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Behavioral Healthcare Education Online Training

Behavioral Healthcare Education Online Training

We are proud to offer online courses that are timely and convenient, and can be accessed from your office or home. These courses include several important topics that are usually booked to capacity in our live training series. All BHE courses, live and online, offer continuing education credits.

Remember to check back often since our list of online courses is always expanding.

Registration and Continuing Education Credits

You must register first in order to access these online trainings. Once you have registered and completed your payment, you will receive a confirmation email with the course link to view online.

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Co-Occurring Disorders (COD) Courses

OL620 Integrating Treatment for Persons with COD and SUD

2 Hours – $20

This seminar provides an overview of recovery principles and practices related to co-occurring psychiatric and substance use disorders. It examines organizing principles and tools and explores the scope of what practitioners need for basic competency in this area, including attention to cultural differences. Resources including the PA Co-Occurring Bulletin, TIP 42 and the IDDT workbook are briefly reviewed. This seminar serves as an introduction for those taking the full COD course series.

Therapy/Intervention Courses

OL616 Contingency Management: Principles and Uses

2 Hours – $20

Contingency management (CM) is rooted in behavioral science and uses some system or rewards to support a person's movement toward desired goals (positive outcomes). This course examines the use of CM principles and practices with individuals, within groups and as part of an overall program environment. Discussion and examples about how, why and when CM works well and supports for how to use it within one's own program are included.

OL630 Cognitive Behavioral Therapy: An Overview of Practice and Principles

2 Hours – $20

This seminar reviews the basic theory of CBT, describes some of its components and applications, and explores its use with various populations and formats. This course is focused mainly on the use of CBT with adults who have varying diagnoses and functional capacities (although references are given for its use and application for children and adolescents). Examples will be provided and uses with both individual and in group formats will be discussed.

OL635 Motivational Interviewing: Practicing the Principles

4 Hours – $40

This online training is a video-recorded version of a three-day intensive course in the principles and initial practices of William R. Miller and Stephen Rollnick's Motivational Interviewing. Their theory and practice is, in turn, rooted in an understanding of the Transtheoretical Stages of Change found in the work of Prochaska and DiClemente. The principles and skills are highly complementary paired with values and practices of recovery-oriented services and supports. The live version of this training contained multiple role plays, videos and group activities; however, these facets do not transfer easily for an online learning format. As such, they have been removed from the online version.

Trauma Course

OL640 BPD (Borderline Personality Disorder)—Lacking an Emotional Skin

1 Hour – $10

Borderline Personality Disorder (BPD) is a serious mental illness generally characterized by instability in affect, relationships, self-image and behavior. This course will provide a general overview of BPD including information on: DSM-5 diagnostic criteria, etiology, suicidality and parasuicidality, the role of trauma and abuse, therapeutic approaches, and theoretical orientations. Treatment challenges are discussed; of primary importance is the need to monitor counter-transference issues while maintaining empathy and rapport.

Ethics Course

OL621 Exploring Ethical Issues in Substance Use Treatment: Abstinence-Only vs. Harm Reduction

1.5 hours – $35

In terms of addiction treatment, abstinence-only has been the primary treatment modality for decades, while harm reduction has only recently entered the field as a viable alternative. Both constructs are explored through the lenses of specific ethical frameworks, and participants will listen to debate-style information about the merits and drawbacks of each approach. Towards the conclusion of the course, a third viewpoint will be presented that outlines the importance of considering both perspectives for sound ethical practice.

Special Topics

OL631 DSM-5 Disorders: An Overview of Current Diagnostic Thinking

2.5 Hours – $25

This seminar is intended both for persons who have frequently used past editions of the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of the American Psychiatric Association and for those who wish to become familiar with the current edition. It presents an overview of contents and a rationale for examining the developmental effects of symptoms in specific diagnostic categories on persons of different ages, genders and cultures.

OL641 Pain Don’t Hurt: Examining Trauma in Men

2 Hours – $20

Trauma can be viewed as an experience that can sever connections among the family, the community, and the self. Although there are similarities between men and women in their experience of trauma and subsequent recovery processes, there are also substantial differences, in part due to gender role expectations. The very definition of “manhood” is often in direct conflict with the experience of being a victim, leaving males to experience a wide range of conflicting emotions, and uncertainty as to how to manage them effectively. As a result, males who have experienced trauma tend to deal with these emotions with all-or-nothing, maladaptive coping responses, including substance use. This course will explore various aspects of one trauma specific treatment group model for men; messages about manhood, the impact of trauma; and integrating coping skills with acceptance and empowerment will be highlighted.

OL670 Welcoming and Affirming Practice: LGBTQI and Cultural Competency

1.5 Hours – $35

Diversity education is broadening to include not only competencies pertaining to sexual orientation but also fundamental issues of gender identity and biological variation. Creating a non-judgmental and affirming environment for all persons enhances provider's service delivery and the individual's care seeking behavior. The focus of this course is on helping you and your program respect and support diversity both in your colleagues and those to whom you provide services. This training can serve as an overview for newer practitioners and programs or as a review for those already practicing these principles.

OL671 Heroin: Beyond the Counseling Session

1 Hour – $10

When considering heroin use, providers are most commonly concerned with biopsychosocial effects that can be visibly seen and/or addressed in treatment. The first aim of this workshop will be to provide a general overview of the unseen action of heroin in the brain. Additionally, the "non-scholarly' details of heroin use will be examined, including: demographics of typical users; importation and distribution; appearance, purity, packaging and cost; methods of (and preparations for) use; street-level terminology; and daily life factors that impact the user. Lastly, overdose deaths are examined, along with a description of Naloxone, an opioid overdose reversal medication.

Important note: If you are sensitive to real-world descriptions of heroin and how it is used, you may not wish to view this course, as some of the images and discussions may be graphic and triggering.

OL690 The Helper’s Guide to Understanding Misophonia

2.5 Hours – $25

Using narrated PowerPoint slides and a podcast-style interview, “The Helpers Guide to Understanding Misophonia” is a 2.5-hour long continuing education course* that aims to provide an introduction to misophonia for clinicians. Though the term literally means “hatred of sounds,” it is best characterized as a neurophysiological disorder with emotional, cognitive and behavioral components – often resulting in affective distress. Misophonia causes individuals to experience aversive reactivity to certain pattern-based sounds that most people would find innocuous. As this under-researched disorder becomes more popularized in the press, clinicians should be prepared to encounter clients of all ages who suffer from this disorder. Unfortunately, no evidence-based treatment yet exists for misophonia, however through this course clinicians will begin to learn the strategies they can use to help clients learn about and cope with their sound sensitivity.

*This course is generously delivered by a special guest presenter, Dr. Jennifer Jo Brout, who is recognized internationally as a driving force for increasing our knowledge base about misophonia. Dr. Brout has been at the forefront of research in this area for the past two decades, having established the Sensation and Emotion Network (SENetwork) in 2007, along with the Sensory Processing and Emotion Regulation Program at Duke University in 2008. Dr. Brout is also the founder of the International Misophonia Research Network, and is the research director for the news and advocacy website, Misophonia International.

OL692 Substance Use Disorders: Diagnosis Meets Real-World Presentation

2.5 Hours – $25

This course provides an overview of substance use disorders as described in the DSM-5, as well as stories from the instructor’s clinical experience. The use of the DSM-5 is briefly reviewed in terms of examining substance-related disorders. Included in this course will be:

  • A description of various classes of substances, including intoxication and withdrawal symptoms
  • Substance use disorders on the spectrum of mild, moderate or severe
  • General approaches to assessment and treatment
  • The need for examining individual factors when working with a person with a history of substance use disorders

This online course is a narrated PowerPoint recording of a live training held in December 2017.


Please note: Upon completion of these online trainings, you need to take the post-test and pass it with a score of at least 80% in order to receive continuing education credits. You will receive your continuing education certificate by email within two weeks of the completion of the training. If you do not receive your certificate within two weeks, please call our office.

Special Offering from the A.J. Drexel Autism Institute

Our colleagues at the A.J. Drexel Autism Institute are offering a web-based CME and CE forum for health professionals serving individuals with autism spectrum disorder (ASD). The program, Psychopharmacology and ASD, is now available.

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