Psychologists, Social Workers, Counselors, MFTs

Integrating Behavioral Health and Primary Care Course


Course Description: Fragmentation in healthcare delivery presents multiple, significant barriers that prevent the creation of a culture of health. This fragmentation is most clearly demonstrated through the artificial separation of “mental” health from “physical” health. In service to improving outcomes, decreasing costs, and enhancing the experience for all in a culture of health, integrating behavioral health and primary care is one solution that holds great promise. As highlighted throughout this course, the recommendations are prioritized, actionable and, in some cases, interdependent. This course goes well beyond discussing the barriers that have stilted progress and offers specific recommendations in six key areas to accelerate efforts toward optimizing integration of care.

Learning Objectives:

  • Describe a definition of behavioral health and primary care integration
  • Explain the deficiencies in the current workforce, education, and training to address behavioral health and primary care integration
  • Discuss solutions for the current financing system for behavioral health
  • Describe recommendations for enhancing and sharing behavioral health data
  • Discuss the best available evidence involving behavioral health and primary care integration

Course Components:

  • Online text (included)
  • Multiple choice online exam (included)
  • Electronic certificate of completion (free)

Course Credit(s): 2 CE Credits or Hours

Course Format: Online Text (format of this course is noninteractive)

Course Schedule: Self-paced

Course Author(s): Benjamin F. Miller, PsyD, Emma C. Gilchrist, MPH, Kaile M. Ross, MA, Shale L. Wong, MD, MSPH, and Larry A. Green, MD

Content Publisher(s): American Psychological Association

Course Author(s) Qualifications:

Dr. Miller is the Director of the Eugene S. Farley, Jr. Health Policy Center at the University of Colorado Department of Family Medicine.

Emma Gilchrist is a program manager with the Eugene S. Farley, Jr. Health Policy Center.

Dr. Wong is a pediatrician and professor of pediatrics at the University of Colorado, teaching child health, advocacy, and health care reform with focused interests in primary care and achieving health equity.

Dr. Green is a faculty member in the Department of Family Medicine at the University of Colorado, and has spent most of his career developing family medicine and primary care. 

Course Level: Beginning/Introductory, Intermediate, Advanced

CEmobile, LLC, #1558, is approved as a provider for social work continuing education by the Association of Social Work Boards (ASWB), through the Approved Continuing Education (ACE) program. CEmobile, LLC maintains responsibility for the program. ASWB Approval Period: 05/02/2017 – 05/02/2018. Social workers should contact their regulatory board to determine course approval for continuing education credits.
Social workers participating in this course will receive 2 clinical continuing education clock hours.

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