E-Learning Opportunities

The following is a list of webinars and other educational opportunities that may be of interest to the behavioral health workforce. 

The information is being provided solely to assist the workforce in developing their professional skills and knowledge and to support them on their career path. These events are not sponsored, endorsed by, or affiliated with SUMHLC in anyway, nor does  SUMHLC receive any financial benefit from

February 15, 2021- September 20, 2021

Mental Health Service Providers Mutual Support Group

One-hour virtual support group sessions will be available the third Monday of each month, February through September 2021. Many community mental health service providers have developed unique strategies for meeting the needs of service participants over the course of the year, but may still be struggling with maintaining their own wellness and self-care. These virtual support groups will help facilitate support and the sharing of wellness strategies and resources.

Sessions begin at 12:00pm ET. Scheduled dates include:

2/15; 3/15; 4/19; 5/17; 6/21; 7/19; 8/16; 9/20

To register, please click here.

February 25, 2021- June 24, 2021

Support Meaningful Employment Training: A Person-Centered Approach to Career Planning, Job Development and Retention

This training is sponsored by Rhode Island College's Paul V. Sherlock Center on Disabilities. The following are twelve (12) training modules that will begin on February 25, 2021- June 24, 2021 (3pm-4:30pm) on Zoom:

1. Foundations in Community Employment Services and Supports,

2. Work Incentives to Support Employment and Retention

3. Vocational Assessment I (Getting to know the Job Seeker)

4. Vocational Assessment II (Person-Centered Employment Planning--The Process)

5. Vocational Assessment III (Strategies for Community Exploration & Individualized Job Search Planning)

6. Employment Law, Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), and Disability Disclosure

7. Job Development I (Job Search Practices to Support Meaningful Employment

8.  Job Development II (Employer Assessment and Individualized Approach to a Job Match)

9. Job Development III (Employer Relationships and Negotiations)

10. Job Retention and Coaching I (Foundations in Job Retention Success

11. Job Retention II (Teaching the Job--Task Analysis and Systematic Instruction), 12. Job Retention III (Fading Support, Quality Services and Career Development.

12. Job Retention III (Fading Support, Quality Services and Career Development)

To register, please click here.

For information regarding the certificates please click here.

April 19, 2021

Enhancing the Capacity of the Mental Health and Addiction Workforce: A Framework

Join us for our fourth Think Bigger Do Good webinar. The webinar will feature authors Anita Burgos, Ph.D. of Bipartisan Policy Center and Benjamin F. Miller, Psy.D of Well Being Trust. They will discuss a new framework for the mental health and addiction workforce in the United States. The discussion will highlight policy considerations that re-conceptualize workforce to enhance the overall capacity. The discussion will be moderated by Jane Mogavero, Esq., Executive Director of the Patrick P. Lee Foundation.

Date/Time: April 19, 2021 from 12:00pm-1:00pm EST

To register, please click here.

April 28, 2021

What on Earth Were You Thinking??? Why Adolescents Take Risks

Join Colleen Judge as she helps parents understand the most up-to-date thinking about the nature of adolescent risk-taking and offer ways that parents can communicate with their teens to help them make choices that balance safety with their innate need for exploration and growth.

Date/Time: April 28, 2021 at 6:30pm

To register, please click here.

May 13, 2021

New England PTTC Vaping Graphic Medicine Panel

In recognition of National Prevention Week, the New England PTTC is hosting a panel of speakers on 5/13 at 1:00pm EST to talk about vaping prevention. Learn about our latest resource, In the Air, a novel in the style of graphic medicine to foster conversations with young people around vaping, choices around substance misuse, and risk and protective factors. Learn how you can use it to work and how to get your copy. Registration will be opening soon. For more information, please visit the following website: https://pttcnetwork.org/centers/global-pttc/training-and-events-calendar

September 23rd-24th 

SAVE THE DATE: Northeast Connections 7th Annual Regional Telehealth Conference: Telehealth Launchpad Refueling for Sustainability

More conference information will be coming out soon! The NETRC 2021 Conference materials will be continually released as available, including: industry partner sponsorship opportunities, event pricing, full event agenda, and more! The even will follow the social distancing protocols necessary, but will have the same fun and content packaged agenda you've come to expect at a NETRC conference.

Date/Time: September 23rd and 24th, 2021

Date To-Be-Determined 

State Endorsed Association of Community Rehabilitation Educators (ACRE) Based Training

This eight-week, online course is ideal for employment professionals who have been working in the field for a minimum of six months. Each of the three sessions will host 12 learners over eight weeks. This will include a weekly, 3.5 hours virtual class plus several one-to-one sessions, online support, and a final debrief session. Each component will be facilitated by Dr. Drew and delivered via Zoom.

The course will teach you:

  • Core values and principles to practice Community Integrated Employment Supports.
  • Individualized and customized employment and career planning.
  • Community research and job development.
  • Workplace and related supports for multiple populations.

Stay tuned for date announcements which may come as soon as mid-August.

Contact tracey.cunnigham@bhddh.ri.gov for more information.


Culturally and Linguistically Appropriate Services (CLAS) in Maternal Mental Health

This free 2-hour e-learning program is designed for providers and students seeking knowledge and skills related to cultural competency, cultural humility, person-centered care, and combating implicit bias across the continuum of maternal health care. Program is accredited for 2 hours for physicians, physician assistances, nurse practitioners, nurses, certified nurse midwives, and certified midwives. Other professionals, as well as students, may earn a statement of participation.

To register, please click here.


Opioid Use Disorder: Harm Reduction and Pharmacotherapy

This training focuses on diagnostic criteria for opioid use disorder (OUD), treatment options for OUD, and harm reduction strategies. This program is being offered by URI's Office of Continuing Education for the Health Professions & supported by funding from the RI EOHHS Workforce Transformation Program.

To register, please click here.


Capacity Building Opportunity for Healthcare Providers to Prevent and Treat Substance Use Disorders--Addiction Treatment Clinical Skills for Healthcare Providers

This opportunity is being made available by AAAP and Yale with funding from SAMHSA for healthcare providers to build their capacity to prevent and treat substance use disorders. The series is for nurses, physician associates, social workers, pharmacists, and public health professionals.

Course Features: Self-paced, 6 online modules (90-120min each), interactive videos/cases/online discussion forum, and quizzes to assess knowledge and learning.

For more information, please click here.


The New England Prevention Technology Transfer Center (NEPTTC) is offering free webinars in August and September.
Two, FREE On-Demand /Self Paced Prevention Courses:

"Teaching the Substance Abuse Prevention Skills Training (SAPST) at a University"

"Minecraft, Not Ms. Pacman: Transforming Prevention Professionals for Today's Audiences"

For more information you may follow this LINK


Marijuana and the Adolescent Brain

The Rhode Island Prevention Resource Center is providing an e-training opportunity for behavioral health, prevention, and treatment providers in Rhode Island.

 After completing this training, participants will be able to:

  • Understand key aspects of  brain development in adolescence.
  • Describe different forms of marijuana that may be used by adolescents.
  • Describe adverse effects of marijuana use on adolescent health, development, and behavior.
  • Discuss current data regarding adolescent marijuana use in RI.
  • Identify community-based strategies being used in RI to prevent adolescent marijuana use.

To begin the e-training, please click here.


U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Office of Minority health is offering  a new, free and accredited webinars on:

Improving Cultural Competency for Behavioral Health Professionals

This online program is a practical tool for behavioral health professionals who want to gain skills and knowledge about culture and diversity, which could be applied daily to better serve your clients. The tool is particularly timely for professionals working to address the opioid epidemic among racial and ethnic populations, which have low treatment rates and some of the highest rates of opioid misuse and overdose. There are 4 courses and the ability to earn up to 5 CEUs.
For more information and descriptions of the courses please click HERE.


U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs and the National Center on PTSD is sponsoring a series for online learning:
The website brings together free in-depth Continuing Education resources for the Professional community concerned with trauma. 

Click HERE for a list of all Continuing Ed offerings.



The Rhode Island Prevention Resource Center announces a FREE eLearning opportunity: "Marijuana and the Adolescent Brain" for Behavioral Health, Prevention and Treatment providers in RI.  

For information and to access this training go to: https://www.riprc.org/elearning/marijuana_adolescent_brain/#/


"What's Up with e-Cigarettes?" is a FREE one hour e-training developed by the Rhode Island Prevention Resource Center for behavioral health, prevention and treatment providers in Rhode Island. A certificate of attendance will be issued upon completion of the course.

To register for this one hour interactive training CLICK HERE.


Suicide Prevention Resource Center is offering an  online course, "Counseling on Access to Lethal Means" (CALM).

Access to lethal means can determine whether a person who is suicidal lives or dies.  This course explains why means restriction is an important part of a comprehensive approach to suicide prevention. This has been approved for 2 NBCC Clock Hours and 2 NASW continuing education units.
For more information on this and other trainings  CLICK HERE.


SAMHSA and The National Center on Substance Abuse and Child Welfare is offering individuals FREE tutorials that focus on the subjects of substance abuse and child welfare;  they support and facilitate collaboration between the child welfare system, the substance abuse treatment system and the courts.  Continuing Education Units are available upon successful completion of a tutorial.  Please click on the link to REGISTER.

     Tutorial 1: "Understanding Child Welfare and the Dependency Court: A Guide for    Substance Abuse Treatment Professionals"

     Tutorial 2: "Understanding Substance Use Disorders, Treatment, and Family Recovery: A Guide for Child Welfare Professionals"

     Tutorial 3: "Understanding Substance Use Disorders, Treatment and Family Recovery: A Guide for Legal Professionals"


National Human Trafficking Training and Technical Assistance Center is hosting SOAR ONLINE. 

SOAR Online is a series of  continuing education/continuing medical education (CE/CME)training modules that can be completed whenever and wherever you like. Recognizing that individuals who have experienced trafficking or who are at risk of trafficking access a variety of services, SOAR Online now includes additional trainings tailored for specific professionals on how to identify and respond to human trafficking.  There is no fee for these educational activities.

The training modules available include:
SOAR for Health Care 
SOAR for Social Services 
SOAR for Public Health
SOAR for Behavioral Health
SOAR to Health and Wellness
Culturally and Linguistically Appropriate Services
Trauma-Informed Care

Visit the SOAR online page for full CE/CME information and to register for SOAR Online.  

Stop:  Describe the scope of human trafficking in the United States. 
Observe:  Recognize the verbal and nonverbal indicators of human trafficking. 
Ask:  Identify and interact with individuals who have been trafficked using a victim-centered   and trauma-informed approach. 
Respond:  Respond effectively to potential human trafficking in your community by identifying needs and available resources to provide critical support and assistance.



The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) offers 14 self-paced, online business courses to behavioral health organizations and providers through "BHbusiness". These courses are available at NO COST. You can learn at your own pace while earning continuing education credits. BHbusiness courses offered include:

  • Bundled Payments:
  • Costing Out Your Services
  • Planning for the Next Generation of HIT
  • Value-based Purchasing

To register and for more information on all self-paced, online courses, and other educational resources, visit BHbusiness.org.

SAMHSA offers BHbusiness self-paced, online courses in partnership with the National Council for Behavioral Health and Advocates for Human Potential. All BHbusiness courses are hosted on HealtheKnowledge. 


The Association for Addiction Professionals (NAADAC)offers a wide range of webinars for Addiction Professionals and those seeking certification as an addiction professional.  See FLYER for details. 
For class descriptions and registration information go to: https://www.naadac.org/webinars.