NBCC Continuing Education

​​​​​​​​​​​​​​Cardinal Innovations Healthcare is committed to the professional development and continuing education of its employees and in-network providers. With accreditation by the National Board of Certified Counselors (NBCC), Cardinal Innovations now offers high quality continuing education programs to assist with professional license renewal requirements.

Check this site frequently for upcoming training opportunities. 


Pregnancy and Substance Use Training for LME-MCO Care Coordinators

  • January 17, 2017, 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m.
    Cardinal Innovations Healthcare
    4855 Milestone Ave.
    Kannapolis, N.C.
    There is no cost for the training. Lunch is not provided. Participants are eligible for 6 hours of NBCC continuing education credit. The training is limited to 60 participants. Click here to register.
  • January 18, 2017, 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m.
    OPC Community Office
    201 Sage Road
    Chapel Hill, N.C.
    There is no cost for the training. Lunch is not provided. Participants are eligible for 6 hours of NBCC continuing education credit. The training is limited to 60 participants. Click here to register.

Course Description: This day-long training will orient the LME-MCO Care Coordination staff to the breadth of information needed to support positive treatment and pregnancy outcomes for women with substance use disorders. Topics will include connecting to prenatal care, engagement in gender responsive treatment, medication assisted treatment, NAS, the role of child welfare and effective community collaboration. Case studies will be used to illustrate the complexity of typical cases and the array of approaches needed to support families. Former gender-responsive substance use disorder treatment program directors, Connie Renz, LCSW and Sherri Green, PhD, LCSW will be part of the training team as well as the North Carolina Pregnancy Substance Use Specialist, Judith Johnson Hostler, LCAS and Melissa Godwin, LCSW. 


Ethics of Cultural Competency in Behavioral Health

  • March 20, 2017, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.
    Cardinal Innovations Healthcare - Triad Community Office
    4045 University Parkway, Th Point Room
    Winston-Salem, N.C.
    Maximum of two participants per organization. Open to Cardinal Innovations employees and network providers only. Registration is $40 for providers and free for Cardinal Innovations employees. Participants are eligible for 5.5 NBCC Continuing Education credits. The schedule for this class recently changed. Updated registration information will be posted here as soon as it is available.

Course Description: This training will cover the meaning of cultural competency and how cultural influences impact perceptions, particularly in behavioral health-related businesses. A range of topics that directly impact the worldview and ethical behavior of professionals will be addressed. The training also includes discussion about information in the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders - Fifth Edition (DSM-5), which encourages cultural awareness in clinical settings and provides the tools to achieve it. Participants are encouraged to bring a copy of the DSM-5, if available. The training also covers possible ethical dilemmas involving cultural issues in the workplace and addresses methods for resolving issues using professional codes of ethics. Joanna Linn Ph.D., LPC, LPCS, LCAS, CCS, the Strategic Initiatives and Special Projects Director at NC Council of Community Programs, will be one of the presenters. Linn has been a substance abuse counselor and clinical supervisor in rural North Carolina outpatient programs and hospital settings. Michelle Edelen, MBA, Policy Advisor for Community Affairs Division of Mental Health, Developmental Disabilities and Substance Abuse Services, also will be a presenter. Edelen has presented on cultural competency within state government and consulted externally in the private sector.  

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These programs have been approved for NBCC continuing education credit(s) for Cardinal Innovations Healthcare employees, in-network providers or by sponsor invitation. Currently, the program does not allow for continuing education credit for providers outside the network or unregistered participants. Under Cardinal Innovations continuing education guidelines, if the live-stream technology becomes inoperable, the session is no longer eligible for continuing education credits for remote participants. Arriving late, leaving early or being absent longer than a 15 minute interval, will result in the forfeiture of continuing education training credits.

Registration is required for all participants, regardless of location. In order to receive credit or a certificate of attendance, you must be registered to attend the training before the registration deadline and must submit your training evaluation within the designated time frame.

Cardinal Innovations Healthcare has been approved by NBCC as an Approved Continuing Education Provider, ACEP No. 6753. Programs that do not qualify for NBCC credit are clearly identified. Cardinal Innovations Healthcare is solely responsible for all aspects of the programs.