MHS Behavioral Health Conference Focused on Client Engagement and Improving Care

September 8, 2010 — San Diego, Calif. — Mental Health Systems held their second annual Southwest Regional Integrated Behavioral Health Conference this September. This year’s conference provided a forum for exploring the complex social service issues in integrating treatment for clients with addiction and mental health disorders. Internationally known presenters, including Dr. Dan Siegel, MD, Dr. Lisa Najavits, Ph.DDr. David Powell, Ph.D., and Michael Staver, explored current trends in neurobiology, research on human behavior change, clinical supervision, and evidence based methods to increase client engagement and outcomes in care.


Those who attended the conference participated in four chosen sessions concentrating on: mindfulness and wellness, trauma, leadership and management, and advanced clinical practices. The conference was geared toward physicians, nurses, psychologists, therapists, social workers, and other staff working in the social services and behavioral health fields.


“This year’s conference was a huge success. The conference focused on exploring ways that specific attention can alter the brain functioning and create opportunities for personal transformation,” said Colleen Marshall, Senior Vice President of Development. “By attending the various course offerings, participants were able to learn strategies to develop a high performance culture within their agency; examine interventions used to help increase their clients’ coping skills so they’re better able to attain safety in their lives; practiced supervision strategies to increase their ability to provide clinical supervision throughout their programs, and heard discussion on the future of the field of behavioral health.”


Other participants discovered special leadership approaches to stay connected with their goals and the goals of their organization. Some participants keyed in on identifying crucial components to clinical supervision and development of counselor knowledge and skills.


The conference was held at the Crowne Plaza Hotel in San Diego, California. Participants received up to 12 hours of continuing education credit. Physicians, managers, and staff who are interested in the conference and wish to participate next year can find further information online at



About Mental Health Systems, Inc.

Mental Health Systems, Inc. (MHS) began in 1978 by providing psychiatric day treatment and alcohol recovery services to adults in North San Diego County.  Today MHS operates more than 90 community-based mental health and substance abuse rehabilitation programs throughout California and in Utah.


Using best-practices to develop treatment protocols, MHS programs are designed to serve the needs of those individuals with behavioral health problems who either cannot afford privately paid services or for whom appropriate services are not otherwise available.  These services are publicly funded and aid the neediest segments of the population. (



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