The training philosophy and model is based on a supervised experiential approach in which post doctorate fellows are trained in evidence based clinical health psychology through intensive didactic, clinical observations, clinical supervision, and training alongside family medicine residents. Fellows learn how to teach and train family medicine residents to recognize behavioral health needs and use psychosocial knowledge and behavioral health skills to improve healthcare. Fellows also learn skills to build an integrated service program in a primary care setting.
Clinical experiences typically include 18 - 20 (scheduled) direct client hours per week. These contact hours may include a mixture of individual, group, family, and/or couples psychotherapy, assessment, and consultation. Additionally, fellows will provide supervisory opportunities to pre-doctorate psychology students.
Fellows will have the opportunity to participate in and develop quality improvement measures and/or standard academic peer reviewed literature based research. Research includes an option of presenting at a national conference.
Provide education to resident physicians to enhance professional, communication, and behavioral health skills and techniques as they apply to quality patient care. Some activities include formal presentations, reviewing recordings of real time and simulated patient-physician encounters, and providing feedback to physicians for enhancing individual growth.
Develop programing related to improving well-being of patients and healthcare providers. This includes planning, monitoring, and receiving feedback for quality assurance and research purposes.
Learn and implement protocols and policies related to integrated care strategies from a behavioral health perspective including chronic illnesses/disorders such as ADHD, suicidality, warm hand offs, chronic pain management and risk assessments.