Past Virtual Trainings.

A Facility Assessment Approach to Behavioral Health

Event Date: April 18, 2024

2 - 3 p.m. ET

ACCME & NAB CREDITS WILL BE OFFERED.

Discover a practical approach to conducting a nursing facility behavioral health needs assessment. Learn to systematically identify the behavioral health demographics and needs of a facility’s resident population and a method for evaluating a facility’s current behavioral health services. Explore the range of behavioral health services and support that can be offered in and out of a facility to increase capacity to meet the behavioral health needs of residents.

Learning Objectives:

  1. Recognize key components of a nursing facility behavioral health needs assessment.
  2. Identify key components of behavioral health services available to nursing facilities, within the facility and the community.

Speaker: Jacob Berelowitz, LNHA, LMSW, CPHQ, CCM

Building A Better Suicide Risk Assessment: The Nuts and Bolts of the Columbia Protocol C-SSRS

Event Date: April 16, 2024

1:30 - 3 p.m. ET

ACCME & NAB CREDITS WILL BE OFFERED.

The Columbia Protocol, also known as the Columbia-Suicide Severity Rating Scale (C-SSRS), supports suicide risk assessment through a series of simple, plain-language questions that anyone can ask. The answers help users identify whether someone is at risk for suicide, assess the severity and immediacy of that risk, and gauge the level of support that the person needs.

Users of the tool ask people:

  • Whether and when they have thought about suicide (ideation)
  • What actions they have taken — and when — to prepare for suicide
  • Whether and when they attempted suicide or began a suicide attempt that was either interrupted by another person or stopped of their own volition.

Speaker: Adam Lesser, LCSW

Navigating the Path of Substance Use Recovery in Nursing Facility Residents: Exploring the Stages of Change

Event Date: March 28, 2024

1 - 2 p.m. ET

ACCME AND NAB CREDITS WILL BE OFFERED.

Participants will gain an understanding of the Stages of Change model in the context of substance use disorders (SUD). Learn effective communication and motivational strategies to support the resident’s journey to recovery.

Learning Objectives:

  1. Define and explain the Stages of Change Model.
  2. Identify and assess the stages of change in residents with SUD.
  3. Discuss how to apply appropriate interventions tailored to each stage of change.
  4. Understand the challenges and dynamics associated with each stage.
  5. Explain relapse prevention strategies for residents in the maintenance stage.
  6. Describe how to foster effective communication and motivation throughout the change process.

Speaker: Rosalyn D. Davis, MSCJ, MATS, CADC-II, ICADC

An Overview of Bipolar Disorders for Nursing Facility Staff

Event Date: March 26, 2024

2 – 2:30 p.m. ET

ACCME AND NAB CREDITS WILL BE OFFERED.

This half-hour training will introduce staff to a basic understanding of bipolar disorder, its onset, symptoms, and treatments. Participants will leave with an understanding of this mood disorder and will be able to identify its symptoms and approaches to help residents experiencing challenges from bipolar disorder.

Learning Objectives

  1. Participants will gain an understanding of Bipolar Disorder.
  2. Participants will be able to recognize and understand signs and symptoms of Mania and Depression.
  3. Participants will learn appropriate responses of engagement with residents.

Speaker: Bryan G. Stephens, MA, MBA, CPCS, LPC

Mental Health First Aid (MHFA)

Event Date: March 22, 2024

11 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. ET

FULL

ACCME AND NAB CREDITS WILL BE OFFERED.

Mental Health First Aid (MHFA) training provides skills to contact and provide initial help and support to someone who may be developing a mental health or substance use challenge or experiencing a crisis.

This session provides a MHFA certification for three years.

The training covers:

  • Common signs and symptoms of mental health challenges and substance use challenges.
  • How to interact with a person in crisis.
  • How to connect a person with help.
  • Expanded content on trauma, substance use and self-care

The training is divided into three (3) parts:

Part 1 starts AFTER initial registration has been APPROVED by the instructor. Approved registrants will be emailed instructions on how to create an on-line profile using MHFA Connect and completing a pre-survey/quiz followed by a 2-hour self-paced online course. Registrants MUST complete Part 1 no less than 48 hours (two business days) prior to the scheduled Part 2 session.

Part 2 is a 5.5-hour live instructor led virtual training. Participants are required to be on camera the entire time.

Part 3 participants will return to MHFA Connect to complete the post test and evaluation, required to receive a certificate of participation.

Registration is limited. A minimum of five (5) participants are required for the session to occur.

To register for the Mental Health First Aid training, please send your name, email address, agency and training date to coeinfo@ allianthealth.org by Friday, March 15, 2024.

Speaker: Marti Vogt

Opioid Overdose & Naloxone Administration

Event Date: March 21, 2024

1 - 1:30 p.m. ET

ACCME CREDITS WILL BE OFFERED.

With current trends in opioid overdose, residents in skilled nursing facilities may also be at risk. It is important to train staff to recognize opioid overdose and respond quickly to save a life. In this training, attendees will review opioid overdose signs and symptoms. We will help to provide a framework for developing a process to respond to an overdose with naloxone, a lifesaving medication. We will also review processes that can help prevent opioid overdose with education.

Learning Objectives:

  1. Become competent in assessing for opioid overdose.
  2. Review trends in opioid overdose.
  3. Understand how naloxone is administered in an emergency overdose.
  4. Review how to establish facility training and overdose prevention within skilled nursing facilities.

Speaker: Dr. Jen Azen, MD, MPH

Question, Persuade, Refer (QPR) – Suicide Prevention Training

Event Date: March 20, 2024

12 - 1:30 p.m. ET

NAB & ACCME CREDITS WILL BE OFFERED.

This 1.5-hour evidence-based live instructor lead training is held virtually and will provide a comprehensive review of a three-step approach anyone can learn to help save a life from suicide. This session will provide a two-year certification to attendees.

Key Components Covered in the Training:

  1. How to Question, Persuade and Refer someone who may be suicidal
  2. How to get help for yourself or learn more about preventing suicide
  3. The common causes of suicidal behavior
  4. The warning signs of suicide
  5. How to get help for someone in crisis

Registration is limited.

Speaker: Marti Vogt, BT

Understanding Race-Based, Historical, and Intergenerational Trauma in Nursing Facility Residents

Event Date: March 19, 2024

2 – 3 p.m. ET

ACCME CREDITS WILL BE OFFERED.

Nursing facility residents are impacted by historical and intergenerational trauma that goes deep and wide for many racially minoritized groups in the United States. Whether the trauma is recognized openly or tucked deeply into the subconscious, it is often characterized by emotional, physical, and psychological wounds that bleed through generations and across one’s lifespan. In this session, nursing facility staff will gain an awareness to consider the “generations-later” mental health effects of African American slavery, the Jewish Holocaust, the Native American Indian experience, and Latinx immigration trauma that residents may have experienced.

Learning Objectives:

  1. Explain the concepts of historical, race-based, and intergenerational trauma.
  2. Consider the intergenerational and historical trauma experiences of Black, Latinx, and Native Americans.
  3. Discuss how the biology of trauma can negatively impact trust in caregivers.

Speaker: Dr. LaVerne H. Collins, PhD, LPC, LCMHC, NCC

An Introduction to Substance Use Disorders

Event Date: February 29, 2024

2 – 3 p.m. EST

ACCME & NAB CREDITS WILL BE OFFERED.

Participants will gain an understanding of the six most prevalent substance use disorders.

Learning Objectives:

  1. Define substance use disorders.
  2. Discuss the six most prevalent substance use disorders.
  3. Describe how to recognize signs of substance use disorders.
  4. Discuss steps to take when suspected resident’s active substance use.
  5. Explain the importance of screening and assessing for substance use disorders.
  6. Discuss how to support residents with substance use disorders.

Speaker: Rosalyn Davis

Mental Health First Aid (MHFA)

Event Date: February 23, 2024

11 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. EST

FULL

Mental Health First Aid (MHFA) training provides skills to contact and provide initial help and support to someone who may be developing a mental health or substance use challenge or experiencing a crisis.

This session provides a MHFA certification for three years.

The training covers:

  • Common signs and symptoms of mental health challenges and substance use challenges.
  • How to interact with a person in crisis.
  • How to connect a person with help.
  • Expanded content on trauma, substance use and self-care

The training is divided into three (3) parts:

Part 1 starts AFTER initial registration has been APPROVED by the instructor. Approved registrants will be emailed instructions on how to create an on-line profile using MHFA Connect and completing a pre-survey/quiz followed by a 2-hour self-paced online course. Registrants MUST complete Part 1 no less than 48 hours (two business days) prior to the scheduled Part 2 session.

Part 2 is a 5.5-hour live instructor led virtual training. Participants are required to be on camera the entire time.

Part 3 participants will return to MHFA Connect to complete the post test and evaluation, required to receive a certificate of participation.

Registration is limited. A minimum of five (5) participants are required for the session to occur.

To register for the Mental Health First Aid training, please send your name, email address, agency and training date to coeinfo@ allianthealth.org by Friday, February 16, 2024.

Speaker: Marti Vogt

The Importance of Diversity-Informed Practices in Trauma-Informed Care – PART 2

Event Date: February 20, 2024

2 – 3 p.m. EST

ACCME CREDITS WILL BE OFFERED.

Diversity-informed practice and trauma-informed care are so intertwined that nursing facilities cannot effectively have one without the other. In this session, we consider the importance of cultural responsiveness–individually and systemically–to those who have experienced trauma.

Learning Objectives:

  1. Explain the significance of bringing diversity-informed practices into trauma-informed care for nursing facilities.
  2. Consider structural and systemic inequities as retraumatizing experiences.
  3. Discuss how different cultural groups may perceive and respond to trauma.

Speaker: LaVerne H. Collins, PhD, LPC, LCMHC, NCC

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the center of excellence for behavioral health in nursing facilities (COE-NF)

Established by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA), in partnership with the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS), the COE-NF offers Certified Medicare and Medicaid Nursing Facility Staff a centralized resource hub with easy access to trainings, technical assistance and additional resources, at no cost.

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We help nursing facilities to improve the quality of life and care provided for residents who are experiencing a variety of behavioral health disorders, with a focus on Serious Mental Illness (SMI), Substance Use Disorder (SUD) and Co-Occurring Disorders (COD).

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We provide direct technical assistance, evidence-based training, and resources that are appropriate for every member of your long-term care facility — from those providing day-to-day direct care, to clinical and administrative staff.