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With behavioral care integration taking firm hold across the State, there’s been a growing demand for training in the area – both clinical and administrative. To meet the need, conferences, symposiums and webinars are cropping up faster than cheetahs on roller skates.

While some training opportunities are fleeting, others live on in cyberspace. For professionals with schedules brimming over, which are most of us, these on-demand training sessions are as close and convenient as our nearest computer. Here are some offerings that are available for free.

WEBINARS (audio and Powerpoint)

With CalMHSA funding, IBHP is sponsoring a youtube Policy Channel presented by the University of Colorado and devoted to integrated care training videos.  Among the videos:

The Center for Integrated Healthcare Solutions sponsors webinars covering several aspects of integrated care:

The University of Washington-affiliated AIMS Center offers live and recorded webinars on topics related to integrated care.  Among the topics they have covered are:

California Institute for Behavioral Health Solutions has sponsored a series of integration-related webinars that, to date, include:

UCLA Integrated Substance Abuse Programs, the Los Angeles County Department of Mental Health, and the California Institute for Mental Health offer a series of online courses related to integrated care, co-occurring disorders, special populations, and more. Each course is between 1 and 1.5 hours long, and continuing education credits are available.

Community Clinics Health Network and the Council of Community Clinics of San Diego is offering a series of free one-hour-or-less webinars aimed at primary care providers, including:

With funding from the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Administration, the Addiction Technology Transfer Center Network (ATTC) offer self-paced, web-based substance abuse courses for free.  Participants earn a certificate of completion after successfully finishing each course. Among the course offered are:

  • Foundations of SBIRT
  • Introduction to Women and Substance Abuse Disorders
  • Clinical Supervision Foundations
  • Primary Care for Substance Use Professionals – 5 hour on-line course

UC San Diego presents:

The University of Washington is offering 4 CME credits for healthcare professionals invoved in treating patients with chronic pain and opiod prescribing:

The National Council has dozens of webinars on varied topics.  Among those related to integrated care is:

Dr. Peter Van Houten and the staff at Sierra Family Medical Clinic in Nevada City, California have prepared a series of training videos to demonstrate how primary care providers can introduce patients both to the concept of behavioral health services and to the behavioral health professionals on staff.  Known as a “warm hand-off”, these introductions are important in framing behavioral health care for the patients and in engaging them in these services.   Various scenarios, each lasting three to nine minutes each, are available on youtube:

Dr. Rodger Kessler, in association with UVM College of Medicine and Fletcher Allen Health Care, has also prepared a series of training videos available on youtube:

Sierra Family Medical Clinic has prepared DVD’s of the “First Annual Behavioral Health in the Medical Setting: A Course for Medical Providers and Psychotherapists” featuring lectures by staff UC Davis Department of Psychiatry faculty.  The four-DVD packet is available by calling the clinic at 530 292-3478.  The presentations include:

  • Treatment of substance Use Disorders
  • Case-Driven Discussion of the Psychopharmalogical Treatment of Depression
  • Pathophysiology, Diagnosis and Treatment of Bipolar Disorder
  • Assessment and Treatment of Patients with Suicidal Behaviors
  • AMPS: A Quick Effective Approach to the Primary Care Psychiatric Interview
  • Emergency Psychiatry: The Agitated Patient
  • The Challenging Patient

The UCLA Integrated Care Training Project, an ongoing collaboration between the Los Angeles County Department of Mental Health (DMH) and the UCLA Integrated Substance Abuse Program, offers videos geared particularly to DMH providers:

Several websites offer plain-wrapped, nonaudio-visual training materials, including the one you’re now on.  Another, which includes scripts, forms, operational manuals and Powerpoint presentation archives, is  Whatever the format, it’s nice to know that training can now come to us rather than us having to go to it.


CE Quick offers online continuing education courses with credit hours in behavioral health, substance abuse, counseling, psychology, social work and related topics that can be purchased for $10 to $60

The Center for Integrated Primary Care, based in the University of Massachusetts Medical School, offers two on-line certificate programs:  “Primary Care Behavioral Health” and “Care Managers and Navigators”.  Both can be accessed by groups as part of a training site or individually by computer and both have a fee attached.