy visions for children, families, and tribal communities. Native and non-native participants can benefit from the lessons learned and shared by the presenters.

Rose L. Weahkee, Ph.D., Director, Division of Behavioral Health, Office of Clinical and Preventive Services, Indian Health Service Headquarters
Allison Barlow, MPH, MA, Deputy Director, Center for American Indian Health, Johns Hopkins University, Bloomberg School of Public Health
Amy Cozad, Director, Suicide Prevention Task Force for the Kiowa Tribe in Oklahoma

Click here to view this webinar asynchronously.


Returning Home - Rural Veterans and Their Families (one veteran's journey from Iraq to rural Kansas)

November 12, 2008

Lt. Colonel Anthony Mohatt discusses the challenges faced by National Guardsmen and their families as they meet their obligations during this time of war.  Lt. Colonel Mohatt recently deployed to serve in Iraq, and shares his perspectives of the basic nuts and bolts of deployment, as well as the mental health issues that may be encountered.

This presentation is intended to provide basic information to participants to help them understand how to better serve their rural veterans and guardsmen. CEUs/CMEs were provided for this webinar by the University of Wyoming.


Mental Health First Aid

January 22, 2009

Lea Ann Browning-McNee, from the National Council for Community Behavioral Healthcare, gives participants an overview of Mental Health First Aid (MHFA), developed to give communities resources to support individuals with developing mental health problems, or in a mental health crisis. This is especially useful in rural and frontier areas where mental health providers are in limited supply.


Building Rural Youth-Adult Partnerships

February 18, 2009    

Participants learn strategies for developing effective youth and adult partnerships to improve the systems that provide mental health services to children and their families in rural communities.


  • Reyhan Reid, Youth Involvement Resource Specialist, Technical Assistance Partnership

  • Jayme Neal, Youth Coordinator, Circles of Hope, Missouri


 Behavioral Health Services for Rural Immigrants

March 19, 2009    

This event discusses the findings from a report on rural America from the Carsey Institute at the University of New Hampshire, "New Immigrant Settlements in Rural America:  Problems, Prospects, and Policies."  Following the presentation by author Leif Jensen, Ronald Manderscheid discusses implications for the behavioral health of children and families living in rural America and link this with what we are learning about determinants of health and the Healthy America 2020 Report. Discussion encourages participants to share experiences, lessons learned, opportunities, and challenges to help rural communities overcome barriers to the accessibility, availability, and acceptability of mental health services and supports.


  • Leif Jensen, Ph.D., Professor of Rural Sociology and Demography, Pennsylvania State University

  • Ronald Manderscheid, Ph.D., Director of Mental Health and Substance Use Programs, Constella Group, and Adjunct Faculty, Johns Hopkins University

Partners: 2008-2009 National Rural Behavioral Health Webinar Series, sponsored by the Federal Interagency Rural Behavioral Health Workgroup, in collaboration with the Western Interstate Commission for Higher Education (WICHE) under contract to the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA), contract #280 - 99 - 0200, the National Center for Mental Health Promotion and Youth Violence Prevention, National TA Center for Children's Mental Health, as well as the Technical Assistance Partnership.