2016 Call for Presentations
Deadline is January 8th
The Department of State Health Services (DSHS) invites proposals for conference sessions at the 2016 Texas Behavioral Health Institute.
As part of our effort to communicate and educate on ways to partner with people in recovery from mental health and substance abuse disorders, DSHS encourages presentations that promote the integration of the behavioral health system both in terms of mental health/substance abuse and behavioral health/primary care.
Sessions should help promote individual, program, and system-level approaches that foster health, resilience and recovery; increase permanent housing, employment, education, and other necessary supports; and reduce barriers to social inclusion. DSHS is especially interested in offering sessions across these domains that focus on cultural competency.
Prospective session topics should highlight the overarching continuum of care and will ideally coordinate with one of the tracks listed below. Topics should address prevention, intervention, treatment, and recovery solutions, and are not limited to the examples provided in the following list:
Innovative Behavioral Health Practices: If you offer new and exciting behavioral health and wellness strategies, the Department of State Health Services wants you to share your knowledge and experience in subject matter areas such as telemedicine, telehealth, data-driven approaches, crisis-text lines, GIS mapping, social media platforms, improved patient/consumer engagement, behavioral health and wellness apps, and other pioneering strategies for helping others.
Recovery & Recovery Supports: The DSHS shift to a recovery management approach has refocused on symptom reduction by helping individuals achieve abstinence and expand individual, social, and community resources. As Texas continues to be on the cutting edge of implementing recovery support services within a Recovery Oriented System of Care, we are looking for those individuals who have experience in and can effectively convey: a) provision of peer support services within a treatment, community and/or peer run organization, b) alignment of treatment with a recovery orientation to include service delivery and clinical care, and/or c) expansion of community supports to assist individuals with community re-integration.
Prevention & Promotion: As the field of substance abuse prevention evolves, so does the demand for a knowledgeable workforce. DSHS is looking for topics that address comprehensive and exciting practices revolving around substance use prevention, specifically concerning data-driven strategies, epidemiological approaches to prevention and how they relate to behavioral health conditions, such as tobacco cessation/prevention, marijuana, and e-cigarettes.
Special Populations: If your agency offers services to assist the diverse array of demographics and subpopulations in our state, in ways that improve outcomes for veterans, women and children, foster care, criminal justice and re-entry populations, LGBTQ, homeless, migratory, rural/frontier, HIV, and border populations, we would like to hear from you.
Workforce Development / Workforce Competency: Cultivating an educated, competent, and confident behavioral health workforce, while equipping professionals, para-professionals, and peers with the most current information, is a strategic priority for DSHS. For this presentation track, approaches and methods that address ethics, certification, clinical practice/supervision, role clarity, cultural competency, and change in the workplace would be beneficial subjects.
Integrated Approaches to Healthy Living: The Department of State Health Services hopes to showcase and educate stakeholders on holistic, all natural, inclusive, or alternative methods of providing care for a patient/consumer and/or examples of these practices of self-care within the workforce, to enable better care for the populations we serve. If you have some approaches that have provided you or your clientele with a healthy balance, please share.
Co-Occurring Challenges: The department is looking for presentations by agencies that provide integrated, concurrent services to individuals with co-occurring issues either by providing the service or collaborative agreement with community stakeholders. It will be important for the presenters to explain how they evolved their ideas into actual services that individuals are able to enroll and access.
Trauma-Informed Care: As the state works toward a trauma-informed framework, education for providers and stakeholders on the impact of trauma, and the importance of trauma-informed policy are necessary concepts for providing a standard of excellence while caring for Texans. Topics of interest within this track include but are not limited to: basics of trauma informed care, trauma informed therapies such as Cognitive Processing Therapy, Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy for children, veterans/military care, secondary traumatic stress and workforce related challenges, and Seeking Safety training.
The DSHS Mental Health and Substance Abuse Services Program Committee will select speakers based on how well their proposed presentation(s) address the areas above and contribute to the overall understanding of mental health and substance abuse issues.
Those speakers selected to present will be provided a complimentary registration to the Institute.
Following Acceptance. After a speaker is accepted to present at the Institute, he or she will be required to provide a presentation outline and fill out additional information for CEU purposes.