The Role of Today’s Clinician in Behavioral Health Training

Published: August 28, 2020

MAO Behavioral Health Training 10.01.20 Flyer Image
presented by MAO Behavioral Health
& Medical Advocacy and Outreach’s Copeland Care Clinic


MAO Behavioral Health
600 Interstate Park Drive, Suite 603, Montgomery, AL 36109

Thursday, October 1, 2020
8:30 AM – 4:15 PM
(7.0 contact hours for nurses; 3.5 contact hours for therapists)

$75 per person (includes web access to training materials, contact hours and certificate)
Partial credit will not be offered.
Additional instructions associated with confirmation of credit may be provided at the time of training.
Internet, Computer &/or Smart Phone Required.
Instructions provided via email prior to training.
Training Objectives:
At the conclusion of this training, participants will be able to:
  • Provide a state nursing perspective on current trends impacting healthcare workers during COVID-19
  • Discuss the value of prevention, treatment and remediation on clinicians  who are impacted by substance misuse
  • Discuss the mental health crisis system of care for providers who serve individuals with mental illness
  • Provide a public health perspective on behavioral health in home health care and communicable diseases (HIV & other STI’s)
  • List specific medications used for mental health disorders and recent prescribing trends to address the opioid crisis
  • Explore the adjusted use of Naxolone amidst a dual public health pandemic (Opioid and COVID-19)
Training Topics & Presenters (Subject to Change):
8:45 – 9:00 AM Welcome, Introductions, Housekeeping and CE Disclosures
– Elana M. Parker Merriweather, Ed.S., LPC, AADC, Director, MAO Behavioral Health
9:00 – 10:15 AM The State of the Alabama Nurse During COVID-19 ^
• Update on Advanced Practice Nursing and Nurse Licensure Compact Program – Ladonna Patton, MSN, RN, CEN, Nurse Consultant, ANRC Director, Alabama Board of Nursing
• Ethical Issues in Nursing Practice – Abby Migliore, RN, MSN, Nurse Consultant, Administrative Director for Discipline/Compliance Monitoring, Alabama Board of Nursing
• The Evolving Role of Leadership – Charlene Roberson, MEd, NPD-BC, Director of Leadership Services, Alabama State Nurses Association
10:15 – 10:30 AM Mid-morning Break
10:30 – 11:30 AM When the Clinician Has an Addiction: Prevention, Treatment & Remediation
– Jackie Fazelli, RN, MSW, Healthcare Professional Advocate, Healthcare Professionals Program, Bradford Health Services
11:30 – 12:15 PM Lunch Break
12:15 – 1:15pm The Role of the Public Health Clinician During a State Pandemic ^
Home Health Services – Choona Lang, RN, BSN, MHA, DH.Ed, Homecare Division Director, Division of Home and Community Services, Alabama Department of Public Health
Sexually Transmitted Infections – Agnes Oberkor, MPH, MSN, CRNP, DrPH, Clinical Management Consultant, Division of STD, Alabama Department of Public Health
Addressing Behavioral Health Crisis in Alabama
1:30 – 2:30 PM Psychopharmacology and Dispensing Trends in Alabama: What’s Changed?
– Alftan D. Dyson, PharmD, BCACP, AAHIVP, Director of Pharmacy Services, Medical Advocacy and Outreach
2:30 – 2:45 PM Afternoon Break
2:45 – 4:15 PM Focusing On Opioids
Management of Opioid Therapy for Chronic Pain – Brandy Taylor, RN, BSN, Health Promotion Disease Prevention Coordinator, Central Alabama Veterans Health Care Services (CAVHCS)
Mental Health Crisis Systems of Care in Alabama – Shirley Carlisle, MS, LPC, Clinical Director, Montgomery Area Mental Health Authority
The Alabama Naloxone Project: A Social Distancing Perspective – Jennifer Bafford, Training Coordinator, Council on Substance Abuse (COSA)
4:15 PM Closing, Wrap Up, Evaluations and CE Instructions
Credit Statement (s):
Continuing Education Contact Hours are awarded based on attendance and returned evaluations. To receive credit, all participants must have completed the official registration process, be present for the entire program, and complete their evaluation. Evaluations will be administered digitally using a web-based medium. Individual registrations CANNOT be shared.
This continuing nursing education activity has been  approved by the Alabama Board of Nursing for up to 7.0 contact hour for nurses.
Medical Advocacy & Outreach (MAO) has been approved by NBCC as an Approved Continuing Education Provider, ACEP No. 6882. Programs that do not qualify for NBCC credit are clearly identified. MAO is solely responsible for all aspects of the programs. This activity has been approved for up to 3.5 contact hour for therapists.
Credit/Contact Hour Terms:
1. Criteria for successful completion: Attendees must be present for the duration of the activity and submit a program evaluation in order to receive credit for the full activity. Partial credit will not be awarded.
2. Conflict of interest: There is no conflict of interest for anyone in a position to control content for this activity.
3. Joint Providers: This activity is provided independently by MAO.
Registration Assistance:
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