Virtual Behavioral Health Conference

Lessons from the Field: Innovations in Behavioral Health Workforce Education, Training, and Development

On Wednesday, September 13, 2017, HRSA’s Bureau of Health Workforce (BHW), Division of Nursing and Public Health (DNPH) convened their first ever behavioral health workforce virtual conference.

What did we highlight during the conference?
We highlighted the accomplishments, best practices, and lessons learned from our behavioral health workforce programs.

Behavioral health grantees highlighted innovative academic and training approaches that expand the distribution of a skilled workforce focused on underserved populations and communities in need.

For whom did we hold the conference?
Practitioners, students, or trainees interested in behavioral health workforce education, and training.

Types of presentations 
The entirely virtual conference featured cutting-edge presentations in

  • education and clinical training of behavioral health professionals and paraprofessionals;
  • the integration of behavioral health and primary care;
  • interprofessional education and practice; and
  • behavioral health services focusing on children, adolescents, transitional-age youth, and rural and other underserved populations.

BHW programs showcased

Awardees from the following programs will make presentations:

What are the conference tracks?
The Virtual Behavioral Health Workforce Conference will be broken into four separate tracks:

Track 1

Track 2

Track 3

Track 4


Can I watch the video presentations from the conference?

Yes. You can watch videos and read abstracts of the conference presentations.

What can I learn from the conference?

You can expect to

  • identify cutting-edge education and training strategies to develop practice and leadership skills in interprofessional practice and integration of behavioral health in primary care;
  • learn best practices for the prevention and treatment of children, adolescents, and transitional-age youth, and rural, and other underserved population, who have or are at risk for developing a recognized behavioral health disorder; and
  • find out about strategies to enhance the distribution of behavioral health workforce serving underserved and/or rural populations.

Continuing Education Units (CEUs)
The American Psychological Association, National Board of Certified Counselors and the New Mexico Nurses Association provided CEUs.*

*HRSA is approved by the New Mexico Nurses Association as an Approved Continuing Education Provider by the American Nurses Credentialing Center’s Commission on Accreditation, Activity approval number # 1709-02. We clearly identified programs that did not qualify for CE credit.

Date Last Reviewed:  September 2017

Contact Us

Email Cynthia Harne
Phone: 301-443-7661

Email Patsy Cunningham
Phone: 301-443-0861

Conference Details

When: Wed., Sept. 13, 2017
Cost: Free