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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.

Please note:

These offerings are pre-recorded, so they are available on demand. You may view them at any time you wish.

There are no refunds for online courses.

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

Registration and Continuing Education Credits

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

How to register:

  • From the registration page, click BHE Online Trainings Link at the bottom of the page to access these offerings.
  • On the next page, you will be asked to sign in to register for the online portal.
  • Once you are registered, you will see the entire list of online offerings.

Please note:
Upon completion of these online trainings, you must take the post-test and pass it with a score of at least 80% in order to receive continuing education credits. If you do not receive your continuing education certificate by email within two weeks of the completion of the training, please call our office at 215.831.4055.

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Ethics

OL673 Ethics and the Goldwater Rule

1.5 Hours – $15

In 1964, presidential candidate Barry Goldwater was deemed psychologically unfit by 1,189 psychiatrists in a published survey. In an eventual response (1973), the APA created the “Goldwater Rule” to prevent this type of ethical situation from repeating. Since then, other professional organizations have created Goldwater-esque positions in their codes of ethics, while other entities include nothing specific to this issue. As we’re now well into the 21st century, our concept of “public” and “media” has changed dramatically; being asked about the mental fitness of a person we have not examined can put us in an uncomfortable position. This workshop will explore the ethics and wisdom of violating the Goldwater Rule.

You may view this webinar at any time once you have registered.

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.

You may view this webinar at any time once you have registered.

Suicide

OL634 Suicide: A Primer for Behavioral Health Practitioners

1.5 hours – $15

Suicide is a leading cause of preventable death in the United States and worldwide. Most individuals who die by suicide had a diagnosable mental illness at their time of death. As behavioral health practitioners, it is imperative that we are identifying, assessing, and treating suicidality with empirically supported approaches and interventions. This course provides a superficial, yet broad discussion of challenges and competencies related to our work with those experiencing suicidal thoughts and behaviors.

This course satisfies the 1 hour continuing education requirement for psychologists, professional counselors, marriage and family therapists, and social workers per the Matt Adler Suicide Prevention Continuing Education Act of 2016.

You may view this webinar at any time once you have registered.

Trauma- and Stressor-Related

OL642 Trauma: Definitions and Diagnoses

1.5 Hours – $15

Trauma is ever-present in the lives of many people who seek professional help. This training will provide a foundational overview necessary to understand the impact of traumatic experiences. Areas that will be explored include definitions, diagnostic criteria, prevalence data, and brain changes. Additionally, the importance of becoming trauma-informed practitioners will be introduced.

You may view this webinar at any time once you have registered.

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.

You may view this webinar at any time once you have registered.

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.

You may view this webinar at any time once you have registered.

OL654 The Trauma Toolkit: Interventions for the Art of Helping People With Trauma

3.5 Hours – $35

This course focuses on specific interventions of use to the professional helper when providing therapeutic services in behavioral healthcare. The primary aim of this workshop is to add to the helper’s “bag of tricks” or “toolkit” pertaining to assisting people with histories of trauma. Participants will be introduced to dozens of specific interventions geared towards managing and moving beyond trauma.

You may view this webinar at any time once you have registered.

Interventions and Approaches

OL622 De-escalating Agitated and Aggressive Behaviors: The 10 Domains

1.5 Hours – $15

The potential for client aggression and violence toward behavioral health care workers is a growing concern and a frightening aspect of clinical work. Verbal de-escalation is the recommended first-line response, comprising a range of short-term psychosocial interventions aimed at reducing harm. While violent events are uncommon and hard to predict, practitioners must be prepared to institute universal precautions that emphasize prevention. This course will cover the causes, signs and symptoms of agitation and aggression, review helpful strategies to help manage these behaviors, and introduce compassion as a fundamental aspect of helping those in distress.

You may view this webinar at any time once you have registered.

OL638 Motivational Interviewing: The Spirit

2.5 hours – $25

Motivational interviewing (MI) is an effective approach for engaging people in behavior change efforts. Embracing the philosophies behind MI is a crucial first step before helpers can successfully utilize specific techniques and skills. This training explores the foundational aspects of an MI consistent approach, including the four elements of the spirit and stages of change.

You may view this webinar at any time once you have registered.

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.

You may view this webinar at any time once you have registered.

OL633 Beyond Psychosis: Navigating the Dimensions of Serious Mental Illness

1 hour – $10

Today's behavioral healthcare climate expects practitioners to embrace a recovery-oriented philosophy, build on evidence-based knowledge and person focused skills. This webinar facilitates the translation of this “new lens” of service delivery within the context of personal experiences and perspectives of persons living in the world of psychosis.

Note: This is not an in-depth analysis of specific clinical interventions but an opportunity to guide thinking and suggest practical approaches that can be integrated within any practice philosophy or treatment approach as it applies to enhancing outcomes with individuals living with serious mental illness.

You may view this webinar at any time once you have registered.

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.

You may view this webinar at any time once you have registered.

OL637 Recovery Oriented Cognitive Therapy: An Overview

1 hour – $10

Recovery-oriented cognitive therapy (CT-R) is an extension of the important work of CBT for psychosis (CBTp) to individuals who have struggled to gain benefit from that approach. CBTp was originally developed to address positive symptoms (hallucinations and delusions) to help people regain their lives. It uses Aaron T. Beck’s cognitive model. This webinar introduces CT-R.

You may view this webinar at any time once you have registered.

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.

You may view this webinar at any time once you have registered.

Diagnoses

OL642 Trauma: Definitions and Diagnoses

1.5 Hours – $15

Trauma is ever-present in the lives of many people who seek professional help. This training will provide a foundational overview necessary to understand the impact of traumatic experiences. Areas that will be explored include definitions, diagnostic criteria, prevalence data, and brain changes. Additionally, the importance of becoming trauma-informed practitioners will be introduced.

You may view this webinar at any time once you have registered.

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.

You may view this webinar at any time once you have registered.

OL650 The Dark Triad: An Overview of Sub-Clinical Narcissistic, Antisocial & Psychopathic Personality Structures

1 hour – $10

The dark triad of personality is a constellation of three socially aversive personality traits: narcissism, psychopathy, and Machiavellianism. These personality patterns share commonalities, including grandiosity, self-promotion, entitlement, impulsivity, emotional coldness, and aggression. This course explores the similarities and differences between these structures and normal personality. While exploring composite tools to measure these traits, participants will have the opportunity to discover where they fall on the dark spectrum.

You may view this webinar at any time once you have registered.

OL651 The Dark Triad: Exploring the Spectrum of Narcissism

1.5 Hours – $15

The dark triad of personality is a constellation of three socially aversive personality traits: narcissism, psychopathy and Machiavellianism. These personality patterns share commonalities, including grandiosity, self-promotion, entitlement, impulsivity, emotional coldness and aggression. This course focuses on narcissistic personality traits at the sub-clinical and clinical level, providing a review of etiology, assessment tools and treatment options.

You may view this webinar at any time once you have registered.

OL652 The Dark Triad: Exploring the Anti-Social Spectrum

2 Hours – $20

The dark triad of personality is a constellation of three socially aversive personality traits: narcissism, psychopathy, and Machiavellianism. These personality patterns share commonalities, including grandiosity, self-promotion, entitlement, impulsivity, emotional coldness, and aggression. This course focuses on antisocial personality traits at the sub-clinical and clinical level, providing a review of etiology, assessment tools and treatment options.

You may view this webinar at any time once you have registered.

OL636 A Primer on Common Psychiatric Disorders in Children and Adolescents

3.5 hours – $35

This course will provide an overview of mental disorders most associated with children and adolescents. This seminar is designed for practitioners who work primarily with children, adolescents, and/or their family members. It examines the neurodevelopmental effects of specific categories of diagnoses as well as the potential psychosocial ramifications of being diagnosed with one or more of these disorders. The importance of working with both young persons and their primary caregivers to help them better understand, cope, and manage symptoms of specific disorders are discussed.
Note: This course is a shortened version from a recorded live training of “TR164: DSM 5 Disorders: Developmental Perspectives and Young Persons.”

You may view this webinar at any time once you have registered.

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.

You may view this webinar at any time once you have registered.

Substance Use

OL672 Puff or Pass? An Exploration of Marijuana

2.5 Hours – $25

Marijuana has an extensive (and often controversial) history in the United States, and worldviews concerning its’ use have been dramatically shifting in recent years. Even with evolving societal attitudes and changing governmental legislation, marijuana use can still present clinical issues for some users. This training will address DSM-5 diagnostic presentations as well as the impact of marijuana on the brain. Issues surrounding medicalization in Pennsylvania will also be explored. Lastly, general approaches to treatment will be discussed.

You may view this webinar at any time once you have registered.

OL674 Opioid Crisis: Diagnosis, Data, and Approaches

2 Hours – $20

Opioid use has been increasing in Pennsylvania in recent years and has expanded beyond heroin. This course will outline diagnostic aspects of opioid use, as well as provide an overview of the effects in the brain. Along with these factors, a wide array of data will be presented further examining the impact of opioids in PA. Information regarding Naloxone will be presented, including routes of administration. In closing, general treatment approaches will be outlined, including basic details about medication-assisted treatment.

NOTE: This online course is a recorded, live version of TR428 – More than Dope – The Opioid Epidemic in PA. Exercises, videos, and discussion have been removed.

You may view this webinar at any time once you have registered.

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.

You may view this webinar at any time once you have registered.

OL632 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

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

You may view this webinar at any time once you have registered.

Special Topics

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.

You may view this webinar at any time once you have registered.

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.

You may view this webinar at any time once you have registered.

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.

You may view this webinar at any time once you have registered.

OL675 The Pessimist's Guide to Helping: Why Do We Even Bother?

1 Hours – $15

Let’s face it – what we do doesn’t work nearly as well as we would like. Since nothing (and no one) ever seems to change for the better, what’s the point? The first part of this workshop will explore multiple variables that lead to our field’s generally low “success” rates, as well as the disdain that helpers often have toward the system as a whole. After this frank examination, the closing section will aim to inspire by focusing on the empowering and optimistic reasons that answer the pessimistic question, “Why do we even bother?”

You may view this webinar at any time once you have registered.

COVID-19 Related

OL685 Groups (Clubs, Workshops, Seminars) Through Telehealth: Recovery-Oriented Cognitive Therapy

1 Hour – $10

Group therapy is an extremely important modality for helping individuals in progress in their recovery. We are in an unprecedented time. Individuals we serve are isolated at home to prevent spread of COVID-19. How do we engage individuals in group while we need to physically distance? How can we use telehealth for this purpose? This webinar considers how group can be a powerful modality and how telehealth can be used as a powerful medium.

You may view this webinar at any time once you have registered.

OL686 Enrolling Participants in Services: Thinking About New Individuals During the Isolation (and Beyond)

1 Hour – $10

Enrolling individuals into services can present challenges for teams and private providers. We are in an unprecedented time. Individuals we intend to serve are at home to prevent the spread of COVID-19,and we do not have many of our traditional approaches available. How do we engage individuals in services while we need to physically distance? How can we use telehealth for this purpose? This webinar considers the normal challenges and how telehealth can be used to enroll new individuals into services.

You may view this webinar at any time once you have registered.

OL680 Telehealth During Isolation: Recovery-Oriented Cognitive Therapy

1 Hour – $10

We are in an unprecedented time. Individuals we serve are isolated at home to prevent the spread of COVID-19. This pre-recorded, on-demand webinar considers how to activate and engage individuals, while using telehealth or other remote service.

You may view this webinar at any time once you have registered.

OL681 Suspiciousness and Paranoia During the Isolation: Recovery-Oriented Cognitive Therapy

1 Hour – $10

We are in an unprecedented time. Individuals we serve are isolated at home to prevent the spread of COVID-19. This pre-recorded, on-demand webinar considers how to target suspiciousness and paranoia during these stressful times.

You may view this webinar at any time once you have registered.

OL682 Family Members, the Magic Ally During the Isolation: Recovery-Oriented Cognitive Therapy

1 Hour – $10

We are in an unprecedented time. Individuals we serve are isolated at home to prevent spread of COVID-19. This webinar considers how to help families during the isolation and capitalize on their knowledge and proximity to engage them as partners.

You may view this webinar at any time once you have registered.

FREE: OL683 Self-Care and Mental Wellness During the COVID-19 Isolation: Recovery-Oriented Cognitive Therapy

1 Hour – Free

We are in an unprecedented time. Individuals we serve are isolated at home to prevent spread of COVID-19. Families call on providers for answers and help. Providers are being asked to alter their methods of treatment delivery, while managing a seriously uncertain situation. This webinar considers providers and others can care for themselves during the isolation.

You may view this webinar at any time once you have registered.

FREE: OL684 Supporting Your Loved One With Mental Illness During the COVID-19 Isolation

1 Hour – Free

We are in an unprecedented time. Individuals we serve are isolated at home to prevent spread of COVID-19. This talk discusses ways to support loved ones in mental wellness. Presented in collaboration with NAMI Montgomery County, Pennsylvania, and Dr. Aaron Brinen.

You may view this webinar at any time once you have registered.

 
 

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.

Learn more at drexel.edu/autisminstitute

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