Learning Opportunities

Non-Accredited Courses

The learning opportunities on this page feature important topics available for on-demand viewing. You may choose to view the videos in our on-demand webinar series or navigate through our recorded webinars/e-courses.

These learning opportunities are not eligible for continuing education (CE) hours/credits.

Music, culture and health

This four-part series highlights how music can contribute to improved health outcomes. Our presenter is Ross Brillhart. Ross is pursuing his Ph.D. in ethnomusicology, and has done extensive research in this area.

Part 1
Music, culture and health
Part 2
Music therapy, therapeutic music and musical self-care
Part 3
A case for music and affinity for personal and community betterment
Part 4
Music as a form of humanity in health care

Health promotion and disease prevention

This four-part series explores how we can all benefit from health promotion and disease prevention to realize improved personal wellness outcomes.

Part 1
Enhancing health and wellness through Eight Dimensions of Wellness
Part 2
A deeper look into the Eight Dimensions of Wellness
Part 3
Disease prevention
Part 4
Health promotion

Partnering with people to build richer lives in their communities

This webinar series covers the values and practices that form the foundation of person-centered thinking, and how to apply person-centered/partnership thinking to the work you do. Part 1 highlights the principles of self-determination, examples of person-centered thinking effectively utilized in a self-directed long-term services and supports program, and how traditional service system practices can undermine person-centered practices. Part 2 highlights what it means to operationalize person-centered thinking by partnering with people and families, and the values and practices of person-centered thinking in real-life stories of people and their families. These webinars feature our national subject matter experts from TMG by Magellan Health.

Part 1
Building full lives
Part 2
Building deeper connections

Youth engagement and empowerment

Learn about the evolution of the Magellan Youth Leaders Inspiring Future Empowerment (MY LIFE) program in this webinar, which features Greg Dicharry, Magellan Healthcare youth empowerment director, and Hayley Winterbery, Magellan Healthcare Recovery Empowerment Network, HERO program director. The MY LIFE program provides a healthy outlet for youth who have experience with mental health, substance abuse, juvenile justice or foster care-related issues to create positive change for themselves and others in their communities.

One part
Youth engagement and empowerment

Peer support

Magellan Healthcare and the Depression and Bipolar Support Alliance (DBSA) have partnered to tell you about the practice, power and potential of peer specialists, through the e-courses in this section.

Authors are Matthew G. Mattson, M.S., director of training for DBSA’s “Making Recovery Real Training Services,” Peter Ashenden consumer/survivor and president/CEO for the DBSA, Larry Fricks vice president of peer services for DBSA and director of the Appalachian Consulting Group, Inc., Lisa Goodale, ACSW, LSW, DBSA vice president of training and Susan R. Bergeson, former president for the DBSA.

Peer specialists 101: research, core competencies and ethics

The first e-course in this series provides an overview on the field of peer support. Peer specialists, also called consumer-providers, peer support specialists and peer mentors, are people recovering from mental illness that are trained and certified to help others with mental health challenges gain hope and move forward with their own recovery.

The peer specialist profession is growing more and more throughout the mental health care system. Recently, the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services even recognized peer support on a national level as a billable service and an evidence-based practice.

English
Peer specialists 101: research, core competencies and ethics
Spanish
Especialistas pares 101: génesis, investigación, competencia y ética

The five stages in recovery and the role of peer specialists

The second e-course in this series describes the role of peer specialists in guiding their peers with mental illness. It explains how peer specialists support their peers during the five stages in recovery. These stages relate to the disabling power of an illness at different times in people’s lives. The non-linear experience of the recovery process is described. Additionally, cultural implications of recovery services are explained.

English
The five stages in recovery and the role of peer specialists  
Spanish
Las cinco etapas de la recuperación y el rol de los especialistas pares

Using your recovery story

The third e-course in this series describes the power of personal recovery stories and how peer specialists can create and appropriately share their recovery stories to help others. It contains actual recovery stories, emphasizing the personal and unique nature of recovery for each person. This section of the course also discusses the similarities and differences in recovery stories.

English
Using your recovery story
Spanish
Usando tu historia de recuperación

Effective supervision of peer specialists

The final e-course in this series was developed for individuals who supervise peer specialists, although it is also very informative for anyone interested in the aspect of integrating peer specialists into a traditional provider or other healthcare setting. Creating an environment for success and recovery is presented, along with the 20 Pillars of Peer Support. The course also includes a power, conflict and integrity scenario.

English
Effective supervision of peer specialists  
Spanish
Supervisión efectiva de especialistas pares

Promoting resiliency through peer support whole health

This workshop reviews factors contributing to early death, examines the key domains of wellness and highlights ways in which peer support can build resiliency in those with psychiatric disabilities and co-morbid medical conditions. The presenter of this webinar is Tom Lane, CRPS, national director, community and recovery services, Magellan Healthcare.

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Promoting resiliency through peer support whole health

Senior reach, a successful approach for serving older adults

This webinar describes three benefits of a collaborative management program and lists the keys to success to develop and maintain community partnerships and collaboration; the benefits of a community-based education and outreach program for older adults; as well as barriers older adults experience when accessing services. Presenters are Liz Smith, MHS, LCSW, director of senior services at Jefferson Center for Mental Health in Wheat Ridge, Colorado; and Teresa A. Lugault, BS, MPA, manager, senior reach, senior program services.

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Senior reach, a successful approach for serving older adults

An innovative approach to residential treatment: shorter stays and better outcomes

Youth in residential treatment face many challenges, particularly when transitioning back into the community. It is critical that gains made while in residential treatment are carried over after discharge. Family involvement in the treatment planning process, availability of aftercare supports for youth and their families, and building partnerships are key elements of success. Presenters are Pat Hunt, national director, child and family resiliency services, Magellan Healthcare; John Lees, LSW, child and adolescent care management supervisor, Magellan Behavioral Health of Pennsylvania.

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An innovative approach to residential treatment: shorter stays and better outcomes

Paving new ground: peers working in inpatient settings  

This course provides information about developing peer roles in inpatient settings, including successful strategies, opportunities and ways to address challenges. The presenter is Gayle Bluebird, RN, peer services director, Delaware Psychiatric Center.

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Paving new ground: peers working in inpatient settings  

Getting help for mental health challenges

Although one in four adults experiences mental health challenges, many people don’t receive the professional help that’s often needed to overcome them. In this video, Greg, who has personal experience living with mental health challenges, breaks down the myths and shares information and tips to help people feel more comfortable in getting the help and support they need and deserve.

One part
Getting help for mental health challenges
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