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Community Health Worker Continuing Education Course: Mental and Behavior Health

This online course is designed to provide a continuing education and professional development opportunity for Community Health Workers (CHWs) who have completed entry-level CHW training.

CHW Mental and Behavioral Health Overview

In this course, you will cover mental illness and addiction, including the risk factors, behaviors and stigma often associated with these conditions. You will explore evidence-based therapies and services for supporting people living with these conditions.

You will also consider how you can assist people with mental illness or addiction through prevention, advocacy and promotion of positive mental health.

CHW Mental and Behavioral Health Training Objectives

By the end of this couse, you will know how to:

  • Define what we mean by mental disorder.
  • Recognize several major categories of mental disorders.
  • Discuss how Community Health Workers can advocate for people with mental disorders.
  • Define addiction.
  • Explain the characteristics of addiction, including the component of relapse.
  • Discuss how Community Health Workers can advocate for people with addictions.
  • Understand the range of services available to treat mental disorders and/or addiction.
  • Discuss how Community Health Workers can reduce the risk of mental and behavioral health disorders.
  • Explain how Community Health Workers can collaborate with people who have an addiction and/or mental disorder to promote recovery.
New dates coming soon!
Three weeks
price (2)
Additional Information:
12 CEUs
Our Mental and Behavioral Health course is approved by Oregon Health Authority for Traditional Health Workers.


Ann Custer, MPH, OTR, CHES

Ann supports OSU's College of Public Health and Human Sciences in building capacity of the current and future public health and human sciences workforce to meet the needs of individuals, families, and communities. Her work focuses on managing a portfolio of professional development offerings related to public health and human sciences. It involves collaboration with a variety of internal and external partners, including faculty, industry, and governmental agencies.

Lori McGraw

Lori McGraw, PhD, is a senior instructor with Oregon State University’s School of Social and Behavioral Health Sciences for the Program of Human Development and Family sciences. Her research interests include understanding family care, particularly for families in later life. As a qualitative researcher, she focuses on how sociocultural ideas and practices surrounding care shape caregivers identities and relationships, and how caregivers creatively use sociocultural ideas to construct purposeful lives. Recent research includes caregiving ties between adult siblings, mother-daughter, mother-child with autism and grandmother-grandchild.

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