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 video recording of the live sessions:
Breakout 1: I Want to Help People. How Can I Do That in Behavioral Health?
Breakout 3: Learn about Graduate School for Behavioral Health
Breakout 4: How Do I Gain Behavioral Health Experience While in School?
Organizational Support and Non-Direct Service Behavioral Health Professionals Panel
Thank you to our speakers!
Direct Service Panel:
These panelists have varied careers in Behavioral Health and shared about their passion and their pathway to the career they are in now.
Moderator: MJ Jorgensen with Health District of Northern Larimer County
Panelist: Christine McCue with SummitStone Health Partners
Panelist: Megan Lane, BRN, MBAHC with Banner Health
Panelist: Victoria Cordova, LPC with Heart Centered Counseling
Panelist: Kate Sherrill with Colorado State University/Boltz Middle School
Break out 1: I Want to Help, Now What Do I Do:
This presentation and discussion provided students with the breadth of behavioral health – types of degrees, positions, pathways.
Dedra Chavis with North Range Behavioral Health
Jennifer Zimmerman, BAM with Colorado State University
Break out 2: Certifications/Licensures:
Within behavioral health, what are the certifications and licensures possible? How to work towards these degrees, work experience, supervision required.
Mary McMahon with State of Colorado Office of Behavioral Health
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:
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.
Carolyn Tredinnick, MSW, LCSW with Colorado State University
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
What opportunities are there to “try it on” and gain experience: volunteer, paid positions, internships, committee work, and other ideas.
Kiera Butler with the Alliance for Suicide Prevention of Larimer County
Janaque McDonough MSOL with DaVita Kidney Care
Organizational Support Roles Panel: 12:45pm-1:30pm
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.
Moderator: Scott Smith, MSW with the Alliance for Suicide Prevention of Larimer County
Panelist: Lorann Stallones, MPH, PhD with Colorado State University
Panelist: Elizabeth (Liz) Faris with North Range Behavioral Health
Panelist: Mariah Van Eps with North Range Behavioral Health
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