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Just a few weeks away - TCM: Cognitive Behavioral Therapy Overview

Apr 29, 2024 3:00:00 PM / by Brooke Kochanski posted in mental health, behavioral health, tailored care management


Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) is one of the most frequently used evidence-based practices in behavioral health services and is a valuable treatment tool for helping individuals achieve their goals.

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Unveiling Ethical Psychopharmacology: Examining Transparency, Marketing, and Informed Consent

Apr 16, 2024 8:00:00 AM / by Brooke Kochanski posted in mental health, Substance Use, behavioral health, social work, psychology, prescriptions, medications


Ethical Psychopharmacology is a look at several different aspects of how psychoactive drugs are evaluated, marketed, and promoted by prescribers by looking at issues of transparency, research data, conflict of interest, funding sources and their interests, and informed consent. I will describe the drug approval process through the FDA, history of the DSM and how the diagnostic process has been influenced by money, big Pharma, and conflict of interest. We will look at some clever marketing messages and the difference between marketing and science. 

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June 6th Register For 2 Credit Hours - Let's Get Creative Engaging Children in Therapeutic Settings

Apr 3, 2024 11:58:00 AM / by Brooke Kochanski posted in behavioral health, Pediatric, therapy, adolescent


Research has demonstrated that one of the most important aspects of effective therapeutic work is engaging a client and building positive rapport and trust in the therapeutic relationship. In establishing and maintaining a positive relationship with children and adolescents, clinicians must find creative and innovative ways to make therapeutic work engaging and interactive. It is through this interactivity that children and adolescents are often most comfortable in expressing their thoughts and feelings in a way that feels natural and affirming for them.

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Enhancing Group Counseling with Evidence-Based Practices: A Workshop with Geraldine A Miller, PhD, LP, LCAS, CCS

Mar 12, 2024 9:46:00 AM / by Brooke Kochanski posted in behavioral health, therapy, motivational interviewing, counseling, self care


Group counseling is a frequently used counseling format. Counselors need to be familiar with this format as well as the use of EBPs (e.g., motivational interviewing, MI) in a group setting in order to develop group community. This workshop will provide an opportunity for dialogue about the application of EBPs (e.g., MI) into practice.

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Managing Difficult Patient Situations - Get 1 credit hour, no cost to you!

Feb 16, 2024 12:24:00 PM / by Brooke Kochanski posted in behavioral health, patient care, practice management


Many practice settings are experiencing angry, hostile, and even aggressive behavior from patients, parents, caregivers, and others. This course is designed for health care practice teams who interact with patients and other customers. Background and context of the problem are reviewed, and evidence-based practical tips, suggestions and resources are provided.

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New Podcast Learning Series

Jan 24, 2024 2:56:38 PM / by Andrew L. Brewer, MS, NBHWC posted in Social Determinants of Health, Healthcare Insights, mental health, Substance Use, behavioral health, rural health centers, housing, continuing education series, online learning, population health, alcohol use, winston-salem, podcast, harm reduction, resource, homeless, shelter


We have a new learning opportunity from Northwest AHEC called the Podcast Learning Series. Now you can listen to select episodes of our Healthcare Insights in Northwest North Carolina podcast and earn continuing education credits. And it’s free!

The podcast format allows you to listen at your convenience and multitask while listening. I personally like to do my cardio workout or weight training while consuming podcast content, and sometimes find myself listening while cooking, cleaning, or doing yard work. It's a great way to optimize your learning and your life activities.

This first episode in this Podcast Learning Series is on homelessness in Forsyth County. In this episode you will learn about the main causes of homelessness in our region, the services provided by service organizations in Forsyth County, and the challenges of serving the homeless population and finding permanent housing.

Once you have finished the episode you can take the short post-test to receive 1 hour of CE credit. And another bonus is that this is offered to you at no cost aside from your time and attention.

You can link directly to the course, register and listen here: https://northwestahec.wakehealth.edu/courses-and-events/72832/podcast-ce-series-homelessness-in-forsyth-county 

Alternatively, you can listen to Healthcare Insights in Northwest North Carolina wherever you get your podcast content (Spotify, Google, Apple, Soundcloud, etc.). Simply search for "Healthcare Insights in Northwest North Carolina" and look for Episode 87 featuring William McDonald, Director of the Bethesda Center for the Homeless in Winston-Salem, NC

Once you have listened you can register for the course, take the post-test and claim your 1 hour CE credit.

I hope you find our episodes timely and relevant to your practice. And finally, if you have a topic or know of a person that you think would be great to have on the podcast, please don’t hesitate to reach out and let me know. I am always looking for interesting topics and presenters to have on the podcast.

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NWAHEC Awarded NC Medicaid Grant to Support 5 Online Learning Activities

Jan 11, 2024 10:07:00 AM / by Leslie D McDowell, DNP, ANP-BC, RN posted in NCAHEC, behavioral health, social work, psychology, social justice, online learning, integrated care, intervention


The Northwest AHEC Practice Support Team was awarded a grant from NC Medicaid supporting five different online self-paced learning activities.

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ECHO Training 2023-2024 - Live Webinar Series Starting January 25th

Jan 8, 2024 5:45:00 PM / by Brooke Kochanski posted in behavioral health, autism


ECHO Autism for primary care providers bridges the care gap between primary care, behavioral health, and community health care specialists by sharing best practices as they care and support individuals with autism and their families regardless of geographic location.

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What do you want to be different? Counseling teens and their families.

Dec 31, 2023 10:50:43 AM / by Andrew L. Brewer, MS, NBHWC posted in Keeping Kids Well, Wellness, Healthcare Insights, mental health, behavioral health, high school, motivational interviewing, adolescent, mindfulness, counseling, coaching, growth, masculinity


Clinical psychologist Sebastian Kaplan of Atrium Health Wake Forest Baptist sits down for this episode of the Healthcare Insights in Northwest North Carolina podcast to discuss teens and family therapy and approaches to counseling parents and teens. What are the expectations teens face these days and what role does technology and social media play in their lives?

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Anxiety and Life Satisfaction with Coach James Traub

Oct 13, 2023 10:33:49 AM / by Andrew L. Brewer, MS, NBHWC posted in Wellness, Healthcare Insights, mental health, stress, behavioral health, Health coach, therapy, trauma, anxiety, PTSD, communication, outcomes, podcast, depression, referral, burnout, counseling, suicide, resource, self care, psychiatry, Adult health, coaching, masculinity


Emotions are energy in motion. How we embody them into our current state of being determines our mood, disposition, dopamine and cortisol levels, and much more. If we find ourselves in a state of anxiety, James suggests ways to work out a path through, and closer to peace of mind, calm, confidence, and more.

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