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Families are the Frontline - Recovery Webinar
It is well understood that prevention, treatment, and recovery in behavioral health requires a multifaceted approach in which individuals, families, schools, and communities all play a vital role. This show will focus on one of these critical success factors—families. Whenever a family member is experiencing the mental or substance use health problem—parent or child—the response should involve the entire family. A strong family support environment is a proven protective factor in the prevention of mental or substance use disorders just as strong family support is critical in treatment and recovery. This show will cover a range of family-based approaches and programs that demonstrate the importance of families being on the frontline of behavioral health for all family members.
Key Issues in Developing Supported Housing – Francie Broderick
The presentation will provide a broad overview of the process of deciding whether and how an agency should proceed in the development of permanent supported housing. The presentation walks through the steps, decisions points, and the options available to agencies in creating housing. There is a special focus on understanding who needs supported housing and why as well as the pros and cons of being the developer yourself.
Introduction to Trauma – Dr. Patsy Carter
Research has revealed that the prevalence of trauma is high particularly in specific target populations. This webinar will introduce viewers to the definition and prevalence of trauma, as well as examining the social, biological and health impact.
An Overview of Evidence-Based Supported Employment - Mickie McDowell and Tish Thomas
Evidence-Based Supported Employment, called IPS Individual Placement and Support, is supported by both Department of Mental Health – Division Behavioral Health and Department of Elementary and Secondary Education-Vocational Rehabilitation. This presentation will provide an overview of the 8 principles of IPS, how to implement the program to reach fidelity to the model, and a description of the unique partnership between both state agencies.

Two videos worth watching on the benefits of employment can be found on the IPS Supported Employment Center website: Look for:

  • Y Should I Hire Someone with Mental Illness
  • 3 Faces, 3 Lives

For more information on the Division’s employment activities visit their website

A Taste of Mental Health First Aid – Jermine Alberty and Rita McElhany
Have you ever wondered what it would be like to take a Mental Health First Aid Class? MHFA-USA National trainer, Jermine Alberty offers a brief “Taste Of Mental Health First Aid.”

If you would like to take the class or get more information visit mhfamissouri.org

Moving to a Recovery Orientation 
What is a Recovery Oriented or Recovery Management model, and how does the approach differ from more traditional Acute Care?
Understanding Public Health – Valarie Seyfert, RN MSN and Sheri Williams, RN MSN
This webinar will give an introductory overview of public health in Missouri. The presentation will also include an explanation of the public health approach and address how this approach can be used to benefit local system of care teams and your community at large.
Working with Interpreters – Elijah Buchholz
This webinar will teach viewers how to effectively work with an interpreter in a mental health setting and is geared towards sign language interpreters/Deaf consumers; however the tips can be used for foreign language situations as well. Included are general tips as well as what to do before the session, during the session, and after the session.

For more information on the Department’s Deaf Services activities visit their website

My Journey To and Through Recovery – LuAnn Reese
This webinar is a personal story of Recovery. LuAnn talks about the ups and downs of her own struggles and raising a son, Spenser Reese, with his struggles. It is a brave story of success for LuAnn and Spenser. The determination she discusses is part of her success. It is truly a valuable webinar to watch whether you are dealing with your own or a family member’s struggles.
Consumer Operated Service Program (COSP) – Dr. Jean Campbell, Debra Cobb, John Luckett, Lisa Martin, Mickie McDowell and Dan Segal.
Consumer-operated services programs (COSPS) are peer-run service programs that are administratively controlled and operated by mental health consumers and emphasize self-help as their operational approach. This webinar will give you a quick overview of the Drop-In Centers and Warm Lines in Missouri.

For more information on the Department’s COSP activities visit their website