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4th Annual Career Pathways in Behavioral Health

On March 23, 2023 the Behavioral Health committee hosted the 4th annual Career Pathways in Behavioral Health event for Northern Colorado college students held at Colorado State University.


The event featured 25 speakers throughout the day, 15 employer and resource booths and networking opportunities to help college students considering careers in behavioral health explore, connect and engage.


Thank you to event sponsors

Check out the Event Program here


Recordings of the sessions are available on the Health Sector Partnership YouTube page and linked below. Session transcriptions are also linked for each session below.


Welcome -An inspirational introduction to the work of behavioral health professionals.

  • Speakers: Kim Collins MSed, LPC - Chief Executive Officer, North Range Behavioral Health; Michael Allen - Chief Executive Officer, SummitStone Health Partners


See yourself in Behavioral Health Industry Panel

  • Session Moderator: Laurie Stolen, MA - Behavioral Health Services Director, Larimer County Session Panelists: Paul Hooten, MA, LPC - Banner Health; Terrell Keith - Abundance Foundation; Misty Perry, LCSW, LAC - Larimer County Community Corrections; Becky Wyperd LPC-S - North Range Behavioral Health


I want to Help People, How can I do that?

  • Session Speakers: Brenna Rush LCSW, LAC, - Permanent Supportive Housing Clinical Manager, Housing Catalyst; Sarah L. Vendegna, MS, LPC - Private Practice Counselor, Vendegna Counseling, LLC


Certifications and Licensures

  • Breakout session speaker: Mary McMahon - Manager, CAC Clinical Addiction Training Program with the Colorado Behavioral Health Administration.


What to expect when considering graduate school

  • Breakout session speaker: Wendy Lee, LCSW, LAC - Instructor with Colorado State University Masters in Addiction Counseling Program


Gaining experience as an Undergraduate

  • Session Speakers: Emily Berg, LMFT, EMDR II, LAC - Clinical Scholarship Supervisor, SummitStone Health Partners; Adriann LaRue, LSW - Social Work Care Manager, Village Medical


Behavioral Health Employment Opportunities in Northern Colorado

  • Session Speakers: Brian Ferrans, MS - Deputy Executive Director, SummitStone Health Partners; Priscilla Gardea, M.S. - Talent Acquisition Specialist & Recruiter, SummitStone Health Partners; Shannon Hughes, MSW, PhD - Associate Professor, School of Social Work, Colorado State University


What does it mean to be Career Ready in Behavioral Health?

  • Breakout session speakers: Kiera Butler - Grief Specialist, Intentional Peer Support Specialist, Graduate Student - Alliance for Suicide Prevention of Larimer County; Victoria Cordova - Director of Behavioral Health Services with Banner Health; Erin M Hadlow, MA, LMFT - Marriage and Family Therapist with Intentional Attachments Therapy


Inspire Behind the Scenes: Organizational Support Roles Panel

  • Session Moderator: MJ Jorgensen, MPH, CHES, CDP - North Colorado Health Alliance Session Panelists: Caroline Bunn - UniteUs; Liz Davis - Poudre School District; John McKay - SummitStone Health Partners; Jessica Shannon - Health District of Northern Larimer County

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