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

August 4, 2020- October 27, 2020

Intersection Between Traumatic Brain Injury and Mental Health Six (6) Part Series

In this series, participants will learn to identify symptoms of traumatic brain injury, which often goes undetected and can be mis-perceived as non-compliance with treatment. Certificates of attendance will be issued for these workshops.

Part 1: An Introduction (August 4, 2020)--To register, please click here.

Part 2: Traumatic Brain Injury and Addiction and Substance Use/Abuse Community (August 18, 2020)--To register, please click here.

Part 3: Traumatic Brain Injury and Mental Health in the Veterans Community (September 8, 2020)--To register, please click here.

Part 4: Traumatic Brain Injury and Mental Health for the Mental Health/Behavioral Health Community (September 10, 2020)--To register, please click here.

Part 5: Traumatic Brain Injury and Mental Health in the K-12 Education Community (October 6, 2020)--To register, please click here.

Part 6: Open Session Webinar (October 27, 2020--Registration information to be announced)

September 14th-November 9th

NAMI Family-to-Family: Free 8-Week Education Program

This program is for family members and caregivers of individuals living with mental illness. For more information and how to register, please contact NAMI Rhode Island at 401-331-3060, or email beth@namirhodeisland.org

Pre-registration is required.

October 7-November 18, 2020

New England Leadership Development Program (4th Cohort)

This program will focus on key leadership skills using a range of learning methods designed to increase your effectiveness immediately. This program includes the use of an intact learning community that participants from all aspects of care: prevention, intervention, treatment, and recovery. The learning community will be as diverse as possible to represent the profession and those served.

Developing effective leaders is of particular importance as the profession faces overdose crisis, a changing behavioral healthcare landscape, and the impending retirement of many "baby boom" generation leaders.

To register for this 6 module program, please click here.

October 8, 2020-November 19, 2020

Harm Reduction: Improving Health Outcomes Among People Who Use Drugs

The purpose of this free 1.5 credit harm reduction continuing education module is to promote best practices in the prevention of opioid overdose and blood borne pathogens such as HIV and HCV and to reduce stigma/discrimination toward people who use drugs (PWUD). The course will be providers from the following disciplines: psychology, nursing, social work, pharmacy and medicine. Each discipline will have its own session and expert speaker.


October 8, 2020 from 4pm-5:30pm

October 22, 2020 from 12pm-1:30pm

November 5, 2020 from 8am-9:30am

November 19, 2020 from 8pm-9:30pm

To register, please click here.

October 21, 2020

Understanding HPV and Its Impact

The Community College of RI is holding a free, virtual continuing education activity on human papillomavirus (HPV) and related cancers, presented by Team Maureen. Nursing and Dental continuing education credits available! Gain knowledge of the epidemiology of HPV infections and HPV-related cancers, learn about the HPV vaccine and cancer prevention strategies, and learn the signs and symptoms of both oropharyngeal and cervical cancers.

Date/Time: Wednesday, October 21, 2020 from 6pm-8pm

To register, please click here.

October 22- November 12, 2020

Zero Suicide Webinar Series (4-Part)

All sessions will be held from 2pm-3:30pm

Session 1 October 22, 2020: What is Zero Suicide? Content will include an overview of what zero suicide is, leadership and commitment to culture change and an organizational self-study.

Session 2 October 29, 2020: Systemically Identifying and Engaging Patients at Risk (Part 1). Content include setting up systems to identify patients who are suicidal. Using screening and assessment tools, and engaging patients in safety planning and lethal means safety.

Session 3 November 5, 2020: Engaging Patients at Risk through Suicide Care Management Plans and Treating Suicide Directly and Providing Relentless Follow-Up (Part 2). Content includes development of suicide care management plans and embedding into electronic health records. The use of evidence-based treatment strategies for suicidality, assuring timely care transitions between health care/program settings, and a discussion on the relentless follow-up to assure continuity of care.

Session 4 November 12, 2020: Equipping the Workforce and Assuring Quality Improvement. Content includes assuring staff have the training they need for the role they play in suicide prevention. A discussion of periodic workforce surveys to assess ongoing training needs, tracking progress using standard quality improvement protocols.

To register, please click here.

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.


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.