Idaho Forensic Clinical Conference will draw national behavioral health experts this month | Idaho Department of … – Idaho Department of Health and Welfare

Clinical providers working in the behavioral health and criminal justice systems will come together this April to attend the second annual Idaho Forensic Clinical Conference.
The hybrid virtual/in-person conference is presented by the Idaho Department of Corrections and the Idaho Department of Juvenile Correction, in conjunction with the Idaho Department of Health and Welfare — Division of Behavioral Health. 
This no-cost conference will run April 24-25 at the Chinden Conference Center in Boise. Upward of 250 people are expected to attend. Registration for in-person attendance is closed, but those interested can still register to attend online. Attendees can earn up to 12 continuing education units (CEUs).
This year’s conference will host keynote speakers from Colorado, Georgia, Washington, and Idaho. Attendees will include clinicians, designated examiners, social workers, counselors, and psychologists working in the behavioral health and criminal justice systems. 
If you work in these fields in Idaho and would like to attend the conference, you can register by following this link:
Keynote topics include competency restoration, autism spectrum disorder, diagnostic criteria, brief interventions, the ethical foundation of self-care, and many other complex challenges facing this group of mental health professionals working in Idaho.
Over two days in Boise, those in attendance will hear presentations from Denver First’s Jennifer McMahon, PhD, and Karen Grabowski, PhD; the Atlanta Behavior Academy’s Jessica Zielske, MA, and Hannah Bromley, Psy. M., BCBA; Kirk Strosahl, PhD, Founder of Acceptance and Commitment Therapy; and Jennifer Obenshain, DSW, LCSW, Clinical Associate Professor at Boise State University.
The 2023 conference drew an audience of about 200, about half in person and half virtually. 
Dustin Lapray is a public involvement officer with the Division of Behavioral Health at DHW.
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