Rural Practice Webinar Series 2022


Establishing a Behavioral Health Practice in a Rural Setting is a BHECN Panhandle webinar series focused on helping students, early-career practitioners, or entrepreneurs looking to expand or develop a behavioral health practice in a rural setting. The series focuses on sharing helpful information for rural behavioral health providers.

Four Hour-long Webinars
This series includes four hour-long webinars that were presented live in January and February of 2022 and recorded so they could be added as a resource on the BHECN website. Each webinar includes content presented by behavioral health professionals experienced in rural behavioral health practice.

Certificates of Completion were provided for attendance at the live session only and will not be provided for watching the recorded videos.

2022 Recorded Videos

January 7th, 2022

Rural Practice Series: Credentialing and Billing in Rural Practice

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Mandy Price, LIMHP, LPC

Mandy is a Licensed Independent Mental Health Practitioner specializing in youth, individual, couples and family therapy and maintains a private practice in Chadron, Nebraska.

A 2013 graduate of Chadron State College, Mandy has been specializing in solution-focused, psychodynamic, play, art and cognitive behavioral therapy for the past eight years.

Among Mandy's areas of expertise are children with behaviors in school or the home, Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD), depression, trauma and interpersonal relationships.

January 21, 2022

Rural Practice Series:
Diagnosis in Rural Practice: Teaching of diagnosis versus use of diagnosis in the clinic

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Dr. Mark Hald, PhD, LP

Dr. Hald has more than 30 years of experience working with young people and their families in a wide variety of settings. He has an extensive background in both mental-behavioral health and school psychology and has worked in various educational, programmatic, and therapeutic roles in schools, hospitals and universities before entering private practice as a psychologist.

Dr. Hald has also taught at the college and university level since 1986. Currently, he provides psychological consultation to local schools, the Educational Service Unit #13 Head Start programs, the CAPStone Child Advocacy Center, the Nebraska Circle of Security Programs, and several community agencies.

An active member of a local infant-toddler mental health group, he is also past-president of the Nebraska Association of Infant Mental Health. He is a registered Circle of Security (R) Parenting Facilitator and a Circle of Security Fidelity Coach for Circle of Security International. He regularly speaks and presents on topics related to attachment, trauma, and other behavioral and mental health topics and has led numerous workshops and presentations regionally, nationally and internationally.

February 4th, 2022

Rural Practice Series: The Ethical Side of Self-Care in Rural Practice

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Carrie Howton, PhD, LIMHP, LADC
Human Services Program Director

Carrie has over fifteen years of experience working in the Scottsbluff area providing mental health services. She has a Master of Science in Education degree in Community Counseling from the University of Nebraska at Kearney and a Doctorate degree in Clinical Psychology from Fielding Graduate University.

Carrie worked for five years at Regional West Medical Center on the Behavioral Health Unit as a clinical therapist. She has also worked as a dually licensed mental health practitioner and alcohol and drug counselor at Panhandle Mental Health Center and in private practice with the Options in Psychology, LLC group, where she also used her psychological assistant certification in administering and interpreting psychological evaluations. She completed her doctoral psychology internship in Sheridan Wyoming with the Veteran Administration.

This is Carrie’s fifth year at Western Nebraska Community College as the Human Services Program Director. Carrie teaches human service
and psychology classes and advises students to help them achieve their educational and career goals. She is passionate about supporting human service providers on all levels and helping to create an effective and sustainable behavioral health workforce in the Nebraska Panhandle.

February 18, 2022

Rural Practice Series:
Working Smarter Not Harder in Rural Practice

Presented by:
Catherine Jones-Hazledine, PhD


Dr. Jones-Hazledine has been collaborating with BHECN for several years on projects in the Nebraska Panhandle, such as FARM CAMP and the Rural Provider Support Network. She formally joined the BHECN ranks in 2018. Her other roles currently include Supervising Psychologist/Owner at Western Nebraska Behavioral Health (WNBH) Clinics (with integrated care sites around the Sandhills and Panhandle of Nebraska), adjunct faculty with Chadron State College, and the Munroe-Meyer Institute, and training and supervising early career clinicians in rural mental health. Read more.


Tara Wilson, PhD


Dr. Tara Wilson is an Associate Professor at Chadron State College in the Professional Studies department. Before working at Chadron State College in 2016, Tara was on faculty at Wayne State College. Her past clinical experience includes working in integrated behavioral care at Western Nebraska Behavioral Health Clinics, providing mental health counseling in schools while interning with Oceti Sakowin Education Consortium (OSEC), and working as a school counselor at Red Cloud Indian School.

Dr. Wilson's training includes a B.A. in Communication Studies from the University of Nebraska at Lincoln, an M.A.E. in Community Counseling from Chadron State College, and a PhD in Counselor Education and Supervision from the University of Wyoming. Her research interests focus on rural mental health.


Previous BHECN Panhandle Rural Practice videos can be found here.