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Integrating Behavioral Health and Primary Care

Course #: 06-875

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CE Credit Hours: 7.00 Continuing Education Credit Hours

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Course Description

CE Course Description

Empirical evidence suggests that behavioral health integration, often referred to as collaborative or integrated care, leads to improved care and reduced costs.  The purpose of this intermediate level continuing education course, developed using information from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ), is to assist the field of primary care and behavioral health in developing a workforce for integrated and effective care.  Specific topics covered include organization-level professional practices that support this model such as advocating for a mission and vision focused on integrated care, building a sustainable staffing structure, structuring the organization, and effectively using health information technology. Interpersonal and individual professional practices are also addressed, including managing the structure and timing of integrated care delivery, communication practices, clinical procedures, and practices specific to behavioral health clinicians.

CE Course Objectives

1. Discuss what empirical evidence suggests about behavioral health integration, improved overall care, and reduction in health costs.

2. Describe how the vision and mission of optimal integrated care can be supported through applying a team approach, enhancing the integrated care model, and adapting to the community’s needs during the process.

3. Evaluate ways to build a sustainable staffing structure for integrated care and to assist the organization in delivering collaborative services.

4. Explore strategies to manage the structure and timing of integrated care delivery and to facilitate favorable communication practices within the care system.  

5. Examine professional practices related to developing an individual clinical relationship as well those in used group settings.

6. Outline professional procedures specific to behavioral health clinicians in an integrated care environment.

7. Identify research questions and areas for exploration that have emerged as organizations work toward achieving quality integrated care.



Instructor Notes
The Mindful team consists of numerous behavioral health professionals with a plethora of clinical experience as well as backgrounds in higher education, including teaching at the university level. Our three consulting psychologists review the appropriate course material, based on their experience and expertise that aligns with program content, to ensure that it enhances interdisciplinary understanding and is consistent with a systematic, research-based approach to promoting continued education and for synthesizing new knowledge into the clinician’s professional environment.

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