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Trans Awareness Week, observed from November 13—19, is an opportunity to identify and become freshly aware of the unique challenges faced by the transgender community, particularly in relation to substance use disorder. We all have a crucial role to play in understanding and addressing these challenges. Behavioral health professionals, social workers, counselors, and educators play a crucial role in creating a supportive environment for transgender individuals. By recognizing the additional layers of stress and vulnerability they face, professionals can better tailor interventions and support systems that address the underlying issues contributing to substance use. The Central East ATTC is committed to equity and inclusion for ALL. In August, we provided a training titled “Creating Safety: Welcoming Approaches for LGBTQ Clients” for Health and Human Services Region 3 in which we explored how organizations can become safe spaces for LGBTQ clients and their families. To check out a recording and/or slides of that training, click HERE. We have the power and responsibility to shape a more inclusive and empathetic workforce and society. By fostering understanding, compassion, and support, we can work together to create a world where transgender individuals are not compelled to escape their pain through substance use but are empowered to face their challenges with resilience and dignity. Let Trans Awareness Week 2023 be a stepping stone toward a more inclusive, empathetic, and supportive future for us all. To learn more about Trans Awareness Week, check out
Published: November 7, 2024
There are thousands of people in recovery from addiction unaware of their civil rights under the ADA. The ADA insures that people with addiction to alcohol, and in recovery from opioids and other drugs have the same rights and opportunities as everyone else. Find out how the ADA addresses alcohol and substance use disorders differently. This session will also introduce how the ADA applies to addiction in three phases of employment: pre-offer, post-offer, and employment. These differences will be illustrated with scenarios about alcohol, opioids, cocaine, and marijuana. Learning Objectives: Understand the ADA’s definition of disability and how it applies to addiction and recovery. Distinguish how the ADA applies to people with addiction to alcohol and those in recovery from opioids and other drugs. Learn which protections the ADA provides in access to employment, state and local government services, and places of public accommodations. Who is encouraged to attend? Clinicians, providers, administrators, and leadership are highly encouraged to participate to learn more about ADA protection rights.   Additional Resources ADA Webinar Handouts   Presenter: Oce Harrison, Ed.D. Dr. Harrison is the Project Director at the New England ADA and has directed the New England ADA Center since 2001. Dr. Harrison provides ADA, Addiction and Recovery trainings throughout New England.  She has presented at SAMHSA’s New England Addiction Training and Technology Center; the National Association for Addiction Counselors (NAADAC) 2019 annual Conference; Massachusetts Organization for Addiction and Recovery (MOAR); and in 25 city and town meetings in Massachusetts on behalf of family support chapters of Learn to Cope. She led the ADA National Networks’ ADA, Addiction and Recovery Committee which has produced a fact sheet series on how the ADA addresses addiction and recovery. Dr. Harrison is known for her initiation, follow-through skills and congeniality. Before coming to the New England ADA Center, Dr. Harrison worked with organizations such as: the Boston Self Help Center, Mass General Hospital’s Burn Unit, Perkins School for the Blind, Casa Esperanza, and the Institute for Community Inclusion at Children’s Hospital. She earned her doctorate at Boston University’s School of Education in 1994. Oce is a person living with a disability.
Published: March 17, 2023
  DESCRIPTION: Participants will receive a 2-hour review of the changes specific to substance use disorders (SUD) that were made to the DSM-5-TR. This training will cover new clinical conditions, new diagnoses, and updated language that supports health equity and culturally appropriate service delivery. We will also discuss new coding procedures and what resources are available to help clinicians transition from using the DSM-5 to the DSM-5-TR. This training is for all levels but is especially important for providers who are new to diagnosing and/or those who haven’t yet reviewed the DSM-5-TR.     LEARNING OBJECTIVES: Describe general changes to the DSM-5-TR including substance use diagnosis. Discuss new clinical conditions and how to use the decision tree. Identify updated inclusive language in the DSM-5-TR and how it supports health equity.       TRAINER: Jennifer Haywood, LISW-S, LICDC-CS Jennifer has been training helping professionals since 1998. Her specialties include diagnosis, motivational interviewing, addictions focus topics, drug free workplace trainings, ethics, and supervision. Jennifer goes to agencies state-wide to train staff in treatment models in order to help their clients and trained all the behavioral health and medical social workers at Nationwide Children's Hospital in Motivational Interviewing in 2011/2012. Currently, Jennifer is teaching at OSU in the MSW and BSSW programs, focusing on the addictions minor the university is offering, clinical diagnosing and motivational interviewing. Jennifer has a private practice in Worthington, Ohio where she specializes in treating addicts and alcoholics, families of addicts and alcoholics, depression, anxiety, post-partum women, womens' issues, adolescent issues (14+ only), and relationship struggles. Jennifer's 24 years of experience in the addictions field allow her to assess, diagnose and treat clients with the expertise needed.  Jennifer is currently open for new clients and can guide anyone with questions about the right "fit" when choosing one of the clinicians she supervises.     The Great Lakes A/MH/PTTC is offering this training for individuals working in HHS Region 5: IL, IN, MI, MN, OH, WI. This training is being provided in response to a need identified by Region 5 stakeholders.
Published: February 7, 2023
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The shifting landscape of regulations related to telehealth can make it difficult for practitioners to keep up with this important area. This document gives a brief overview of national and regional telehealth trends for behavioral health services, with a focus on Health and Human Services (HHS) Region 6 which includes Arkansas, Louisiana, New Mexico, Oklahoma, and Texas. Current laws and administrative codes for behavioral health treatment that use telehealth to deliver services were examined to prepare this document.  
Published: January 30, 2023
Presented by Eric Ström, JD, PhD, LMHC January 2022 For behavioral health providers, the effectiveness of clinical work is dependent upon the clinician/client relationship. When appropriate boundaries are not maintained, it is these same relationships that can be at the root of serious professional misconduct. In this one hour workshop, participants were provided with a summary overview of the legal ethical standards regarding non-clinical relationships with behavioral health clients. Dr. Ström then applied these standards to discussion of scenarios and real-world examples. The focus was dedicated to applying legal and standards from Alaska, Idaho, Oregon, and Washington. Download slides | View recording
Published: January 26, 2022
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This 3-hour interactive online course, written and presented by Eric Ström, JD, PhD, LMHC, a licensed mental health counselor and attorney in Seattle, looks at laws and ethics related to clinician-client relationships for behavioral health professionals in Alaska, Idaho, Oregon, and Washington.  The course is intended to meet the current ethics requirement (as of product release in November 2021) among healthcare professionals in each of the four HHS Region 10 states: AK, ID, OR, and WA. Topics include: sources for law and ethics standards data on misconduct findings state-specific laws ethics codes real-life examples of ethics violations. 3.0 NAADAC CE available! 3.0 NAADAC credits are available upon completion of the course for a fee of $15 ($5 per credit). A certificate of completion is also available (free). Watch our new 1.5-minute trailer to see what the course looks like!   (*Note: If you do not already have an account on HealtheKnowledge, when you click "View Resource" above, you will be prompted to set one up before you can continue on to the course site. If you register and it doesn't take you back to the course page, click "Home" in the menu and look for it under the category "Special Topics in Behavioral Health" or return to this page and click the link again. For more assistance, visit the How to Use HealtheKnowledge site or contact their support staff.)
Published: November 19, 2021
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The switch from in-person to virtual service delivery as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic not only changed how clinical services are provided, but also the way clinical supervision is conducted. This self-paced training describes the key skills and tools necessary to provide high quality clinical supervision virtually. Topics include creative engagement strategies for the virtual format, best practices, goal setting, and a discussion about the future of clinical tele-supervision.   Steps to participate: Register for the no-cost, self-paced course. Login to your account on Watch the webinar. Complete the post-test with a score of at least 80%. Download your 1 CE certificate.  
Published: September 21, 2021
Talking To Change: A Motivational Interviewing Podcast, hosted by Glenn Hinds and Sebastian Kaplan, is a series of conversations exploring Motivational Interviewing (MI) and its influence on supporting individuals and groups as they make positive health and lifestyle changes. Talking to Change: An MI Podcast. Episode 41: Ethical Considerations of MI, with Patrick Berthiaume In this episode, Glenn and Sebastian explore ethical considerations in MI with Patrick Berthiaume, a member of the Motivational Interviewing Network of Trainers (MINT). Topics explored include Patrick’s early MI story, the importance of empathy and the potential of others, Patrick’s “four conditions” of MI, considerations regarding neutrality, ethical dilemmas involving families with children at risk, and more. Download the transcript (pdf)  
Published: June 7, 2021
This free series of online mini-courses is designed for Kansas mental health and addiction counseling professionals and leaders who need to know about topics essential to Kansas Substance Use Disorder (SUD) practice.  
Published: June 1, 2021
At the beginning of the Public Health Emergency (PHE) Substance Use Disorder (SUD) treatment and recovery support providers had to shift service delivery from a mostly in-person structure to virtual. This swift uptake in the use of telebehavioral-health may be transformative not only for the healthcare system but for the behavioral health field as well. Support derived from clinical and peer group services is essential especially during a PHE when access to services may be limited. SUD treatment and recovery providers have made great strides in virtualizing service delivery especially individual-based services. However, group counseling services, a mainstay in many SUD treatment and recovery support programs, has been more difficult to implement. This two-part webinar series will: review recent research regarding patient satisfaction,  group cohesion, and effectiveness of online group services identify challenges typically associated with online group facilitation and how to address them provide specific recommendations for online group facilitation and how it differs from in-person groups (e.g., tips and techniques, group agreements, etc.) discuss safety protocols, and issues related to ethics and privacy/security and confidentiality in the context of online group case scenarios This webinar series will highlight online group counseling services and will demonstrate its viability as an alternative to traditional in-person groups requiring new facilitative, alliance building, and administrative skills for both counselors and peers.   Telebehavioral Health Group Service Delivery Part 1   Telebehavioral Health Group Service Delivery Part 2
Published: December 4, 2020
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Click here to view the handouts for the ESAS: Professional and Ethical Responsibilities session from 8/19/20. 
Published: August 19, 2020
Many substance use disorder treatment providers and peer support specialists quickly switched from in-person services to virtual delivery at the onset of the pandemic to continue to serve patients and peers. As such, this webinar hosted by the Region 8 ATTC will feature the expertise and resources of the Center of Excellence for Protected Health Information (CoE-PHI). The presentation will include information regarding HIPAA, 42 CFR Part 2, and the CARES Act as it relates to virtual services, with time built in for Q & A. In addition, participants will be introduced to the tip sheets and technical assistance services provided by the CoE-PHI.    
Published: July 29, 2020
With the rapid onset of the public health emergency, COVID-19, the use of technology and social media by behavioral health practitioners, for personal and professional purposes, has increased dramatically. As such, ethical and practice issues, like self-disclosure in postings, unintentional boundary crossings and violations, privacy and security issues, and social media concerns, reflect just some of the new dilemmas that providers face today. Therefore, developing ethical competency and proficiency regarding use of technology and social media given this rapid virtualization are more important than ever before in today’s virtual world. This 90-minute webinar will provide an overview of common ethical dilemmas that behavioral health providers face related to technology, such as social network sites, videoconferencing, web-based search engines, blogs, online practitioners’ reviews, etc. Case scenarios will be used to highlight these dilemmas and encourage discussions among participants related to: 1) the use of social networking sites by clinical supervisors, providers, and clients; 2) posting comments or pictures online that may violate privacy and security or disparage the profession; 3) emailing, texting and utilizing video conferencing with clients; 4) conducting Internet searches on clients; 5) social media policy dos and don’ts from practitioner and organizational perspectives; and 6) recent rulings and new state laws that may impact an organization's social media policy for employees.   Learning Objectives: At the end of this training, participants will be able to: Name three ethical concerns related to the use of technology and social media Discuss two elements that behavioral health providers must consider before posting content on-line Recall three social media policy issues that may put organizations at risk if not addressed appropriately Identify two concerns providers must keep in mind when addressing critical online reviews by clients  
Published: July 15, 2020
COURSE DESCRIPTION: This virtual training course focuses on topics and issues for behavioral health supervisors to help enhance and expand your process as a clinical supervisor. Throughout the training, we will discuss a variety of supervision topics including various models of supervision, addressing ethical dilemmas with supervision, as well as technology and supervision. OBJECTIVES: Define the significant roles of clinical supervisors Explain the significance of a mentoring relationship in supervision Define the ethical issues in clinical supervision including dual relationships and confidentiality Analyze the ethical obligations and ethical decision-making of the supervisor Discuss the importance of collaboration in the development of an effective supervisory relationship Discuss the key benefits of using technology to extend the reach of clinical supervision   WHO SHOULD ATTEND: All persons who interact with patients, which may include intake staff, reception area personnel, drivers, maintenance staff, as well as professional staff. PRESENTERS: Anthony Estreet, Ph.D., LCSW-C, LCADC Executive Director, Next Step Treatment Center. Anthony is an Associate Professor at Morgan State University and is an experienced client-centered therapist with strength in developing and delivering effective training.
Published: June 12, 2020
DESCRIPTION The purpose of the webinar is to highlight the importance of general good health and sustained employment, specifically addressing the impact of substance use and related disorders for employees, employers and workforce development programs. The webinar will: Explore the importance of general good health and substance use disorder as a public health concern Address the impact of the national opioid crisis with particular focus on DOL Region 2/HHS Region 3 Provide information about national, state and local resources available to DOL grantees and the general public about substance use disorders and treatment resources   WHO SHOULD ATTEND? This webinar is targeted to Department of Labor Region 2 (DC, DE, MD, PA, VA, WV) Employment and Training Administration Workforce Development Programs, specifically program staff working directly with participants (e.g., case managers, instructors, recruiters, administrators).   PRESENTER Renata J. Henry, MEd is the Executive Director of The Danya Institute in Silver Spring, MD. The Institute manages the Central East’s Addiction Technology Transfer Center (ATTC), Mental Health Technology Transfer Center (MHTTC) and Prevention Technology Transfer Center (PTTC), which provide training and technical assistance to the behavioral, mental health and prevention workforce in HHS Region III. Ms. Henry has more than 35 years of experience in the behavioral health field, serving in clinical and administrative positions in community-based mental health and substance abuse organizations and leadership positions in state and county government. Ms. Henry has provided leadership at a state and national level in various capacities.
Published: May 22, 2019
The National CLAS Standards are intended to advance health equity, improve quality, and help eliminate health care disparities. This webinar will discuss the importance for healthcare organizations to provide culturally and linguistically appropriate services and promote a more inclusive definition of culture in order to better serve children and their caregivers. OBJECTIVES: Highlights of the enhanced CLAS Standards that contribute to positive health outcomes for children Explore CLAS oriented patient/provider relationship Build principles tailored to and for children and their caregivers   PRESENTERS: Jacqueline Coleman MEd, MSM, BA, CPC Certified Professional Coach   Ebony Johnson MHS Global strategist on gender equality, human rights, and public health.  
Published: November 14, 2018

The ATTC Network understands that words have power. A few ATTC products developed prior to 2017 may contain language that does not reflect the ATTCs’ current commitment to using affirming, person-first language. We appreciate your patience as we work to gradually update older materials. For more information about the importance of non-stigmatizing language, see “Destroying Addiction Stigma Once and For All: It’s Time” from the ATTC Network and “Changing Language to Change Care: Stigma and Substance Use Disorders” from the Providers Clinical Support System (PCSS).