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  • 28th Annual Idaho Youth Summit

    The iDFY Idaho Youth Summit is Idaho’s premier youth leadership and drug prevention conference for middle and high school students, leadership groups, community coalitions, and adults who work with youth. This year’s theme is centered around discovering your Ture North as an internal compass to your unique self on the path to authenticity and leading with confidence.

    Tuesday, 18th – Friday, June 21st, 2019

    Idaho Youth Summit Flyer


    Idaho Behavioral Health Family Support Training

    A Family Support Partner is a parent or adult caregiver who through live experience and specialized training, has acquired an understanding of another parent’s situation via the shared emotional and psychological challenges of raising a child living with a behavioral health diagnosis. Through this  lived experience and training family support partners can guide and support families struggling with a child with a behavioral health diagnosis to increase family wellness.

    Family Support Partner Qualification

    • Be at least 18 years of age.
    • Have at least one year of lived experience as a parent or an adult caregiver raising a child or has raised a child who live with a behavioral health diagnosis (mental illness or co-occurring mental illness and substance use disorder) and has successfully navigated the systems of care.
    • Have a high school diploma or GED

    Monday, August 5th, 2019 – Friday, August 9th, 2019

    Idaho Falls, ID

    Application for Registration


    The 2019 Community Information & Resource Fair (CIRF)

    Do you have a client, family member, or friend involved in the criminal justice system? Attend Annual Community Information & Resource Fair! This is an excellent opportunity to discover what resources are available to ex-offenders out in the community.

    Wednesday, September 11th, 2019

    Boise, ID


    Out of the Darkness Walk 

    When you walk in the Out of the Darkness Walks, you join the effort with hundreds of thousands of people to raise awareness and funds that allow the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention (AFSP) to invest in new research, create educational programs, advocate for public policy, and support survivors of suicide loss.

    Saturday, September 28, 2019

    Idaho Falls, ID


    2019 Drug Symposium 

    Event details are still in the works for the 2019 Drug Symposium however, current highlights include: The Tall Cop as well as three other keynote speakers, door prizes and free resources.

    Monday, December 9th, 2019

    Boise, ID


    Idaho Behavioral Health Peer Support Specialist Training

    Peer Support Providers are people with lived experience of recovery from a mental health or co-occurring mental health and substance use disorder who receive specialized training and supervision to guide and support others who are experiencing similar mental health or co-occurring disorders towards increased wellness.

    Peer Support Specialist Qualifications:

    • Be at least 18 years of age
    • Have lived experience with mental illness and at least one year continuous recovery.
    • Have a high school diploma or GED

    Monday, October 21st, 2019 – Friday, October 25th, 2019

    Pocatello, ID

    Registration Application


    Ashwood Family Healing Group: Education and Support

    Open to the community: For loved ones of anyone struggling with a substance use disorder. Learn About codependency and addiction, family roles and family dynamics, and communication skills.

    Ages 18 and up (special permission for teens may be granted). No RSVP required.

    Tuesday Nights

    6:00 – 7:30 PM

    Ashwood Recovery Building, 7941 W. Rifleman St. Boise, ID 83704

    208-895-7950


    Eating Disorder Hope & Healing 12-Step Community Support Group

    Please join us every Monday evening from 6-7pm for a free community support meeting addressing the needs of people suffering with or in recovery from an eating disorder. This meeting provides education about eating disorders and offers 12-Step support.

    Monday Nights

    6:00 – 7:00 PM

    1411 W Franklin Street Boise, ID 83702 888-224-8250

    888-224-8250 or 801-224-8255


    Idaho Area 18: Alcoholics Anonymous 

    Alcoholics Anonymous is a fellowship of men and women who share their experience, strength and hope with each other that they may solve their common problem and help others to recover from alcoholism. The only requirement for AA membership is a desire to stop drinking. There are no dues or fees for AA membership; we are self-supporting through our own contributions. AA is not allied with any sect, denomination, politics, organization or institution; does not wish to engage in any controversy; neither endorses nor opposes any causes. Our primary purpose is to stay sober and help other alcoholics to achieve sobriety.

    Locations and Times


    Medicine Drop Off

    Unwanted medications and old prescriptions can be dropped off at area law enforcement offices for free and safe disposal. Boise City Police, Ada County Sheriff’s Office, and Garden City Police will each offer a ‘no questions asked’ medications collection bin in the lobby of their respective headquarters.

    Date: Ongoing

    Location: Visit collection site webpage for drop-off locations.


    NAMI Boise Programs & Support Groups

    All programs and support groups are FREE. Programs offered include:

    • Family & friends support groups
    • NAMI Connection (peer support groups)
    • Peer-to-Peer: 10-week experiential learning program
    • Family-to-Family: 12-week course for family members of individuals with severe mental illnesses
    • In Our Own Voice: public education program in which two trained consumer speakers share compelling personal stories about living with mental illness and achieving recovery
    • NAMI Basics: 6-week program for parents and other caregivers of children and adolescents who have either been diagnosed with a serious mental illness or who are experiencing symptoms but have not yet been diagnosed

    If you’re not located near Boise, click here to find a NAMI-Idaho Affiliate near you.


    Optum Trainings for Network Providers – click here to check on training availability

    Optum is pleased to work with our network to provide training opportunities.  Please be sure to take note of registration requirements.  Most registrations will close the week prior to the offered training to allow for proper planning of webinar resources as well as provide participants with necessary information to join the sessions.


    PEER Wellness Center Meeting

    Peer Wellness Center, which is located in Boise hosts a full week of meetings and courses.  Visit the link to find meeting times for recovery groups of any category, al-anon and other support groups as well as some groups for grief and workshops on a variety of mental health related areas.

    PEER Wellness Center, 963 S. Orchard St. #101, Boise, ID 83705


    Yoga of 12 Step Recovery (Y12SR)

    Y12SR is a sober activity and resource that combines the wisdom of yoga philosophy in conjunction with the practical tools of 12-step programs. It’s guided by it’s theme ‘The Issues Live In the Tissues”, and is modeled from meetings of 12-step programs. Y12SR meetings are for anyone dealing with their own addictive behaviors or affected by those behaviors in others. This is a open and inclusive group. All A’s are welcome.

    For upcoming meetings click here


    The Phoenix–Boise Facebook Page

    Please check thephoenix.org/events/ for updates to the calendar. The Phoenix–Boise is a sober active community. All events are FREE and open to anyone with a minimum of 48 hours of continuous sobriety.

    Ongoing


    Quit with Nancy!

    Free Program Sponsored By Saint Alphonsus Health ALLIANCE.

    To learn dates and times and to register call (208) 367-5864.

    Watch the 5-minute video presentation below.


    Tobacco Cessation Classes

    Date: On-going

    Idaho’s seven district health departments all offer tobacco cessation and FREE quit products:

    Panhandle Health District (Region 1): Tobacco Cessation

    North Central District Health Department (Region 2): Smoking Cessation Classes

    Southwest District Health Department (Region 3): Tobacco Cessation

    Central District Health Department (Region 4): Free Quit Tobacco Classes

    South Central Public Health District (Region 5): Tobacco Cessation

    Southeastern Idaho Public Health (Region 6): Tobacco Cessation

    Eastern Idaho Public Health (Region 7): Tobacco Cessation and Prevention


  • 2020 International Convention of Alcoholics Anonymous

    The 2020 International Convention of Alcoholics Anonymous will be held July 2–5, 2020 in Detroit, Michigan with the theme “Love and Tolerance is our Code.” A.A. members and guests from around the world will celebrate A.A.’s 85th year at this event with big meetings held Friday night, Saturday night and Sunday morning in the Ford Field Stadium. Other meetings, scheduled or informal, will take place throughout the weekend in the COBO Center in downtown Detroit.

    July 2nd – 5th, 2020

    Detroit, MI

    Registration information will become available Fall 2019.


    2019 Mid-Year Institute 

    Join CADCA to transform communities across the country by spending July 14–18, 2019 in Dallas with CADCA for the 18th Annual Mid-Year Training Institute. At CADCA Mid-Year, you’ll learn effective and creative tools and strategies with fellow prevention professionals to create healthy, safe and drug-free communities.

    July 13th – 29th, 2019

    Dallas, TX

    Download Brochure


    International Overdose Awareness Day

    International Overdose Awareness Day is a global event held on 31 August each year and aims to raise awareness of overdose and reduce the stigma of a drug-related death. It also acknowledges the grief felt by families and friends remembering those who have died or had a permanent injury as a result of drug overdose.

    International Overdose Awareness Day spreads the message that the tragedy of overdose death is preventable.

    August 31, 3019


    August is National Immunization Awareness Month

    National Immunization Awareness Month (NIAM) is an annual observance held in August to highlight the importance of vaccination for people of all ages. Communities across the country use the month each year to raise awareness about the important role vaccines play in preventing serious, sometimes deadly, diseases across the lifespan.


    NCAD West National Conference on Addiction Disorders

    Join addiction, mental and behavioral health experts for a balanced, professional, and respectful dialogue on different treatment modalities. This is the place to listen and be challenged. The time to discuss is now.

    October 24th – 26th, 2019

    Denver, CO


    Youth Mental Health First Aid

    Youth Mental Health First Aid (YMHFA) is designed to teach parents, family members, caregivers, teachers, school staff, peers, neighbors, health and human services workers, and other caring citizens how to help an adolescent (age 12-18) who is experiencing a mental health or addictions challenge or is in crisis. Youth Mental Health First Aid is primarily designed for adults who regularly interact with young people. The course introduces common mental health challenges for youth, reviews typical adolescent development, and teaches a 5-step action plan for how to help young people in both crisis and non-crisis situations.

    Training event dates vary, please check the YMHFA training details page.

    Register for the soonest training here.



  • Tobacco Free Policies and Interventions in Behavioral Health Care Settings

    Webinar Objectives – by the end of this webinar you will be able to:

    •     Identify proven steps toward bringing your agency tobacco free
    •     Discuss how to effectively enforce a tobacco free grounds policy
    •     Describe how to implement tobacco cessation interventions into clinical practice.
    •     Identify and overcome common barriers experienced during tobacco free policy implementation

    Tuesday, June 18th, 2019

    12:00 PM – 1:30 PM (Mountain Time)


    Part 1: A Trauma-Informed Approach for Criminal Justice-Involved Women

    This webinar discusses the specifics of becoming gender-responsive and trauma-informed, as well as offers recommendations for trauma-specific interventions.  Examples of implementation from a variety of jurisdictions are provided.


    Part 2: Defining our Work with Justice-Involved Women: What is State of the Art?

    This webinar will explore the available evidence focused on intervention practices with justice-involved women, beginning with an overview of what is considered state of the art on a national level, followed by a closer look at fundamental and core practices that contribute to favorable outcomes.


    Addiction Technology Transfer Center (ATTC) Network

    Building on a rich history, the ATTC Network continuously strives to improve the quality of addictions treatment and recovery services by facilitating alliances among front line counselors, treatment and recovery services agency administrators, faith-based organizations, policy makers, the health and mental health communities, consumers and other stakeholders. By connecting them to the latest research and information through activities such as skills training, academic education, online and distance education, conferences, workshops, and publications, the ATTC Network responds to the emerging needs of the field.


    FREE Alcohol and Pregnancy Webinars

    The NOFAS Webinar Series features current FASD research, intervention and treatment strategies, and other topics, presented by leading authorities from the FASD field. Webinars will be available for download 24 hours after the live presentation. Please register to view the webinar recordings. You may need to download special software to view the webinars, particularly on Mac computers.

    The one-hour, free webinars are usually offered on the third Wednesday of the month from 12:00 – 1:00 PM (Mountain Time).


    Alcohol Screening and Brief Intervention for Youth: A Practitioner’s Guide

    This activity is intended for pediatricians, family practitioners, and other health and mental health care providers who care for youth aged 9-18 in the United States.The goal of this activity is to outline steps for youth alcohol screening, brief intervention, and referral to treatment.Upon completion of this activity, participants will be able to:

    1. Plan screening strategies for alcohol use in children and adolescents using evidence-based tools and age-appropriate communication
    2. Use the NIAAA brief, 2-question screener for child and adolescent alcohol use
    3. Identify lower, moderate, and highest risk alcohol use among children and adolescents and propose steps and recommended language for an appropriate intervention for each
    4. Describe the prevalence, risk factors, and acute- and long-term risks for alcohol use in children and adolescents

    American Psychiatric Association Learning Center: For Every Stage of Your Career

    American Psychological Association. Continuing Medical Education (CME) courses are designed to provide innovative educational programs to advance clinical knowledge and expand the skills of physicians to promote quality patient care. Discover new CME opportunities now.


    Council for Tobacco Treatment Training Programs

    The vision of TTS Training Program accreditation is to provide leadership and to promote excellence in the professional preparation of Tobacco Treatment Specialists through the accreditation of Tobacco Treatment Specialist training. As an accrediting body, we are committed to the development and proliferation of standards and procedures that meet the needs of a dynamic, diverse, and complex population of tobacco users.


    Evidence-Based Public Health Training Series

    The Evidence-Based Public Health Training Series consists of nine modules that cover core concepts, such as defining public health issues, conducting community assessments, prioritizing options, and evaluating program and policy impacts. You may take each of the modules individually and receive a certificate for each one. If you choose to complete all nine modules, you will also receive a certificate for the series as a whole.


    Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders (FASD) Training And Resources: Collaborative for an Alcohol-Free Pregnancy: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

    Free, online trainings are available for healthcare providers who care for women at risk for an alcohol-exposed pregnancy, and for those who work with individuals living with fetal alcohol spectrum disorders (FASDs). These online trainings provide strategies to improve the delivery of care related to FASDs and their prevention.


    HCV Snapshot: An Introduction to Hepatitis C for Health Care Professionals

    HCV Snapshot is a free, 90-minute online course. It is designed to briefly familiarize medical and behavioral health professionals with Hepatitis C.


    HealtheKnowledge.com

    Here you will find courses on a variety of topics related to improving health and healthcare services.


    Injury Control Research Center for Suicide Prevention

    The Injury Control Research Center for Suicide Prevention (ICRC-S) is a collaboration of the University of Rochester Medical Center (URMC) and the Education Development Center (EDC). Both organizations have extensive experience in addressing suicide and suicide prevention. URMC directs the Center for the Study and Prevention of Suicide (CSPS), and EDC operates the national Suicide Prevention Resource Center. Site features webinar archives, training opportunities, and resources.


    IRETA: Institute for Research, Education, & Training in Addictions

    IRETA offers web-based training on a variety of topics related to substance use, addiction, and recovery. Most trainings offer the opportunity for continuing education credits.


    KAP E-Learning

    SAMHSA Knowledge Application Program (KAP). Trainings with CEUs available.


    Motivational Interviewing Network of Trainers (MINT): Excellence in Motivational Interviewing

    This web site provides resources for those seeking information on Motivational Interviewing! It is hosted by the Motivational Interviewing Network of Trainers (MINT), an international organization committed to promoting high-quality MI practice and training.


    Motivational Interviewing Online Courses

    This event provides an overview of Motivational Interviewing as described in Miller & Rollnick’s 3rd edition of their now classic work published in 1991. Basic information is presented for those unfamiliar and interested in learning more about this evidence-based intervention. For others, it will provide a review and/or update. We’ll cover the definitions, 4 processes, basic skills needed, and terminology used.

    More and more primary health settings are recognizing the need for their patients to make major lifestyle changes in order to reduce the impact of heart disease, metabolic syndrome, diabetes, and a multitude of other conditions. Primary health settings also have patients with risky substance use and/or mental health issues. At the same time, behavioral health providers are recognizing the impact of physical health on their client’s quality of life and wellness outcomes. One tool for both settings is Motivational Interviewing which is increasingly used for improving health outcomes by addressing behavior change. This webinar will offer some practical suggestions for basic health care behavior changes, including, but not limited to adopting healthy eating habits and increasing physical activity.


    NAADAC: The Association for Addiction Professionals

    Recovery to Practice Webinars
    These webinars are a component of the Recovery to Practice (RTP) Initiative that is designed to hasten awareness, acceptance, and adoption of recovery-based practices in the delivery of addiction-related services.


    National Council for Behavioral Health

    National Council webinars present experts on key mental health and addictions topics, followed by meaningful Q&A with webinar participants.


    NCSACW: National Center on Substance Abuse and Child Welfare

    The National Center on Substance Abuse and Child Welfare is an initiative of HHS and jointly funded by SAMHSA’s Center for Substance Abuse Treatment and the Administration on Children, Youth, and Families, Children’s Bureau’s Office on Child Abuse and Neglect.

    Webinars          Online Training

    NDEWS Archived Webinars: National Drug Early Warning System

    NDEWS Presents are monthly webinars convened by the NDEWS Coordinating Center to explore emerging drugs and timely drug-related topics. Future webinars will offer in-depth reviews of newly detected drugs, timely drug issues or trends, and events in specific geographical areas. Webinars may also be convened to explore innovative research and resources for better understanding changes in drug use and drug use trends in the United States.


    NIH: Blending Initiative Motivational Interviewing CME/CE and Patient Simulation

    The goal of the CME activity is to introduce concepts of motivational interviewing that can be used in patient interactions and guide physicians and clinicians through skills building and technique development.


    NSDUH Data Presentation Now Available on SAMHSA.gov 

    The 2017 National Survey on Drug Use and Health (NSDUH) data presented by Dr. Elinore F. McCance-Katz, Assistant Secretary for Mental Health and Substance Use, measures: use of illegal drugs, prescription drugs, alcohol, and tobacco mental disorders, treatment, and co-occurring substance use. The data provides estimates of substance use and mental illness at the national, state, and sub-state levels. NSDUH data also help to identify the extent of substance use and mental illness among different sub-groups, estimate trends over time, and determine the need for treatment services.


    PESI

    Since 1979, PESI Inc., has provided cutting edge continuing education to professionals across the nation. We work alongside the world’s leading experts to create seminars, conferences, videos and books that meet the needs of adult learners. All of our continuing education seminars and products assure that professionals can meet the changing demands of their work by providing practical strategies, methods and interventions they can use immediately to improve the outcomes of their clients.


    The Prevalence of Prescription Opioid Misuse: Doctor Shopping, Co-ingestion, and Exposure

    This FREE self-paced online course covers important topics in prescription opioid misuse. The three sections will introduce you to prescription opioids, the link between multiple doctors and opportunities for misuse, and the prevalence of high-risk use among adolescents (including mixing pills with other drugs).

    Opioids are here to stay. Knowing and addressing risky behaviors associated with nonmedical use can help prevent potentially grave consequences such as overdose and addiction.

    Continuing Education Credits available:
    NAADAC Approved for 2 CEHs (FREE)
    PA CADC Approved for 2 CEUs (FREE)
    Social Work Approved for 2 CEUs ($10)


    Provider’s Clinical Support System For Medication Assisted Treatment

    We are a national training and mentoring project developed in response to the prescription opioid misuse epidemic and the availability of newer pharmacotherapies to address opioid use disorder.  The overarching goal of PCSS-MAT is to make available the most effective medication-assisted treatments to serve patients in a variety of settings, including primary care, psychiatric care, and pain management settings.


    Safe at Every Stage: Injury and Violence Prevention and the Developing Brain

    This course is designed to help you understand and plan developmentally appropriate injury and violence prevention efforts that take into account the latest research on brain development. Using examples, interactive exercises, and real data sources, the course walks you through the process of analyzing injury and violence data through a developmental lens to tailor and implement your efforts. It also guides you through connecting with partners and communities to plan and work together on applying this knowledge to injury and violence prevention efforts.

    Format: Online course

    Time: 1.75 hours

    Cost: Free


    Service to Self: Behavioral Health for Fire and EMS Personnel

    This new, online training course includes videos featuring emergency medical technicians and fire personnel, scenarios, and interactive quizzes. The course addresses occupational stressors; mental health and substance use issues including depression, posttraumatic stress disorder, suicidality, and alcohol use; resilience; and healthy coping mechanisms including demonstrations of stress management techniques. It is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation for Pre-Hospital Continuing Education (CAPCE) for continuing education credit. Learn more about all of SAMHSA’s training courses for first responders.


    Stepping Stones to Recovery SOAR Online Curriculum

    Training case managers to assist individuals who are homeless or at risk for homelessness to apply for the Social Security Administration’s (SSA) disability programs: Supplemental Security Income (SSI) and Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI).


    Summit for Clinical Excellence: Continuing Education for Mental & Behavioral Health Professionals

    We’re helping you update, broaden, and extend your professional knowledge and skills through our high-quality courses offered across a broad range of topics—while also maintaining affordability and convenience.


    Women Matter!

    Women Matter! focuses on women’s substance use and mental health concerns. Tune in as experts in the field share treatment approaches that support women from diverse cultures, socio-economic backgrounds, ages, sexual orientations, gender identities, and life experiences.


    The Workshop Calendar

    The Guide to Continuing Education for the Mental Health Community of the Northwest