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Medical Leadership Training Series

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Program Information

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The Medical Leadership Training Series is currently open to 40 medical leaders in public mental health/behavioral health, substance use disorder services, and integrated primary care settings.

The aim of the series is to strengthen the individual and collective impact of medical leaders in California’s public behavioral health system. This program offers medical leaders the opportunity to connect, learn, share, and leverage their personal and collective strengths as leaders’ and to better guide themselves and lead others in the context of the current health and radical justice crises that are impacting themselves, their families, their colleagues, and most importantly, the clients and communities they serve.

More than ever, today’s behavioral health leaders must possess the skills and self-awareness that enables them to imagine, influence, and support quality care amid continuous change. They must ensure high quality service, customer experience, and reduce health disparities, while lowering inefficiencies and cost. They must be committed to mitigating adverse social determinants of health and to reducing health disparities; to listening to their customers and their communities; and to discovering and implementing new practices that better respond to customer needs. All this, while responding to changes in payment structures, and local demands, while attracting and retaining high quality medical staff and promoting a healthy work environment.

The Medical Leadership Training Series offers behavioral health medical leaders the opportunity to discover and expand their leadership strengths; to learn and explore new skills and strategies with their peers; and to learn from great faculty. This unique learning experience utilizes a social ecological model that considers leadership as a set of attributes and strengths from multiple perspectives of skill and influence – the self (individual), team/group (interpersonal), system (organizational), and policy (local/state/national) levels.


Leadership at the Level of Self- The Individual SphereDecember 7, 202012:00pm-2:00pm
Leadership at the Level of Self – The Individual Sphere (Continued)January 4, 202112:00pm-2:00pm
Leadership in Teams – The Interpersonal/Team SphereFebruary 1, 202112:00pm-2:00pm
Leadership in Teams – The Group/Team Sphere March 1, 202112:00pm-2:00pm
Leadership in Organizations – The System Sphere April 5, 202112:00pm-2:00pm
Leadership in Organizations – The System (Continued) May 3, 202112:00pm-2:00pm
Leadership in Policy – The Political Sphere June 7, 202112:00pm-2:00pm
Leadership in Policy – The Political Sphere (Continued)July 12, 202112:00pm-2:00pm

Virtual training series offered online via Zoom


A cohort of 40 participants will engage in a total of 8 two-hour online sessions of highly interactive training with nationally and international recognized faculty. Participants are expected to identify and apply learning to workplace challenges. Peer to peer conversations will also support deeper reflection on the subject matter and encourages relationship building and networking among participants during and after the training.

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The curriculum includes a personal leadership assessment and LeadershipEnergizes360! , a 360-degree assessment; health equity and unconscious and conscious racial bias; power and privilege in organizations; workplace psychological safety, history and current issues in behavioral health policy and funding; team leadership; cross system leadership; consumer leadership, understanding organizational networks; and negotiation and leading through influence.

CME credits are being pursued for eligible sessions

Application and Registration


Medical leaders in the California County, Mental Health/Behavioral Health and Substance Use Disorder Services, Integrated Primary Care, and State level medical leaders are encouraged to apply. The participation of medical leaders and emerging medical leaders reflecting the diversity of our communities, including lived experience as mental health clients/persons in recovery, and/or as family members are encouraged and welcomed.

Applications must include a recommendation from Behavioral Health/Mental Health Director, Substance Use Disorders/AOD Director, or Agency Executive Director.

County Behavioral Health/Mental Health Departments are encouraged to share this application with their medical leaders and CBO partners and to encourage and support participation of partner medical leaders.

*Applications are closed

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Registration Cost:

The tuition cost for the entire eight-part virtual series is $1,000.00 per participant. This discounted, inaugural participant rate is subsidized trough direct and in-kind support from CIBHS and USC. Sessions in this series are designed to build off of each other, therefore participants are expected to participate in each session. CIBHS will work with you/your agency following acceptance to process payment.