Summer Institute for Behavioral Health

The 24th Annual Summer Institute returns to the High Country Conference Center in Flagstaff Wednesday through Friday, July 12-14, 2023. The theme of this year is Building Professional Resilience:  Self care, Supervision and Skill Development.

As many of us move back into more in-person formats of service delivery, while others make changes to permanent remote work, let's consider how to best support ourselves, our employees and our clients in creating and sustaining a solid workforce, where workers thrive and clients are best served.  

The promotion of Self-care remains consistent throughout helping professions, but the reality of balancing care with the needs of the job is difficult.  Oftentimes the responsibility of self-care is placed on the individual when its promotion could easily be supported by the workplace.

Evidence tells us that Supervision is an essential component to practitioner effectiveness and satisfaction.  The aim is to explore ways to utilize what is known about effective supervision and integrate this with the promotion of self-care techniques. 

Mastery of this integration should lead to improved employee retention, increase in effectiveness and amplify the positive outcomes for clients.  Practitioners who focus on regulating their own self-care plans through applied Skill Development promote similar techniques with clients and the community they serve.   

Be invited to work towards a solution by attending one of the largest comprehensive behavioral health conferences in Arizona. Meet recognized experts, innovative local and government leaders, educators, researchers, clinicians, peer support specialists, counselors, outreach providers, and other professionals. Over 300 individuals from private, state and federal agencies attend this conference each year.  

The 2023 Summer Institute provides today’s social workers and behavioral health professionals with keynotes from researchers and experts, featuring evidence-based presentations that demonstrate creativity and innovation in the effective delivery of care to diverse and under-represented members of the community. 

The conference format includes 15 breakout sessions, panel interviews, and keynotes with the aim to provide an opportunity to earn 15 CEU’s with the NASW-AZ (pending approval). Take advantage of this opportunity to learn, share, network, and interact with your peers and industry leaders.

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Register to Attend

In-person $540 until June 15th
In-person $650 beginning June 16th

Reserve your hotel room at the Embassy Suites now! 

Use our link above to get our ASU Rate of $179.

2023 Agenda



Scholarship Information


Scholarships provided by The Governor's Office of Youth, Faith and Family. Includes Seal of the State Of Arizona

The Governor's Office of Youth, Faith and Family has agreed to support 20 scholarships for attendees.

If you are interested in applying for a scholarship, please submit your application by July 3, 2023 at 3:00pm at the following link:

Scholarship Application

Decisions will be emailed out on Thursday, July 6th. 


Toni Peters
Project Manager


Summer Institute Publication

For each of our online Summer Institutes, we created an accompanying publication featuring our sponsors and presenters.

Read the 2021 book.

Read the 2020 book.


2020 publication

2021 publication