BHECN is interviewing for the Community Health Worker program!
Those who are accepted will receive free tuition and fees for the six course Community Health Worker certificate program, along with a $750 stipend to pay for textbooks and/or a laptop.

Courses are offered at Metropolitan Community College and Northeast Community College.

Classes start this summer. Apply online now.

For more information contact Laura Holly

In the state of Nebraska, we do not have enough behavioral health professionals, especially in rural and under-served areas. BHECN is recruiting for a Community Health Worker program that will train professionals to help meet behavioral health needs in Nebraska.

(Requirement includes a High School Diploma or GED)
We're looking for COURAGE!
BHECN is accepting nominations for the Courage award
until May 15!
The BHECN Courage award recognizes outstanding service and outreach to the community by a consumer of behavioral health services or a family member. The deadline to nominate someone for this award is May 15, 2020.
FREE Virtual Yoga & Wellness Videos
Join us for the BHECN Serenity Project! A series of FREE online breathing, meditation, yoga and wellness videos. Thank you to Lotus House of Yoga for their partnership in bringing this FREE resource to BHECN's audience.
Wellness Series - Week 3
The BHECN Serenity Project's week three videos centered around several topics that "hit home", including; Finding Control (when the world is out of control), Ergonomics - Tips for working from Home, Taking Care of Yourself, Strategies for Balance, Parenting During a Crisis, and Social Interaction.

Check out the entire BHECN Serenity Project series by clicking here.
T o view Week Three's videos see below.
Finding Control (when the world is out of control)
Presented by Cate Jones-Hazledine, PhD
Co-Director, BHECN Panhandle
Licensed Psychologist & Owner of Western Nebraska Behavioral Health
Ergonomics Tips for Working from Home
Presented by Pramila Kalaga, MS CPE
Ergonomics Specialist
Nebraska Medicine
Working from Home Tips with Dr. Marley Doyle
Presented by Marley Doyle, MD
Director of BHECN
Taking Care of Yourself
Presented by Marcia Shadle-Cusic, MA, MS, LMHP
Strategies For Balance
Presented by Tara Wilson, PhD, NCC, LMHP
Co-Director of BHECN Panhandle
Associate Professor, Counseling Chadron State College
Parenting During a Crisis
Presented by Allison Grennan, PhD, LP
Assistant Director of Education, BHECN
Assistant Professor of Psychology, MMI UNMC
Social Interaction
Presented by Tina Chasek, PhD, LIMHP, LADC, LPC
Director, BHECN Kearney
Associate Professor/Department of Counseling & School Psychology at UNK
More than 100 people attended the
“Heal the Healer” conference on March 13, 2020
On Friday, March 13, approximately 100 nurses and mental health professionals gathered for a day to learn strategies and techniques for taking care of themselves when treating patients and clients with mental health challenges. BHECN and the UNMC Department of Psychiatry hosted and sponsored the event, partnering with UNMC’s College of Nursing, Center for Nursing Education to provide 5 hours of continuing education for attendees.

Ms. Taryn Hughes came from New York City to lead the conference. Ms. Hughes is the founder of Forest Hughes & Associates and creator of The Compassion Fatigue RESET™ program. Ms. Hughes has supported groups and individuals in coping with or overcoming physical, emotional, and relational trauma for the past 15 years and now focuses her entire body of work on helping professionals remain resilient and protected in the work they love.

During the daylong event, participants discussed compassion fatigue and secondary traumatic stress as it pertains to the professional role and personal health and well-being. Ms. Hughes shared how it is possible to apply different tools and intervention practices for maintaining career sustainability and alleviating the impact after a critical incident. Participants were able to develop individualized, implementation plans for work-life balance.

Thirteen UNMC and Nebraska Medicine professionals facilitated the small group discussions throughout the day. The facilitators were:
  1. Mark Aksamit, MPAS,PA-C,PSY-CAQ
  2. Erin Bagwell, LCSW, LMHP
  3. Leigh Cook, APRN-NP, FNP-C, PMHNP-BC
  4. Alison Delizza, PhD, PLMHP, PLP
  5. Denise Falcon, LICSW. LIMHP
  6. Anna Fuder-Boehm, MSN, APRN
  7. Kelly Gassman, MPAS,PA-C
  8. Christine Hoffman, LMHP, LCSW
  9. Julia Houfek, PhD, APRN-CNS
  10. Jodi McQuillen, PhD, LICSW
  11. Debi Pittock, LICSW
  12. Russell Rosenquist, LCSW, MHP
  13. Brian Shaw, LICSW, LIMHP
BHECN has several
online training opportunities
see below for more information.
Opioid Use Disorder
Training Modules Available Online Now!
A free training series, the Opioid Use Disorder Training Modules are designed for Physicians, psychologists, advanced practice providers, nurses, licensed mental health therapists, LADC, and social workers.
Core Topics Webinars for Behavioral Health Providers are online now!
A free webinar series, Core Topics are designed to educate behavioral health trainees on a variety of practical behavioral health topics, including schizophrenia, forensic issues and more.
Project ECHO
Project ECHO (Extension for Community Healthcare Outcomes) is an opportunity for providers across the state to get specialist knowledge, clinical advice, and recommendations from substance use and pain management specialists in a virtual learning network.

Project ECHO uses videoconferencing technology to connect addiction and pain management specialists with providers to discuss de-identified cases related to substance use disorders. Each ECHO call consists of a brief didactic presentation followed by a clinical case discussion from a provider and recommendations from the team for treatment.
Watch the new Project ECHO Video!
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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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