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Event Date: May 21, 2024

2 - 3:30 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

Event Date: May 30, 2024

2 - 2:30 p.m. ET

ACCME & NAB CREDITS WILL BE OFFERED.

Attendees can participate at any time in the series.

Join this final session of the schizophrenia in long-term care series to wrap-up and review the key points of the information shared throughout the series.

Event Date: May 23, 2024

2 - 2:30 p.m. ET

ACCME & NAB CREDITS WILL BE OFFERED.

Attendees can participate at any time in the series.

Learn the unique challenges posed by co- occurrence of schizophrenia and substance use disorder and simple, practical strategies to address the challenges and successfully treat both conditions.

Learning objectives:

  1. Discuss signs and symptoms that help early identification of substance use disorder in individuals with schizophrenia
  2. Identify at least two best practices in management of substance use disorders in persons with schizophrenia

Event Date: May 16, 2024

2 - 2:30 p.m. ET

ACCME & NAB CREDITS WILL BE OFFERED.

Attendees can participate at any time in the series.

Explore the biopsychosocial approach to treatment and discuss the risks and benefits of antipsychotics.

Learning objectives:

  1. Describe the biopsychosocial approach to comprehensive treatment of schizophrenia
  2. Discuss common adverse effects of antipsychotics used to treat schizophrenia

Event Date: May 9, 2024

2 - 2:30 p.m. ET

ACCME & NAB CREDITS WILL BE OFFERED.

Attendees can participate at any time in the series.

Learn common conditions and disorders that may mimic schizophrenia-like symptoms and how to differentiate them from schizophrenia.

Learning objectives:

  1. Identify at least three conditions that mimic schizophrenia symptoms
  2. Discuss workup that may help differentiate schizophrenia from other conditions presenting with schizophrenia-like symptoms.

Event Date: May 2, 2024

2 - 2:30 p.m. ET

ACCME & NAB CREDITS WILL BE OFFERED.

Attendees can participate at any time in the series.

Explore the diagnostic criteria of schizophrenia and steps to make a clinical diagnosis.

Learning objectives:

  1. Describe core DSM 5 TR criteria for schizophrenia
  2. Discuss four key steps to make a diagnosis of schizophrenia

Event Date: April 25, 2024

2 - 2:30 p.m. ET

ACCME CREDITS WILL BE OFFERED.

Are you ready to overcome challenges in implementing CLAS standards for behavioral health in nursing facilities? Join us for a brief 30-minute training about practical strategies and resources needed to address these pressing issues. Discover how you can effectively integrate CLAS standards into your nursing facility practices to improve behavioral health outcomes and ensure equitable care for all.

Learning Objectives:

  1. Participants will be able to recognize the 15 action steps for providing CLAS standards.
  2. Participants will gain an awareness of practical ways to implement CLAS standards to enhance behavioral health equity.
  3. Participants will be able to identify resources to help improve CLAS implementation.

Speaker: Naisha A. Fray, MA, MSPH

Event Date: April 24, 2024

2 – 2:30 p.m. ET

In this brief 30-minute training session, nursing facility staff will explore the principles of trauma-informed care and learn techniques for creating a safe environment where both residents and staff can thrive.

Learning Objectives

  1. Participants will be able to define trauma informed care.
  2. Participants will be able to recognize trauma triggers.
  3. Participants will learn easy to implement techniques for resident engagement and interactions.

Speaker: Talisha Carter-Moody, LPC, CPCS, MS

Event Date: April 23, 2024

2 – 3 p.m. ET

ACCME & NAB CREDITS WILL BE OFFERED.

This webinar will examine the development of implicit (unconscious) bias and explore the environmental factors that may contribute to stereotyping and stigma. Participants will learn techniques to reduce bias and person-first language approaches to enhance staff and resident interactions.

Learning Objectives:

  1. Examine the cognitive process associated with the development of stereotypes, implicit (unconscious) bias, and stigma.
  2. Identify external and internal risk factors supporting implicit bias.
  3. Learn how bias can negatively impact communication and rapport building with residents.
  4. Learn strategies to eliminate implicit bias to enhance resident interactions.

Speaker: Diana Padilla MCPC, CARC, CASAC-TASAP

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Event Date: February 15, 2024

2 – 3 p.m. EST

ACCME & NAB CREDITS WILL BE OFFERED.

Are you a nursing facility staff member seeking to enhance your understanding of effectively addressing the behavioral health needs of the African American resident? Join us for an informative training focused on evidence-based strategies designed to reduce, and in some cases eliminate, behavioral health disparities among African American nursing facility residents. By attending the training, you will gain valuable insights into the social-cultural factors affecting behavioral health among African Americans, participate in an engaging discussion regarding challenges in providing optimal behavioral health care, and gain culturally informed strategies to serve the African American population effectively. 

Learning Objectives

  1. Define behavioral health equity and why it’s important
  2. Understand social-cultural factors affecting behavioral health among African Americans
  3. Identify social-ecological barriers to behavioral health care among African Americans
  4. Inform their interdisciplinary nursing facility staff about evidence-based strategies to improve behavioral health outcomes for African American residents.

Speaker: Niasha A. Fray MA, MSPH

Event Date: February 13, 2024

2 - 3 p.m. EST

ACCME & NAB CREDITS WILL BE OFFERED.

This interactive virtual training will examine a case scenario to take a deep dive into the importance of person-centered care. It will also offer practical tools to identify and mitigate the impact of implicit bias around mental health and substance use disorders and inform how cultural humility improves the staff and resident connection.

Learning Objectives:

  1. Describe person-centered care as it relates to nursing facilities and staff practice.
  2. Identify how bias induces assumptions that impact communications and rapport building.
  3. Identify the benefits of an “individualized” approach to resident engagement.
  4. Learn how person-centered strategies can help residents achieve care plan goals.

Speaker: Diana Padilla

Event Date: January 18, 2024

2 – 3 p.m. EST

ACCME & NAB CREDITS WILL BE OFFERED.

Tools for Creating Calm in Times of Distress (Part 6) will provide an opportunity to further enhance your self-awareness in response to distress. Participants will use their personal experiences to further explore empathy, transference, and reactivity, as they practice strategies to de-escalate and prevent distress.

Learning Objectives:

  1. Use knowledge related to personality disorders to avoid reactivity and empathy fatigue.
  2. Develop strategies for reviewing and preventing incidents of distress with your team using root cause analysis (cause-and-effect diagram) and behavioral analysis.

Speaker: Mathew Roosa

Event Date: January 17, 2024

2 – 3 p.m. EST

ACCME & NAB CREDITS WILL BE OFFERED.

Despite the demands that come with working in a nursing facility, staff are dedicated to their craft and enjoy a deep satisfaction from helping care for residents. The other side of the job brings pressures that can increase susceptibility to exhaustion leading to compassion fatigue and other occupational hazards. This interactive webinar will identify and define often elusive work-related conditions, the emotional and physical toll that can occur over time. Content will include strategies to prevent and cope with compassion fatigue through building resiliency and practicing self-care. Nursing facility staff will learn prevention efforts they can engage in to take care of themselves, both personally and professionally, and consequently residents in care.

Learning Objectives

  1. Review work dynamics that affect a nursing facility staff’s ability to take care of themselves.
  2. List potential effects that staff’s secondary trauma can have on their residents.
  3. List warning signs of the dedicated but stressed-out nursing facility staff.
  4. List practical strategies for building resiliency.

Speaker: Diana Padilla

Event Date: January 16, 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

Event Date: January 11, 2024

2 – 3 p.m. EST

ACCME & NAB CREDITS WILL BE OFFERED.

Tools for Creating Calm in Times of Distress (Part 5) will provide an opportunity to further enhance your self-awareness in response to distress. Participants will use their personal experiences to further explore empathy, transference, and reactivity, as they practice strategies to de-escalate and prevent distress.

Learning Objectives:

  1. Practice de-escalation using key tools (grounding, OARS, etc.)
  2. Identify “fixing reflexes” and how to contain them.

Speaker: Mathew Roosa

Event Date: December 13, 2023

2 – 3 p.m. EST

ACCME CREDITS WILL BE OFFERED.

Grief and loss symptoms from resident death are often similar to those experienced from family or friend loss. This webinar session will provide an overview of the bereavement concerns that can arise when nursing home residents and staff experience the death of a resident. Content will review the emotional and psychological responses to loss through the five stages of grief. The discussion will further inform on postvention activities to support self-care and healing for residents and nursing home staff. 

Objectives: 

  • List types of grief and symptoms. 
  • Define the five stages of grief and potential impacts. 
  • List strategies for self-support and healing. 
  • Identify ‘postvention’ opportunities to support nursing home staff and residents after a patient death. 

Speaker: Diana Padilla, MCPC, CARC, CASAC-T

Event Date: December 7, 2023

2 – 2:45 p.m. EST

ACCME CREDITS WILL BE OFFERED.

There are many people around the world who suffer from depression, anxiety and other mental illnesses. According to a study published by the National Institutes of Health (NIH), 65% to 90% of nursing home residents have a mental disorder, ranging from common mental health problems such as anxiety and depression to serious mental illnesses (SMI) like schizophrenia and bipolar disorder. This session will provide an introduction to SMI, an understanding of SMI, and how using a 5-step model for care is effective in assisting staff in supporting residents when a serious mental Illness diagnosis.

Learning Objectives:

  1. Define serious mental illness and list the four major categories of SMI.
  2. Describe the differences between SMI and dementia and note misperceptions about SMI.
  3. Describe the recovery model and list the five steps in the CARES Approach for SMI care.

Speaker: Deborah Richman, BS

Event Date: December 20, 2023

2 - 2:30 p.m. EST

ACCME CREDITS WILL BE OFFERED.

The fundamentals of Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD) and its effects on holiday depression will be discussed. This training is designed to provide participants with a basic understanding of depression, seasonal onset, symptoms, and treatments to support residents experiencing challenges from SAD.

Learning Objectives:

  1. Participants will gain a basic understanding of seasonal depression during the holidays.
  2. Participants will be able to recognize and understand signs, symptoms, and triggers of seasonal depression.
  3. Participants will learn helpful responses to engage with residents.

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

Event Date: November 30, 2023

1 - 1:30 p.m. EST

ACCME CREDITS WILL BE OFFERED.

This training is designed to equip nursing facility staff with the knowledge, skills, and tools necessary to provide effective and compassion care to residents diagnosed with an opioid use disorder.

Learning Objectives:

  1. Discuss assessment of residents before starting opioid analgesic treatment for pain.
  2. Create evidence-based strategies for practicing opioid stewardship.
  3. Evaluate residents for opioid use disorder in nursing facilities.
  4. Discuss safe taper of opioids and alternative therapies for pain.

Speakers: Dr. Swati Gaur & Dr. Jenn Azen

Event Date: November 16, 2023

2 - 3 p.m. EST

ACCME CREDITS WILL BE OFFERED.

Tools for Creating Calm in Times of Distress (Part 4) will provide an opportunity to further enhance your self-awareness in response to distress. Participants will use their personal experiences to further explore empathy, transference, and reactivity, as they practice strategies to de-escalate and prevent distress.

Learning Objectives

  1. Use Motivational interviewing (OARS, Engage, Focus, Evoke & Plan) to respond to and resolve distress.
  2. Gain familiarity with open-ended questions as a strategy for engagement.

Speaker: Mathew Roosa

Event Date: November 7, 2023

2 - 2:30 p.m. EST

ACCME CREDITS WILL BE OFFERED.

This half-hour workshop will introduce staff to schizophrenia and psychosis concepts with the goal of providing participants a basic understanding of thought disorders.

Learning Objectives:

  1. Achieve a basic understanding of schizophrenia, its onset, symptoms and treatments
  2. Understand that psychosis can be caused from other sources besides schizophrenia
  3. Identify the symptoms of psychosis

Speaker: Bryan Stephens

Event Date: November 2, 2023

2 - 3 p.m. EST

ACCME CREDITS WILL BE OFFERED

Tools for Creating Calm in Times of Distress (Part 3) will provide an opportunity to further enhance your self-awareness in response to distress. Participants will use their personal experiences to further explore empathy, transference, and reactivity, as they practice strategies to de-escalate and prevent distress.

Learning Objectives:

  1. Construct empathy maps for individuals who “push your buttons”.
  2. Identify common projection scenarios that result in transference and counter transference.
  3. Plan strategies for avoiding unproductive reactions to strong emotions.

Speaker: Mathew Roosa

Event Date: October 24, 2023

2 - 3 p.m. EST

ACCME credits will be offered.

This interactive virtual training will take a deep dive into the importance of person-centered care through a case scenario. It will also offer practical tools to identify and mitigate the impact of implicit bias around mental health and substance use disorders and inform how cultural humility improves the staff and resident connection.

Learning Objectives

  1. Describe person-centered care as it relates to nursing facilities and staff practice.
  2. Identify how bias induces assumptions that impact communications and rapport building.
  3. Identify the benefits of an ‘individualized’ approach to resident engagement.
  4. Learn how person-centered strategies can help residents achieve care plan goals.

Speaker – Diana Padilla MCPC, CARC, CASAC-TASAP

 

Event Date: October 17, 2023

2 - 2:30 p.m. EST

ACCME credits will be offered.

This half-hour training is a basic introduction to understanding bipolar disorder, its onset, symptoms and treatments. Participants will also learn approaches to support residents experiencing symptoms of bipolar disorder.

Learning Objectives:

  1. Gain an understanding of bipolar disorder
  2. Recognize and understand signs and symptoms of mania and depression
  3. Learn appropriate responses of engagement with residents

Speaker: Bryan G. Stephens, LPC Founder and CEO of TalkForward

Event Date: October 11, 2023

2 - 3 p.m. EST

ACCME credits will be offered.

Substance use disorders and mental illness overlap at the rate of 50-70%. Compared to individuals with a single diagnosis, those with co-occurring disorders experience more instances of hospitalizations, suicide attempts, actual suicides and relapse. Topics covered in this presentation include the definition of a co-occurring disorder; how substance use disorders and mental illness interact; person-centered recovery; integrated co-occurring disorders treatment; stage-based interventions; and how to support residents with co-occurring disorders.

Learning Objectives:
1. Define co-occurring disorders.
2. Articulate seven (7) ways substance use disorders and mental illness interact with each other for residents with co-occurring disorders.
3. Explain the differences between three (3) types of co-occurring disorders treatment.
4. Be able to provide services and make referrals based upon a resident’s level of readiness to change
5. Provide support for residents with co-occurring disorders.

Speaker: Mark Sanders, LCSW, CADC

Event Date: October 19, 2023

2 - 2:30 p.m. EST

ACCME credits will be offered.

This 2-part training series is designed to provide information, strategies, and engagement tools that can be used to create calm for the distressed resident, while ensuring the delivery of effective care. Participants will improve their self-awareness regarding their own reactions to distress, in addition to discussing risk, safety factors and concrete tools for creating calm.

Learning Objectives:
1. Develop greater empathy and understanding related to distress.
2. Gain insight into personal reactions to distressed residents.
3. Review tools for responding to distress that will improve staff and resident engagement. 4.Identify risk and safety boundaries.

Speaker: Mathew R Roosa, LCSW-R

Event Date: October 5, 2023

2 - 2:30 p.m. EST

ACCME credits will be offered.

This 2-part training series is designed to provide information, strategies, and engagement tools that can be used to create calm for the distressed resident, while ensuring the delivery of effective care. Participants will improve their self-awareness regarding their own reactions to distress, in addition to discussing risk, safety factors and concrete tools for creating calm.

Learning Objectives:
1. Develop greater empathy and understanding related to distress.
2. Gain insight into personal reactions to distressed residents.
3. Review tools for responding to distress that will improve staff and resident engagement. 4.Identify risk and safety boundaries.

Speaker: Mathew R Roosa, LCSW-R

Event Date: September 28, 2023

1 - 1:30 p.m. EST

This training will provide an overview of opioid use disorders (OUD) in nursing facilities, offer valuable insights, explore medication options, and equip nursing facility staff with an understanding of how to manage this complex issue among residents with a diagnosis of OUD.

Learning Objectives

  1. Learn the epidemiology of OUD and why there is an increase of resident admissions with this disorder.
  2. Learn how to assess for opioid cravings/withdrawal and how this differs from a pain assessment.
  3. Identify medical complications for OUD and conditions most likely seen in post-acute and long-term care settings.
  4. Identify concepts in treatment for OUD:
    • Medications: buprenorphine, methadone, naltrexone.
    • Behavioral strategies.
    • Mutual support groups

Event Date: September 20, 2023

2 - 2:30 p.m. EST

This interactive virtual training will review the importance of person-centered care, offer practical tools to identify and mitigate the impact of implicit bias around mental health, address substance use disorders and misuse, and inform on how cultural humility improves the staff/resident connection.

Learning Objectives:

  1. Describe person-centered care as it relates to nursing facilities.
  2. Identify how bias induces assumptions that impact communications and rapport building.
  3. Identify the benefits of an “individualized” approach to resident engagement.
  4. Learn how person-centered strategies can help residents achieve care plan goals.

Event Date: September 14, 2023

2 – 3 p.m. EST

In honor of National Recovery Month, attend this live virtual session to gain information on how addiction occurs and learn strategies for meeting the needs of residents with a substance use disorder in a nursing facility. Participants will have an opportunity to hear real-life experiences from a panel of individuals who will share their recovery journey.

Learning Objectives:

  • Understand the science of addiction.
  • Explore the complex needs of nursing home residents with substance use disorders (SUD).
  • Learn strategies that nursing facility staff can use in working with residents with a SUD.
  • Learn from the stories of individuals with lived experiences in long-term recovery.

Event Date: September 14, 2023

10:30 a.m. – 12 p.m. EST

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.

Event Date: September 6, 2023

3 – 4 p.m. EST

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.

Event Date: August 30, 2023

1 - 2 p.m. EST

This session is an introductory training to help identify, understand, and respond to mental health disorders. It also includes helpful strategies for suicide prevention and de-escalation techniques applicable to nursing homes.

Learning Objectives:
1. Define and discuss common mental health disorders in nursing facilities.
2. Discuss causes contributing to the onset or exacerbation of symptoms.
3. Provide awareness of suicide prevention.
4. Identify helpful de-escalation strategies nursing home staff can use to support residents with mental health conditions.  ‌ ‌‌

Event Date: August 31, 2023

1 - 1:30 p.m. EST

This webinar will provide a general overview of substance use disorders with a focus on residents in skilled nursing facilities. It will help care providers to understand the resident’s disease of addiction process and how their disease is treated in a complex and multidisciplinary manner.

Learning Objectives:

  1. Be able to differentiate between substance use, substance dependence, and substance use disorder.
  2. Learn language that reduces stigma and builds therapeutic alliance with patients with substance use disorder.
  3. Understand barriers that residents experience in healthcare, especially in skilled nursing environments. 4. Review neuropathology of addiction. 5. Gain understanding of treatment frameworks for substance use disorder.

Event Date: September 21, 2023

2 - 3 p.m. EST

We’ll discuss the grounding techniques a resident can use when emotionally stimulated and experiencing distress. Integrating grounding strategies into care plans will give staff more capacity to uphold trauma-informed principles such as safety, trust, empowerment and collaboration.

Objectives:

  1. Define the concept of grounding and why this method of distraction supports a person with an activated nervous system.
  2. Name three grounding strategies.
  3. Consider collaborating with residents and their families to integrate these strategies into the care plan.

Event Date: September 13, 2023

2 - 3 p.m. EST

In Part 3, we’ll explore the difference between trauma screening and trauma assessment and why this distinction is important in a trauma-informed culture. Participants will learn about direct and indirect screening, when to use each approach and what to do if a resident shares details about a traumatic experience.

Objectives:

  1. Differentiate between trauma screening and trauma assessment and why this distinction is crucial.
  2. Explain direct and indirect screening techniques and how staff can use indirect screening as part of a trauma-informed culture.
  3. Name two things a staff member can do if a resident discloses details of a traumatic experience.

Event Date: August 24, 2023

2 - 3 p.m. EST

In this session, we’ll continue our exploration of trauma-informed care concepts—including the six trauma-informed principles, triggers, and how an activated nervous system can impact a person’s behaviors—and how to integrate that knowledge into daily resident interactions.

Objectives:

  1. Discuss trauma-informed principles and how a trauma-informed culture supports residents and staff.
  2. Explain how triggers impact a person’s behavior.
  3. Describe how the nervous system may respond when it perceives a threat and why it’s important for staff to be aware of this during resident interactions.

Event Date: August 15, 2023

10 - 10:30 a.m. EST

This training introduces key components of trauma-informed care that staff can integrate into facility operations and resident interactions.

Objective: Describe key trauma-informed care terms and concepts and how to apply them in nursing homes.

Event Date: August 17, 2023

2 - 3 p.m. EST

In Part 2 of this series, we explored what happens when a person’s nervous system is activated, and how they react with a fight-flight-freeze state. In this session, we’ll discuss grounding techniques to support a person when they are emotionally stimulated and experiencing distress. By integrating grounding strategies that work for each resident, staff may also have more capacity to uphold trauma-informed principles including safety, trust, empowerment, and collaboration.

Learning Objectives

  1. Define the concept of grounding and why this method of distraction supports a person with an activated nervous system.
  2. Name three grounding strategies.
  3. Consider collaborating with residents and their families to integrate these strategies into the care plan.

Event Date: August 15, 2023

2 - 2:30 p.m. EST

Culturally and Linguistically Appropriate Services (CLAS) Standards provide a blueprint toward improving health equity, patient safety, and patient satisfaction. This presentation is an introduction to CLAS standards and provides ideas for implementation in your organizations.

Learning Objectives:

  1. Describe what CLAS is and why it is important for improving health equity.
  2. Classify CLAS standards into operational objectives.
  3. Learn your role in implementing CLAS standards in your organization.

Event Date: August 9, 2023

2 - 2:30 p.m. EST

There are many people around the world who suffer from depression, anxiety, and other mental illnesses. According to a study published by the National Institutes of Health (NIH), 65% to 90% of nursing home residents have a mental disorder, ranging from common mental health problems such as anxiety and depression to serious mental illnesses (SMI) like schizophrenia and bipolar disorder. This session will provide an introduction to SMI, an understanding of SMI, and how using a 5-step model for care is effective in assisting staff in supporting residents when a serious mental Illness diagnosis.

Learning Objectives:

  1. Define serious mental illness and list the four major categories of SMI.
  2. Describe the differences between SMI and dementia and note misperceptions about SMI.
  3. Describe the recovery model and list the five steps in the CARES Approach for SMI care.

Event Date: July 26, 2023

2 - 3 p.m. EST

In Part 3 of this series, we’ll explore the difference between trauma screening and trauma assessment and why this distinction is so important in supporting a trauma-informed culture. Participants will learn about direct and indirect screening and when to use each approach and what to do if a resident shares details about a traumatic experience.

Objectives:
1. Differentiate between trauma screening and trauma assessment and why this distinction is crucial.
2. Explain direct and indirect screening techniques and how staff can always use indirect screening as part of a trauma-informed culture.
3. Name two things a staff member can do if a resident discloses details of a traumatic experience.

Event Date: July 19, 2023

2 - 2:30 p.m. EST

This half-hour workshop is to introduce staff to schizophrenia and psychosis with the goal to provide participants with a basic understanding of thought disorders.

Objectives:

  • Provide a basic understanding of schizophrenia, its onset, symptoms and treatments.
  • Understand that psychosis can be caused from other sources besides schizophrenia
  • Identify the symptoms of psychosis

Event Date: July 18, 2023

2 - 2:30 p.m. EST

Culturally and Linguistically Appropriate Services (CLAS) Standards provide a blueprint toward improving health equity, patient safety, and patient satisfaction. This presentation is an introduction to CLAS standards and provides ideas for implementation in your organizations.

Objectives:

  1. Describe what CLAS is and why it is important for improving health equity.
  2. Classify CLAS standards into operational objectives.
  3. Learn your role in implementing CLAS standards in your organization.

Event Date: July 5, 2023

2:30 - 3 p.m. EST

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:

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

Event Date: June 29, 2023

2 - 2:30 p.m. EST

A distinct increase in the diagnosis of opioid use disorder has been seen across the country in all medical settings such as skilled nursing facilities and other residential rehabilitation settings. Due to an increase in opioid use disorder, there’s also been an increase in the number of aging patients with pain who have received opioids as prescribed by their physicians, as well as younger populations being admitted to facilities for rehabilitation. With this prevalence, it is imperative to treat opioid use disorder as any other chronic disease would be treated.

This training will be a series of three (3), 30-minute webinars, designed to:
1. Provide an understanding of the disease and the medicines used to treat opioid use disorder.
2. Explore various models, some of which have been utilized for decades, that have been successfully introduced and sustained.
3. Assist in identifying and collaborating with OUD treat providers within your local area.

Event Date: June 22, 2023

2 - 3 p.m. EST

Healthcare staff have a deep intention to care for other human beings and with the principles of trauma-informed care, we can bring that intention to life. In this session, we’ll continue our exploration of TIC concepts including the difference between trauma screening and assessment, the impact of an activated nervous system, and how to integrate that knowledge into daily interactions with residents.

1. Discuss trauma-informed principles and how they apply to resident interactions.
2. Explain the impact of a nervous system response and the difference between a reaction and a response.
3. Differentiate between trauma screening and trauma assessment and why this distinction is critical.

Event Date: June 21, 2023

2 - 3:30 p.m. EST

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

Event Date: May 19, 2023

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

FULL

To register for Mental Health First Aid, please send your name, email address, agency and training date to coeinfo@allianthealth.org two weeks prior to the date of interest.

Mental Health First Aid (MHFA) gives you the skills to reach out 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 offers a three-year certification.

What Mental Health First Aid Covers

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

The training is divided into 3 parts:

Part 1 – Begins 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 complete 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 – Attend 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 which is required to receive a certificate of participation.

Registration is limited to 15 participants. A minimum of five (5) participants is required for the session to occur.

Event Date: May 24, 2023

2 - 3 p.m. EST

Substance use disorders and mental illness overlap at the rate of 50% to 70%. Compared to individuals with a single diagnosis, those with co-occurring disorders experience more hospitalizations, suicide attempts, actual suicides, and relapse. Topics covered in this presentation will include:

  • Definition of a co-occurring disorder
  • How substance use disorders and mental illness interact
  • Person centered recovery
  • Integrated co-occurring disorders treatment
  • Stage based interventions
  • How to support residents with co-occurring disorders

Learning Objectives:

  • Define co-occurring disorders
  • Articulate seven ways substance use disorders and mental illness interact with each other for residents with co-occurring disorders
  • Explain the differences between three types of co-occurring disorders treatment
  • Be able to provide services and make referrals based upon a resident’s level of readiness to change
  • Provide support for residents with co-occurring disorders

If you attempted to register for the “Addressing Co-occurring Disorders in Nursing Facilities” session on May 24th and it was full. We have now increased capacity for that session as well. Please feel free to register.

Event Date: May 10, 2023

2 - 2:30 p.m. EST

This is an introduction to key components that support staff can use to integrate trauma informed approach in facility operations and all resident interactions.

Learning Objectives:

  1. Describe key trauma-informed care terms and concepts and how they apply in the nursing home setting.
  2. Explain the impact of a nervous system response and how to incorporate a trauma-informed approach for resident expressions of distress.
  3. Differentiate between trauma screening and trauma assessment and why this distinction is critical.
  4. Operationalize CMS federal guidelines trauma-informed care in nursing facilities.
  5. Articulate strategies to apply trauma-informed care principles in daily care and facility operations.

Event Date: April 25, 2023

2 - 2:30 p.m. EST

Join this webinar to discover how to define substance use, misuse and substance use disorders. Review substance use screening tools that can be used in nursing facilities and the importance of using stigma-free language. How to recognize the signs and symptoms of possible substance use will also be discussed.

Event Date: April 12, 2023

2 - 2:30 p.m. EST

Mental Health 101 is an introductory training to help identify, understand, and respond to signs of mental health disorders. Join us as we address some of the common causes contributing to the onset or exacerbation of mental health symptoms among nursing home residents, and share common warning signs and practical strategies on how staff can support improving resident mental wellness. This training will also assist nursing facility staff develop skills to more effectively help residents with mental health disorders.

Event Date: March 21, 2023

2 - 2:30 PM EST

Having a knowledge of substance use disorders and common behavioral symptoms are essential to understanding how to support residents with substance use disorders and related health consequences, particularly within the nursing home environment. This 30-minute webinar will define substance use, misuse, and substance use disorders and examine their potential impact. We will also review substance use screening tools that can be used in nursing facilities and address the importance of using stigma-free language for providing person centered nursing care. How to recognize the signs and symptoms of possible substance use will also be discussed.

Event Date: March 29, 2023

2 - 2:30 PM EST

Mental Health 101 is an introductory training to help identify, understand, and respond to signs of mental health disorders. Join us as we address some of the common causes contributing to the onset or exacerbation of mental health symptoms among nursing home residents, and share common warning signs and practical strategies on how staff can support improving resident mental wellness. This training will also assist nursing facility staff develop skills to more effectively help residents with mental health disorders.

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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.

What We Do

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).

Who We Help

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.