National Dialogues on Behavioral Health

The National Dialogues on Behavioral Health is the oldest ongoing annual conference on mental health and substance use in the United States. Formerly known as the Southern Conference on Mental Health, the first conference was held in 1959. This year the conference is 63 years old.

The conference has been described as “a gem in the behavioral health field.” The purpose of the conference is to bring experts, administrators, providers, consumers, family members and advocates together to discuss the cutting edge in the topic of interest with a focus on implementation and “how to do it.” A distinctive feature is the opportunity for extended dialogue and interaction among the participants.

Updates: The 2022 NDBH In-Person Conference Topic will focus on Behavioral Health Workforce: Future Directions and Initiatives.


Continuing Education Credits Applied for and Pending for Social Workers. 


National Dialogues on Behavioral Health Conference 2022

Behavioral Health Workforce: Future Directions and Initiatives

The 63rd Annual Conference

This program has been applied for and is pending General continuing education contact hours by the National Association of Social Workers, Louisiana Chapter as authorized by the Louisiana State Board of Social Work Examiners, and may be applied toward the continuing education requirements for licensure renewal.


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National Dialogues on Behavioral Health 2022 Conference

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Suggested Audience

Psychiatrists, Social Workers, Nurses, Psychologists, Counselors, Addiction Counselors, Case Managers, Administrators, Health Policy Makers, Behavioral Healthcare Providers, State/County Behavioral Healthcare Administrators, Peer Recovery Workforce, Judiciary Justice System Administrators, Law Enforcement/Justice System Stakeholders, Emergency/Disaster Response Professionals, Educators and School Based Counselors, Human Services and Child Welfare Administrators and Providers, and Academicians.