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What Is Behavioral Healthcare Education?

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 with contractual funding from what is now the Pennsylvania Office of Mental Health and Substance Abuse Services. The purpose of our creation was to turn clinical knowledge from biological and programmatic 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. Since that time we have added expertise in the areas of substance use disorders, mental retardation/developmental disabilities, and child and adolescent diagnoses and treatment.

Our Mission

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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Our values and beliefs

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 persons 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 and access to services and supports that adapt to each individual's culture.

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Each year, BHE provides continuing education, consultation, and technical assistance services to over 10,000 people.

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Our Faculty

BHE comprises a multidisciplinary team of experienced full-time professionals who have many areas of expertise, including those mentioned in the list below. Please see faculty information for brief individual biographies.

Some major areas of expertise:

  • Adolescent Diagnosis and Treatment
  • Aggressive and Violent Behaviors
  • Behavioral Interventions
  • Case Management
  • Children's Diagnosis and Treatment
  • Cognitive Behavioral Approaches
  • Community Supports and Resources
  • Continuous Quality Improvement/Performance Improvement
  • Co-Occurring Disorders (MH/MR, Mental and Substance Use Disorders, etc.)
  • Crisis Management
  • Cultural Diversity
  • Developmental Disabilities
  • Diagnostic Differentiation
  • Family Supports and Interventions
  • Forensic Settings and Practices
  • Group-Based Strategies and Interventions
  • Human Sexuality
  • Individual Interventions
  • Managed Care
  • Management and Program Administration
  • Psychiatric Rehabilitation
  • Psychopharmacology
  • Short-Term Therapies and Their Uses
  • Substance Use Disorders
  • Therapeutic Interventions for Specific Disorders
  • Trauma Treatments
  • Wrap-Around Services

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