VLI, BHTalk SAMHSA's Online Learning Community

The Virtual Learning Institute (VLI), the learning community of SAMHSA's Promoting Alternatives to Seclusion and Restraint through Trauma-Informed Practices, utilizes BHTalk ( as its technology platform.

Within BHTalk, VLI has established the group "Community Dedicated to Trauma Informed Practices and Seclusion and Restraint Prevention." This group is open to any person or organization. This learning community is a forum to share ideas, ask and answer questions, and exchange resources. There is a page for announcements regarding upcoming trainings, meetings and other activities that may be of interest to you. The resource page is used as the repository of forms and other helpful information you can use in your work. You are also able to view past webinars and the power points that go along with them.

VLI also hosts webinars for SAMHSA's Promoting Alternatives to Seclusion and Restraints through Trauma Informed Practices. Webinar recordings and powerpoints are posted in the Forum section of our BHTalk group. We also have a question and answer section within each webinar forum where individuals can post questions or comments and the webinar presenters or other interested individuals can respond.

To register for BHTalk and join our group:

Promoting Alternatives to Seclusion and Restraint through Trauma-Informed Practices and National Center for Trauma Informed Care


As part of its ongoing effort to promote alternatives to seclusion and restraint and other forms of coercive interventions, SAMHSA’s Promoting Alternatives to Seclusion and Restraint through Trauma-informed Practices, will host a 3-part webinar series to be followed by an ongoing virtual dialogue with presenters and experts in the field through SAMHSA’s BHTalk web site ( - Community Dedicated to Trauma-Informed Practices and Seclusion and Restraint Prevention Blog) and subsequent written brief to inform the field on promising practices. The new series for the webinar will be up soon. In the meantime please log on to BHTalk to listen to the older webinars and access the powerpoints.

Instructions for Joining the Webinar On the day of the webinar; click on: We recommend you login at least five minutes prior to the start of the webinar. When the Adobe Connect Login screen appears, select the Guest option, enter your name and name of organization in the Name field, and click on Enter Room. The webinar audio will play through your computer speakers. You will be able to ask questions in the chat box and the moderator will read the questions for the presenters’ responses at the end of the webinar. If you are having any difficulties with your speakers during the webinar please contact, or send her a private chat in the chat box. Before the day of the webinar, we highly recommend that you test your connection to Adobe Connect in advance of the webinar to ensure access. To test your connection click on the following:

You may be prompted to install ActiveX control, Adobe Flash Player and Adobe Connect add-ins.  If you encounter any difficulty testing your connection or accessing the webinar, please contact Adobe Technical Support by calling 1-800-422-3623. We look forward to your participation on for this webinar series. NOTE: After the webinar, the powerpoint and the recording will be available in BHTalk, SAMHSA's online learning community. We will send out instructions on how to become a member of BHTalk. Our group is the Community Dedicated to Trauma Informed Practices and Seclusion and Restraint Prevention.

If you would like to be added to the email list and have updated information regarding webinars, please contact