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Tip of the Week

Wellness Tip of the Week

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Wellness News

August 7, 2017

Organizations Selected to Strengthen Cancer Control through Community of Practice

Washington, DC – (Aug. 7, 2017) –“Individuals with a mental illness are at greater risk of receiving a late-stage cancer diagnosis due to the lack of screening options. By adopting cancer prevention and control practices, we can better support efforts to improve the overall health of people with mental illnesses and substance use disorders,” said Linda Rosenberg, president and CEO of the National Council for Behavioral Health.

Funded by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and operated through the National Behavioral Health Network for Tobacco & Cancer Control, the National Council is pleased to announce a newly launched initiative aimed to help organizations develop and/or enhance their skills and knowledge in cancer control and prevention practices.

Over the next six months, participating community behavioral health organizations (CBHOs) will partner with their peers and technical experts to develop and implement action plans to enhance their cancer control and prevention efforts directed toward people with behavioral health conditions.

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July 7, 2017

Integrate your Cancer Care, Join NBHN for New Webinar Series

Want to improve the quality of cancer care your organization provides? Join the National Behavioral Health Network this summer for a new webinar series on cancer control.

Throughout the series, participants will have the opportunity to explore examples of interdisciplinary collaborative efforts being made in the field to deliver more integrated comprehensive care, develop patient-centered survivorship plans to further increase outcomes and enhance patient quality-of-life, and address barriers to care across the cancer continuum in behavioral health populations.

The first webinar of the series, “Essential Elements for Integrating Comprehensive Cancer Control (CCC) Strategies into Clinical Practice for Behavioral Health Populations,” will take place Tuesday, July 11, from 2-4 p.m. ET.

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A Study in Wellness

Peer Support

TRACY BRENNAN, Peer Liaison

I was nervous as I walked into the classroom on that early summer day. No longer a student, I returned to this classroom as a co-facilitator and instructor. I was eager, yet terrified, to guide my students into a relatively new and promising field. As the students filed in, I realized I wasn’t the only one who was scared; fourteen people of mixed backgrounds came tentatively together to learn how to turn their past struggles into a roadmap of hope as peer support specialists.

Peer support is rapidly becoming an important topic within behavioral health circles. Peer support specialists, who are also known as peer navigators or peer coaches, are people with “lived experience” in the realms of substance abuse and addiction, a mental health diagnosis, or someone who has experienced homelessness and/or trauma. They are not only living in recovery, but they are then able to model that recovery and guide others to find it for themselves.

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Spotlight

Registration Open for Upcoming BHWP Trainings!

Registration is currently open for the following BHWP trainings. Both of these trainings will be held at the Health Sciences Library on the University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus in Aurora, CO.

Our DIMENSIONS: Motivational Interviewing for Behavior Change – Level II training is coming up soon, scheduled for August 28-29. This two-day intensive training will focus on advanced application of Motivational Interviewing (MI) for health care professionals, including methods for strategically eliciting and strengthening change and commitment talk, decreasing and managing discord, and deepening skills of engagement and evocation. This dynamic and experiential training will feature didactic material, trainer demonstrations, real-play exercises, and audio (or video) recorded practice, coding, and self-evaluation. REGISTER HERE!

Addtionally, the Rocky Mountain Tobacco Treatment Specialist Certification Program has opened registration for our October 23-26 training. Tobacco Treatment Specialists are an indispensable facet of healthcare organizations’ tobacco cessation services. Join the growing number of tobacco specialists working across the nation. This comprehensive program consists of 3 full days of training and one day of testing. Upon completion, you will be eligible to achieve the advanced certification of Certified Tobacco Treatment Specialist. REGISTER HERE!

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