Conference Description:

The Missouri Department of Mental Health provides the Spring Training Institute (STI) for staff, providers, and consumers of behavioral health services and supports. STI attracts staff from the Division of Behavioral Health, Division of Developmental Disabilities, Department of Corrections, Department of Youth Services, Department of Family Services, other statewide organizations, and individuals in private practice. STI historically 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 populations served. This year STI will continue to bring you two full days of presentations and workshops. STI will be available online with sessions that will broaden knowledge and enhance understanding of critical behavioral health services. 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 behavioral health (mental health and substance use) disorders
  2. Describe established approaches and emerging trends in the services required to support individuals, families, and caregivers with behavioral health management needs.
  3. Understand the particular strategies used in the support of, persons experiencing behavioral health concerns
  4. Review a variety of therapeutic approaches to meet the behavioral health needs of clients, families and caregivers.