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Teton Mountains in Jackson Hole, Wyoming; Photo by Karen Francis

Rural Behavioral Health for Children, Youth, and Families

Announcing the 2016 Rural Behavioral Health Webinar Series

The 2016 Rural Behavioral Health Webinar Series seeks to provide resources, information, and technical assistance through the use of innovative approaches to address rural community behavioral health.  These approaches are embedded in a public health approach that acknowledges the role that social, economic, and geographic elements play in the lives of individuals and how it impacts behavioral health and well-being.  Based on the needs of rural communities, direct attention has been placed on providing communities with information and resources on how to create and sustain services and supports so that rural communities are able to reduce the impact of behavioral health problems and promote a good quality of life for the entire community, including those with behavioral health challenges.

The webinar series provides an opportunity for participants to learn from experts and each other about innovations, practices, and programs focused on rural communities.  These webinars are intended to facilitate peer-to-peer networking, knowledge exchange, and information sharing. 

Please see the Events page for a list of upcoming webinars and additional information on how to register for these webinars



Welcome to The New Rural Behavioral Health Website

The new Rural Behavioral Health website builds on the previous Rural Portal and provides new opportunities for online technical assistance (TA) resources to rural leaders and their community partners. This online TA resource center seeks to foster networking and information sharing of strategies and resources for the behavioral health of young people, provide information and resources about youth violence prevention, and strategies to reduce disparities in rural America.

This website is intended to support rural leaders in their efforts to transform systems that will promote behavioral health, prevent mental illness and substance abuse, and strengthen systems of care for those with mental and behavioral health challenges. This partnership representing the American Institutes for Research and the Western Interstate Commission for Higher Education, provides the field with reources and information to support rural communities in addressing the behavioral health needs of children, youth, and families.


Announcing Our New Online Course!

Extending Your Reach with Telebehavioral Health 

This self-paced online course is intended to provide information for system of care communities about how to develop and implement telebehavioral health programs and services. The course provides an overview of the benefits of telebehavioral health, discusses the critical components and issues related to effective implementation of telebehavioral services, and discusses practical approaches and issues when implementing telebehavioral health programs. Users have an opportunity to assess the readiness of their agencies/organization to implement telebehavioral health. Continuing medical education and continuing education credits are available by completing this on-line course. 

Jointly sponsored by Postgraduate Institute for Medicine and the American Institutes for Research

Target Audience

This activity has been designed to meet the educational needs of physicians, physician assistants, nurse practitioners, registered nurses, social workers, marriage counselors, and family therapists involved in the management of patients with behavioral health concerns (mental health or substance abuse).

Statement of Need/Program Overview

Behavioral health providers are limited in rural and remote communities. Connecting patients to needed services – assessments, counseling, medication management, etc. – via technology can assist in filling a workforce and access gap for these underserved communities and populations. This training includes an overview of the current status of the field of telebehavioral health, the trends likely to emerge, and some practical considerations to think about when planning a technology enhanced solution to providing mental health and substance abuse services. The training also highlights important resources to utilize in the initiation of any telebehavioral health solution including the current guidelines for providing services via videoconferencing.

Educational Objectives

After completing this activity, the participant should be better able to:

  • Define telebehavioral health.
  • Identify the practical considerations when implementing a telebehavioral health solution.
  • Develop strategies to implement telebehavioral health services that could benefit children, youth, families, providers and the larger system of care.
  • Articulate what technology options are available including  how they function in the provision of behavioral health services
  • Provide appropriate care and counsel for patients and their families.


Mimi McFaul, Psy.D.

Director, Mental Health Program

Western Interstate Commission for Higher Education


Physician Continuing Medical Education

Accreditation Statement

This activity has been planned and implemented in accordance with the Essential Areas and policies of the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education through the joint sponsorship of Postgraduate Institute for Medicine and Western Interstate Commission for Higher Education.  The Postgraduate Institute for Medicine is accredited by the ACCME to provide continuing medical education for physicians.

Credit Designation

The Postgraduate Institute for Medicine designates this enduring material for a maximum of 1.0 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s)™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

Nursing Continuing Education

Credit Designation

This educational activity for 1.0 contact hours is provided by Postgraduate Institute for Medicine.

Accreditation Statement

Postgraduate Institute for Medicine is accredited as a provider of continuing nursing education by the American Nurses Credentialing Center’s Commission on Accreditation.

Social Worker/Marriage Counselor/Family Therapist Continuing Education

Course meets the qualifications for up to 1.0 hours of continuing education credit for MFTs or LCSWs as required by the California Board of Behavioral Sciences. The Postgraduate Institute for Medicine, Provider Number 5114.

(This credit is approved by most states, toward social worker credits; please check with your local state board to ensure CBBS credit is valid.)

Fee Information

There is no fee for this educational activity.

Disclosure of Conflicts of Interest

Postgraduate Institute for Medicine (PIM) requires instructors, planners, managers and other individuals who are in a position to control the content of this activity to disclose any real or apparent conflict of interest (COI) they may have as related to the content of this activity. All identified COI are thoroughly vetted and resolved according to PIM policy.  The existence or absence of COI for everyone in a position to control content will be disclosed to participants prior to the start of each activity.