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Preparing for The Role of Today's Clinician in Behavioral Health Care Training - October 1 September 30, 2020


Good Afternoon Training Participants.

 

Thanks for registering to participate in The Role of Today’s Clinician in Behavioral Health Care on October 1, 2020. This message is largely a repeat of a message sent directly by me on Tuesday, September 29, 2020.

The participation link for the October 1, 2020 training is below. You will be required to enter some basic information as part of your initial login process, i.e., name, affiliation, etc. This information will be cross-referenced against registration records.        

Participation Link:  https://goto.webcasts.com/starthere.jsp?ei=1377783&tp_key=d8da11e311

 

The conference will begin at 8:45am. Please plan to join by 8:30am to complete the pre-conference information.  Conference materials will be made available through the conference platform.  Please email Kim Barnett at kbarnett@maoi.org if you have any final questions. 

 

We look forward to joining you virtually.  Stay healthy. 

 

Elana M. Parker Merriweather, Ed.S., LPC, AADC

Director of Behavioral Health

Medical Advocacy and Outreach/Copeland Care Clinic

(334) 356-1387

Important Participation Information - June 11 - Legal & Ethical Considerations Virtual Training August 28, 2020


Greetings!


In anticipation of Thursday’s training, I would like to provide some preliminary direction and information. Some of you may receive this message twice in our attempts to make sure our messages are not lost in spam or junk file collection.


As previously shared, the rescheduled Legal and Ethical Considerations for People in Helping Professions training will take place on June 11, 2020. After much deliberation the training has been converted to a virtual/web-based learning experience. To support your participation, the MAO Behavioral Health Team has compiled a Preparing for Your Day of Professional Development document.


Follow the link provided below to access the document, which includes a breakdown of critical information about Thursday’s virtual professional development experience. The document includes access links, guidelines, and the agenda for the day. You are encouraged to review the document at least one day in advance in case you need assistance.


http://maoi.org/wp-content/uploads/2020/06/MAO.June11.2020.LegalEthical.VirtualTrainingInstructions1.pdf 


As noted in the document, the training will utilize two distinct systems, one serving as a video conferencing component, and the other to encourage participant engagement and document access. The video conference system will also provide you with your introduction to telemedicine technology. The instructions provided are geared toward participants using conventional desktop computers or laptops. Should you anticipate using a smart phone or tablet, please e-mail info@maoi.org so we can connect you with technical support prior to Thursday.


For the social engagement part, we encourage you to access the Facebook site in advance. Once you are connected there, we encourage you to review Unit 1: Welcome! Let’s Begin. Review the Welcome slides. Please do not make any posts in the Discussion area until you login on June 11th. Additional documents will appear in the Unit area prior to the start of the day on Thursday.


On behalf of everyone affiliated with Medical Advocacy and Outreach and MAO Behavioral Health, we look forward to sharing the day of learning with you, where ever you are.


Elana M. Parker Merriweather, Ed.S., LPC, AADC

Director of Behavioral Health

Medical Advocacy and Outreach/Copeland Care Clinic


Participant update regarding the June 11 Legal & Ethical Considerations Training (rescheduled from April) August 28, 2020


Greetings.


Everyone affiliated with Medical Advocacy and Outreach (MAO) and MAO Behavioral Health hope you are doing well, adhering to health guidelines to combat COVID-19, and preparing for a relaxing Memorial Day. Given the developing state of affairs, we wanted to follow up regarding our upcoming Ethics training.


As previously shared, the Legal & Ethical Considerations training will now be held on June 11, 2020. After much deliberation, and given the ongoing need for social distancing, the training is being converted to a virtual learning experience. All participants will be contacted in advance and provided access links and guidance to allow them to get the most out of their experience. Links will include those necessary for video/audio connection, participant discussion, resource materials, and evaluation completion instructions.


Participants will be viewing the presentation as an interactive webinar utilizing the same telemedicine technology used by MAO care teams for medical and behavioral health consultations. Participants will also have the opportunity to ask questions through real time communication/social media. This has the added benefit of helping the training support team successfully capture, organize and share participant questions with the presenters for appropriate response.

Participants must plan to have access to a reliable computer, tablet, or smartphone with a camera, a microphone and, most important, stable Internet access.


With the conversion of the training to a virtual experience, saving even our presenters’ travel time, the agenda has been augmented with expanded content. The result is an increase in contact hours from 5.5 to 6.0. For the benefit of your colleagues, a limited number of spaces remain for this training. If they have not already, they should register quickly. Your registration is complete. 


Thank you for your patience and understanding. If you have questions or concerns, please e-mail us at info@maoi.org.  We apologize for any inconvenience.


Elana Merriweather, Ed.S, LPC

Director of Behavioral Health

Medical Advocacy & Outreach/Copeland Care Clinic


Participant update regarding the April 23 Legal & Ethics Considerations Training August 28, 2020


Greetings.


Everyone affiliated with Medical Advocacy and Outreach (MAO) and MAO Behavioral Health hope you are doing well and hanging in there amidst COVID-19.  Given the developing state of affairs, we wanted to follow up regarding our upcoming Ethics training. 


Like so many, we have found it prudent to take steps to preserve the health of our clients, program participants, and staff. The following should help bring you up to speed on how the changes we have embraced impact you.


In Person Training - We have postponed the Ethics Training to Thursday, June 11 at AIDT. This is a new date, but the same location. We are planning to maintain the in-person format contingent upon social distancing requirements not being further extended.


Contingency Option - Virtual Webinar - If the social distancing is extended into June, we will convert everything to a virtual webinar. In that case, we have arranged for all speakers to present their respective topics separately at our MAO Learning Center without a physical audience. Under these circumstances, participants will be viewing the presentation as a webinar with the opportunity to ask questions verbally and through other real time communication media. This will require participants to make sure they have access to a reliable computer with a camera, a microphone and stable Internet access.


Thank you for your patience and understanding. The registration system dates will be revised this week to reflect the rescheduling. As someone who preregistered, you will not receive another confirmation; however, you will receive updated messages as we advance closer to the June 11 date.


If you have questions or concerns, please e-mail us at info@maoi.org.  We apologize for the inconvenience.


I encourage you to stay up to date on the COVID-19 crisis and ask that you encourage those you know to adhere to public health guidelines while also continuing to take mental health into consideration. 


Elana Merriweather, Ed.S, LPC

Director of Behavioral Health

Medical Advocacy and Outreach


Considerations for the April 23 Legal & Ethics Training & Rescheduling August 28, 2020


Thank you again for pre-registering to participant in the April 23, 2020, Legal and Ethical Considerations training in Montgomery hosted by MAO Behavioral Health. Given understandable public concern surrounding the COVID-19 virus, we will do our best to keep you informed about scheduling changes.


Due to current social distancing recommendations, MAO will either reschedule the April 23rd training or present the training in a virtual setting. Final details will be provided by April 13th at the latest. Please accept our apologies for the inconvenience. 


During this period of national health crisis, everyone is encouraged to support published guidelines for protecting themselves from COVID-19 and the flu. Please also remember to encourage steps people can take to protect mental health as well. 


Everyone at Medical Advocacy and Outreach (MAO) and MAO Behavioral Health, cannot thank you enough for your commitment to professional development. Should you have unaddressed questions, e-mail me at emerriweather@maoi.org


Elana M. Parker Merriweather, Ed.S., LPC, AADC

Director of Behavioral Health

Medical Advocacy and Outreach/Copeland Care Clinic