Training Programs in Primary Care Behavioral Health

The Center for Integrated Primary Care offers three web-based programs in Primary Care Behavioral Health with more on the way.

The Department of Family Medicine and Community Health has been training mental health professionals to provide services in primary medical care settings for over 15 years. It launched the Certificate Program in January of 2007 and has trained hundreds of professionals since that date.

The Certificate Program in Primary Care Behavioral Health 
The Certificate Program in Primary Care Behavioral Health is a highly successful training endeavor for behavioral health professionals who wish to fill the gaps left by traditional mental health training in order to be successful practitioners in primary care settings. This training is particularly targeted to prepare behavioral health processionals for the Patient Centered Medical Home model. Participants can include primary care medical providers from their practice in the first workshop at no additional charge, preparing the team for the PCMH. The course is delivered in six full day workshops, two Fridays per month for 3 months either in person or through distance learning via Adobe Connect webinars.

The Certificate Program for Integrated Care Management
The Training Program for Care Managers is a newly developed program to help individuals in the nursing and mental health fields transition to provide intervention and coordination of services to help patients in the Patient Centered Medical Home achieve maximum health and independence. Care management includes assessment, care planning, facilitating referrals and implementation of services, intervention and monitoring, problem-solving, reassessment and quality evaluation. The course is delivered in ten 2 hour sessions consisting of 2 one hour long modules, on two Tuesday afternoons per month.

The Certificate in Intensive Training in Motivational Interviewing
The Certificate of Intensive Training in Motivational Interviewing is an evidence-based training program that provides intensive training in facilitating patient health behavior change. Motivational Interviewing is appropriate in facilitating patient behavior change related to many behaviors including but not limited to: exercise, diet, medication adherence, goal setting, substance use, tobacco cessation, preventive screening, and chronic disease management. The course is targeted to all healthcare professionals but is particularly relevant to those practicing in Patient Centered Medical Homes. The intended audience includes care managers, patient navigators, medical assistants, nurses, physicians, social workers, counselors, psychologists, physician assistants, nurse practitioners, and pharmacists. Those who work in health settings and mental health settings will benefit from the training. The course consists of five group sessions, each four hours in duration. In addition, each participant will have two hours of 1 on 1 skill building training and feedback. This individualized training differentiates this course in Motivational Interviewing from other training experiences.




“I wanted to tell you how useful the program (Certificate Program in Primary Care Behavioral Health) is to our practice.  We are now using your program as the prerequisite for joining our growing practice if they have not had training and experience with primary care.  As we grow it is the standard for measurement of candidates.”

Paul C. Kredow, PsyD
Clinical Psychologist/Director
Behavioral Health Consultant 
Participant, Fall 2010