Virtual Peer-Learning Office Hours are a series of online technical assistance sessions in which participants can engage in facilitated discussions on various integrated behavioral health topics. Most peer-learning sessions will feature subject-matter experts from selected health centers, who will highlight a successful project or initiative and share best practices based on their experience. During these interactive sessions, participants will learn about topics such as:

  • Addressing workforce burnout and retention
  • Adolescent depression screening
  • Outreach and engagement with the community, including health resources to address social determinants of health
  • Transgender health care considerations
  • Effective tele-behavioral health approaches

Sessions are generally held monthly and are 1 hour in length. Each session features a brief presentation followed by a facilitated discussion. These sessions are designed to provide health centers opportunities to learn from one another and to collaboratively troubleshoot issues in specific areas within integrated care. Presenters will also be available to provide more customized support in a follow-up drop-in session for participants with specific needs, questions, and concerns.

Participants may earn up to 1 CE for each session they attend.

Self-care Approaches for Integrated Healthcare Staff

Date: Wednesday, April 27, 2022

Time: 1:00 - 2:00 p.m. EDT

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Health centers providing integrated primary care and behavioral health services are facing another great challenge related to the COVID-19 pandemic. The healthcare workforce had been struggling with exhaustion including symptoms of burnout, compassion fatigue, and vicarious trauma well before the start of the pandemic. The added personal and professional stress and trauma of the pandemic has led many employees to seriously examine how can they now work in a way that does not undermine their own well-being, the safety of their own families, and their ability to practice in an ethical manner aligned with the values that attracted them to healthcare.  

This 60-minute, virtual peer learning office hours event is geared toward individuals within health centers, health center staff from various departments and disciplines who provide direct or supportive care as well as those in leadership, human resources, and supervisory roles. The event will include a brief presentation of effective practices health center employees can use to restore, protect, and promote their health and well-being, followed by facilitated discussion with specific questions related to the successful development of personal practices to build resilience, create healthy boundaries, and find greater satisfaction in their work lives. Finally, the presenter will field specific questions related to self-care. 

Presenters: Philip H. Rainer, MSW 

Philip H. Rainer, MSW, LCSW-R, SAP, is a Senior Program Associate II at Advocates for Human Potential (AHP). Mr. Rainer is a New York State Licensed Clinical Social Worker and Federal Department of Transportation qualified Substance Abuse Professional with experience including direct clinical care; program design, implementation, and management; and senior organization leadership roles in behavioral health care. Mr. Rainer is facilitating SAMHSA-funded COVID-19 emergency services supporting the behavioral health workforce through a virtual mutual support meeting and agency consultation focused on staff wellness, workforce retention, and provider self-care during the pandemic. Mr. Rainer has worked with the SAMHSA Mental Health Technology Transfer Center to provide training for behavioral healthcare providers in meeting the needs of first responders and frontline healthcare workers facing unprecedented challenges during the pandemic.