CSC Gets Grant For Webinars For Behavioral Health Professionals

CHADRON – Chadron State College has received a $10,000 grant from the BHECN – Behavioral Health Educators Counseling Network – for the school’s counseling faculty to develop a series of 3 webinars to help keep behavioral health education partners in the workforce. .

Network Panhandle co-director and CSC professor Dr Tara Wilson says the webinars are designed to meet the current needs behaviorial health professionals in rural Nebraska.

Wilson says those professionals face a different set of challenges than their colleagues in urban areas because they often have 2 or more relationships with their rural clients – explaining that “everyone tends to know everyone in small towns (so) there is less anonymity than in an urban setting.”

All the webinars featuring CSC faculty members will be free and open to the public, although an RSVP is needed in advance. The webinars will run from 11-to-noon in Old Admin Room 137 with a free lunch to follow. Each webinar will be archived on the UNMC website about two weeks after completion,.

The first webinar will be Feb 3 and features Dr Catherine Jones-Hazledine, an adjunct CSC faculty member and the other BHECN co-regional director with Wilson Her webinar is titled Dual Relationships in Rural Areas and looks at the pros and cons of dual relationships, where behavioral health providers engage with clients outside a clinical setting.

The second webinar is March 23 with Wilson and Dr Susan Schaeffer on Rural Supervision Practice. It will explore supervision for behavioral health workers in rural areas, the development of the supervision process, and what is expected of supervision.

The final webinar is March 30 with Licensed Mental Health Practitioner Fran Rieken of North Platte, a CSC graduate, joining Wilson to present Counseling Farmers and Ranchers. They’ll offer ideas about how to market behavioral health practices to the ag community, discuss current conditions and crises affecting farmers and ranchers, and review techniques for working with ag producers.

The grant is just the latest example of the increasingly close partnership between BHECN and Chadron State. BHECN leaders visited the college in 2017 faculty and students to discuss workforce growth initiatives with behavioral health partners as well as CSC faculty and students.

Last year, it awarded Chadron State a one-time $20,000 grant for scholarships and a second $29.000 grant to develop undergraduate curriculum for certification as a licensed Drug and Alcohol Counselor. Wilson and Jones-Hazledine were also the Panhandle co-directors last year.

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