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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.

We highlighted the accomplishments, best practices, and lessons learned from our behavioral health workforce programs.

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

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.

Watch videos and read abstracts from the conference.

BHW Programs

Awardees from the following programs made presentations:

Conference Tracks

Track 1

Track 2

Track 3

Track 4


What did attendees learn during the conference?


  • identified cutting-edge education and training strategies to develop practice and leadership skills in interprofessional practice and integration of behavioral health in primary care;
  • learned 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
  • found 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.*

*The New Mexico Nurses Association approves HRSA 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:  May 2018

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Email Cynthia Harne
Phone: 301-443-7661

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Phone: 301-443-0861