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

May 7th through June 18th 2020

Caring for Older Adults-The Impact of COVID-19

The Rhode Island Geriatric Education Center (RIGEC) and Healthcentric Advisors are pleased to invite you the the RI-G ECHO webinar sessions. These sessions will increase your knowledge to provide care for older adults within primary care sites as well as those living in skilled nursing, assisted living facilities, and at home during the current social restrictions. These sessions will also provide an opportunity for you to share experiences with your peers caring for older adults while faced with the challenges of the COVID-19 pandemic.

 Attend one or more of four sessions which will run from 12pm-1pm every other Thursday beginning May 7 through June 18th. This initial session (5/7/20) will include an overview of COVID-19 and the impact on older adults. Future sessions will include topics such as:

Impact on Mental Health and Innovative Ways to Address Social Isolation

Functional Status Impact

Available Resources and Programs in Rhode Island

To register, please click here.

June 1-4, 2020

51st New England School of Addiction and Prevention Studies Presents 2020 Summer School "Re-Imagined"

The New England School of Addiction and Prevention Studies, commonly called Summer School, is a 4-day intensive learning experience to further knowledge, skills, and experience in the field of substance use disorder services. Each year, participants from many disciplines come together to form a unique, diverse learning community. Programming is intended for many different partners in substance use disorder prevention, treatment, intervention and recovery. Whether you are a new addiction counselor, juvenile probation officer, recovery coach, a prevention specialist, experienced licensed clinician, or in another discipline, you will find unique offerings withing this year's program.

28 Contact Hours Available*

Begins June 1-4 from 8:30am-5:15pm

To register, please click here.

June 2 & June 9

Foster Resilience During COVID-19

Whether you're a counselor, teacher, or social worker, serving children is hard. At any given moment there are numerous tasks required of you, and you often feel like your plate is overflowing. This series of 12 self-compassion sessions teach you how to care for yourself in the moment that you most need it. Research has shown that those who are more self-compassionate experience less stress, anxiety, and depression, are more resilient and better able to deal with emotional challenges. The sessions will be comprised of didactic presentations, guided practices, and discussions which will offer specific tools that you can use to give yourself the support you deserve.

Disclaimer: It is ok to join even if you missed any of the previous sessions, and the same holds true for future sessions. Jump in anytime!

Dates/Times: Tuesday June 2, 2020 4:00pm-5:00pm EDT & June 9th 4:00pm-5:00pm EDT

To register, please click here.


June 2-16, 2020
Fundamentals of Telemental Health: Emergencies, Disruptions, and Pitfalls

Week 1: Introduction to Telemental Health

Week 2: Preparing Your Office for Telemental Health

Week 3: Client Selection, Intake, and Assessment in Telemental Health

Week 4: Clinical Engagement in Telemental Health

Week 5: Emergencies, Disruptions, and Pitfalls in Telemental Health

Week 6: Risk Management in Telemental Health

Date/Time: June 2, 9, & 16. Each webinar begins at 8:00pm ET

To register, please click here.

June 10, 2020

Implementing Best Practices and Improving Collaboration for Crisis Care and Suicide Prevention Among High-Risk Service Members, Veterans, and Their Families (SMVF)

With COVID-19 striking our crisis and public health systems, providers have been having increased difficulty addressing the level of mental health needs caused by this life-changing virus. The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Administration's (SAMHSA's) Service Members, Veterans, and their Families technical assistance center welcomes you to join a webinar focused on core elements of the SMVF Crisis Intercept Map. The process of intercept mapping helps community stakeholders to visualize gaps, recognize opportunities, and strengthen coordination across local agencies and organizations. Screening for SMVF status and suicide risk early can change the trajectory of overload on our emergency response systems by increasing access to upstream support and diverting hospital emergency department visits to alternate care.

Date/Time: Wednesday June 10, 2020 at 1:30pm ET

To register, please click here.

June 18, 2020

Patterns of Daily Fantasy Sports Play: Implications for the Emerging US Sports Betting Market

Though we have very little evidence about sports betting in the United States, primarily because of the newness of the market, there are lessons we can learn about what we might expect in this emerging market from the case of daily fantasy sports (DFS). DFS subscriber behavior can provide valuable information about population patterns, potential risk factors, and exposure and adaptation trends we might expect to see as sports betting becomes more accessible. This webinar reviews recent work examining the actual play patterns of subscribers to a large daily fantasy sports provider with a focus on how these findings might provide insight about what to expect in the emerging US sports betting market.

Date/Time: Thursday June 18, 2020 from 2pm-3:30pm

To register, please click here.

July 22, 2020

How to Integrate Medication-Assisted Treatment within the Healthcare Delivery System

Medication can enhance recovery and prevent overdose when it is coupled with other behavioral health interventions that focus on substance use disorders and addiction. Join the Center of Excellence for Integrated Health Solutions to discover what medication-assisted treatment is, identify when to implement it, and how to successfully integrate it into recovery care plans.

Date/Time: Wednesday July 22, 2020 at 2:00pm ET

To register, 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.