NEW Series: Thriving in Substance Use Disorder Service Delivery in the Post-COVID Era

This 8-part webinar series provides the behavioral health workforce with training on COVID-19 mitigation, management, and communication, as well as an understanding of its intersection with substance use disorder (SUD). People experiencing SUD are at an increased risk of adverse outcomes of COVID-19 infection; their care teams require evidence-based, up-to-date information about effective treatment and management strategies. To address this, our webinar series features leaders in infectious disease, addiction medicine, and behavioral health presenting on best practices for navigating COVID-19 care within a SUD context.

This series is FREE to attend. Complimentary continuing education credits are available.  

Register for the upcoming webinar here

Who is this webinar for?

    • Healthcare Providers
    • Behavioral Health Providers
    • Peer Support Specialists
    • Any individual, professional, or entity that forms a part of, supports, or interacts with the Texas Behavioral Healthcare System

Learning Objectives

  1. Describe current research related to COVID-19 and its implications in the field of behavioral health and substance use disorder treatment.
    2. Discuss strategies to communicate effectively, encourage healthcare provider resiliency, and strengthen the workforce for any future pandemic.
    3. Explain the current COVID-19 landscape and the importance of remaining vigilant when interacting with vulnerable populations, including individuals with substance use disorder.
    4. Implement best practices related to COVID-19 mitigation in the behavioral health workforce.

Communicating During a Public Health Emergency: Strategies for Effective, Culturally Responsive Interventions

Join us on June 18, 2024 at 12 p.m. CT

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Series Calendar: February – August 2024

  • June | Communicating During a Public Health Emergency: Strategies for Effective, Culturally Responsive Interventions

    Michael Mackert,PhD

    Speaker: Michael Mackert, PhD
    Director, Center for Health Communication
    University of Texas at Austin, Dell Medical School

    Date & Time: June 18, 2024 at 12 p.m. CT 
    Dr. Mackert will discuss the use of evidence-based health communication as an essential public health approach. He will provide examples of tools and approaches that can be used to effectively communicate complicated health issues and demonstrate how those tools are used with examples from existing projects related to opioids and substance use.

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  • July | Telehealth for Behavioral Health Services  

    Speaker: Lesley Manson, PsyD
    Associate Professor
    Arizona State University 

    Date & Time: July 10, 2024 at 12 p.m. CT 
    Dr. Lesley Manson will discuss post-COVID and Long COVID behavioral health symptoms and suggest two treatment options for those needing behavioral and substance use care. Additionally, this presentation will cover access and equity concerns, along with exploring telehealth considerations for behavioral health and substance use care delivery.

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  • July | Fortifying and Strengthening the Workforce for Future Public Health Emergencies

    More information coming soon.

  • Previous Sessions

    Session 1 | Preparing for the Triple Threat: Rising Rates of RSV, COVID and Flu
    Speaker: Barbara Taylor, MD, MS
    February 2, 2024 
    View recording


    Session 2 | Stigma, COVID-19 and their Impact on Substance Use, Substance Use Disorders and Overdose
    Speaker: Chukwuemeka Okafor, PhD, MPH
    February 21, 2024 
    View recording 


    Session 3 | Implications of Long COVID in People with Substance Use Disorder 
    Speaker: Monica Verduzco-Gutierrez, M.D.
    March 26, 2024 
    View recording


    Session 4 | Recognizing COVID-19 Related Compassion Fatigue & Enhancing Provider Resiliency
    Speaker: Brittany Houston, PsyD
    April 17, 2024 
    Recording coming soon


    Session 5 | Mitigating Grief and Loss Post-Pandemic
    Speaker: Luz Maria Garcini, PhD, MPH
    May 21, 2024 
    Recording coming soon

The UT Health San Antonio Science Center is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education to provide continuing medical education for physicians. The UT Health Science Center San Antonio designates this live activity with AMA PRA Category 1 CreditsTM.


The Office of Professional Development at The University of Texas at Austin Steve Hicks School of Social Work provides continuing education in accordance with the criteria and standards of the Texas Board of Social Workers, Licensed Professional Counselors, and Licensed Marriage and Family Therapists and Licensed Psychologists under Texas Administrative Code, Title 22, Part 34. § 781.509. Complaints about this program may be made to TSBSWE, 1801 Congress Ave., Ste. 7. 300 Austin, TX 78701, 512-305-7700, 800-821-3205, bhec.texas.gov/texas-state-board-of-social-worker-examiners/.

This webinar series is supported by the Texas Health and Human Services Commission through federal funding from the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration grant award number HHS001042300006.