2018 Behavioral Health Summit


To offer mental health and community service providers technical training on emerging trends and issues in southeast Iowa that pertain to improving the quality of care

Educational objectives

On completion of this program, participants should be able to:

LGBTQIA+ 101: Providing Culturally Competent Services


  • Identify and differentiate basic terminology and identities in relation to the LGBTQ community
  • Describe the differences between gender identity, gender expression, sex assigned at birth and attraction
  • Discuss how to create and enhance welcoming spaces for LGBTQ people

Student Experiences from Burlington Community High School's Gay Straight Alliance


  • Distinguish barriers the LGBTQ community faces when receiving mental and physical health care
  • Define the role of an ally for someone in the LGBTQ community

  • Apply practices that lead to a more inclusive professional setting for the LGBTQ community

LGBTQ Health Inequities and Disparities: Exploring the impact and intersectionality of the social determinants of health
  • Describe the health inequities and disparities related to the LGBTQ communities.

  • Recognize how social determinants of health impact LGBTQ health disparities and inequities.

  • Describe how internal and external trauma impact health outcomes for LGBTQ people.

  • Propose organizational changes to better serve LGBTQ people.

Opioid Use Disorder: Psychopharmacology and diagnosis
  • Discuss statistics about opiate use, including different types of opiates.

  • Describe opiates' impact on the human brain and behavior.

  • Discuss substance-use disorders in general, and opioid-use disorder in particular.

  • Examine why medication-assisted treatment for opioids is crucial, given the former objectives.

Recognizing and Responding to an Overdose
  • List signs and symptoms of an opioid overdose.

  • Describe the six steps for responding to an overdose.

Medication-Assisted Treatment Overview
  • Discuss the integration of therapy and medication, and why therapy is needed in conjunction with medication.

  • Discuss different medication options and the medication administration process.

Target audience

Mental health counselors and providers, certified drug and alcohol counselors, social workers, nurses, health care providers, educators and community service providers


  • Joshua Merritt, MSW, LGBTQ Youth Advocate, Iowa Safe Schools

  • Cassie Gerst, Teacher Liaison and Outreach Coordinator, Burlington Community School District

  • Cody Shafer, Early Intervention Services/PREP Coordinator, Iowa Department of Public Health
  • Nicolas Foss, MS, IADC, BACC, ICGC-II, Associate Director, Alcohol and Drug Dependency Services of Southeast Iowa
  • Mindy Sutak, IADC, Outpatient Counselor, Alcohol and Drug Dependency Services of Southeast Iowa
  • David Chapin, MPA, CADS, UCS Healthcare

Contining-education credit

This program is approved for 7 contact hours for participants who attend the entire program. Great River Medical Center is Iowa Board of Nursing Provider #43. The Iowa Board of Certification has approved this program for 3.5 hours each for Special Populations, and Drug and Alcohol Specific.

Cost, $30

This event is partially funded by Des Moines County Crisis Prevention Center Services and Southeast Iowa Link. The cost includes materials, CEU recording and lunch. Refunds will not be issues for cancellations or no-shows.


The class size is limited. Please register by Friday, April 27.

Registration on the day of event starts at 7:30 a.m.

If you cannot click to send the registration form below, please save a pdf of the completed form and send it as an attachment to education@grhs.net. If you continue having difficulty, please call 319-768-4070.

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2018 Behavioral Health Summit flyer


May 4, 2018 at 8:00am 5/4/2018 3/28/2018

211 N. Third St.
Burlington, IA 52601
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Price: $30.00

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