CIBER Trainings

Telebehavioral Health 101 – April 13, 2020

Miryam C. Gerdine, MPH, Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) Project Officer, provided an introduction to this presentation by framing the state of telehealth use and training across the region. Presenter Reid Plimpton, MPH, from the Northeast Telehealth Resource Center (NETRC) discussed telehealth services and technology with the goal of giving attendees a “starter kit” of knowledge to take back to their organizations and practices. Content included a brief background on the NETRC and their role in assisting with telehealth planning and implementation, an introduction to specific telehealth technology, and telehealth best practices. At the end of the presentation, CIBER Scholar Mike Langlois, LICSW, joined the conversation to share his experiences utilizing telehealth in a behavioral health private practice setting.

Telebehavioral Health Program in Rural Schools – May 18, 2020

Presenters Maureen Donovan, M.Ed., Amy Moran, LICSW, and Christina Cutting, CHW, introduced a telebehavioral counseling program in rural high schools located in the North Quabbin region of Central Massachusetts. The program is funded through the Health Resources and Services Administration's (HRSA) Evidence-Based Telebehavioral Health Network Program. Maureen and her team discussed their program, their experience working with telebehavioral counseling in rural communities, and a range of adaptations made amidst the present COVID-19 pandemic. At the end of the presentation, attendees and presenters had an open discussion addressing successes and challenges of the program.

Domestic Training Modules 

Domestic Violence Training

The primary goal of this training is to provide an overview of the essential knowledge about domestic violence that has been amassed through decades of advocacy and research.

This training is organized into seven units and includes information on different types of violence, its impact on individuals and communities, appropriate responses and best practices, and resources for additional information. The training will help participants to build their own toolkit to be able to respond effectively when encountering individuals affected by domestic violence. Participants who complete the training are eligible to receive 10 CEUs.

Domestic Violence and Sexual Violence Training

The purpose of this training is to educate Massachusetts-based health professionals about domestic and sexual violence (DV/SV) and prepare them for their work with survivors, children exposed to violence, and people who use violence. The training is intended to provide a broad overview of the fundamental knowledge on DV/SV collected through years of research and practice. Please remember this training is not, nor can it be, a comprehensive education on either type of violence. Instead, it is a starting point in what should be a lifetime pursuit of education about these issues.

The training is organized into four units that cover the following aspects of domestic and sexual violence: terminology and guiding framework (Introduction Unit); prevalence and dynamics (Unit 1); indicators, risk factors, protective factors, and health effects (Unit 2); assessment, screening, and response (Unit 3); and community resources and collaboration strategies (Unit 4). The training is designed to be completed sequentially, starting with this introduction unit. Participants who complete this training are eligible to receive 3.5 CEUs; additionally, the training has been approved by the Massachusetts Department of Public Health to fulfill the Chapter 260 mandate.

 Upcoming Trainings

Stay tuned for a 6-part CIBER Training Series coming Fall 2020 and Spring 2021 featuring CIBER Scholar Mike Langlois!