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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)

Program Information

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

    HealthPoint

  • Lindsey R. Biggs

    Lindsey R. Biggs

    LMSW, IMH E II

    Infant Mental Health Supervisor

    Starfish Family Services

  • Sarah A. Boyce

    Sarah A. Boyce

    LPC

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

Testimonials

I believe that after taking the course, I now have a better understanding of integrated care, and I have a couple of mental activities to share with my clients when they are going through depression or having a hard time. Although I was aware of how to accurately complete assessments on my patients, I believe that now I am better equipped to have more meaningful conversations with those patients that may be suffering from various mental illnesses, or simply dealing with life's struggles.

- Registered Nurse

This course was vigorous, dynamic and engaging. It was sensitive to the needs of working professionals while promoting actual professional development. The presenters were well balanced in providing statistics, policy background and practical application. I want to do it again... Phase 2!

- Vice President of Clinical Services

I have wanted to have some formal study of behavioral health for my entire PA career of over 30 years. I have naturally included it in my care of patients all this time, but always felt somehow I was 'winging it' or 'flying by the seat of my pants'. My emotional care of patients in primary care was always a natural and critical component of my work, but now you have given me some concrete tools to enhance my passion and care of our patients. The scope of the program was perfect. I could listen to some presenters forever! I took copious notes to refer back to and for the purpose of sharing with our staff, including 6 family practice physicians, and 3 Physician Assistants (4 counting me). The setup was perfect, live lectures and self-study. The time frame, evenings for live lectures was perfect. I regret no information on tele psychiatry. It was mentioned, but no actual lecture. The resources were copious. The websites offered were great and so helpful. The knowledge base of presenters was great. Could have done without an entire lecture on oral health. Psychopharmacology lecture and info was amazing.

- Physician Assistant, Family Medicine

I really enjoyed this course and got so much out of it. Wonderful breadth of topics and information with many fantastic presenters. Michelle's implementation expertise throughout was also helpful. The course also did a great job of highlighting the theoretical underpinnings of all topics, but also providing practical tools and approaches. Unlike many other training, I'm leaving this feeling like I can implement what I learned immediately.

- Primary Care Social Worker

I am grateful for the opportunity to have engaged with this course. It was especially nice during this period of working remotely and feeling somewhat disconnected at times to be able to meet with other professions weekly and learn and engage. I appreciated the interactive portions of the lectures and how each instructor welcomed and encouraged our participation.

- Intake Analyst

I think it is a huge strength that the attendees are in various positions within integrated behavioral health settings, so we all provide different perspectives and experiences within breakout rooms when discussing topic areas. Additionally, I enjoyed the variety of topics covered and hearing from experts within each topic area. As a graduate student still, I also really enjoyed the conversations around finances as those are not topics we are informed on in the graduate school setting.

- Doctoral Candidate in Clinical Psychology

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