Rural Behavioral Health Practice Series

We have changed the Rural Conference format from a one day, all day conference to 1-1.5 hour webinars over the course of the year. Offerings may be live or prerecorded on the initial streaming date and also available for purchase after the initial streaming for view at any time. With smaller servings spread out over the year we feel we will be able to better meet the interests and needs of rural behavioral health providers and researchers in an accessible, affordable fashion. To that end we have polled previous participants in order to identify topics of interest for upcoming webinars.

The top results are:

  • Coping with trauma in a rural setting
  • Telehealth
  • Ethics
  • Child and family
  • Aging populations
  • Integrated Care


"Extending Cancer Stress Management to the Rural Practice Setting"
Presented by Shawna Ehlers, Ph.D., LP; Elizabeth Kacel, Ph.D.

Click here to register for this webinar.

“Establishing an Ethical Prime Directive: A Proactive and Informed Approach to Navigating Ethical Dilemmas”
Presented by Jeffrey Leichter, Ph.D., LP

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Presentation Proposals - Submit one today!

Presentations are planned for June, July, September, November, and January 2021. (Upon acceptance of proposals, presentation dates will be finalized).

Based on a survey of rural providers and previous attendees to the Rural Behavioral Health Practice Conference, preference will be given to presentations on the following topics:

  • Trauma in Rural Settings
  • Child and Family 
  • Telehealth
  • Integrated Care
  • Aging Populations

Presentations will be delivered either in live or recorded format. Presentations will be 1-1.5 hours long. Live offerings will include a session for Q & A. Recorded presenters will be asked to provide test questions. After a presentation is accepted, we will need a professional photograph and a short bio. All presenters will need to send Power Points and other handouts at least 3 weeks before the scheduled presentation. Presenters will receive free session registration and CE credit, as well as a $100 honorarium per presentation.

Click here to submit a presentation proposal form for one of our webinars over the course of the year.

Questions?  Email: [email protected]

Poster Proposals

Click here to submit a poster proposal form. See more info on poster presentations below.

We encourage posters that report scientific studies on any aspect of rural behavioral health. We invite both students and professionals to submit posters.

Studies may be submitted in advance of final data collection and analysis, provided that method and types of data and planned analysis are described in the descriptive statement, with the understanding that if there is not at least preliminary data to present by the month prior to presentation, posters will be withdrawn.

Poster sessions will be broadcast prior to either the main live or recorded presentations of the Rural Behavioral Health Practice Series, once every two months starting in November. After submission, the selected poster presenters will be contacted to schedule their poster date. The poster must be sent in PowerPoint format of up to 12 slides at least 3 weeks before the scheduled date of presentation. Posters should include audio narration in your poster file (ask Conference Coordinator if you are unsure how to add this to Power Point).

Questions?  Email: [email protected]


Brief overview of opportunities and benefits:

Conference Sponsor - $500

Conference Sponsor Benefits:

  • Your logo prominently displayed on the agenda and conference website and before all speaker sessions
  • Recognition as a conference sponsor at the opening of the conference in each time zone

More information on sponsorship coming soon.


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