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Behavioral Healthcare Education Overview

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Behavioral Healthcare Education (BHE, formerly the Division of Continuing Mental Health Education of the Medical College of Pennsylvania, Eastern Pennsylvania Psychiatric Institute) was established in 1980. It was created to turn clinical knowledge from research into information and skills that are directly useful to practitioners in the behavioral health fields, particularly those working with persons in the public and Medicaid managed care arenas who have serious and persistent mental disorders.

BHE can assist you in:

  • Exploring new areas of knowledge
  • Expanding skills and competencies
  • Staying on the cutting edge of new technologies and experience-based practice
  • Improving customer satisfaction
  • Designing and attaining specific program outcomes
  • Examining and clarifying basic values, mission and program goals

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The mission of the Division of Behavioral Healthcare Education (BHE), Department of Psychiatry, Drexel University College of Medicine, is to support behavioral health practitioners in providing high-quality services to people of all ages.

We fulfill this mission through delivering continuing education, consultation, technical assistance and conferences, using evidence-based and promising practices, research findings, and program and policy advances.

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We value continuous learning that is based on holistic understanding of the unique ways in which adults interact and learn.

We believe that every adult who has a serious mental illness and/or addictive disease, and every child and adolescent who has a serious emotional disturbance and/or who abuses substances should have the opportunity for growth, recovery and inclusion in their community, have access to treatment and supports of their choice, and enjoy a quality of life that includes family and friends.

We believe that all people have an important and essential stake in helping to improve the quality of behavioral health services.

We believe that all people have the right to be treated with respect and dignity and to receive behavioral health services that support recovery and resiliency.

We value diversity and recognize the need to ensure that our programs, policies and standards promote cultural competency in the public behavioral health system in order to guarantee the availability of and access to services and supports that adapt to each individual's culture.

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Each year, BHE provides continuing education, consultation, technical assistance and conferences to thousands of people across the Commonwealth and beyond.

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BHE comprises a multidisciplinary team of experienced professionals who have many areas of clinical knowledge, including those mentioned in the list below. Please visit our faculty list for brief individual biographies.

Some major areas of expertise:

  • Trauma-informed care (including our 50-hour trauma series)
  • Substance use disorders
  • Motivational interviewing
  • Case management
  • Co-occurring disorders
  • Cognitive-behavioral approaches
  • Forensic practices
  • Psychiatric rehabilitation
  • Multiculturalism and diversity
  • Diagnosis-specific content
  • Therapeutic interventions across varied presentations, populations and diagnoses
  • Child and adolescent diagnosis and treatment
  • Family supports and interventions
  • Intellectual and developmental disabilities
  • Crisis management
  • De-escalation
  • Aggressive and violent behaviors
  • Group modalities
  • Community supports and resources
  • Psychopharmacology
  • Continuous quality improvement/performance improvement
  • Management and program administration