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Curriculum Overview


After viewing each Lesson, participants will be able to:

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: Mental Health & Substance Use Screening in Primary Care
  • Screening for Unmet Behavioral Health Needs in Primary Care
  • Communication Strategies Unique to Behavioral Health Screening
Module 3: Initial Principles of Mental Health Care & Patient Engagement
  • The Role of Stigma and Structural Barriers to Mental Health Care
  • Key Principles of Initial Mental Health Related Diagnosis & Assessment
  • General Approach to Counseling Interventions
  • General Principles of Psychopharmacology
  • Major Classes of Psychotropic Medications
Module 4: Patient-Centered Conversations: The Skill of Engaging Patients in Behavioral Health Follow-Up
  • Team-Based Care and Clarifying Roles
  • Assessing Readiness to Meet with a Behavioral Health Provider
  • Conducting Successful Initial Introductions
  • Tailored Strategies to Engage Patients Reluctant to See a BH Provider
Module 5: Counseling Approaches Tailored for Primary Care Clinicians
  • Core Therapeutic Elements of Clinician Responses to Mental Health Disclosures 
  • Evidenced-Based Approaches for Behavior Change
  • Cross-cutting, Evidence-Informed Counseling Approaches  
 Module 6: What Sets the Stage: Chronic Stress, Adversity, & Trauma
  • Stress & Emotions: Vulnerability-Stress Model
  • Human Nature: A Spectrum of Expected Emotional Distress
  • Definition of Trauma, Prevalence of Trauma Exposures, and Nature of Complex Trauma
  • Stress and Emotional Health Responses to Poverty, Oppression, Discrimination & Exclusion
  • Chronic Stress as a Driver of Chronic Physical & Mental Health Conditions
Module 7: Trauma & Stressor Related Disorders
  • Adjustment Disorders
  • Assessment and Diagnosis of Acute Stress Disorder and PTSD
  • Complex PTSD and Developmental Trauma Disorder 
  • Evidence-Based Behavioral and Pharmacotherapy Treatments for PTSD
Module 8: Anxiety & Obsessive Compulsive Disorders
  • Introduction to Anxiety Disorders
  • Generalized Anxiety Disorder
  • Panic attacks and Panic Disorder 
  • Other anxiety Disorders 
  • Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder
Module 9: Care of Patients with Medically Unexplained Symptoms
  • The Unexplained Symptoms and Diagnostic Humility
  • Health Anxiety & Illness Anxiety Disorder
  • Somatic and Functional Neurological Symptom Disorders
Module 10: Depressive Disorders
  • Introduction to Depressive Disorders
  • Major Depressive Disorder
  • Depression Unresponsive to Currently Available Treatments and Psychotic Depression
  • Persistent Depressive Disorder and Seasonal-Onset MDD
  • Premenstrual Dysphoric Disorder and Depressive Disorder Due to Other Medical Conditions
Module 11: Substance Use Disorders
  • Substance Use Disorder Diagnosis and Patient Engagement
  • Chronic Care Model and Substance Use Disorders
  • Medication Treatments for Substance Use Disorders & Levels of Care
Module 12: Attention-Deficit/ Hyperactivity Disorder
  • Primer on ADHD in Children and Adolescents
  • Diagnosis of Adult ADHD & Management in Primary Care 
Module 13: Bipolar Disorders
  • Introduction to Bipolar Disorders
  • Hypomanic & Manic Episodes
  • Depressive Episodes, Mixed States, & Cyclothymia
  • Maintenance Treatment and Mood Stabilizer Side Effect Management
Module 14: Psychosis, Schizophrenia, & Other Related Disorders
  • Introduction to Psychosis, Screening, & Assessment
  • First-Episode Psychosis
  • Schizophrenia, Schizoaffective Disorder, & Delusional Disorder: Core Features & Treatment
  • Metabolic Health, Antipsychotics Side Effect Management, & Maintenance Outside of Acute Episodes
  • Responding to Medication Hesitancy
Module 15: Other Common Disorders
  • Insomnia
  • Eating Disorders