Kentucky Rural Behavioral Health Symposium

On Friday, October 13, 2017, the NE KY AHEC, together with St. Claire HealthCare, will host the 4th Annual Kentucky Rural Behavioral Health Symposium at the CHER building in Morehead, KY.  The KRBHS is a full-day conference targeted to physicians, physician assistants, nurses, social workers, therapists, mental health administrators, and other interested health care professionals.  If special services for this activity are required, please indicate this at the time of registration or contact the continuing education coordinator, KaSandra Hensley, by email or at 606.783.6830.  


Pre-registration for this event is required.  The cost to register is $30, which must be received by October 6, 2017. A light breakfast, lunch and an afternoon snack will be provided.  Payments accepted via Paypal, check or money order.  Please submit check or money order payments to:  

Northeast Kentucky AHEC

ATTN: KaSandra Hensley
316 W. Second Street, Suite 203
Morehead, KY 40351

Any cancellations made before October 6, will qualify for a full refund of fees.  Cancellations made after this deadline are non-refundable.



Slides will be made accessible here when available.
8:00 - 8:30 am  Registration / Breakfast 
8:30 - 8:40   Welcome
8:40 - 9:40 The Local Opioid Epidemic: A Law Enforcement Perspective - Matt Sparks, Rowan County Sheriff
9:40 - 10:40 PTSD: Then and Now - Christopher Fennell, DO
10:40 - 10:50 Break
10:50 - 11:50 Addressing Dementia Related Changes in Communication and Behaviors - Sarah Rowe
11:50 - 12:40 pm Lunch
12:40 - 1:40 Keynote: Understanding Suicide: The Fundamentals of Theory, Intervention and Treatment - Paula Rymer, MSW, CSW, LISW
1:40 - 2:40

Post-traumatic Stress Disorder vs. Attention Deficit Hyperactive Disorder: Making a Differential Diagnosis  - Connie Schenck, LCSW

2:40 - 2:55 Break & Snack 
2:55 - 3:55 Transitional Care - Marc Kelly, LCSW
3:55 - 4:00 Closing
*Click here for a .pdf of all presentations combined.        


  • Identify ways they can assist in the prevention of drug trafficking within our community.Explain at least 3 views of Posttraumatic Stress Disorder throughout history.
  • Define dementia and describe its stages.
  • Identify the risk and warning signs in the suicidal client. 
  • List and utilize current assessments and treatments used for the client in a suicidal crisis.
  • Identify the key diagnostic criteria for post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD).
  • Explain the process of transitional care, case management, and wrap around services. 
  • Identify skills related to transitional services for persons experiencing severely mental illness and be able to use these skills in their practice.


The Northeast Kentucky Area Health Education Center presents this activity for educational purposes only. Participants are expected to utilize their own expertise and judgment while engaged in the practice of medicine. The content of the presentation is provided solely by presenters who have been selected for presentations because of recognized expertise in their field.
All planners, speakers, authors, reviewers, and staff members involved with content development for continuing education activities sponsored by the Northeast Kentucky Area Health Education Center are expected to disclose any real or perceived conflict of interest related to the content of the activity. Detailed disclosures will be included in participant materials or given prior to the start of the activity. All individuals disclosed that they have nothing to disclose.

Continuing Medical Education
This activity has been planned and implemented in accordance with the accreditation requirements and policies of the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) through the joint providership of the Northeast Kentucky AHEC and the University of Kentucky. The Northeast Kentucky AHEC is accredited by the Kentucky Medical Association (KMA) to provide continuing medical education for physicians. The Northeast Kentucky AHEC designates this live activity for a maximum of 6.0 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

Continuing Nursing Education 
St Claire Regional Medical Center is accredited as a provider of continuing nursing education by the Kentucky Board of Nursing (KBN).   KBN approval of a continuing nursing education provider does not constitute endorsement of program content nor commercial sponsors.  This educational activity is offered for a maximum of 7.2 KBN contact hours for nurses.  In order to receive credit for this session, participants must complete the entire CNE activity and submit an evaluation form. Offering number KBN 4-0006-12-18-150. Exp. 12/2018 

Social Work
This activity has been approved for 6.0 credit hours by the Kentucky Board of Social Work.  Provider Number KBSW 2017098.


For successful completion of this continuing education program, participants must sign appropriate attendance roster, be present for the duration of the program, and complete the online evaluation within 7 days. Nurses must complete and return a paper evaluation before leaving. A statement of credit will be issued within two weeks following completion of all required documentation.