C4 is offering a series of ongoing webinars where you will learn best practices and hone your skills in the behavioral health field. We are hosting our webinars free of charge. Currently, there are no continuing education credits available.

 

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How Most Therapists Make Anxiety Disorders Worse and What To Do Instead

 


Time:          November 14, 2018 @ 12 PM EST

 

Learn about how anxiety lives on safety behaviors, and how many therapists grow their clients’ anxiety by colluding with avoidance, reassurance-seeking and compulsions. Turn your therapy practice upside down, by using evidence-based techniques from exposure therapy (ERP) and Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) to help your clients reduce anxiety for a lifetime.
 

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Andrea Kulberg, PhD

Dr. Kulberg is a licensed clinical psychologist with 20 years of experience in the treatment of eating disorders and anxiety disorders. She has been employed in various hospital, residential and outpatient settings, including Eating Recovery Center of Denver’s Child & Adolescent Eating Disorders Program. She is currently the Clinical Director at La Ventana of Santa Barbara, a partial hospital and intensive outpatient center for the treatment of eating disorders and other mental health problems. Due to her background in clinical neuropsychology, Dr. Kulberg brings an understanding of brain-behavior relationships to her work, and is able to treat complex cases wherein patients may have developmental challenges or acquired neurological problems. After her initial training in San Diego at Alliant International University, Dr. Kulberg taught psychology at both the undergraduate and graduate levels.
 

 

Substance Abuse Treatment and Recovery: 2018 Year End Policy Review

 


Time:          December 5, 2018 @ 1 PM EST

 

2018 has seen many great advances on the policy front for SUD treatment and recovery advocates with Congress spending a record amount of time on the issue. This webinar will sort out rhetoric from reality and evaluate our success versus what still needs to be done. We will examine legislation, attitudes, spending, and other subjects from a policy perspective while also examining how our message needs to evolve in the future.
 

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Andrew D. Kessler, JD

Andrew D. Kessler, JD, is founder and principal of Slingshot Solutions LLC, a consulting firm that specializes in behavioral health policy. With 15 years of policy experience- and over a decade in behavioral health- Kessler is a fixture in circles that advocate for substance abuse treatment, prevention, and research. He collaborates frequently with congressional offices, the White House Office of National Drug Control Policy, the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA), the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA), and other federal actors.

Kessler has written legislation and report language published by both the House and Senate, and has presented orally before such bodies as the Scientific Management Review Board, the College on Problems of Drug Dependence, and the National Conference on Addictive Disorders. He sits on the board of directors of the Coalition for Health Funding, as well as the inaugural board of directors of the Institute for the Advancement of Behavioral Health Care.

Kessler received his Bachelor of Arts in 1993 from Washington University in St. Louis. In 1999, he graduated from American University’s Washington College of Law, where he received multiple awards and recognition for his legal analysis and moot court performance, including his appearance as a finalist in the upper-class moot court competition in 1998. He lives in Fairfax, Virginia, with his wife and two children.

 

 

Intergenerational Stress Patterns of Healthcare Professionals in the Workplace: Strategies to Improve Performance and Collaboration

 


Time:          December 12, 2018 @ 1 PM EST

 

The purpose of this workshop is to review patterns of various age groups in the healthcare workplace and the potential stress patterns that often results. Examination will demonstrate the impact of age groups and how this may affect the collaborative approach in patient oriented healthcare. The presentation will review traits, socialization, specific determinants and styles of learning as well as philosophical roots of professional healthcare roles. The program will identify common age-related stressors that impact performance of when caring for others and the methodologies to improve collaboration and peer respect. The ultimate goal is for the attendee to recognize that professional self-awareness in all age groups, ultimately improves self-satisfaction and helps to promote improved patient care.
 

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Donna White, RN, PhD, CS, CADAC

Donna White, RN, PhD, CS, CADAC is a consultant Addiction Specialist for the Lemuel Shattuck Hospital, a Public Health Hospital for the Commonwealth of Massachusetts. Past positions were the former Chief Operating Officer and Nurse Executive at Worcester State Hospital, and the Director of Nurses and the Director of Chemical Dependency Services as well as the Dual Diagnosis Program at Pembroke Psychiatric Hospital. She is now a Master Trainer for the Department of Mental Health.

She is a graduate of Boston City Hospital School of Nursing and earned a BSN from Curry College in 1985. In addition, she completed graduate studies at the University of Massachusetts/Boston, is a licensed drug and alcohol counselor with an additional certification in advanced Drug and Alcohol Counseling, is certified in Chemical Dependency and Addictions Nursing, and is certified by the ANCC as a Clinical Nurse Specialist in Public Health Nursing.

Dr. White is the 2006 recipient of the Peer Assistance Award from IntNSA and was recently inducted as a Board-Certified Fellow at the American Academy of Experts in Traumatic Stress. In 2007, she was the first recipient of the Fong-Bressler Award for Outstanding Preceptorship in the Graduate Program for the Massachusetts General Hospital Institute of Health Professions. MNA awarded her the Addictions Nursing Award in 2009. In October, 2010, she was recognized by the Commonwealth of Massachusetts with the award of Champion of Public Health. In May, 2011, she was awarded the Nancy Valentine Leadership Award from the New England Chapter of the American Psychiatric Association and in 2013, she was voted Mentor of the Year by the International Nurses Society on Addiction Nurses. Most recently, in 2014, she was given the Heart of Nursing Award from the University of Massachusetts/Boston Sigma Theta Tau Chapter. Donna is the author of an Addictions Competency Based Program in the Dept. of Public Health Hospital where she now consults. She has many publications to her credit and recently co-authored a chapter on Addictions Nursing in a Psychiatric textbook. In addition, she was part of a video production addressing suicide in adolescents in Massachusetts. In 2015, she was inducted as a Fellow in the International Nurses Society on Addictions. She is the recipient of many Community Awards and nominations.

Dr. White is the statewide Chairperson of the Massachusetts Nurses Association Addictions Council, and oversees the Peer Assistant Program for HCPs seeking help in recovery. She is certified by the Green Cross Foundation as an educator and therapist in Compassion Fatigue concerns and is a specialist in Addictive Disorders, Compassion Fatigue and Vicarious Traumatization in Healthcare Professionals. In addition, she is a member of the International Trauma Specialists Dr. White is a Clinical Instructor for Boston Area Colleges …graduate NP programs as well as baccalaureate level for Community Health Clinical work and is a Visiting Scholar for local colleges. In addition, she provided oversight for the clinical practicums of counseling students and consults to department chairs for all medical/professional clinical experience rotations at the Shattuck Hospital. She has lectured at many facilities and agencies and is a recognized leader in the field of Addictions, Impaired Practice and Peer Assistance, as well as Healthcare Professional Stress.
 

 

Dirty Little Secrets… Revealed. Growing Revenue Through Superior Utilization Review

 


Time:          January, 9, 2019 @ 1 PM EST

 

How do you effectively grow your revenue in a time when marketing expenses are increasing and third party reimbursement is steadily decreasing? Maximizing your lengths of authorization in the highest levels of care for your clients allows you to improve the patient experience through a longer treatment stay. It also ensures you are optimizing your revenue per admission opportunity.

In this webinar, Anthony Atkins, Founder & CEO of Atkins & Affiliates, walks you through why and how Utilization Review (UR) is the behavioral health provider’s secret weapon for 2018 per admission revenue expansion. You’ll explore a more collaborative ”care system” way of thinking (including UR as an extension of the treatment team, who is best suited to do UR, case building, peer reviews, appeals and more) and learn how they apply to your program. He will detail what your care management model should look like and what best practices to adopt.

Best of all, Anthony shows you how you can measure UR performance so that the full picture of treatment can be measured. You’ll learn to:

· Develop a more strategic understanding of how to drive longer lengths of stay in the higher levels of care
· Document smarter not harder
· Develop an understanding of how to staff and when to staff to maximize authorization opportunity

This is a can’t-miss webinar for CEOs, Executive Directors, Utilization Review Staff, and Business Development teams.

 

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Anthony Michael Atkins, CEO

Anthony has worked in the behavioral health field for almost a decade. Before founding Atkins & Affiliates, he oversaw both Utilization Management and contracting for the largest behavioral health company in the world.

While serving in this capacity, he managed the strategic efforts to grow revenue through improving rates and growing length of stay for more than 200 residential programs.

Anthony has also worked at a corporate level for many large managed care organizations and has a detailed understanding of pricing models. Anthony has advanced degrees in both psychology and business management.