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4/27/18-Primary Care Behavioral Health Model
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When: 1 - 5PM
Where: Children's Treatment Center
6611 Gulton Ct. NE
Albuquerque, New Mexico  87109
United States
Contact: Kevin Kinzie

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April 27, 2018 

"Primary Care Behavioral Health Model"

Presented by: 
Marita Campos-Melady, PhD, Erin Etzel, PhD and Jennifer Bernard, PhD,

Children's Treatment Center, 6611 Gulton Ct. NE, Albuquerque, NM 87109
1:00 to 5:00 PM

4 CE Credits

$75 - NMPA Members
$65 - NMPA Student and Early Career Members
$90 - Non-Members 
Early bird discount for NMPA members


This program will provide an introduction to the practice of psychology integrated in a Primary Care medical team.  The introductory portion of the program will cover the reasons behind behavioral health integration in the medical setting including a brief overview of research, and a discussion of how both mental health and medical outcomes can be improved.  We will discuss how the practice of psychology differs between a specialty mental health and integrated primary care setting, and introduce the adaptation and use of evidence based treatments in a brief, primary care model.

The second portion of this program will focus on primary care behavioral health across the lifespan, and issues particular to older adults who may be more likely to be seen in a primary care setting than a traditional specialty mental health setting.  This portion of the program will review common themes in aging and factors contributing to depression and anxiety in older adults. Included will be the discussion of appropriate assessment of older patients’ behavioral capabilities, medical history, and psychosocial factors for accurate case conceptualization and effective intervention. Finally, information is presented on evidence-based treatments for anxiety and depression in older adults and techniques rooted in positive psychology for building resilience and improved sense of wellbeing.

We will focus the third portion of the program on specific therapeutic modalities and a more detailed discussion of adaptation of evidence-based treatment for the primary care setting. In particular, we will discuss the need for and implementation of brief, solution-focused interventions for common behavioral health concerns encountered in primary care, such as insomnia, suicide risk and crisis management, and substance abuse. We will also draw from Barlow and colleagues’ Unified Protocol for Transdiagnostic Treatment of Emotional Disorders to identify components of longer, condition-specific psychotherapies that can be effective in producing meaningful change in a time-limited fashion within a primary care setting.

Finally, we will discuss cooperation between integrated psychologists and specialty mental health providers in the community, regulatory and ethical issues in primary care, and coordination and continuity of care between primary care and specialty mental health. We will briefly explore obstacles to implementation of primary care behavioral health and how those in private practice and specialty mental health settings may interface with primary care psychologists to build a network of resources for promoting mental health in our community.  


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