Address the Workforce Crisis with Ayla Colella, LMHC – Episode 156

There is a workforce crisis happening in the behavioral health industry. There are staff shortages, there’s a lower rate of same-day access, there's a lower threshold for stress, and the need for this like extreme resiliency that we haven't experienced before. In today’s episode, Dr. Graham Taylor speaks with Ayla Colella, LMHC. Ayla is a Senior Director at the National Council for Mental Wellbeing and works in project leadership, training, technical assistance, supervision, and public speaking. Her experience as a clinical practitioner, her rapport with members, and her work with Talkspace have given her a pragmatic perspective on developing relevant training for behavioral and mental health professionals. Together Graham and Ayla discuss the challenges of workforce training and staffing, the thinking behind the creation of programs, the unique understanding and empathic attunement to the needs of both those receiving services as well as practitioners, and finally, they discuss ways of providing the best services to support clinicians on a continuum of their career. The National Council has a deep and a very wide bench of consultants that do a lot of work with local community behavioral health organizations to help them both overcome or mitigate some of the stressors that they're experiencing, but also help them better understand how to develop a plan and address what it is they're going through and how to better articulate their needs.


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