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Career Pathways in Behavioral Health: Explore. Connect. Engage.

The 2nd Annual event took place on February 25, 2021 and was held virtually, thanks to Event Partner, Colorado State University.


Thanks to our Event Sponsor, the City of Fort Collins, for helping provide this event free of charge to attendees.


Click on Session Name to watch a video recording of the live sessions:

Thank you to our speakers!

Direct Service Panel:

  1. These panelists have varied careers in Behavioral Health and shared about their passion and their pathway to the career they are in now.

  2. Moderator: MJ Jorgensen with Health District of Northern Larimer County

  3. Panelist: Christine McCue with SummitStone Health Partners

  4. Panelist: Megan Lane, BRN, MBAHC with Banner Health

  5. Panelist: Victoria Cordova, LPC with Heart Centered Counseling

  6. Panelist: Kate Sherrill with Colorado State University/Boltz Middle School

Break out 1: I Want to Help, Now What Do I Do:

  1. This presentation and discussion provided students with the breadth of behavioral health – types of degrees, positions, pathways.

  2. Session Participants:

  3. Dedra Chavis with North Range Behavioral Health

  4. Jennifer Zimmerman, BAM with Colorado State University

Break out 2: Certifications/Licensures:

  1. Within behavioral health, what are the certifications and licensures possible? How to work towards these degrees, work experience, supervision required.

  2. Session Participants:

  3. Mary McMahon with State of Colorado Office of Behavioral Health

  4. Mita M Johnson, Ed.D, NCC, LPC, LMFT, LAC, MAC, SAP, ACS, MFT-S, BCTP-II, EMDR-Trained with NAADAC and Walden University School of Counseling

Break out 3: What to expect when considering graduate school:

  1. What thoughts should students have in considering graduate school? What should students expect in the application process? Once in graduate school, what advice to give students.

  2. Session Participants:

  3. Carolyn Tredinnick, MSW, LCSW with Colorado State University

  4. Jordan Parmenter with University of Northern Colorado Center for Career Readiness

Break out 4: How to obtain experience while an undergraduate: 12:15pm-12:45pm

  1. What opportunities are there to “try it on” and gain experience: volunteer, paid positions, internships, committee work, and other ideas.

  2. Session Participants:

  3. Kiera Butler with the Alliance for Suicide Prevention of Larimer County

  4. Janaque McDonough MSOL with DaVita Kidney Care

Organizational Support Roles Panel: 12:45pm-1:30pm

  1. This session demonstrated that someone can have a passion for and work within the behavioral health field even though they may not provide direct service.

  2. Moderator: Scott Smith, MSW with the Alliance for Suicide Prevention of Larimer County

  3. Panelist: Lorann Stallones, MPH, PhD with Colorado State University

  4. Panelist: Elizabeth (Liz) Faris with North Range Behavioral Health

  5. Panelist: Mariah Van Eps with North Range Behavioral Health

  6. Panelist: Malie Cathcart with SummitStone Health Partners


Comments from previous event attendees:

“The event was a great learning experience for me and all the presenters were friendly and made me feel welcome as a potential future professional”

“I loved hearing about the presenter’s experiences, and they all appear competent and well experienced. I hope that this event continues for many years following.”

“I went into this event kind of unsure of my major and if I wanted to pursue a career in mental health, but after hearing the panel I feel a lot more confident.”

“The presenters were great and the opportunity to network was absolutely amazing!”


Thanks to Event Sponsor, City of Fort Collins and Event Partner, Colorado State University


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