Paul Nagy, LPC, LCAS, CCS
Assistant Professor, Duke School of Medicine
I have served as a mental health program coordinator, trainer and consultant for Duke AHEC for the last 30 years. In collaboration with the nine regional AHECs, I work with Duke faculty, staff and other community based trainers to develop and deliver a range of workforce development programs. These programs are designed for dissemination of knowledge as well as training in evidence based practices. These activities are intended both to meet the professional development needs of learners as well as to help shape a more effective system of care.
Participation with AHEC has offered us a unique opportunity to better understand and respond to the challenges of “real world” practitioners. AHEC learners have significantly contributed to development of a fuller range of flexible and effective teaching and training methods beyond traditional continuing professional programs. These have included blended web/face to face learning models, technical assistance, consultation and evidence based skills coaching. These approaches not only advance the adoption of best practices but also responds to a rapidly changing emphasis on outcome driven, value based care. AHEC is also serving as a leader to address the needs of an expanded mental health workforce which now includes nontraditional, community based professionals such as first responders and peer specialists.
AHEC maintains a reputation for providing high quality, innovative and affordable programming for health care professionals throughout North Carolina. The state’s workforce has greatly benefited from AHEC’s strong commitment to excellence. AHEC provides a stimulating experience for speakers and learners alike. My participation in AHEC has certainly been one of the most exciting and rewarding experiences of my career. I am grateful for the enjoyable partnership I have with my AHEC mentors and colleagues over the years. I am particularly appreciative to the many North Carolina professionals who have contributed to AHEC’s success by actively engaging in our programs and guiding us along the way.