Mental Health KC Presents…

Mental Health KC Presents is a series of free webinars intended to extend the education and training provided by the Mental Health KC Conference.


Trainings and Webinars

Opioid Misuse, Statistics, Symptoms, Outcomes and Treatment
Presented by: Emily Snow

July 22, 2021 from 3:30-4:30pm

According to the National Institute on Drug Abuse, nearly 50,000 people in the United States died from opioid-involved overdoses in 2019. The misuse of and addiction to opioids is a serious national crisis that affects public health as well as social and economic welfare. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention estimates that the total “economic burden” of prescription opioid misuse alone in the United States is $78.5 billion a year, including the costs of healthcare, lost productivity, addiction treatment, and criminal justice involvement. This presentation will look at the basics of opioid misuse, including statistics, symptoms of use, and best practices in opioid use disorder treatment.

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Emily Snow, LMSW, MHSA

Emily SnowEmily Snow, LMSW, MHSA is the Director of Behavioral Health Initiatives at Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Kansas City. She has worked in behavioral health for over twenty years and was previously the Director of Behavioral Health and Psychiatry Operations for the University of Kansas Health System. Emily is the president of the board of directors at the Kansas City Suicide Awareness and Prevention Program and an at-large member of the board of directors for the Child Abuse Prevention Association. She is also part of the leadership committee for the Johnson County Suicide Prevention Coalition. She received her master’s degree in social work from the University of Missouri-Kansas City and her master’s degree in healthcare services administration from the University of Kansas.

How to Help the Whole Student: Including Mental Health Supports in Schools
Presented by: Dr. Hannah West

August 12, 2021 from 3:30-4:30pm

With the prevalence of diagnosable mental or behavioral disorders in children and adolescents being approximately 20%, it is predictable that any teacher will have one to five students with mental health difficulties in his/her classroom (Merikangas et al, 2010; O’Connell, Boat & Warner, 2009). Given the presence of significant mental health concerns and the impact these concerns have on achievement, truancy, relationships, and social-emotional development; it is imperative for schools to provide comprehensive mental health supports using a multi-tiered approach. The Mid-America Mental Health Technology Transfer Center provides training and technical assistance to address these needs. During this presentation, you will be introduced to best practice implementation guidelines for implementing school-based mental health, along with resources for educator well-being and mental health literacy.

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Hannah West, PhD, BCBA

Hannah WestHannah West, PhD, BCBA, is a regional trainer for the Mid-America MHTTC and behavioral health provider at Sunflower Pediatric Behavioral Health in Shawnee, Kansas. Dr. West is passionate about assisting schools and districts at the systems level through consultation and coaching to match student academic, behavioral and mental health needs with resources available through the development of multi-tiered systems of support. As a trainer for the National Association of School Psychologists’ (NASP) PREPaRE curriculum, she is also passionate about working with schools to implement best-practice prevention, intervention, and postvention supports related to school crises. Dr. West received her doctorate in school psychology from Oklahoma State University. Her doctoral training and research focused on child and adolescent assessment and treatment, as well as working within the systems and environments they live to create opportunities for every child to succeed.

Remarkably Resilient
Presented by: Kathleen Harnish McKune, MBA
Karen Dickson
Sharon Borde

August 26, 2021 from 3:30-4:30pm

Remarkably Resilient is anchored by the lived experiences of three sisters who survived a childhood of incest and abuse. The story of the three Harnish sisters offers participants an opportunity to explore the healing role that individuals and communities can play for people recovering from childhood trauma. Designed for professionals and lay people alike, Remarkably Resilient workshops are informed by the latest research into how Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACE’s) shape the brain and affect our physical, mental and spiritual health. The Harnish sisters use this science to shed light on their experiences and to offer specific methods for helping people heal. At the same time, their story is a beacon of hope for those living the shadows of childhood trauma.

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Harnish Sisters

Harnish Sisters