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August 8, 2019
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Training and events are available for practitioners through many of SAMHSA's Training and Technical Assistance Centers. Some of these are highlighted below. Note that some of them require advance registration. Visit SAMHSA's Practitioner Training webpage for a more complete listing.

Motivational Interviewing for Smoking Cessation – Part 1 – Webinar

Tuesday, August 13, 2019 1:00 p.m. – 2:30 PM EDT
Part 1 of 2. This session will explore how this evidence-based communication style can increase capacity to effectively engage people in their own care and make changes to support their health. You will develop a few of the necessary skills to access motivation and strengthen commitment to change.
Part 2 will take place Tuesday, August 20, 2019 1:00 PM – 2:30 PM EDT

Youth Suicide: Early Detection of Warning Signs and Identifying Risk Factors – Webinar

Wednesday, August 14, 2019 9:00 a.m. – 10:00 a.m. EDT
This webinar focuses on suicide prevention, informing participants of recent trends in youth suicide and the potential "red flags" at various age and grade levels. Resources to support youth will be provided. 

CLAS in Behavioral Health: Addressing the Opioid Crisis with Urgency, Compassion and Care – Webinar

Wednesday, August 14, 2019 11:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. EDT
This webinar will discuss how healthcare organizations can ensure that awareness, adoption, and implementation of the National Culturally and Linguistically Appropriate Services (CLAS) Standards incorporate this more inclusive definition of culture in order to better serve persons with an opioid use disorder and their families.

Evidence-Based Practices in Treatment of Stimulant Use Disorders – Webinar

Thursday, August 15, 2019 3:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m. EDT
This is the third and final installment of the stimulant webinar series. This last installment features three presenters discussing change management strategies for successfully implementing evidence-based practices.

The University of Michigan TRAILS Program: Implementing 3-Tiered Evidence-based Mental Health Practices in K-12 Schools – Webinar

Wednesday, August 14, 2019 12:00 p.m. – 1:30 p.m. EDT
This webinar is an introduction to the University of Michigan Transforming Research into Action to Improve the Lives of Students (TRAILS) program, which aims to make effective mental health care accessible in all schools. This webinar will provide an overview of the 3-tiered TRAILS model, describe current program implementation and evaluation initiatives, growth trajectory, and opportunities for collaboration throughout the Great Lakes region.

Non-Adherence and its Management in Early Course Psychotic Disorders – Webinar

Wednesday, August 14, 2019 12:00 p.m. – 1:00 p.m. EDT
Participants will learn the causes of non-adherence and approaches to identify and manage non-adherence in patients in the early course of psychotic disorders.

Technology and Prevention: Current Innovations and Strategies for Expanding Prevention Efforts – Webinar

Thursday, August 15, 2019 1:00 p.m. – 2:00 p.m. EDT
As most individuals, both nationally and globally, have access to either a computer or smartphone, technology has evolved into a valuable preventionist tool. This webinar will explore innovations in tele-health relative to substance use prevention and address common barriers in adopting technology based interventions.

Intentionality – Unlocking the Power of Motivational Interviewing – Two-part Webinar

Friday, August 16, 2019 12:00 p.m. – 1:30 p.m. EDT and
Monday, August 19, 2019 12:00 p.m. – 1:30 p.m. EDT
This two-part, practice-focused webinar clarifies the relationship between Client-Centered Counseling and the evidence based practice of Motivational Interviewing. MI is more than OARS (the micro-skills) and intentional use of these skills is essential to support behavior change. Prior training and practice of MI are a plus and not required for participation in this webinar.

Best Practices for Employment for People with Serious Mental Illnesses – Webinar

Friday, August 16, 2019 2:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m. EDT
Speakers will engage with the question of how to maximize the results of supported employment services and help the most number of people with serious mental illness get and keep jobs.

Measurement-based Care in Community Mental Health

Friday, August 16, 2019 12:00 p.m. – 1:00 p.m. EDT
This webinar will review measurement-based care approaches for behavioral and physical health in the Serious Mental Illness population as well as review examples of registry tracking and using aggregate data.

Reducing Prevalence of Addiction Begins with Youth: One Choice for Health – Webinar

Friday, August 16, 2019 3:00 p.m. EDT
As the nation focuses on reducing the devastating opioid overdose epidemic, there is a simultaneous booming marijuana industry that is working to promote the commercialization of legal marijuana. This webinar will explore these key concepts and their implications for youth drug use prevention.

Clarifying the Youth Peer Support Role – Webinar

Monday, August 19, 2019 1:00 p.m. – 2:00 p.m. EDT
This webinar will address the importance of clarifying the Youth Peer Support role in various contexts – during initial training, in working one-on-one with young people, as part of a treatment planning team, when serving on systems-related committees or councils, and when working with parents.

Cultural Competency: An Intersectional Perspective

Wednesday, August 21, 2019 2:00 p.m. EDT
Diversity and inclusion aren't just buzz words. In this session you will learn how to take an intersectional perspective when working with clients who have a myriad of identities. Working in particular communities such as POC, and LGBTQIA+ will be some of the identities we discuss in working to bridge the gap for inclusive services.


Identifying Culturally Relevant and Effective Substance Use Prevention Programs for Tribal Communities: One Example from Washington State –  Webinar

Monday, August 19, 2019 11:00 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. EDT
This webinar will discuss: 1) how best to balance research evidence, cultural relevance, and community needs for selecting evidence-based substance use prevention programs, and 2) how this approach has been applied in Washington State through a collaborative effort between policymakers, researchers, and tribal communities to identify effective substance use prevention programs.

National Recovery Month 2019

SAMHSA sponsors National Recovery Month each September to increase awareness and understanding of mental and substance use disorders and to celebrate the millions of people who are living their lives in recovery as well as those who make recovery possible. The 2019 theme is Join the Voices for Recovery: Together We Are Stronger.


Supplemental Research Bulletin: Mental Health Issues and Conditions in Children and Youth Exposed to Human-caused Disasters

This edition of the Supplemental Research Bulletin focuses on how human-caused disasters may affect children and youth. The issue also discusses risk and protective factors, as well as the possible effects of indirect disaster exposure.