behavioral mental health professional training


Welcome to the Bluegrass Academy. We are the training department at Bluegrass!

Bluegrass Academy offers a range of classes and learning opportunities for behavioral health professionals. From continuing education courses that meet state licensing board requirements to state approved curriculums for targeted case managers, community support associates and peer support specialists, we offer options to fit your needs and schedule. If you are looking for a training not listed or would like to request a speaker for your group, please contact Julie Gosky, M.Ed LPCC Corporate Director of Professional Development at 859.253.1686 or

Upcoming Events

Community Support Associate Training

Tuesday, July 31, 2018, 1351 Newtown Pike, Lexington, KY, Building 3, Newtown Room

This 10-hour training satisfies the curriculum requirements for Community Support Associate certification by the Kentucky Department for Behavioral Health. The training covers principles of recovery and resilience, psychiatric rehabilitation, effective listening and communication skills and techniques, an overview of mental health and co-occurring diagnoses, as well as crisis intervention skills.

Cost $100/day

Tuesday, July 31 - Wednesday, August 1

9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. daily

To register email Rachel Clark at or call 859.253.1686 ext. 1006 with questions.


Domestic Violence and Elder Abuse

Monday, August 20, 2018, Newtown Training Room, Building 3, 1351 Newtown Pike, Lexington, Kentucky

This session will provide an overview of domestic violence and elder abuse, neglect and exploitation as required by Kentucky Statute and equip counselors with the information necessary to better support their clients.

Cost $25

1:00 p.m - 4:00 p.m.

3 CEU Credits - LPCC, LCSW, Psychology, LMFT - apply individually

To register email Tianna Wormley at or call 859.253.1686 ext. 1205


Cultural Competency Skills for Counselors

Tuesday, August 21, 2018, Newtown Training Room - Building 3, 1351 Newtown Pike, Lexington, KY 40511

This course explores various approaches for acknowledging and overcoming biases in order to effectively serve clients holding differing cultural identities and the impact historic and existing forms of oppression can have on engagement and treatment success. Attendees will take part in experiential activities and group discussion in addition to didactic learning to gain a deeper understanding of the material presented.

Cost $100

9:00 a.m - 4:30 p.m.


6.5 CEUs Social Work, Psychology 

To register email Tianna Wormley at or call 859.253.1686 ext. 1205


Adult Peer Support Specialist Training

Monday, September 17, 2018, Newtown Training Room, Building 3, 1351 Newtown Pike, Lexington, Kentucky

Bluegrass is approved by the Kentucky Department of Behavioral Health to present Adult Peer Support Specialist Training. This is a 30-hour program offering curriculum required to become a certified KY Adult Peer Support Specialist. All application materials and fees are due by September 10, 2018. Seating is limited. If registration is full, individuals may be waitlisted or opt to register for the training scheduled in December 2018.

Limited scholarship opportunities are available. Email Rachel Clark or call 859.253.1686 ext. 1006 to inquire about scholarship availability or make payment arrangements.

Register by July 31 - Fee $125
Register by August 31 - Fee $175 
Register by September 10 - Fee $250

Monday, September 17 - Friday, September 21

9:00 a.m - 4:00 p.m. daily

Click here to download application forms.