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Wayne State conference to focus on behavioral health

November 10, 2018

WAYNE — Later this month, Wayne State College will host a behavioral health mini-conference that has been organized by the Northeast Nebraska Behavioral Health Network.

Working with the network on the conference plans is Dr. Monica Snowden, a Wayne State professor of sociology and chairwoman of the psychology and sociology department.

The event will bring together Wayne State faculty, students and regional professional stakeholders to explore how the college’s region is meeting its behavioral care needs and career development in the field.

The conference, which will begin at 2 p.m. on Tuesday, Nov. 13, in Gardner Hall auditorium, is free and open to the public.

The conference will begin with a panel presentation of community and professional stakeholders discussing the behavioral care needs they encounter in their positions and how those needs are currently being addressed.

It will be followed by a student poster session from 3:30 to 4:30 p.m. in the atrium of Gardner Hall.

The keynote address will be given by Dr. Howard Liu, director of the UNMC Behavioral Health Education Center of Nebraska and child psychiatrist at University of Nebraska Medical Center, at 7 p.m. in Gardner Hall auditorium.

The Wayne State College Task Force for Career Development in Behavioral Health, which will be formally announced at the conference, is charged with reviewing and cataloguing behavioral health needs in rural Northeast Nebraska in order to identify strategies to increase interest in behavioral health careers.

The task force will provide recommendations for initiatives that will serve to support students intending to practice in behavioral health care fields in Northeast Nebraska.

The panel discussion planned for the conference will feature Misty Beair, special education director for Wayne Community Schools; Julie Rother, director of Northeast Nebraska Public Health Department; Steve Hecker of Region 4 Behavioral Health Services; Jennifer Jackson, executive director of Heartland Counseling Services; Marta Nelson; and Leslie Schulz, director of Social Services at Providence Medical Center.

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