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Webinar Replay: When Behavioral Health Leaders Are Also Behavioral Health Family Caregivers

This webinar was held on May 13, 2021.

This was the second webinar in the series “Exploring the Landscape of Behavioral Healthcare,” covering the growing impact of behavioral healthcare on clinical outcomes and cost.

Behavioral health professionals who have cared for their own family members have firsthand knowledge of the effects of depression, schizophrenia, and substance use disorder on individuals and families. While the experience informs their work in many positive ways, it can also make them susceptible to strong emotional reactions that may cloud their judgment. During this webinar, HMA clinical psychologist, consultant, and family caregiving expert Barry Jacobs explored strategies that behavioral health professionals can employ to manage their emotions in professional situations, ensuring the most effective and constructive interactions with family members and treatment teams as well as the best possible outcomes for patients.

Learning Objectives

  • Understand the burgeoning phenomenon of family caregiving in America.
  • Find out how behavioral health professionals are impacted by their own personal family caregiving experiences in both positive and potentially negative ways, including a look at the most recent research on the subject.
  • Learn three effective strategies behavioral health professionals can employ to manage their own emotional reactions to interactions with clients and staff members.


Barry Jacobs, Psy.D., Principal, Philadelphia