This year, the Institute will provide 26.5 hours of continuing education for Licensed Professional Counselors, Licensed Chemical Dependency Counselors, Social Workers, and Licensed Marriage and Family Therapists. Continuing education credit for other multiple disciplines will be provided for this event.

Join us Monday, July 31 – Friday, August 4 at the Austin Convention Center. The theme for 2017 is One Body: Unified and Dynamic Approaches to Behavioral Health in Texas.

Review all the sessions offered by visiting the Schedule page.


Specialized Trainings:

The Texas Behavioral Health Institute (TBHI) offers multiple specialized training that run concurrent with the regular program. These trainings have a separate cost for attending them. If you wish to attend TBHI sessions during the other days you are not in training, you can choose one day registration while you are registering for a specialized training. Please read below for further information on each specialized training.


Youth Mental Health First Aid Training - $150

*Limited to 30 attendees
Thursday, August 3, 8 am – 5 pm

Mental Health First Aid is an evidence-based, in-person training program with proven ability to teach individuals how to recognize and respond to the warning signs of mental illness and substance use disorders and link people with appropriate treatment and support. Mental Health First Aid increases the understanding that mental illnesses are real, common and treatable.
8-10 am: Training
10-10:15 am: Break:
10:15-12:15 pm: Training
12:15-12:45 pm: Working Lunch
12:45-3:15 pm: Training
3:15-3:30 pm: Break
3:30-5 pm: Training
Schedule Details


Prevention Resource Center Workshop - $150

Monday, July 31, 8:30 am – 5 pm

8:30-9:30 am: Introduction and Peer Sharing Activity
9:30-10 am: Texas School Survey Recruitment
10-12 pm: Foundations of Strategic Storytelling
12-1:30 pm: Lunch on Own
1:30-3:15 pm: Elements of a Great Media Strategy
3:15-3:30 pm: Break
3:30-5 pm: Crafting a Media Strategy That Works for You


Substance Abuse Prevention Skills Training (SAPST): FULL

*Limited to first 30 attendees
$475—Includes training days, Friday TBHI sessions, and workbook binder

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The Substance Abuse Prevention Skills Training (SAPST) is a foundational course of study in substance abuse prevention. An innovative training that blends a four-day, in-person component with an interactive online unit, the SAPST is intended for entry-level prevention practitioners working in states, jurisdictions, tribes, and communities. It is also appropriate for professionals working in related health care fields and for those who would like training in current prevention research and practice, especially SAMHSA’s Strategic Prevention Framework. The course provides knowledge and skills to implement effective, data-driven prevention programs, practices, and policies that reduce behavioral health disparities and improve wellness.

Monday, July 31—Thursday, August 3
8 - 10 am: Training
10 - 10:30 am: Break
10:30 - 12 pm: Training
12 - 1:30 pm: Lunch on Own
1:30 - 3 pm: Training
3 - 3:30 pm: Break
3:30 - 5 pm: Training

Friday, July 15
You may attend TBHI sessions.

Sign up for SAPST across the State.

Go to where you can register for the following dates for the next available SAPST in June, July and August.

Here are the region and dates:

Region 7: 6/19-22/2017 – Brazos Valley Council on Alcohol and Substance Abuse, Bryan TX

Region 10: 7/18-21/2017 – Park University - 1330 Adabel Drive, Room 105, El Paso Texas 79936

Region 3: 8/14-17/2017 – The Council on Alcohol and Drug Abuse, Dallas TX


Coalition Summit - $325

10 am Monday, July 31 – 5 pm Wednesday, August 2
Schedule Details

Texas Coalitions are committed to raising public awareness of the risks and consequences of underage drinking and drug misuse and abuse; educating their communities about current and emerging drug trends; partnering with school districts; building liaisons with decision-makers, parents, the medical and faith-based communities; as well as law enforcement to improve outcomes.

The Texas Health and Human Services Commission is sponsoring a three-day Coalition Summit at the TBHI to share best practices, learn about new resources, and hear from national experts in the field of substance abuse.