Psychiatric Nursing Summit Update
Here are the top 3 reasons
You should attend the
3rd Annual Psychiatric Nursing Summit!
Register today for the Psychiatric Nursing Workforce Summit
Every nurse is impacted by mental health in some way, whether it is via patient challenges or personal struggles. It is imperative every nurse, not just those who are specialists, are educated and well prepared to most effectively help those who are struggling with mental health issues.

The Psychiatric Nursing Workforce Summit allows nurses who are passionate about improving patient lives to be at the forefront of collectively addressing the gap in mental health services from all angles, through education, practice changes, and legislative and policy actions.

Mental Health Series in Lincoln Journal Star

The Lincoln Journal Star newspaper has featured a series of articles on Mental Health. The article on July 3,2018 written by Riley Johnson is linked here:

(Other articles can be found linked to this article at the Lincoln Journal Star website.)

The artwork in the logo for the Journal Star's mental health series is an acrylic painting, "Dreamback the Elder," by Nigel Magor.
Dreamback the Elder by Nigel Magor
Webinar Series Featured Dr. Tina Chasek

Tina Chasek, Ph.D., LIMHP, LADC and director of BHECN Kearney participated in a three-part webinar series for the Midwest Addiction Technology Transfer Center on Recruitment and Retention.

Dr. Chasek presented for 20 minutes on Wednesday, July 25 sharing examples of how BHECN is building the rural workforce in Nebraska. The ATTC is an international, multidisciplinary resource for professionals in the addictions treatment and recovery services field. For more information about the ATTC Click Here.
Ambassador Spotlight
Meet Lequisha Sims, LCSW, LMHP our Ambassador Spotlight for July 2018

Lequisha is a licensed mental health professional in Omaha currently working towards her doctoral degree in counseling psychology from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. 

BHECN met Lequisha when we gathered the 15 behavioral health training programs for a daylong seminar last April.
Training Opportunities
Third Annual Psychiatric Nursing Workforce Summit
As noted in the article above, BHECN and UNMC will host the 3rd Annual Psychiatric Nursing Workforce Summit on Wednesday, Sept. 12 th at UNO’s Scott Conference Center.

This year’s keynote speaker will be Michael Rice, PhD, Endowed Chair, Professor and Co-Director of the Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner Program at the University of Colorado College in Nursing. Dr. Rice will give a presentation on the current and future psychiatric workforce and the integration of national and Nebraska perspectives.

Continuing education credits will be available with six contact hours under ANCC criteria. This year, a special student rate is also available (student rates will not be eligible for CE credits). Space for the event is very limited and registration will close on Sept. 4. 
Project ECHO is a virtual consultation model where physical and behavioral health providers can call in and receive recommendations on a patient case.

Each Project ECHO series focuses on a specific health topic, and experts on that topic are present to provide recommendations.

This Project ECHO call series focuses on Pain and Substance Use Disorder and allows providers the opportunity to make recommendations on cases and learn from their peers’ presentations.  
Project ECHO: Learn From Substance Use Disorder Experts!
Project ECHO is continuing with a new series of Webinars providing specialist knowledge and advice from substance use and pain management specialists.
Substance use Risk Assessment

Presented by Lori Eden, Intervention Nurse

When: Friday, August 3, 12 - 1:15 p.m. (CDT)

Learning Objectives:
  • Explain how to screen or prioritize which consumers are most at risk or in need of substance abuse evaluation.
  • Develop an understanding of the terms ACE's (Adverse Childhood Experience), "Drug seeking" behavior and "drug screen/honesty."
Difficult Conversations

Presented by Dr. Christine Chasek, Clinical Mental Health Counselor and Addiction Counselor.

When: Monday, August 20, 12 - 1:15 p.m. (CDT)

Learning Objectives:
  • Develop an understanding of when to engage patients/clients in difficult conversations.
  • Identify ways to communicate that enhance motivation to change.
BHECN Webinar Series
BHECN recently wrapped up a series of webinars as part of the "Core Topics for Behavioral Health Providers". The following recorded webinars are available to view at any time:
  • Incorporating Sexuality & Gender Concepts into Mental Health Practice (4 parts)
  • How to Apply Mindfulness-Based Relapse Prevention
  • The Schizophrenia Spectrum: Science and Practice
  • Forensic Issues and Civil Commitment

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BHECN's Mission
The Behavioral Health Education Center of Nebraska (BHECN), pronounced “beacon”, was established in 2009 by a legislative bill to address the shortage of behavioral health professionals in rural and underserved areas of the state. It is a unique partnership among the state legislature, academic institutions, and community partners
to create a statewide workforce solution to increase the number of licensed behavioral health professionals.

View our video to learn more about our mission, programs and initiatives.
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