The Northwest Behavioral Health Independent Provider Association is committed to bringing quality continuing education workshops to the greater Pacific Northwest. Since 2004 we have been the premier sponsor of professional psychological workshops in the Whatcom, Skagit, Island, and San Juan counties, and we are dedicated to filling a growing need in our community for continuing education and professional development in psychology.


Upcoming Events

Friday, October 11, 2019
8:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.

St. Luke’s Education Center
3333 Squalicum Parkway

Fostering Resilience in a Stressed Culture

Gabor Maté, MD

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This workshop has now reached capacity. You may contact Deb Dunphy at for more information on how to let her know you are interested in any spots that open due to cancelation.

Past Workshops

The Northwest Behavioral Health IPA began bringing quality continuing education workshops to Bellingham in October of 2004 with Dr. Stephen Feldman's: HOW TO STAY OUT OF TROUBLE WITH EVERYONE, and has continued to bring an Ethics workshop every other year to satisfy most licensing requirements.

Since that first workshop Dr. Feldman has again presented: HOW TO STAY OUT OF TROUBLE WITH EVERYONE: 2ND EDITION: WHAT'S NEW.

Robert Earl Smith, an attorney from Mercer Island, Washington presented: LEGAL AND ETHICAL OBLIGATIONS OF MENTAL HEALTH PRACITIONERS; 2008 UPDATE in April, 2008.

Friday, April 12, 2019
The Social Contagion of Depression: What Therapy Can Do That Antidepressants Can't

Michael D. Yapko, Ph.D.

Friday, October 12, 2018
Anxiety Disorders in Children and Adolescents: Recognizing and Treating the Emerging Epidemic

Paul Foxman, Ph.D.

Friday, April 20, 2018
Don't Get Burned! Law and Ethics of Marijuana Regulations for Washington State Mental Health Providers

Eric Ström, JD

Friday October 20, 2017
When the Body Says No: Mind/Body Unity and the Stress-Disease Connection


Friday, April 21, 2017
The Science of Trust and Repair: Helping Couples Heal

John Gottman, PHD and Julie Schwartz Gottman, PHD

Friday October 28, 2016.
To Err is Human: Transforming Therapist Errors Into Therapeutic Repair

Janina Fisher, PHD

Friday March 18, 2016.
From Self-Care to Supervision: The Law and Ethics of Relationships for Mental Health Professionals

Eric Ström, J.D.

Friday October 16, 2015.
Discovering the Power and Purpose of the Adolescent Brain

Dan Siegel, MD

Friday May 1, 2015.
Assessing, Treating, and Managing Suicidal Clients

Elizabeth McCauley, PhD
Kelly Schloredt, PhD
Kate Comtois, PhD

Friday October 10, 2014.
Healing Sleep and Dreams: An Integrative Health Approach

Rubin Naiman, Ph.D.

Friday, April 18, 2014.

Navigating the Evolving Standard of Care for Washington Mental Health Professionals

Eric Strӧm, J.D.

Friday, September 20, 2013.

Psychopharmacology for the Nonprescribing Provider: Round Two

Henry S. Levine, M.D

April 19, 2013

THE BRAIN IN LOVE The Neurobiology of Attraction & Attachment

Janice Funk, Ph.D.

October 19, 2012

Building Resilience with CBT: A 4-Step Model

Christine A. Padesky Ph.D.

October 22, 2011

Fast, Effective Treatment of Anxiety Disorders

David D. Burns. M.D.

November 5, 2010

Psychopharmacology for the Non-Prescribing Practitioner:

Henry S. Levine, M.D.

Other workshops sponsored by NWBHIPA include a two day workshop in October, 2005 when we brought Donald Meichenbaum, Ph.D. to Bellingham to put on a workshop entitled: ENRAGED: ADDRESSING VIOLENT BEHAVIOR TOWARD SELF AND OTHER IN ADULT PSYCHIATRIC PATIENTS.

The following day we hosted Michael A. Freeman, M.D. in a workshop: THE TITANS' FIRE: INTEGRATED CARE AND EMPOWERMENT FOR PEOPLE IN THE BIPOLAR SPECTRUM.

In November the NWBHIPA was honored to bring Dr. Irvin Yalom to Bellingham for a morning lecture: THE ART OF PSYCOTHERAPY; A MORNING WITH DR. YALOM.

In April 2007 we co-sponsored a multidisciplinary day of speakers on the topic of: DEFINING QUALITY AT THE END OF LIFE; A MULTIDISCIPLINARY CONFERENCE FOR HEALTH PROFESSIONALS.

In October 2008, NWBHIPA welcomed Dr. Tony Attwood from Brisbane, Australia who presented his workshop entitled, HIGH FUNCTIONING AUTISM AND ASPERGER'S SYNDROME.

In April 2009, two of the field's most well known researchers, Dr. Michael Strober and Dr. Judith Brisman, discussed the spectrum of Eating Disorders in a workshop entitled, TREATMENT OF THE EATING DISORDERED PATIENT: ACHIEVING SUCCESS AND MANAGING FAILURE.

In October of 2009, NWBHIPA hosted a workshop on PATHOLOGICAL COMPUTER USE AND INTERNET ADDICTION to help behavioral health professionals recognize and treat Pathological Computer Use (PCU) and Internet Addiction Disorder (IAD), two newly-proposed psychiatric diagnoses.