In 1996, the Philadelphia's Behavioral Health system (now known as the Department of Behavioral Health and Intellectual disAbilities Services or DBHIDS) founded and funded Behavioral Health Training and Education Network (BHTEN). Today BHTEN supports Philadelphia’s DBHIDS and other human services systems by planning, coordinating and providing quality learning experiences in Behavioral Health for the entire system, including individuals and their family members, DBHIDS staff members and staff of other service provider organizations. Currently we are broadening our audiences to include community members at large and the community-based organizations that support them.
BHTEN is an organization comprised of dedicated staff who bring years of experience as trainer and educators, behavioral health and human service providers, family members, persons with lived experiences and members of communities. Our training staff has an array of experience in community-based services, case management, trauma services, clinical settings, services for people and families experiencing homelessness, HIV services, faith-based services and the educational system.
BHTEN has been responsible for providing trainings mandated by the state to credential staff within the DBHIDS system, as well as providing a range of trainings related to the values and goals of System Transformation, Recovery, Resilience, The Philadelphia Practice Guidelines for Integrated Models of Behavioral Health Care, Trauma-Informed Practices and other Evidence Based Practices. For a full listing of courses offered by BHTEN, go to our Full Course List page.
Recognizing a need for on-line training, BHTEN is collaborating with DBHIDS to establish virtual training over the Internet (i.e. e-learnings). The e-learnings will cover a wealth of information such as Stages of Change for Motivational Interviewing, Emergency Preparedness, Federally Qualified Health Centers (FQHC) and much more. To make the e-learning easily accessible to all learners, DBHIDS successfully spearheaded the drive to acquire a Learning Management System (LMS), which provides a secure location for the e-learning and manages users’ accounts.