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Who are these short courses designed for?

In the decade since we began offering our Primary Care Behavioral Health Certificate Course, Integrated Primary Care (IPC) has advanced, and more and more Behavioral Health clinicians are building expertise in IPC on the job.  For some of them, our full Certificate Course may not be the best solution. 

Similarly, practitioners working in integrated mental health clinics ("reverse integration") may need a different orientation to integrate their skills with the team.  And those working with the elderly or in pediatrics may prefer to focus on those populations.

How do the short courses work?

CIPC is now offering the opportunity to take short courses in selected Behavioral Health and Primary Care topics organized by topic areas.  The content and faculty are identical to Certificate Program modules. You may take one or several.

These seven short courses are online and accessible 24/7 and are available at one registration site.  Participants will receive invitations to monthly live Q&A webinars with Dr. Alexander (Sandy) Blount and/or UMass CIPC faculty.

Each course has been carefully and thoughtfully built and includes downloadable handouts and links to important web-based resources. 

Technology Requirements

You can access the course you enroll in with an internet-connected device with speakers: laptop, desktop computer, tablet, or smartphone. For the optional online Q&A sessions, a broadband connection is strongly recommended.

Tuition & Payment

  • $300 per individual, per course--please note that we do not allow multiple individuals to view the course with a single registration.  Each individual must register separately.
  • Payment can be made with a credit card, check, or institutional POs

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Creating and Managing an Integrated Primary Care Practice


A rigorous orientation to the integration of medical and behavioral healthcare in primary care practices.  

Curriculum topics:

  • Introduction to Integrated Primary Care
  • Transforming the Organization
  • Transforming Clinical Practice

Faculty: Alexander Blount, EdD, and Ronald Adler, MD

Continuing Education Credits: 2.5  See details

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Biopsychosocial Treatment


Integrated healthcare from a variety of perspectives.  The grounding theories and approaches to patient-centered care.

Curriculum topics:

  • Evidence-Based Therapies and the Culture of Evidence in Primary Care
  • Patient Activation
  • Psychotropic Medication
  • Caring for Chronic Illness
  • Medically Unexplained Symptoms

FacultyBlount, Runyan, Barnard, Adler

Continuing education credits: 6.5  See details

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Dealing with Substances and Pain in Primary Care


An overview of substance use and approaches to the treatment of chronic pain in integrated primary care settings.

Curriculum Topics:

  • Substance Abuse in Primary Care
  • Health Behavior Change
  • Medical Care of Chronic Pain
  • Behavioral Care of Chronic Pain
  • Relaxation Therapies

Faculty: Baxter, Blount, Mullin, Spannring, Brown

Continuing Education Credits: 7.75 See details

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Behavioral Health and Pediatrics


Caring for children and adolescents in integrated primary care.

Curriculum Topics:

  • Behavioral Health in the Primary Care of Children
  • Practicing as a Behavioral Health Clinician in Pediatric Care
  • Challenging Populations

FacultyBlount, Sell

Continuing Education Credits: See details

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Serious Mental Illness


A brief exploration of serious mental illness and the approaches to treatment in integrated primary care.

Curriculum topics:

  • Serious Mental Illness
  • SMI Health Behavior
  • Psychotropic Medication

Faculty: Blount, Hobart, Rovezzi, Runyan, Barnard

Continuing Education Credits: 4.25 See details

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Population Health In Primary Care


A biopsychosocial approach to patient-centered care and chronic illnesses commonly seen in primary care.

Curriculum topics:

  • Patient Activation
  • Caring for Chronic Illness
  • Screening and Care Management

Faculty:  Blount, Runyan, Barnard

Continuing Education Credits: 4.5  See details

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Families, Community, Culture


PCPs often treat multiple family members over extended periods of time. This short course offers insights into the care of families in the context of their communities and cultures.

Curriculum Topics:

  • The Family in Primary Care
  • Geriatrics
  • Culture and Primary Care

Faculty: Blount, Hartman-Stein, Ferguson, Cappas

Continuing Education Credits: 4.5 See details

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