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Behavioral Medicine for Mental Health Professionals

A Training Resource

By Jim Messina, Ph.D., CCMHC, NCC, DCMHS-T

ITTI Training Program: Integrated Medicine Skills

Part 1: Introduction to Integrative Medicine Skills
Part 2: Overview of Evidence Based Practices In Integrative Medicine
Part 3: Introduction to Behavioral Medicine
Part 4: Do you have the language?
Part 5: Three Evidence Based Practices to use in Integrated Medicine
Part 6: Integrative Medicine- Behavioral Health Skills Case Studies 

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Description of Program: This is an intensive skills building-case study-based program-on integrating behavioral health programming into primary care medical settings. The Topics include: the role of geriatric therapists as behavioral health consultants; the tools and skills needed; the terminology and techniques used; and the Evidence Based treatments utilized in this care setting. The program consists of 4 Sections. 1. Description of Integrated Medicine; 2 Typical Steps taken in Integrated Medical Settings; 3. Tools needed within Integrated Medicine; and 4. Case Studies with practice in treatment planning for specific medical conditions: High Cholesterol; Obesity; Obesity-Side Effect of Insulin for Diabetes; Type 2 Diabetes; Hypertension; Cardiovascular Disease; Coronary Heart Disease; Hypothyroidism; Seizure Disorder; Stroke Rehabilitation and Heart Attack Rehabilitation

Learning Objectives:
1. To learn about what role Mental Health Therapists can fill in Integrated Primary Care Medical Settings and what is the role of Behavioral Health Consultants.
2. To learn to be better able to describe why there is a need for a Behavioral Health Consultant in an Integrated Primary Care Medical Setting.
3. To learn to identify what are the appropriate tools for assessment, patient education, patient training, and patient mental health intervention.
4. To learn what comprises a comprehensive plan of intervention for patients who have various medical and chronic health conditions