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Frequently Asked Questions

What is West Virginia's Integrated Behavioral Health Conference?
A learning opportunity that will promote the integration of the various component parts of behavioral health, as well as integration of behavioral health with physical health/primary care.

Where will the conference be held?
The 2015 conference will be held at the Charleston Civic Center located at 200 Civic Center Drive in Charleston, West Virginia.  For information about the venue or directions, please visit the Civic Center website at

Who should attend?
The goal of the 2015 Conference is to promote solutions to building quality and sustainable trauma-informed systems of care throughout West Virginia.

The event will promote networking with one another to build partnerships that will strengthen efforts now and going forward.

New this year are family-friendly workshops and events engaging the most valuable of assets for youth – those who rear, guide and support them in their journey.

The content of this event offers a caliber of comprehensiveness and depth usually only seen at national conferences.

This conference, in a nutshell, brings the best of the best to the providers and users of West Virginia’s system of care in an environment focused on meeting the needs of all participants:

        •Behavioral Health Professionals
        •Substance Abuse Prevention And Mental Health Promotion Specialists 
        •Medical Professionals 
        •Law Enforcement 
        •Government Agencies 
        •Community Members 

Click here to register.

Are continuing education credits available?
Continuing education credits will be applied for multiple disciplines including social work, addiction counselors, prevention specialists, law enforcement and healthcare.

How many people are expected to attend this event?
The inaugural 2013 Conference was well evaluated and well attended. More than 750 attendees from 26 states and territories participated with an anticipated increase in numbers to attend this year’s conference.  

The West Virginia Department of Health and Human Resources' Bureau for Behavioral Health and Health Facilities (BBHHF) partnered with the WV Physicians Health program and the WV State Medical Association for the past 2 years to support the Appalachian  Addictions Physicians Conference (APC). The 2013 event was held in conjunction with the APC with over 120 physicians in attendance. The Physician’s Conference will once again be in coordination with the APC event on September 25-26, with many cross-over speakers and activities. More than 200 physicians are expected to attend.  For additional information click here.

The IBHC was an enormous success! The presenters/workshops and takeaways were invaluable on multiple levels—educational, inspiring, and fostered a unique opportunity…” (2013 IBHC Participant)

How much will the event cost?
$199 for full three days of the conference which will include breakfast, lunch and snacks each day. Limited scholarships are available upon application (WV IBHC Scholarship Form.pdf). 
NOTE: For every 4 paid registrations, the 5th will be at no cost, but all group participants must be registered at the same time. All evening special events are provided at no additional cost but registration is required to ensure a seat.

Are there materials available to let others know about the event? 
Yes.  Click here to download materials. 

What subject matters or topics will be covered at this conference?
Participants will have an opportunity to learn from nationally and locally-recognized speakers scheduled for daily keynote addresses, plenaries, skill building sessions and workshops to provide in-depth learning and offer an opportunity for meaningful discussion. Session topics include but not limited to:  

        •Clinical Supervision Essentials for Trauma Therapy
        •Suicide Prevention in Primary Care
        •Transforming Culture Though Community Norms Change
        •Keeping Children “Safe at Home” in WV
        •Substance Use and Child Welfare
        •Trauma Informed Approaches for Peer Supports
        •Mental Health First Aid for Children and Adults
        •Behavioral Health and Justice Involvement for Youth and Families
        •Connection of Physical and Behavioral Health 
        •Advances in Telehealth and How to Pay For It
        •Engaging Youth and Families in Treatment
        •Where’s the Money? How to Write a Fundable Grant Proposal
        •National and State Trends in Substance Use
        •Trauma Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy
        •Treating Kids with Co-Existing Disorders
        •Therapeutic Relationships With Individuals On The Autism Spectrum
        •Scare Tactics Don’t Work in Educating Youth
        •Parent and Community “Start Talking” Initiative
        •Motivational Interviewing
        •Best Practices for Serving Service Members, Veterans and Families

Will special lodging rates be offered for conference attendees?
Rooms with special conference rates have been blocked for September 21-24 at the Charleston Town Center Marriott, Holiday Inn Civic Center, Courtyard by Marriott and the Embassy Suites. These rooms are available on a first come, first serve basis. 
Click here to go to the Hotel Registration page.

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