Yale Leadership Program for 

Women in Behavioral Health

This project is currently on hiatus, seeking funders. 


The Yale Leadership Program for Women in Behavioral Health is a 9-month intensive training course that develops the leadership skills of women who hold middle management positions in Connecticut’s mental health and addiction system of care. The content of this program focuses on the challenges managers face of “managing from the middle” of their organizations. 


The instructors for this program are David Berg, Ph.D. and Allison Ponce, Ph.D. Dr. Berg is a former professor and head of graduate studies at the Yale School of Organization and Management and is currently a clinical professor in the Department of Psychiatry. Dr. Ponce is a clinical psychologist and an Associate Professor in the Department of Psychiatry of the Yale School of Medicine. 


Strengthening leadership within the behavioral health system is a core part of workforce development for Connecticut. This program was developed by Yale University and is based on the work that was done in the Connecticut Mental Health Transformation State Incentive Grant. There is no cost for selected participants.


The Learning Experience

The program begins with a 2.5-day workshop. The group then meet for 1 morning per month over 9 months for 3-hour sessions. 


Eligibility Criteria (For questions, contact Shannon Perkins)

  1. Actively engaged in the organization and/or management of mental health or addiction-related services in the State of Connecticut. 

  2. Significant management responsibility.

  3. Two or more years of management experience.

  4. Significant supervisory responsibility OR oversight of programs. 

  5. Reports to a senior leader in her organization.

  6. Personally interested in this learning opportunity and highly committed to regular attendance.  Administrators are asked to bring this opportunity to the attention of qualified staff, but are specifically asked NOT to pressure a staff member into applying for this program.

  7. Able to attend all scheduled events listed below. 


Selection Process

Interested individuals will submit via email the application above. There are 18 openings with 9 (50%) targeted for individuals from community non-profit organizations.  The other 9 slots are targeted for employees of DMHAS working at a middle management level.  Prior to applying, each applicant must have verbal approval from their direct supervisor to participate if selected and assurance that release time for this program is guaranteed.  



Attendance at events is critical for this program.


2.5 Day Residential experience:  This event will occur at the Connecticut Women’s Consortium in Hamden. 



Monthly sessions

Meetings will be held at the Connecticut Women’s Consortium.


2016 - 18 Women


2014 - 2015 - 18 Women


funding from the

Department of Mental Health and Addiction Services


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