May 27, 2020 Noon - 1 PM (Central)
June 3, 2020  Noon - 1 PM (Central)
The two-part webinar series will provide an overview of brain injuries, how to screen for them, and the effects of physical and emotional trauma on the brain. The unique symptoms, needs, and treatments for individuals with brain injuries are discussed. Peggy Reisher, the Executive Director of the  Brain Injury Alliance of Nebraska  and Dr. Matthew Garlinghouse of  UNMC's Department of Neurological Sciences  present.

Our Presenters for this Webinar Series
Matthew A. Garlinghouse, Ph.D.
Peggy Reisher, MSW
Munroe-Meyer Institute
Offers Free Consultative Clinics
Munroe-Meyer Institue Offer Free Consultative Clinics
The MMI Psychology Department at UNMC is offering free behavioral telehealth consultation. Psychology faculty Jennifer Burt, Ph.D. (Top Picture), and Alison Grennan, Ph.D. (Bottom Picture), are spearheading the effort.

This service is available for families regardless of insurance coverage. Consultation services are offered via Zoom (a free teleconferencing platform via smartphone, tablet, or computer) or by phone.

To schedule an appointment call 402-559-6408. State that you are interested in scheduling an appointment with the free telehealth consultation clinic.

"This clinic will allow people to access short-term, quality support by licensed providers to assist with a specific challenge that they're experiencing right now," Dr. Burt said. "It's not designed to be ongoing, long-term therapy -- it's designed to meet families where they're at with a challenge and provide them some guidance during this difficult time."

This is a non-emergency service. If your family is experiencing an emergency please contact the Nebraska Family Helpline at 888- 866-8660 or 911.

FREE Online Training with Project ECHO
Project ECHO is Here for You!
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.

BHECN News For You
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)
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.
How is Yoga Beneficial to the Mind & Body?
2020 Rural Behavioral Health
Provider Support Conference
The Behavioral Health Education Center of Nebraska (BHECN) hosted the third annual Rural Provider Support Network Conference on Friday, May 15, 2020, online via GoToWebinar. In 2018, the conference took place in Scottsbluff and in 2019 the conference was held in Chadron. The 2020 conference was slated to take place in Alliance but was moved to a virtual platform when the pandemic swept across the nation.

Ninety-one participants learned about self-care and wellness, providing behavioral health services to the agricultural community, and the ethics of telehealth. The audience consisted of administrators, school personnel, graduate level students and behavioral health professionals who provide services in 37 Nebraska communities as well as four communities outside Nebraska.

This activity was planned and implemented in accordance with the accreditation requirements and policies of the American Nurses Credentialing Center’s Commission on Accreditation (ANCC) through the joint providership of the University of Nebraska Medical Center College of Nursing Continuing Nursing Education (UNMC CON CNE) (provider) and Behavioral Health Education Center of Nebraska (BHECN).

"The BHECN Rural Provider Behavioral Health conference is one of my favorite annual events because it aligns so well with our mission. Throughout the year, we work to identify ways to improve access to behavioral health in rural and frontier Nebraska. This conference is our way to thank our dedicated rural providers who selflessly work to attain this goal every day," Director of BHECN, Marley Doyle said.

Dr. Christine Chasek started the conference off by speaking about Behavioral Health Support for the Agricultural Community. Dr. William Higgins then presented on Practical and Ethical Considerations for Telehealth Service Providers. The last section of the conference was presented by Dr. Catherine Jones Hazledine discussing how to Maintain Wellness and Resiliency: Stratgies for Rural Providers.

During the daylong event, participants were eligible to ask questions to the presenters which were then further discussed at the end of the conferene. Participants were able to develop ways to have a well balanced life for their mental health as well as learn about behavioral health in the agricultural community.
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!
Upcoming Project ECHO Calls June 2020
Thursday , June 4
Presenter Dr. Kevin Borcher

Thursday, June 18
(Register by June 14)
Presenter: Dr. Kenneth Zoucha
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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 under-served 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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