FREE - Online IBHC Training Modules

The overarching goal of the IBHC Project is to enhance workforce capacity among social workers for practice within integrated behavioral health, particularly with diverse populations in medically underserved, rural, and health professional shortage areas. Social workers will gain knowledge, values, and skills in addressing social determinants of health to impact health equity at the micro, mezzo, and macro levels.

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Integrative Behavioral Health

Confronting the Public Health Threat of Racism: A Social Work Response

Authors:
CJ Van Wright, PhD, LICSW 
Sally Van Wright, EdD, LICSW, CADC

Description: Drs. CJ and Sally Van Wright explore how racism within the United States represents a threat to public health. They define the three levels of racism and provide examples of each. They explore the ways in which racism impacts the health of individuals and groups of people. The presenters also demonstrate ways in which social workers can respond to this public health threat within an interprofessional and collaborative process.

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To earn 1 Social Work or Nursing CEU credit complete:

Post-test

Understanding Social Determinants of Health, Part I

Authors:
Tamara Cadet, PhD, MPH, LICSW, Simmons University 
Julie Berrett-Abebe, PhD, LICSW, Fairfield University

Description: To successfully provide appropriate and effective care, social work providers and healthcare teams need resources to address a patient’s mental health and health-related social needs. The social determinants of health, including factors such as socioeconomic status, education, employment, and social network, can have a significant impact on an individual’s physical and mental health. This first module will provide an overview of social determinants of health, their importance and effects on health and mental health.

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To earn 1 Social Work or Nursing CEU credit complete:
Post-test: Understanding Social Determinants of Health, Part I

The Importance of Considering Social Determinants of Health in Social Work Practice, Part II

Authors: 
Tamara Cadet, PhD, MPH, LICSW, Simmons University 
Julie Berrett-Abebe, PhD, LICSW, Fairfield University

Description: To successfully provide appropriate and effective care, social work providers and healthcare teams need resources to address a patient’s mental health and health-related social needs. The social determinants of health, including factors such as socioeconomic status, education, employment, and social network, can have a significant impact on an individual’s physical and mental health. This second module will focus on the application or use of social determinants of health in practice.

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To earn 1 Social Work or Nursing CEU credit complete:
Post-test: The Importance of Considering Social Determinants of Health in Social Work Practice, Part II

Telehealth in Integrated Behavioral Health

Authors: 
Alana DiPesa, LCSW, Hartford Healthcare 
Emily Lynch, LCSW, Hartford Healthcare

Description: This presentation will offer attendees logistical and clinical information regarding telehealth administration of behavioral health and utilizing telehealth within a behavioral health setting. This training will review various telehealth modules, clinical considerations within telehealth and how to maintain integration and interprofessional connections while providing telehealth.

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To earn 1 Social Work or Nursing CEU credit complete:
Post-test: Telehealth in Integrated Behavioral Health

How to Evaluate an Integrated Care Program: A Forest View

Authors: 
Alisa Ainbinder, PhD, MSW 
Adrien Conklin, BSN, RN

Description: This module focuses on walking through a few key terms and tools that help in the early phases of a program evaluation. Participants learn to break down jargon and de-mystify the evaluation process. Problem-solving around how to support organizations seeking to collect new or utilize existing data without many resources will briefly be explored. The module also explains the value an evaluator coming from a social work background brings to the interprofessional staff and how a relational, strength-based, and team-oriented approach to evaluation can advance the goals of integrated care.  

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To earn 1 Social Work or Nursing CEU credit complete:
Post-test: How to Evaluate an Integrated Care Program: A Forest View

Stranger in a Strange Land: Medical Culture for Integrated Behavioral Health Clinicians

Authors: 
Alexa Connell, PhD, UMass Memorial Health Care
Bill Behan, RN, BS, CCM, Harrington Health Systems

Description: This module provides learners with an overview of the culture of medicine, including how medical teams function, the different team roles and patterns of communication in medical settings.  It also suggests concrete strategies for behavioral health providers to fit into a team based medical setting.

To earn 1 Social Work or Nursing CEU credit complete:
Post-test: Stranger in a Strange Land: Medical Culture for Integrated Behavioral Health Clinicians

Introduction to Integrated, Team-Based Care in Health

Authors:
Julie Berrett-Abebe, Ph.D., LICSW, Westfield State University &
Jessica Holden, DNP, MSN, RN-BC, Westfield State University

Participants are provided with a foundational overview to the concepts underpinning the IBHC Project: providing high quality care for patients/families through interprofessional teams working together in integrated care settings.

To earn 1 Social Work or Nursing CEU credit complete:
Post-Test: Introduction to Integrated, Team-Based Care in Health

The Intersection of Nursing and Social Work the Role of Interprofessional Education

Authors:
Nora Padykula, Ph.D., LICSW, Westfield State University &
Joyce Thielen, Ph.D., RN, College of Our Our Lady of the Elms

This module reviews what is meant by Interprofessional Education (IPE) and Interprofessional Practice and applies these concepts to working with nursing and social work students. An IPE lesson plan, using Council on Social Work Education competencies, Nursing Essentials and Interprofessional Educational Collaborative competencies, is provided. Participants also receive specific suggestions for incorporating IPE into curricula, both in classroom and clinical settings.

To earn 1 Social Work or Nursing CEU credit complete: 
Post-Test: The Intersection of Nursing and Social Work & the Role of Interprofessional Education

Parallel Processes in Interprofessional Education: From Campus to Community

This module will provide an example of an innovative interprofessional education program bringing together students from different disciplines as well as a clinical team from an academic medical center.   
Authors: Kelli Fox, MSW, LCSW, CCS, LADC, University of New England

To earn 1 Social Work or Nursing CEU credit complete:
Post-Test: Module Post-Test: Interprofessional Education 

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Addictions

The Substance Use Treatment Continuum

 

Authors:
Dennis Bates, CADC, LADC-I, CCPI-I
Ryan Zenevitch, LCSW

Dennis Bates will provide an overview of the substance use treatment continuum of care. The various levels of substance use treatment will be described and analogies between substance use treatment and palliative care will be explored. The solution-focused treatment approach will be highlighted, as will the ways in which integrated care is utilized in this setting.

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To earn 1 Social Work or Nursing CEU credit complete:
Post-test

Co-occurring Disorders and Adverse Childhood Experiences

Authors:
Gary Loomis, LMHC
Ryan Zenevitch, LCSW

Gary Loomis will open this module by taking a comprehensive look at the landmark ACE study and subsequent research efforts. Adverse childhood events will be described. The theoretical pathways in which adverse childhood events contribute to co-occurring disorders later in life will be explored. Gary will offer his take on the most appropriate treatment modalities for helping clients manage their adverse childhood experiences and cope with their co-occurring disorders.

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To earn 1 Social Work or Nursing CEU credit complete:
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Caring for People with a Substance Use Disorder using a Harm Reduction Approach

Authors:
Kimberly Dion, PhD, RN, CNE, CARN
Ryan Zenevitch, LCSW

 

In this learning module, the presenters will explore the substance use disorders and the harm reduction approach. Stigma associated with substance use will be described, as well ways for providers to address and overcome stigma. Trauma-informed care will be defined and applications of trauma-informed care to substance use disorders will be explored.

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To earn 1 Social Work or Nursing CEU credit complete:
Post-test

The Neurobiology & Genetics of Addiction: An Unfolding Case Study of Teen Vaping

Authors: 
Robin White, PhD, Westfield State University
Jamie Rivera, PhD, Westfield State University

Description: This module focuses on the parts of the brain involved in addictive behaviors and information about how genetics influences addiction. An integrated case study of teen vaping is used as an example of the neurobiology & genetics of addiction.

To earn 1 Social Work or Nursing CEU credit complete:
Post-test: The Neurobiology & Genetics of Addiction: An Unfolding Case Study of Teen Vaping

Healthcare Competencies for Working with Substance Use Disorder: What Social Workers & Physician Assistants in MA Need to Know

Authors:
Nora Padykula, PhD, LICSW, Westfield State University
Stephen E. Lee, DBH, PA-C, Westfield State University

Description: In a groundbreaking partnership, the Baker-Polito Administration in the state of Massachusetts  collaborated with various healthcare professional programs to develop competencies to address the opioid epidemic. This training module reviews the core competencies expected of Social Workers and Physician Assistants when working with clients living with a substance use disorder. The content of the training module is applied to a case example and concludes with a demonstration of how to provide the naloxone (Narcan) rescue.

To earn 1 Social Work or Nursing CEU credit complete:
Post-test: Healthcare Competencies for Working with Substance Use Disorder: What Social Workers & Physician Assistants in MA Need to Know

An Introduction to Best Practices in Providing Medication Assisted Treatment (MAT) for Opioid Use Disorders

Authors:
Maureen Clark, MSW, LICSW, Westfield State University &
               Patrick LaFond, PA-C, MPAS, The Healthy Living Program 

Participants are provided with an introduction to opioid use disorders and the latest and best research on medication-assisted treatments (MATs). The materials in this module are intended for a wide range of professionals who care for clients in a variety of settings. The module will touch on how to integrate the use of these medications with other behavioral health services.

To earn 1 Social Work or Nursing CEU credit complete: 
Post-Test: An Introduction to Best Practices in Providing Medication Assisted Treatment (MAT) for Opioid Use Disorders

Other Specialized Populations & Interventions

An Introduction to School-based Health Centers

Authors:
David Bjorkland, LICSW 
Brenda Chaloux, NP

The School Based Health Center at Gateway provides a distinctive ability to meet the needs of a unique population in an area of socioeconomic need by promoting health access and quality care in a comprehensive manner to all regional school district students pre-K to 12th grade +. This module highlights the unique collaboration and teamwork necessary to promote and advance the overall health of the student population.

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To earn 1 Social Work or Nursing CEU credit complete:

Post-test

The Wraparound Service Delivery Model for Youth and Families

Authors:
Alison Kinsey, LCSW 
Cindy Burch, PhD

In this training module, the presenters will describe the Wraparound Service Delivery Model for youth and families. They will show how this unique approach brings professional team members together in an integrated way that values the person and family-centered approach to mental health treatment. The presenters will provide examples of the Wraparound model from their professional experience and discuss the benefits of this treatment model.

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To earn 1 Social Work or Nursing CEU credit complete:

Post-test

An Introduction to Crisis Intervention

Authors:
Abigail Smith, LCSW 
Olu Akaderi, Crisis Support Worker

 

Two members of Pine Street Inn’s (Boston, MA) crisis response team will define and describe the major aspects of Crisis Intervention. They will review the roots of modern crisis intervention and explore Roberts’ Seven Stage Crisis Intervention Model. The presenters will explore crisis intervention from the perspective of homelessness services, while also addressing crisis intervention broadly and in ways that are applicable to a variety of settings. They will discuss risk / safety assessments, client self-determination, and the importance of clinician self-care.

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To earn 1 Social Work or Nursing CEU credit complete:

Post-test

Caring for Veterans Experiencing Homelessness through Integrated, Trauma-Informed Care

Authors:

Ryan Zenevitch, LCSW 

n this module, the presenter will describe a low-barrier model of transitional housing for veterans experiencing homelessness. The program’s design will be reviewed with particular attention to the ways in which it exemplifies both the integrated care and trauma-informed approaches. Case examples will be used to demonstrate the program’s effectiveness.

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To earn 1 Social Work or Nursing CEU credit complete:

Post-test

Evidence-based Screening in Integrated Behavioral Health Care

Author: 
Julie Berrett-Abebe, PhD, LICSW, Westfield State University
Featuring a recorded training on SBIRT by Alex Heinz, LICSW, MPH, MA SBIRT TTA

Description: Evidence-based screening is an important part of integrated care. This training module provides information about screening tools that can be used for different behavioral health concerns. Additional information is provided about SBIRT, a highly researched model of care.

To earn 1 Social Work or Nursing CEU credit complete:
Post-test: Evidence-based Screening in Integrated Behavioral Health Care

Integrated Treatment Services: Trauma Responsive Sheltering in Homelessness Work

Authors:  
Christy O’Brien, MSW, LICSW, Clinical & Support Options/ Friends of the Homeless
Bill Miller, BA, Clinical & Support Options/ Friends of the Homeless

Description: Homelessness work is significantly impacted by the intersection of trauma, mental health, substance abuse, medical issues, and housing resources. This module will explore this intersection as well as the model implemented by one community organization to provide integrated care in sheltering.

To earn 1 Social Work or Nursing CEU credit complete:
Post-test: Integrated Treatment Services: Trauma Responsive Sheltering in Homelessness Work

Psychopharmacology for Social Workers: Bipolar Disorder & Psychosis

Authors: 
Corey Laskey, PharmD, BCPP, Western New England University
Jamie Walsh, MSW, LICSW, Westfield State University

Description: Pharmacology of medications used to treat bipolar disorder and psychotic disorders are presented. A case to illustrate the important of integrated team knowledge about medication is also part of the training module.
 

To earn 1 Social Work or Nursing CEU credit complete:
​Post-test: Psychopharmacology for Social Workers: Bipolar Disorder & Psychosis

Psychopharmacology for Social Workers: Depression and Anxiety

Authors:
Corey Laskey, PharmD, BCPP, Western New England University &
Maureen Clark, MSW, LICSW, Ph.D. candidate, Westfield State

Through a case analysis, participants will receive a basic overview of common medications used in the treatment of anxiety and depression, their side effects, and expectations for use.
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To earn 1 Social Work or Nursing CEU credit complete:
Post-Test: Psychopharmacology for Social Workers: Depression and Anxiety

Use of Interpreters in Mental Health Encounters

Authors:
Maria del Mar Farina, PhD, LICSW, Westfield State University
Silvana M. Kirby, CMI Spanish, Berkshire AHEC

Description: This training module explains how to access interpreting services and the various modalities available, while clarifying expectations in the interpreter encounter to obtain the best possible communication among patient/provider and within the triadic encounter. 

To earn 1 Social Work or Nursing CEU credit complete:
Post-test: Use of Interpreters in Mental Health Encounters

An Introduction to Illness Narratives & Storytelling as a Therapeutic Intervention

Authors:
Julie Berrett-Abebe, Ph.D., LICSW, Westfield State University,
Mary Susan Convery, MSW, LICSW, Massachusetts General Hospital &
Sarah Reed, Ph.D., MPH, MSW, University of California - Davis 

Through didactic presentation, professional interviews and case examples, this presentation will explore illness narratives and storytelling as an effective social work intervention for individuals and groups coping with illness, injury, and chronic and advanced disease. This presentation will also explore use of storytelling in clinical supervision.
 

To earn 1 Social Work or Nursing CEU credit complete:
Post-Test: An Introduction to Illness Narratives & Storytelling as a Therapeutic Intervention

Culturally Sensitive Care for the LGBTQIA+ Population

Authors:
Kristin Visciotti, BSN, RN, Westfield State University,
Jamie Walsh, MSW, LICSW, Westfield State University &
Jessica Holden, DNP, MSN, RN-BC, Westfield State University

Developed to educate health care professionals of all disciplines in culturally competent care of patients who identify as LGBTQIA+. The module will cover topics such as vocabulary, demographics, cultural needs and concerns, pronoun verbiage, and culturally appropriate interactions.

To earn 1 Social Work or Nursing CEU credit complete:
Post-Test: Culturally Sensitive Care for the LGBTQIA+ Population

Caring for Transgender Populations in Health Settings: Policy Implications and Resources for Practice

Authors:
Jessica Holden, DNP, MSN, RN-BC, Westfield State University,
Rose Sullivan, Ph.D., MSW, Westfield State University, &
Kristin Visciotti, BSN, RN, Westfield State University

Designed to educate health care professionals about policies, this module provides best practices and additional resources to care for LGBTQIA+ populations.

To earn 1 Social Work or Nursing CEU credit complete:
Post-Test: Caring for Transgender Populations in Health Settings: Policy Implications and Resources for Practice

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Treating Chronic Pain Without Medication

Authors:
Alexa Connell, Ph.D., University of Massachusetts Medical School & 
Paula Gardiner, MD, University of Massachusetts Medical School

Chronic pain is one of the most common and challenging presenting concerns in medical offices, particularly in primary care. Helping patients manage chronic pain is complicated by a limited understanding of the underlying causes of various pain conditions, limited available treatment options for pain and the challenges of addressing the adverse effects of opiate pain medications. Living with chronic pain negatively impacts a patient’s physical, social and emotional functioning and therefore a multidisciplinary approach to the treatment of chronic pain is the new standard of care for these complex patients.

To earn 1 Social Work or Nursing CEU credit complete:
Post-Test: Treating Chronic Pain Without Medication

Train the Trainer

Self-care – Module 1: Training the Trainer

Authors: 
Kate Forest, RYT, Self-Care Yoga and Mindful Living, LLC 
Julie Berrett-Abebe, PhD, LICSW, Fairfield University

Description: This is the first in a five-part self-care train the trainer series. Through this train the trainer module, Kate, an advanced level yoga instructor, will explain how various stakeholders can use self-care principles with clients, supervisees, students, and in one’s personal life. Learn short simple self-care skills to help you navigate personal and professional situations as caretakers in these stressful times. This module will also provide context on the importance of self-care practice to reduce burnout as well as a framework & evidence for mindfulness.

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To earn 1 Social Work or Nursing CEU credit complete:
Post-test: Self-care - Training the Trainer

Self-care – Module 2: Kindness to Self and Others & Module 3: The Healing Gifts of Nature

Author: 
Kate Forest, RYT, Self-Care Yoga and Mindful Living, LLC

Description: This experiential training module is focused on the development of self-care, mindfulness and meditative movement skills. These 2 videos focus on the topics of kindness to self & others as well as the healing gifts of nature.

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To earn 1.5 Social Work or Nursing CEU credit complete:
Post-test: Module 2: Kindness to Self and Others & Module 3: The Healing Gifts of Nature 

Self-care – Module 4: Cultivating Gratitude & Module 5: Empowering Self & Others

Author: 
Kate Forest, RYT, Self-Care Yoga and Mindful Living, LLC

Description: This experiential training module is focused on development of self-care, mindfulness and meditative movement skills. These 2 videos focus on the topics of cultivating gratitude & empowering self & others.

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To earn 1.5 Social Work or Nursing CEU credit complete:
Post-test: Module 4: Cultivating Gratitude & Module 5: Empowering Self & Others

Contact Us:

Terri Haven, MSW, LICSW, IBHC Field Education Director
thaven@westfield.ma.edu (413-572-8405)

Nora Padykula, Ph.D., IBHC Project Director
npadykula@westfield.ma.edu (413-572-8239)