Webinar: Using Technology to Increase Access to Behavioral Health Services for Service Members, Veterans, and their Families

Date: Tuesday, June 3, 2 - 3:30pm EDT

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Kelly A. Blasko, Ph.D., Mobile Health Program, National Center for Telehealth and Technology, Defense Centers of Excellence for Psychological Health and Traumatic Brain Injury, U.S. Department of Defense

David Cooper, Psy.D., Mobile Health Program, National Center for Telehealth and Technology, Defense Centers of Excellence for Psychological Health and Traumatic Brain Injury, U.S. Department of Defense

Anthony Oliver, M.P.H., Office for the Advancement of Telehealth, Office of Rural Health Policy, Health Resources and Services Administration, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services

John Peters, M.S., Supervisory Telehealth Program Analyst, U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs

Technological advances have paved the way for innovation in delivering quality behavioral health services to service members, veterans, and their families (SMVF). These advancements provide SMVF with many resources that mitigate challenges and increase access to care.

The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA), the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) at the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, and the National Center for Telehealth and Technology (T2), a component center of the Defense Centers of Excellence for Psychological Health and Traumatic Brain Injury at the U.S. Department of Defense, are actively using innovative technology (e.g., smartphone applications, social media, video chats) to support the delivery of telehealth and telebehavioral health services. This webinar will focus on how these innovative technologies can be applied to better meet the diverse needs of SMVF.

Please note, participants will only be able to hear the webinar through their computer via headphones or speakers. We recommend ensuring you use external speakers for your desktop. Participants are asked to test their system before the broadcast.

If you have any questions about your registration, please contact Lisa Guerin, Administrative Assistant, at 518-439-7415 ext. 5242 or by email at


Recovery Workforce Summit: Psychiatric Rehabilitation 2014 Annual Conference

"Designed to train the recovery workforce, the Recovery Workforce Summit: PRA 2014 Annual Conference, is an investment in yourself, in your career, and in your organization. During your three and a half days with us, you’ll hear from compelling and inspiring keynotes; select from an assortment of sessions in different tracks that will make you a more effective psych rehab professional; network with your peers and hear what they’re doing at their organizations to improve the lives of people with mental illness; and much, much more."


Capitol Hill Day - May 7, 2014, Washington DC

"Capitol Hill Day is an important step in pursuing our legislative priorities and funding for recovery-oriented practice. Over 500+ behavioral health executives, administrators, board members, consumers, and community stakeholders will participate to make a difference. Your advocacy efforts matter — face-to-face interactions between legislators and constituents are one of the most powerful ways to impact public policy."


The Role of Self-Management in Using Medications

Date: Thursday, April 10, 2014 , 2:00 to 3:30 p.m. Eastern Time
Larry Davidson, Ph.D. - DSG Director, Recovery to Practice 
Yvonne Z. Smith - President and Chairperson, The Recovery Group 
Jackie Pettis - Manager of Wellness and Recovery, ValueOptions Maryland
Larry Davidson, Ph.D. 
  • This Webinar recognizes that, while medications can be very effective tools in promoting recovery, they alone are insufficient for many persons with serious or prolonged conditions. For these individuals, the medications we currently use do not "cure" serious mental illnesses and addictions. When effective, they may reduce symptoms and a person's likelihood of relapse or improve quality of life. In serious mental illnesses, for example, medications may reduce some of the more flagrant symptoms such as hallucinations and acute mania, but do not address the negative symptoms and neurocognitive impairments that often are the more disabling aspects of these disorders. 


  • In addictions treatment, medications may render certain substances less reinforcing or reduce cravings but make no impact on a person's ability to develop new, sober social networks that will support his or her recovery. In this respect, we should avoid conveying the message to people that all they need to do is take the medications prescribed for them and everything will be all right. Recovery requires hard work on the part of both persons in recovery and practitioners, and with healthcare reform under way, practitioners will need to play an increasingly important part in educating people about their own role in their recovery and supporting them in efforts to manage their conditions and recover as fully as possible. 


  • This Webinar will approach the topic of self-management and medication use from three perspectives: Larry Davidson, Ph.D., DSG director of the Recovery to Practice Initiative; Yvonne Z. Smith, president and chairperson of The Recovery Group; and Jackie Pettis, Manager of Wellness and Recovery at ValueOptions Maryland. 
Participants are welcome to call in or submit questions and comments electronically. The Webinar will be recorded and available for download shortly after the event.

Expanding Your Social Media Presence

DATE: Thursday, May 1, 1:00 - 2:30 PM EST (10:00 AM - 11:30 AM PST)
Brought to you FREE by the National Empowerment Center's Technical Assistance Center

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Description: Are you already blogging or using tools like Facebook, Twitter, and YouTube, but wonder how you can use social media more efficiently to reach more people? What are some ways to develop a social media strategy, and how do you measure your effectiveness over time? These and other questions will be addressed in this webinar featuring the award-winning PEERS media team. Whether you're looking to expand your own social media presence or that of your peer-run organization or project, this webinar is for you. At 2:15 PM EST/11:15 AM PST we will conclude the presentations/Q&A, and invite you to join a real-time Tweet chat to practice skills to increase your effectiveness on Twitter. We invite you in advance of the webinar to create a Twitter account if you do not already have one. You can use the hashtag#peerschat on Twitter at 2:15 PM EST/11:15 AM PST to participate in the chat. 

Note: This is not an "introduction to social media" webinar, but all skills and experience levels are welcome. To access NEC's 2012 introductory webinar on social media, visit 

Presenters from the PEERS Media Team: 

Jenee Darden, Web Content and PR Specialist 
Shannon Eliot, Communications Manager 
Sherman Park, Video Production Specialist 
Kelechi Ubozoh, Statewide Project Coordinator 

Visit to see their full biographies.