Summer Institute
for Behavioral Health

One of the largest comprehensive behavioral health conferences in Arizona, featuring evidence-based presentations that demonstrate creativity and innovation in the effective delivery of behavioral health care to diverse and under-represented members of the community.

The 23rd Annual Summer Institute returns to the High Country Conference Center in Flagstaff Tuesday through Thursday, July 12-14, 2022. The theme of this year is Networks and Pathways.

Meet nationally recognized experts, innovative local and government leaders, educators, researchers, clinicians, peer support specialists, counselors, outreach providers, and other professionals. Over 300 individuals from numerous private, state and federal agencies attend this conference each year. This year, there are two ways to attend: either in-person OR online. All of our sessions will be live streamed via Zoom. 

The Summer Institute provides a plethora of sessions for today’s healthcare and behavioral health professionals and partners, showcasing keynotes from nationally recognized researchers and experts, and more than 40 breakout sessions addressing a wide range of topics relevant to those working in the field. Take advantage of this opportunity to learn, share, network, and interact with your peers and industry leaders.

Reserve your hotel room now at our host hotel, the Drury Inn & Suites Flagstaff. Click here to reserve the rooms that have been held for our group.

The Drury Inn, Flagstaff



The Drury Inn Flagstaff wants guests to feel safe from check-in to check-out and everywhere in between. They are proud to partner with Ecolab Inc. – a global leader in hygiene and infection prevention solutions for the hospitality industry. In this collaborative effort, we will use Ecolab products as part of enhanced cleaning and disinfecting procedures to help ensure a clean, safe stay.

Drury Hotels commits to continually evaluate processes and implement timely changes to comply with CDC cleaning and disinfecting guidelines.

In addition to the rate, these amenities are included:

  • Free Hot Breakfast - Start every day with make-your-own Belgian waffles, scrambled eggs, sausage, fresh fruit, oatmeal, biscuits and gravy, KELSO+BROS® coffee and more. Free hot breakfast is served daily from 6–9:30 a.m. on weekdays and 7–10 a.m. on weekends.
  • Free 5:30 Kickback®* - Join us from 5:30–7 p.m. every evening to enjoy free hot food and cold beverages at our 5:30 Kickback®.
  • Free Wi-Fi Throughout the Hotel - Get the score, check your social networks or email family members from anywhere in the hotel – for free!
  • On-Site Facilities - Take advantage of the business center, fitness center or pool while you’re away from home. Print your boarding pass, finish a presentation or check e-mail in our business centers.

*Availability of the above-listed amenities is subject to local, state, and federal restrictions and mandates as they relate to COVID-19 or the novel Coronavirus. To receive an updated list of what is currently available at the Hotel, please contact the Hotel directly.

Please make your reservations by Thursday, June 9, 2022 to receive your group rate. Reservations made after this date will be subject to prevailing rate and availability. Reservations may also be made by calling 1-800-325-0720 and refer to your group number 2429399.

Quick Links

Discounts are available for sponsoring both Summer and Winter Institute. Contact for information.

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Behavioral Health Awards Gala

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Keith Smith
Logistics Coordinator

Kevin Bushaw
Conferences and Event 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.


SI 2020 Publication Cover

SI 2021 Publication Cover

Call for Presentations

The ASU School of Social Work is currently accepting proposals for the 22nd Annual Summer Institute for Behavioral Health.

The theme of this year’s conference is Networks and Pathways.

The planned hybrid-style conference will be held in-person at the High-Country Conference Center in Flagstaff, Arizona from Tuesday, July 12th through Thursday, July 14th, 2022. The Behavioral Health Awards Gala will be held on the evening of Thursday, July 14th inside the Peaks Ballroom.

Summer Institute educational sessions may be attended remotely on the Zoom Meetings Platform concurrently and will be available for viewing for 30 days after the conference by attendees.

Please consider submitting presentations based around ground-breaking and impactful initiatives supported by evidence-based practice, research findings, or direct experiences related to care delivery during or after the COVID-19 pandemic.

Behavioral health of individuals and families remains the overarching focus of the Summer Institute. Presentations demonstrating creativity and innovation in the delivery of behavioral health care to diverse and under-represented members of the community are encouraged.

Submission Guidelines

When submitting your workshop proposals, please have the following information ready to enter:

  • Workshop Title

  • Desired session time slot(s)

  • Workshop Length (1.5 or 3 hour)

  • Workshop Abstract (short, approximately 100-words)

  • Workshop Description (extended for program review/selection)

  • 3 – 5 Clear and Measurable Learning Objectives

  • Main Presenter Information - Name, Title, Agency, Address, Email and Phone Number

  • Main Presenter Biography

  • Co-Presenter(s) Information (if applicable) -- If your proposal includes more than one presenter, please make sure to include each presenter’s information in your submission. Each presenter will receive a complementary conference registration.)

  • Would you like to have your presentation featured in the Summer Institute magazine?

Presenter Information & Expectations:

  • Read the Session Development items (below)

  • Provide an educational experience that is inclusive of all attendees, unless explicitly explained in the program summary

  • Register as a presenter for the 2022 conference using the provided discount code. Presenters will receive a complementary registration for the conference, and up to 2 co-presenters will be given a 50% discount code. Hotel, travel, and other expenses are not covered by the School of Social Work.

  • Share all conference communication with co-presenters (if applicable)

  • Materials will be published online prior to the conference (please be mindful of deadlines)

  • Submit PDFs of session handouts to be distributed digitally to session attendees

  • A “session monitor” will be present to manage program evaluation and monitor on-time program ending. Session content should accommodate for a 2-minute introduction and a 3-minute conclusion from a session monitor

  • Be aware sessions are recorded and will be available to attendees for a limited time

  • Be aware that presentations will be broadcast and recorded simultaneously on Zoom and available to conference attendees for 30 days.

  • Course materials will be posted to our website and be available indefinitely


Application deadline is 5:00 pm (Mountain Standard Time) on April 30th, 2022.

Lead presenters will be notified of their presentation status on or prior to May 10th, 2022. 

Please provide presentation materials (slides and handouts), as well as any content for the publication to ASU by June 15th, 2022.


Submit your presentation