2020 Rural Provider Conference


These sessions are now available online as enduring modules with continuing education credit.

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The third annual Rural Provider Support Network Conference hosted by the Behavioral Health Education Center of Nebraska was held on Friday, May 15, 2020, online at Go To Webinar and recorded. Those three sessions are now available as enduring modules.


Most of Nebraska is considered a shortage area for behavioral health providers of all types. Particularly hit by this are our rural areas.

Research indicates that this problem is furthered by difficulties with recruitment and retention of providers to our most isolated areas. The Rural Provider Support Network Conference is intended to develop support systems for providers in rural practice, in order to increase our ability to retain providers in these most needed areas.

This third annual conference will provide information for rural mental health providers on a variety of relevant topics: self-care and wellness, providing behavioral health services to the agricultural community, and the ethics of telehealth.

In the past, this conference has been offered in-person in the panhandle of Nebraska, but we have adapted this year’s conference to the current situation and are offering it in an online format.

This conference is intended for behavioral health providers across Nebraska, with a focus on providers (psychologists, LMHPs, PMHNPs, registered nurses, social workers and counselors) in rural areas of the state.


Learning Outcomes:

  1. Identify strategies for self-care during times of high stress. 
  2. Explore best practices for working with individuals from the agricultural community.
  3. Identify key ethical considerations when providing telehealth practice. 


Original Agenda from May 15, 2020: (MT)

8:30 am

Welcome & Introductions


8:40-9:40 am

Behavioral Health Support for the Agricultural Community

presented by:

Christine Chasek, PhD, LIMHP, LADC, LPC


9:50-10:50 am

Practical and Ethical Considerations for Telehealth Service Providers

presented by:

William Higgins, PhD, LMHP, BCBA-D


11:00 am - noon

Maintaining Wellness and Resiliency: Strategies for Rural Providers

presented by:

Catherine Jones-Hazledine, PhD and Tara Wilson, PhD, NCC, LMHP


12:00 pm

Closing remarks


If you have questions, please contact Ann Kraft

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