The Center for Professional Development


Primary Care Behavioral Health in the Patient-Centered Medical Home

Friday, February 7, 2014 - RESCHEDULED TO FRIDAY, FEB.28, 2014
9am-3:30pm
$125
(see Registration Information for discount information)
6 CEUs

As a result of the Affordable Care Act, primary care providers are beginning to receive financial incentives to transform their practices into patient-centered medical homes. Goals include a shift of primary care medicine to more evidence based outcomes that matter to patients and that reduce unnecessary health care costs.  Research indicates that addressing behavioral health needs in primary care may achieve significant cost savings.  This seminar explains key models of Primary Care Behavioral Health (PCBH) and its common brief treatment modalities, and will examine the challenges of providing care in the unique and fast paced culture of primary care. The seminar explores the use of Motivational Interviewing, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, and Acceptance and Commitment Therapy in the treatment of health related behavior change; patient self-management of chronic illness; and common mental health problems in primary care. The very nature of being patient-centered requires clinicians to address patients’ health care concerns in a way that is empathic and culturally sensitive to the patient.  Several case presentations that include diversity concerns related to ethnicity and disability are presented. Upon completion of this course, participants are able to 1) define the three models of primary care behavioral health; 2) explain the use of “team huddles”; 3) explain the use of the “warm handoff” consultation model; 4) identify three treatment approaches that are brief, evidence based, and patient centered; and 5) identify two key goals of behavioral health interventions for chronic illness. This seminar is appropriate for intermediate and advanced post-master’s degreed practitioners who work in primary care and behavioral health, and who have at least two years of direct practice experience.

John Armando, MSS. LCSW, is Director of Behavioral Medicine at Underwood Memorial Hospital’s Family Medicine Residency Program.  John is the co-founder and Director of Behavioral Therapy at Total Rehab and Fitness, a chronic disease management program

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