Mid-America MHTTC Newsletter
MARCH 2021
Good afternoon,

Happy March! Here in Omaha, our team has finally seen some sunshine after a long wintry stretch. We're welcoming this turn of the weather as a sign that spring is indeed around the corner.

In addition to this bright news, this month we are excited to announce the launch of a huge new branch of our training and technical assistance: professional well-being. Read on for more information about this timely new programming area, as well as new well-being resources in development.

Of course, we also have several excellent webinars coming up, including:

You can learn more about these upcoming webinars using the links above and calendar information below. If you have any questions, please reply to this email.

Be well,

The Team at the Mid-America MHTTC
We hope to connect with you through one of our events!
Northwest AEA Training of Trainers on the Adult Resilience Curriculum (ARC)
10-11 a.m. March 8, 15, & 22 | ONLINE
Program Limited to Select Participants
Well-Being Wednesdays: Coping with Difficult Thoughts, Feelings, and Experiences
12-12:30 p.m. March 10 | ONLINE
Northwest AEA Leadership Series
9-10:30 a.m. March 11 | ONLINE
Program Limited to Select Participants
Serious Mental Illness: Motivational Interviewing TA
March 11 & 17 | ONLINE
Program Limited to Select Participants
Supporting School Mental Health During a Pandemic Professional Learning Community
1-2:30 p.m. March 17 | ONLINE
Enhancing Health Professionals’ Well-Being: A Structured Approach Utilizing the Adult Resilience Curriculum (ARC)
12-1 p.m. March 18 | ONLINE
A Roadmap for Rural Permanent Supportive Housing (Permanent Supportive Housing Webinar Series)
1:30-2:30 p.m. March 18 | ONLINE
Family Peer Support: How Families Can Help the Team Become Oriented Toward Recovery
12-1 p.m. March 18 | ONLINE
Sustaining Pediatric Integrated Primary Care During a Pandemic Learning Community
12-1 p.m. March 19 | ONLINE
Equity Considerations in Rural Communities and Reservations (Coming Home to Primary Care Webinar Series)
12-1 p.m. March 26 | ONLINE
National Developmental Disabilities Awareness Month - March 1-31
Problem Gambling Awareness Month - March 1-31
Women's History Month - March 1-31
Deaf History Month - March 1-31
International Women's Day - March 8
Brain Awareness Week - March 15-21
Saint Patrick's Day - March 17
International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination - March 21
National Drug & Alcohol Facts Week - March 22-28
International Day of Remembrance of the Victims of Slavery & the Transatlantic Slave Trade - March 25
Doctors Day - March 30
International Transgender Day of Visibility - March 31
Well-being training and technical assistance offers guidance for health professionals, educators
In light of today's unprecedented mental health needs, our Center is launching a brand new programming area centered around improving the resiliency and well-being of health professionals and educators.

Information about this training and technical assistance is available on our new Professional Well-Being page. The foundation for our programming, as outlined on the web page, is the Adult Resilience Curriculum, a 10-module model rooted in adult positive psychology and organizational well-being theories. ARC is further divided into two tracks: ARC for Educators and ARC for Health Professionals.

Educators might be familiar with ARC through our ongoing webinar series, Well-Being Wednesdays: Taking Care of Educators Who Take Care of Kids. In this monthly series, attendees get a concise (30-minute) walkthrough of each module and walk away with relevant and immediately applicable well-being skills. You can find additional ARC for Educators content on the track's web page.

ARC for Health Professionals contains brand-new products and resources as well as information about soon-to-be released content. You can find out more about this track on March 18, via a free informational webinar, Enhancing Health Professionals’ Well-Being: A Structured Approach Utilizing the Adult Resilience Curriculum (ARC). You can register using the link below.
12-1 p.m. March 18, 2021:
Enhancing Health Professionals’ Well-Being: A Structured Approach Utilizing the Adult Resilience Curriculum (ARC)
Join us for an informational 101 on our approach to supporting health care workers: The Adult Resilience Curriculum for Health Professionals.
ICYMI: Well-Being Wednesdays: Fostering Positive Emotions and Experiences
To view the webinar, watch the video embedded above or click here.
Webinar on rural permanent supportive housing airs March 18
A Roadmap for Rural Permanent Supportive Housing, the next webinar in our permanent supportive housing series, airs 1:30-2:30 p.m. Central Time on March 18. You can register for the webinar here.
Jennifer Lopez, a permanent supportive housing consultant with 22 years of experience in the field of affordable housing and homelessness programming, will present the webinar.

This webinar will share best practices and lessons learned about creating permanent supportive housing programs for rural communities that meet SAMSHA fidelity guidelines. The presentation covers the philosophy, funding, and solutions for program challenges and potential next steps for interested communities.
Learning objectives:

  • Introduce the permanent supportive housing (PSH) model
  • Explore PSH models through a rural lens
  • Analyze lessons learned from establishing rural PSH
  • Describe the next steps for communities interested in implementing rural PSH

This webinar is brought to you by the Mid-America MHTTC in collaboration with the Iowa Mental Health and Disabilities Services (MHDS) regions.
ICYMI: Family Peer Support: How to Orient Families and Their Loved One Toward Recovery
To view the webinar, watch the video embedded above or click here.
Equity Considerations in Rural Communities and Reservations airs March 26
Equity Considerations in Rural Communities and Reservations airs 12-1 p.m. Friday, March 26, with guest speakers Drs. Anitra Warrior and Kay Bond.

Attendees of this webinar, part of our Coming Home to Primary Care: Pediatric Integrated Health webinar series, will develop an understanding of mental health inequity in rural communities and reservations. This webinar will describe unique components such as challenges to financial sustainability, integration of culture, provider recruitment and retention, and overall health conditions of these communities. Strategies to overcoming these barriers will be described by current practices of clinics in a rural and reservation setting.

Register for the webinar here. Continuing education credits are available.

Learning objectives:

  • Discuss overall health disparities including rates of comorbidities and factors contributing to inequities in behavioral health across rural areas and reservations. 
  • Identify strategies for decolonizing service delivery and incorporating cultural values and norms of communities served. 
  • Identify challenges related to the sustainability of funding and the limitations on specialty providers for the community and how each member of the interdisciplinary health care team can help strategically to maintain quality service delivery in sparsely populated areas.
  • Describe the benefits and challenges of telehealth during a pandemic. 
Dr. Anitra Warrior is the owner of Morningstar Counseling and Consultation in Lincoln, Nebraska, and is from the Ponca Tribe of Oklahoma. She earned her Ph.D. in Counseling Psychology in 2015 and has operated her clinic since 2012. Since receiving her Ph.D., Dr. Warrior has established four additional clinics that are now located throughout eastern Nebraska. Morningstar offers counseling on two college campuses, schools, communities and in integrated care with the Omaha Tribe of Nebraska. Clinic sites are based on reservations and in rural and urban settings. Dr. Warrior specializes in treating trauma in children through the utilization of evidenced based practices that have been adapted to the American Indian population. Most recently, Morningstar has become a training site for doctoral candidates with the Munroe-Meyer Institute. This track will focus on integrated care on the reservation as well as provide additional clinical training opportunities in schools, colleges, and in the tribal communities.
Kay Bond, PhD, LP, is the co-founder of Tidal Integrated Health, Inc., and co-director of Behavioral Pediatrics in Primary Care at NOVA Behavioral Healthcare Corporation in Goldsboro, N.C. Dr. Bond is passionate about providing high-quality behavioral health services to young people and their families in rural, low-income, and underserved communities. She is also an experienced behavioral health supervisor. Most recently, Dr. Bond established two pediatric integrated behavioral health clinics designed to increase children’s access to behavioral health treatment and reduce the stigma involved in participating in therapy. Dr. Bond’s clinical and research interests include sleep, elimination disorders, and disruptive behavior and noncompliance. Dr. Bond is also interested in integrating behavioral health into primary care practices and clinical supervision. She earned her Ph.D. in Pediatric School Psychology at East Carolina University in 2016, and she completed her internship and fellowship in Behavioral Pediatrics/Integrated Primary Care at the Munroe-Meyer Institute at the University of Nebraska Medical Center in 2018.
To view last month's webinar, Addressing Linguistic Diversity in Pediatric Integrated Care, watch the video embedded below or click here.
Sara Wise, PhD, PLP
Sara Wise, PhD, PLP, is a trainer on the Mid-America MHTTC's school mental health team. Dr. Wise graduated from the University of Iowa in 2020 with a PhD in school psychology and completed her internship at the University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics (UIHC), where she received specialized training in integrated behavioral health care for youth and individuals with intellectual or developmental disabilities in an acute inpatient setting. She continues her postdoctoral clinical training in this setting.

Based in Iowa City, Dr. Wise is our liaison with the Iowa school mental health community, and she conducts virtual trainings with districts across our region.

"After being in a clinical setting for the last couple of years, it’s been so nice to get the chance to work with educators again," she says. "We’ve had the opportunity to collaborate with some truly amazing teams on their efforts to support each other and the students they serve. I’m also grateful to be working with such a dedicated group of people at the Mid-America MHTTC."

At the end of a long day, Dr. Wise says that a big bear hug from her dog helps her relax. On weekends, she likes to play board games and “cook” with her 3-year-old daughter.

"This usually involves dunking some combination of fruits, dry beans/pasta, and toy dinosaurs into bowls of water and stirring vigorously with a large wooden spoon," she says.
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