Summer Institute
for Behavioral Health

“The only constant in life is change” - Heraclitus.

Due to the COVID-19 Pandemic, the ASU Center for Applied Behavioral Health Policy (CABHP) has evolved the 2020 Summer Institute into an online synchronous and interactive educational series, supported by both a downloadable interactive app, printed publication, and conference box mailed to each registrant.

The overarching theme of the educational sessions will address the greatest needs within today’s rapidly changing behavioral health landscape. Sessions will be delivered via video conferencing applications on Tuesdays and Thursdays over the course of three months: July, August and September. Registrants can earn over 30 hours of Continuing Education Units (CEUs) from a variety of governing bodies including NADAAC, NASW-AZ, NBCC, and APA.

This year, our conference is streaming live online and paired with a high quality print publication as well as an interactive mobile app to showcase the best in behavioral health.

The 21st Annual Summer Institute - “Brave New World.” Streaming online Tuesdays and Thursdays, July 14 through September 24, 2020.

Conference Registration
(NOW 50% off! Use code SI_PRORATE or click this link)

25+ educational sessions, held Tuesdays and Thursdays (1.5 hours each) via the Zoom video conferencing platform. Continuing Education credits available.
• A high-quality printed publication featuring researchers and experts, addressing a wide range of topics relevant to those working in the field.
• Access to the ASU Events App, featuring the content of Summer Institute, as well as unique opportunities to network and interact with other registrants.

Sessions occur on select Tuesdays and Thursdays in July, August and September. View the full agenda. 

Already registered? Make your session selections.

The theme of this year’s conference is Brave New World and will focus on the evolution of service delivery in light of the current state of our world. 

Behavioral health of individuals and families remains the overarching focus of the Summer Institute, and a series of online sessions will examine topics such as the continuum of care, healthcare policy, self-care and compassion fatigue, drug and alcohol education, industry revenue and budgeting, peer and family support, recovery, and healthcare disparities. All content is delivered in consideration of new technology, trends and innovations.

For twenty years, the Center for Applied Behavioral Health Policy has recognized the top contributors to Arizona's behavioral health community.

The Award categories are:

  • The Legacy Award recognizes the career of a behavioral health leader.
  • The Cultural Heritage Award recognizes an individual or agency that has brought cultural distinction to the behavioral health field.
  • The Leadership in Advocacy Award recognizes an individual who has championed policies that enhance behavioral health services in Arizona.
  • The Leadership in Policy Award recognizes a government official who has helped to enact, strengthen or guide policy that betters behavioral health services in Arizona.
  • The Leadership in Services Award recognizes an individual who has excelled in the provision of behavioral health services.
  • The Peer Leadership Award recognizes an individual with lived experience who advocacy and service contribute to breaking stigma and improving the lives of those navigating the behavioral health service continuum. 
  • The Excellence in Integrated Health Award recognizes an individual or organization that seamlessly integrates physical and behavioral health care services.

Read all about the 2020 Arizona Behavioral Health Award Recipients. 

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Scholarships are provided by the Center for Applied Behavioral Health Policy and the Governor's Office of Youth, Faith and Family. Submissions are currently closed. Applicants will be notified by email of acceptance. Those not accepted will receive a discount code for the Early Bird rate.


Kevin Bushaw
Conferences & Events Manager

Keith Smith
Logistics Coordinator