Conference Description:

The Missouri Department of Mental Health provides the Spring Training Institute for staff, providers and consumers of the Division of Behavioral Health and the Division of Developmental Disabilities. Additionally, the Institute attracts staff from the Department of Corrections, Department of Youth Services, Department of Family Services, other statewide organizations and individuals in private practice. The Institute brings over 1,000 behavioral health professionals together to learn about the latest research in the field regarding medications, evidence-based treatment, and other issues related to the populations served. There are two full days of presentations and workshops with over 60 separate sessions that will broaden knowledge and enhance the understanding of the critical services provided to the citizens of Missouri. Sessions will be grouped into subject matter tracks. Examples of past tracks include:

  • Children, Youth and Family
  • Medication Assisted Treatment
  • Peer Specialists/Support
  • Wellness
  • Ethics
  • Developmental Disabilities
  • Professional Development
  • Self-Care
  • Substance Use Disorders
  • Military/Veterans
  • Trauma
  • Suicide Prevention
  • Treating the Whole Person
  • Integrated Care
  • Forensics/Criminal Justice
  • Treatment Approaches
  • Eating Disorders
  • Co-Occurring

Conference Objectives:

  1. Review fundamental knowledge of mental health, substance use disorders and developmental disabilities.
  2. Describe established approaches and emerging trends in the services required to support individuals, families, and caregivers with behavioral health and/or substance use management needs.
  3. Understand the particular strategies used in the support of military personnel, persons experiencing trauma, persons facing substance use disorders, persons facing co-occurring disorders and persons facing other behavioral health concerns.
  4. Review a variety of therapeutic approaches to meet the behavioral health needs of clients and their families.