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Online Certificate in Integrated Behavioral Health and Primary Care

The Certificate in Integrated Behavioral Health and Primary Care (IBHPC) is designed for clinicians -- such as social workers, nurses, care managers, psychologists, and physicians -- who deliver or plan to deliver integrated health services. The program offers three track options so participants can tailor their learning to the populations they serve:

  • Pediatric Track »
    (for those serving children, youth, adolescents, and families in behavioral health, primary care, and other settings)
  • Adult Track »
    (for those serving adult populations presenting with complex needs in physical health, mental health, and substance use)
  • Combined Pediatric and Adult Track »
    (for those interested in the distinct considerations for providing integrated care to both pediatric and adult populations)

Registration has been closed for the Spring 2021 cohort. To receive updates for when registration will open for Fall 2021, please join our mailing list.

As a result of participating in the IBHPC certificate program, participants will be able to:

  • Understand the public policy context of integrated behavioral health and primary care
  • Assess readiness for changes expected with the Affordable Care Act
  • Strengthen assessment, intervention and consultation skills critical to integrated care

Courses address core themes in integrated clinical practice, including:

  • Culturally-responsive practice
  • Recovery-oriented and strengths-based care philosophies
  • Evidence based practice
  • Professional ethics
  • Self-examination and self-care
  • Challenges of systems-level change
  • Interdisciplinary teamwork

Advisory Board and Faculty

The IBHPC instructional team is an interdisciplinary group of professionals committed to promoting and establishing integrated, culturally-responsive, and recovery-oriented systems of care. The instructional roster reflects expertise from many disciplines, including social work, nursing, psychology, and medicine, and is comprised of front-line clinical staff operating in real-world integrated health environments as well as nationally recognized scholars and academicians.

  • Melissa Baker

    Melissa Baker

    PhD, ABPP

    Behavioral Health Consultant


  • Lindsey R. Biggs

    Lindsey R. Biggs


    Infant Mental Health Supervisor

    Starfish Family Services

  • Sarah A. Boyce

    Sarah A. Boyce


    Behavioral Health Consultant and Integrated Health Care Supervisor, Starfish Family Services


"I am a Clinical Psychologist working in a primary care setting in the suburbs of Chicago. I found the Certificate in Integrated Behavioral Health and Primary Care to be a significantly valuable resource in advancing my knowledge and skills regarding successful behavioral health implementation in an integrated setting. The program provided me with knowledge about global changes to our health system as well as practical interventions that can be utilized in the clinical setting. The concept of integrated health care is vast and complicated, but the certificate program breaks it down into a digestable and useful curriculum. I recommend this program to any clinician who is looking to further their understanding of and skills in integrated care."

- Zach S., Psy.D., Clinical Psychologist

"Incredible breadth of knowledge and experience by the presenters. Wonderful to be able to complete a course of this caliber via web based education."

- Colleen S., MSW, Clinical Social Worker, UM Health System

"I learned a lot and I would highly recommend this course for anyone who wants to increase integration in their practice… having a chance to talk to the participants and to hear all about the work they are doing was inspiring." 

- Nicole S.

"There was a lot of very helpful information, both from the perspective of placing integration in a broader context of health care and coming changes to health care, as well as clinical tools that are useful in integrated care. The program is administered very well with great back up, technical support, good communication, clear expectations, useful materials, convenient technological aids."

- Barbara R., Ph.D, Psychologist

"Having the opportunity to attend the Certificate in Integrated Behavioral Health and Primary Care (IBHPC) course was extremely informing as I truly believe our healthcare systems should and are moving in this direction.  Integrating mental health in primary care will be key to improving access, outcomes, and financial stability for improved healthcare of our nation.   I am proud that our UM SSW is on the cutting edge of this movement."

- Melissa W., MSW

"This was a very well thought and organized program. The content of each topic provided meaningful learning opportunities. I particularly enjoyed the polls, the platform to interact with the instructor, Adrienne Lapidos and class members."

- Maria M., DDS

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