Upcoming Participant and Family Member Education

QPR Suicide Prevention Training: Be a Safe Connection

Presented by Andra Hansen & Nancy Espeseth
Thursday, September 30, 2021 | 2:00 PM – 3:30 PM MST | Webinar

About the training:

The Question, Persuade, Refer (QPR) mission is to reduce suicidal behaviors and save lives by providing innovative, practical and proven suicide prevention training. The signs of crisis are all around us. We believe that quality education empowers all people, regardless of their background, to make a positive difference in the life of someone they know.

About the presenters:

Andra Hansen (she/her), Certified QPR Instructor, is a faculty member in the Communication Department at BYU-Idaho, where she teaches classes in strategic communication and community engagement. Her long-time interest in grassroots problem-solving and connecting with vulnerable populations has led her to be involved in many types of projects, such as community conversations, community needs assessments, and storytelling. She is devoted to using communication foster meaningful dialogue, to promote peaceful resolutions to conflicts, and to create inclusive, empowering environments within which community, organizational, and family members can thrive.

Nancy Espeseth (she/her), Certified QPR Instructor, is currently the director of the Center for Hope in Idaho Falls. The Center is a peer to peer based recovery center and serves individuals  with addiction and/or mental health issues. Nancy is passionate about working in this field and is in recovery herself. Prior to this Nancy worked for two years as a case manager at the Behavioral Health Crises Center where she frequently worked with individuals that were suicidal. The previous 15 years she worked for the Idaho Department of Corrections with jobs ranging from correctional officer, probation/parole officer and warden at Pocatello Women’s Correctional Center. Nancy is a certified QPR suicide prevention instructor and has been involved in training over 800 individuals. 200 of those trained were drug court participants in the 7th Judicial district and 300 were staff and inmates at the Idaho Department of Corrections reentry centers in Boise, Idaho.

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Understanding Telehealth’s Strengths, Risks & Best Practices

Presented by Olivia T. Ngadjui, Ph.D., LPC, NCC

As a result of this presentation participants will be able to:

  • Gain awareness of the strengths and benefits of telehealth counseling services
  • Learn about the technicalities and potential limitations surrounding receiving telehealth counseling services
  • Explore best practices surrounding seeking telehealth counseling services

About the Presenter:

Olivia T. Ngadjui (she/her), PhD, NCC, LPC, is an Assistant Professor of Counselor Education at Western Michigan University and a licensed professional counselor in the state of Idaho. Her counseling practice includes providing theoretically integrative care where she allows for cultural sensitivity, creativity and flexibility in her sessions. This means that counseling can include clients talking about what matters most to them (e.g. farming, gaming, cartoons, music etc) while working towards their goals. She’s been practicing in Idaho since 2019 and is proud to forever call Idaho, Idahome as her private practice is something that she hopes to maintain for a lifetime online to reach clients statewide looking for culturally responsive counseling. She is also trained in EMDR and continues to find ways to support clients. Dr. Ngadjui’s clinical background includes working with individuals as young as 3 years old to their early 80s who are impacted by trauma, suicidality, and homicidality. She received her master’s in Clinical Mental Health Counseling from George Washington University in 2016. She arrived in Idaho in 2018 all the way from southeast Washington DC by way of Maryland. She has a Cameroonian background that she holds dear to her heart among multiple heritages. She also graduated from Idaho State University with her Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) in Counselor Education and Counseling in April 2021. She enjoys advocating for inclusion via teaching, conference presentations, writing and diversity training to amplify marginalized communities and foster cross-cultural relations.

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A Newcomer’s Guide to a Behavioral Health Crisis

with Matt Hardin, LCPC

American Sign Language interpreting will be available at this event.

Webinar Objectives:

  • What does behavioral health mean?
  • Why bother with a crisis?
  • How do I recognize a crisis?
  • Can I even do anything to help? Is it safe?
  • How to respond to a crisis.
  • Does treatment actually work?

About the Presenter

Matt Hardin, LCPC (he/him/his) is the Executive Director of the South East Idaho Behavioral Crisis Center in Pocatello, ID. He is a Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor with over a decade of experience in mental health and substance use treatment. Matt and his team have incorporated peer support services into the crisis center model and are dedicated on expanding services to better support the Southeast Idaho community. This expansion includes several grant programs that focus on re-entry from incarceration and supporting those on probation and parole utilizing recovery coaches, case managers, forensic peers, and trauma informed counselors.

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Mobile Crisis Services in Idaho: Someone to Respond
With Ellie Merrick, LCSW; Laura Treat, LCPC & CPM; Tim Thompson, LCSW; and Rick Huber

Webinar Objectives:

  • Review the history and science of the Mobile Crisis Model
  • Discuss how to know when to call a Mobile Crisis Team vs. 911
  • Understand what to expect when calling for Mobile Crisis services
  • Learn about an Idaho advocate and consumer’s experience with mental health crises

About the Presenters:
Ellie Merrick, LCSW, received her Bachelor’s degrees in English and Philosophy from Northwest Nazarene University in 1998. For the next seven years, she worked for several non-profit health advocacy and social justice organizations in Boise, Idaho. She obtained her Master’s degree in social work in 2007 and was a clinician and Designated Examiner for the Division of Behavioral Health (IDHW), working in both the Forensics and Mobile Crisis Units for 10 years. Ellie has been the Clinical Supervisor for the Region 4 Mobile Crisis Unit for the last 4 years and focuses on providing safe and accessible behavioral health crisis intervention to individuals and communities.

Tim Thompson, LCSW,  is the Program Manager for IDHW’s Region 7 Division of Behavioral Health in Southeastern Idaho. Prior to this role, Tim worked for the past 13 years both as a clinician and the Clinical Supervisor of the Adult Mental Health Crisis Team. He serves as the chair of the Region 7 CIT Steering Committee and collaborates regularly with community providers and law enforcement to more effectively identify individuals in frequent crisis, decrease stigma surrounding getting help, and increase awareness of treatment and resources in the area.

Laura Treat, LCPC & CPM, is a licensed clinical professional counselor who’s been working in the mental health field for over 15 years. She currently works for the Department of Health and Welfare as a clinical supervisor for Adult Behavioral Health in Region 1. Over the past several years she has enjoyed working closely with community partners across the state to expand crisis services in Idaho.

Rick Huber is a person with lived experience of a psychiatric condition and has been an advocate for the past 25 years serving on numerous Boards and Councils, including the Idaho State Planning Council on Behavioral Health, the Idaho State Independent Living Council, and the Disability Rights Idaho Board of Directors. Rick has been involved with the National Alliance on Mental Illness, he was the Chairperson of the NAMI Peer Leadership Council for four years, and he was involved with the Protection and Advocacy for Individuals with Mental Illnesses grant (former Peer reviewer), which funds rights protection systems across the nation. Rick’s main focus is the decriminalization of mental health treatment.

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Idaho Strong: Community Resilience During COVID-19
With the Idaho COVID-19 Crisis Community Resource Specialist Team

Webinar Objectives:

  • Meet statewide COVID-19 Crisis Community Resource Specialists
  • Understand how the COVID-19 public health crisis is affecting each of us
  • Learn how to engage in emotional support resources to boost resilience

Crisis Community Resource Specialists:

  • Wesley Neisler | Region 2 | Wesley.Neisler1@dhw.idaho.gov
  • Lillian Toumey | Region 3 | Lillian.Toumey@dhw.idaho.gov
  • Jennifer Ramos | Region 5 | Jennifer.Ramos@dhw.idaho.gov
  • Tara Contreras | Region 6 | Tara.Contreras@dhw.idaho.gov
  • Shannon Fox | Region 7 | Shannon.Fox@dhw.idaho.gov

About the COVID-19 Crisis Community Resource Specialist Team:
Idaho Strong is a FEMA-and SAMHSA-funded grant program designed to provide resource linkage and emotional support for community members during the COVID-19 pandemic. One branch of Idaho Strong is the Idaho Department of Health and Welfare Division of Behavioral Health’s state-wide COVID-19 Crisis Community Resource Specialist (CCCRS) team, comprised of responders whose role is to help Idahoans connect to community organizations and build resilience. Each CCCRS is aware of local resources for those who are in need, and is available for brief one-on-one or group talk sessions to help develop coping skills and positive thinking. The grant program strives to help Idahoans understand the pandemic as a natural disaster, with resulting emotional, cognitive, and behavioral impacts. In response to this disaster, Idaho Strong empowers people to advocate for themselves and to make positive changes in their thought patterns through mindfulness and connection.

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Behavioral Health Telehealth Parity
Presented by Kim Keys, LCPC, NCC, CS

Definitions: What is telehealth within behavioral health? | History and aims? | Mental health Parity vs. Telehealth Parity; comparison and bridging a gap
Functionality: Understanding payors and parity | Parity rights | Common violations to current parity | Technology and parity
Sustainability: Current Idaho Status – threats to long-term access to telehealth

Kim Keys, LCPC, NCC, CS, has over 22 years of clinical experience in the behavioral health field. Her clinical background ranges from forensic populations and criminality to substance use disorders and acute mental health. Kim has worked in correctional, hospital, residential and community-based health care settings across the United States. Most recently, Kim founded Keys Counseling Solutions; a group counseling clinic and behavioral health consulting agency in Boise Idaho. Drawing from her long and diverse professional career, Kim strives to challenge her learning audiences to think critically, question their assumptions and leave with a hunger for growth and professional excellence.

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Creating Community in Recovery with Healthy Activities: The Phoenix in Idaho
Presented by Scott Jones

Webinar Objectives:
-The Phoenix Model – We will take a close look at what this is and how it works.
-Understand why healthy activities are important and what they look like.
-Explore community forms around a group activity and how we can create a healing environment within that space.
-Discover how we can connect people in recovery throughout rural Idaho to a larger recovery community.

This webinar is intended for behavioral health consumers.

About the Presenter: Scott Jones is the Chapter Manager of The Phoenix in Boise, Idaho. Originally from the Willamette Valley in Oregon, Scott moved to the Treasure Valley in the Fall of 2006. His background is diverse, having worked as a medic/firefighter, entrepreneur and a leader at companies like Nordstrom and Walgreens. Though Scott has always been involved in his community as a volunteer for various nonprofits like the American Red Cross, he changed his career in the last few years to focus on Health and Wellness initiatives in the nonprofit sector that included work as a Director at the YMCA and Executive Director at NAMI Boise. Scott has worked at The Phoenix for the last three years. As a Personal Trainer, Group Fitness Instructor, and Nutritionist, he found a great fit with The Phoenix, A Free Sober Active Community, where he can leverage his experience as a peer in recovery, along with his work in health & wellness, to make an impact in our community. Two of Scott’s passions are outdoor adventures like hiking and trail running, and working in the Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion space. He is a certified Wilderness First Responder and has worked on DEI in various ways for over two decades.

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Health at Every Size’s Ⓡ and Intuitive Eating: Promoting Positive Health
Presented by Danielle Baysye, RD, LD, RYT-200

Watch this free webinar where we discussed what Health at Every Size and intuitive eating means and the stigmas around weight and health.

Webinar Objectives:
-Understand Health at Every SizeⓇ (terminology)
-Be able to identify weight neutral terminology
-Understand research outcomes from Health at Every SizeⓇ and Intuitive Eating
-Learn about Health at Every SizeⓇ misconceptions
-Learn about weight stigma and implications on health
-Obtain resources for further learning and education

Danielle Baysye, RD, LD, RYT-200, is an Anti-diet dietitian and registered yoga teacher. She graduated with her undergraduate degree at University of Idaho and is working towards completing her graduate degree in Science of nutrition at Idaho State University. She completed her 200 hour yoga teacher training and maintains her yoga registration with Yoga Alliance. Danielle is a Boise native and naturally enjoys spending as much time as she can outside. When she isn’t working on fighting diet culture you can find her reading a good book or watching a 90’s sitcom.

You may find Danielle on Instagram at @_gentlynourished_
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Men’s Mental Health in 2020
Presented by Kyle Davis, PhD

Attendees expected to gain an understanding of the following:
-The differences in prevalence of mental health conditions associated with gender
-How culture may influence presentation of mental health conditions in men
-How postpartum depression can affect men
-Understanding role male gender may play in coping with mental health and how to now when to seek treatment
Kyle Davis, PhD is a licensed clinical psychologist specializing in clinical health psychology and behavioral sleep medicine, including cognitive behavioral therapy for insomnia. He has specialized training in mood and sleep disorders, chronic pain, weight management, and in primary care mental health integration.
Kyle earned his Bachelor’s degree in Psychology from Oklahoma State University and his PhD in Clinical Psychology from University of Colorado, Boulder. Kyle currently practices at St Luke’s Clinic: Lifestyle Medicine in Meridian where he provides individual and group treatments for insomnia and teaches Lifestyle Medicine participants skills to change thought and behavioral patterns to live healthier lives.

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Taking Control of Our Behavioral Health as Seniors
Presented by Natalie Nathan

Join Empower Idaho for this free webinar where we will discuss changes to our behavioral health needs as we age. How can we as seniors, and their loved ones, work towards a goal of overall wellness, including balanced behavioral health? This webinar will overview ways to apply healthy and rewarding behavioral health practices and resources into our everyday lives.

Natalie Nathan has spent the past five years serving seniors in Southwest Idaho. She is currently the Special Projects Manager at the Area 3 Senior Services Agency. Prior to the switch to the “Living Well” programs, Natalie worked as a long-term care ombudsman, advocating for residents’ rights and finding new ways to improve the lives of the residents in assisted living or skilled nursing facilities. Natalie graduated in December of 2013 with a Master’s Degree in Health Promotion and Programming with an emphasis in gerontology, and has a passion for educating seniors on ways to live well, so that they can have a long term quality of life. In her spare time, you can find her out on the water, up in the hills, whipping up something tasty in the kitchen or behind a microphone, singing her heart out.

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What You Need to Know about Medicaid Expansion
Presented by Hillarie Hagen

Join Empower Idaho for this free webinar presented by Hillarie Hagen of Idaho Voices for Children as she demystifies what Medicaid Expansion means for Idaho. This presentation details the history of the Medicaid Expansion, what Expansion means for you and your family, and how to get involved as an advocate for yourself and fellow Idahoans. This is a great opportunity to learn about behavioral health resources and newly available services for those now covered through Medicaid Expansion. You will be able to ask questions directly to Hillarie, who played a significant role in the successful passage of Medicaid Expansion in Idaho.

Hillarie Hagen is the Outreach Specialist at Idaho Voices for Children where she engages impacted individuals on health care policy issues and helps coordinate Close the Gap Idaho. Through eight years of previous experience she has worked with diverse populations in the juvenile correction system, older adults in hospice, at risk families in support programs and in policy advocacy for home visiting programs. She graduated with honors from Boise State University with a degree in Social Work.

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Creating Safer Spaces for Our Queer Community Webinar
Presented by Gabrielle Davis, MPH, RRT, CHES & Jen Moore, MA Coun., LPC

Studies consistently show that queer people are resilient above and beyond that of their cisgender and/or heterosexual peers. Safer spaces are essential components which allow individuals to grow and recover from systemic, interpersonal, and internalized oppression. This webinar defines ways to practice resilience as well as explore how to intentionally shape safer spaces so resilience can be practiced.

About the Presenters: Gabrielle Davis, MPH, RRT, CHES, she/her: earned a Masters in Public Health in 2016 and is the co-coordinator for Youth Alliance for Diversity (YAD) in Boise. She is going into her third year in the Addictions Counseling Program at Boise State University. Gabrielle and her wife Samantha moved to Boise from the Midwest in August of 2016. She currently works as the COPD Educator and Nicotine Cessation Program Coordinator for St. Luke’s and as the Safer Space Training Coordinator for the Idaho Association for LGBT Issues in Counseling.

Jen Moore, MA Coun., LPC, she/her and they/them: earned her Graduate degree in Counselor Education from Boise State University and now works within the Treasure Valley as a full time Licensed Professional Counselor and part time Counselor Educator. Jen runs her own private practice with the guiding principles of social justice, equity, and advocacy. Jen is currently Secretary of the Idaho Association for LGBT Issues in Counseling and served as Past President of the Boise State University’s local chapter of Counselors for Social Justice.

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What to Know So You Can Take Control: The Connection Between Finances and Mental Health 
Presented by Kate Nelson

PresDebt, depression, shame, anxiety, money: Almost two-thirds of our country’s adult population experience financial stress and a co-occurring mental health condition. In this session we will begin to pull back the rug to expose how common financial stress is in our society, and in doing so we will also explore ways we can empower each other, and ourselves, to take control and shed the shame.

About the presenter: As the Director of Economic Opportunity (EO) at Jannus in Boise, Idaho, Kate stands at the forefront of EO’s growing Mission: to create mobility from poverty by removing barriers so that individuals, families and communities can thrive. A passionate leader, she is responsible for EO’s vision, strategy, program development, fundraising efforts and operations. Kate functions under the guiding principle so well-articulated by Grace Lee Boggs, “We never know how our small activities will affect others through the invisible fabric of our connectedness. In this exquisitely connected world, it’s never a question of ‘critical mass.’ It’s always about critical connections.” Kate received her master’s degree in Health and Wellness Promotion from the University of Idaho.

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College Student Mental Health: Challenges and Protective Factors
Presented by Joel Lane, PhD

This free, interactive webinar is geared toward college students and examines the state of college student mental health in the United States. It explores factors that challenge mental health during the college years, including life and role transition, societal beliefs regarding the millennial generation, and the theory of emerging adulthood. The presentation discusses research findings that college students can apply in order to promote positive mental health and resilience.

About the presenter: Joel Lane, PhD, is an associate professor and interim department chair for the Counselor Education Department. He joined Portland State University in 2013 after completing his doctorate in Counselor Education at Oakland University in the Detroit, Michigan area. His research interests involve life transitions and mental health in emerging adulthood. He has published 12 peer-reviewed journal articles on the subject that have been cited nearly 100 times in total. He is the past president of the Oregon Counseling Association and is actively involved in professional advocacy at the state and national levels.

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“Un-Shaming”: Essential to Recovery from Addiction to Alcohol and Other Drugs
Presented by Bob Weathers, PhD

Dr. Weathers, addiction specialist and life coach, shares his research on navigating recovery from addiction without shame, while tying in the nuanced physiological changes that occur in the brain during addiction. This webinar is for anyone who has been touched by addiction personally, through a family member, through a friend, or in a professional setting. 

A highly regarded educator, recovery coach, author, public speaker, and university administrator, Dr. Bob Weathers holds a Ph.D. in clinical psychology, with an M.A. in religious studies. Over the course of his professional career, “Dr. Bob” has provided tens of thousands of hours of therapeutic counseling and recovery coaching to satisfied clients. He has also committed the past 35 years to teaching, training, and inspiring graduate-level mental health providers at several southern California universities.

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Healthy Sleep Webinar
Presented by Kyle Davis, PhD

Dr. Kyle Davis helps viewers understand the relationship between behavioral health conditions and sleep and what they can do to make their sleep as healthy as possible. More specifically, he explores the theoretical model for how sleep disorders develop and uses this information to explain how strategies from cognitive behavioral therapy for insomnia can be used to obtain healthy sleep. Strategies reviewed include: sleep efficiency therapy, stimulus control, sleep hygiene, and cognitive restructuring. Viewers will gain a basic understanding of how insomnia develops and how strategies from cognitive behavioral therapy for insomnia can help treat insomnia and comorbid behavioral health conditions.

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Healthy Sleep PowerPoint Dr. Davis

My Journey with Jon: A Tale of Creating Hope and Optimism and Decreasing Stigma
Presented by Helen Teresa “Trez” Buckland, PhD, MEd

Learn how to describe four strategies for decreasing stigma from the perspective of a family member of an individual with serious mental illness. Learn how to describe how those four strategies lead to an increase in hope, optimism and increased productivity, and learn how to identify ways you can incorporate each strategy into your own practice and/or personal life.

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Diabetes and Mental Health
Presented by Amy Walters, PhD

Social, emotional, and behavioral factors significantly impact diabetes management. In this webinar Dr. Walters will discuss how psycho-social factors can help or hinder diabetes management and teach participants healthy ways to cope effectively with their diabetes. Amy Walters, PhD is a clinical health psychologist and the Director of Behavioral Health Services for St. Luke’s Humphreys Diabetes Center in Boise, Idaho. Dr. Walters works with patients to address emotional and behavioral factors which negatively impact health and chronic disease management.

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Expect Recovery
Presented by Neil Cambell

Exciting things are happening in the behavioral health field as we shift the way services are delivered to people facing challenges with substance use disorders and mental illness, toward a system that recognizes both are preventable, treatable chronic health conditions requiring life-long, self-directed care. Recovery happens in communities where people can access the supports that help them and people with lived recovery experience are an essential voice in helping their peers get and stay well. This webinar provides a clear and concise explanation with easily understandable examples of how to refocus services and supports toward a recovery-oriented system of care (ROSC). We will talk about the value of a strengths-based approach to working with peers that helps to identify “what’s right”, what helps and challenges us to always expect recovery for everyone.

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Changing the Language in Our Field – How to Talk about Substance Use Disorder and Why
Presented by Hannah Rose

Words matter, they are a key component of persuasive communication. Regardless of the audience, topic, industry or mode of communication, leaders use language to influence someone’s mind in order to achieve a certain result. Within any field, language is ever evolving and often without any intention can marginalize and lower the status of the population served. Words can bring up a host of imagery that may not be desirable and can perpetuate stigma. Unfortunately, some words or phrases that we have used in this field for years although not deliberate, have had a negative effect on both those we serve, their families and the general population. In this webinar, we will consider certain words and phrases and the potential of negative interpretations. We hope to inspire a shift in the way we talk about Substance Use Disorder by deliberately choosing to speak (and write) words and phrases that are empowering and inspire a more thoughtful and vocal image that conveys clarity, understanding and stigma reduction.

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