TA Coalition: Pandemic Impact and Workforce Wellbeing Strategies

A SAMHSA sponsored two-part series webinar presented on behalf of the National Council for Mental Wellbeing, took place Thursday, July 28, 2022 from 2:00-3:30pm Eastern Time (Part One) and Friday, July 29, 2022 from 2:00-3:00pm Eastern Time (Part Two) called “Pandemic Impact and Workforce Wellbeing Strategies”.  




Mental health and substance use treatment organizations are struggling to meet the increase in demand for services due in large part to a national workforce shortage. A recent survey revealed that nearly all National Council for Mental Wellbeing member organizations surveyed, are experiencing difficulty with recruitment and retention of employees due to occupational burnout from COVID-19, administrative barriers and historically low compensation rates. Clinical transformation and innovation are essential to addressing the workforce crisis in order to ensure that those in need continue to receive high quality mental health and substance use care, especially for those individuals living with chronic conditions such as severe mental illness (SMI). Join the National Council for Mental Wellbeing on a webinar to discuss the current behavioral health landscape, the impact of collective trauma on our workforce, how it impacts the broader field, and how clinical and organizational mitigation strategies can ease the immense burden on our workforce. 


Learning Objectives:

Following the webinar, attendees will be able to:

•Identify the recruitment and retention challenges facing mental health and SUD treatment providers in the wake of COVID-19. 

• Understand the impact of collective trauma and burnout on our workforce. 

•Explore strategies to navigate clinical and organizational challenges, improve staff wellbeing, and leverage systems-level innovations.




•Alicia Kirley, MBA, Senior Director, National Council for Mental Wellbeing

•Ayla Colella, LMHC, Senior Director, National Council for Mental Wellbeing

•Pam Pietruszewski, MA, Senior Advisor, National Council for Mental Wellbeing


If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to contact Kelle Masten via email at kelle.masten@nasmhpd.org.


Thank you!


**We do not offer CEU credits however a letter of attendance will be sent to everyone who registered when the webinar is complete.   

****Live closed-captioning is available for this webinar, however, should you need other accommodations, please specify.  Thank you!