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Course Introduction

  • The Purpose of this Course
  • Course Logistics
  • Definitions of Terms
  • Mechanisms of Feedback


Part 1  

Module 1: Mental Health and Primary Care in an Inequitable Society

  • Current State of Mental Healthcare and the Role of Primary Care
  • Social Context and Structures of Oppression
  • Culturally Humble and Structurally Competent Care
  • Trauma-Informed Care

Module 2: Initial Principles of Mental Health Care & Patient Engagement

  • Key Principles of Initial Mental Health Related Assessment, Diagnosis, and Engagement (Live On-Line)
  • Understanding & Navigating the Complex Terrain of Talk Therapy (Live On-Line)
  • General Principles of Psychopharmacology (Live On-Line)
  • Major Classes of Psychotropic Medications (Live On-Line)

Module 3:  Mental Health and Substance Use Screening

  • Screening for Unmet Mental Health Needs in Primary Care
  • Communication Strategies Unique to Mental Health Screening 

Module 4: Connecting Patients with a Behavioral Health Clinician

  • Team-Based Care and Clarifying Roles
  • Assessing Readiness to Meet with a Behavioral Health Clinician
  • Facilitating Successful Introductions to a Behavioral Health Clinician
  • Tailored Communication Strategies to Engage Reluctant Patients 


Part 2  

Module 5: What Sets the Stage: Chronic Stress, Adversity, and Trauma

  • Human Nature and Expected Emotional Distress
  • Stress, Emotions, and the Vulnerability-Stress Model
  • Definition of Trauma, Prevalence of Trauma Exposures, and Nature of Complex Trauma
  • Stress and Emotional Health Responses to Poverty, Discrimination, and Exclusion
  • Chronic Stress as a Driver of Chronic Physical and Mental Health Conditions

 Module 6: Sleep Health is a Foundation of Mental Health

  • The "Macros" of Sleep Health
  • Sleep-Related Assessment and Diagnosis
  • Complex Cases of Insomnia: Pharmacotherapy and Co-occurring Conditions
  • Core Behavioral Interventions for Insomnia

Module 7: Responses and Adaptations to Trauma and Stressors

  • Adjustment Disorders
  • Assessment and Diagnosis of Acute Stress Disorder and PTSD
  • Complex PTSD and Developmental Trauma Disorder
Clinical Cases Series 1: Integration of Concepts & Practical Application (3) 

Module 8: Depression

  • Introduction to Depressive Disorders
  • Major Depressive Disorder
  • Persistent Depressive Disorder and Seasonal-Onset MDD
  • Premenstrual Dysphoric Disorder
  • Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder
  • Pharmocotherapy for Depressive Disorders (Live On-Line)

Module 9: Care of Patients with Medically Unexplained Symptoms 

  • The Unexplained Symptom and Diagnostic Humility  
  • Health Anxiety and Illness Anxiety Disorder
  • Somatic and Functional Neurological Symptom Disorders
Clinical Cases Series 2: Integration of Concepts & Practical Application (3)

Module 10: Anxiety, Obsessions, and Compulsivity

  • Introduction to Anxiety Disorders
  • Generalized Anxiety Disorder
  • Panic Attacks and Panic Disorder
  • Other Anxiety Disorders
  • Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder
  • Pharmocotherapy for Anxiety & Obsessive-Compulsive Disorders (Live On-Line)

Module 11: Substance Use

  • Substance Use Disorder Diagnosis and Patient Engagement
  • Chronic Care Model and Substance Use Disorders
  • Levels of Care and Medication Treatments for Substance Use Disorders
Clinical Cases Series 3: Integration of Concepts & Practical Application (3)

Module 12: Attention and Hyperactivity Across the Lifespan

  • Executive Functioning, Mental Health, and Behavior
  • Attention Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder in Childhood and Adolescence
  • Attention Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder in Adulthood
  • Psychopharmacology in Adult ADHD and Navigating Co-occurring Conditions

Module 13: The Bipolar Spectrum

  • Introduction to Bipolar Spectrum Disorders
  • Hypomania, Mania, and Mixed States
  • Bipolar Depressive Episodes and Cyclothymia
  • Psychopharmacology for the Bipolar Spectrum (Live On-Line)
  • Approaches to Communication, Medication Hesitancy, and Comprehensive Care in Primary Care
Clinical Cases Series 4: Integration of Concepts & Practical Application (3)

Module 14: Psychosis and Altered Perceptual Experiences

  • Introduction to Psychosis, Screening, and Assessment 
  • First-Episode Psychosis (Live On-Line)
  • Schizophrenia, Schizoaffective Disorder, and Delusional Disorder (Live On-Line)
  • Metabolic Health, Antipsychotics Side Effect Management, and Maintenance Outside of Acute Expisodes (Live On-Line)
  • Approaches to Communication and Medication esitancy for Psychotic Spectrum Disorders 

Module 15: Relationships to Food and the Body in a Weight-Obsessed Society 

  • Understanding Diet Culture and Anti-Fat Bias
  • The Role of Primary Care in Addressing Weight Stigma and Disordered Eating
  • Review of the Common Challenging Eating Behaviors and Related Disorders 
  • Pharmacological and Behavioral Treatments for Eating Disorders
Clinical Cases Series 5: Integration of Concepts & Practical Application (3) 


Part 3  

Module 16: Counseling Approaches Tailored for Primary Care Clinicians

  • Core Therapeutic Elements of Clinician Responses to Mental Health Disclosures
  • Evidence-Based Approaches for Behavior Change
  • Cross-Cutting, Evidence-Informed Counseling Approaches


Course Wrap Up  
  • Course Evaluation and Feedback
  • Process for Continuing Medical Education Credits
  • Access to Content / Curriculum
  • Staying in Touch and Sharing Resources