Primary Care Behavioral Health Provider Training: Systematic Development and Implementation in a Large Medical System

Anne C. Dobmeyer, Christopher L. Hunter, Meghan L. Corso, Matthew K. Nielsen, Kent A. Corso, Nicholas C. Polizzi, Jay E. Earles

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Abstract

The expansion of integrated, collaborative, behavioral health services in primary care requires a trained behavioral health workforce with specific competencies to deliver effective, evidence-informed, team-based care. Most behavioral health providers do not have training or experience working as primary care behavioral health consultants (BHCs), and require structured training to function effectively in this role. This article discusses one such training program developed to meet the needs of a large healthcare system initiating widespread implementation of the primary care behavioral health model of service delivery. It details the Department of Defense’s experience in developing its extensive BHC training program, including challenges of addressing personnel selection and hiring issues, selecting a model for training, developing and implementing a phased training curriculum, and improving the training over time to address identified gaps. Future directions for training improvements and lessons learned in a large healthcare system are discussed.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)207-224
Number of pages18
JournalJournal of Clinical Psychology in Medical Settings
Volume23
Issue number3
DOIs
StatePublished - Sep 1 2016

Keywords

  • Collaborative primary care
  • Integrated primary care
  • Mental health
  • Primary care behavioral health
  • Training

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Clinical Psychology

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