Educational Opportunities in Behavioral Health

The Virginia Health Care Foundation (VHCF) has established a special scholarship program (VHCF Scholars) to underwrite the costs of tuition and fees for health safety net Nurse Practitioners (NP) who return to school to obtain a post-master’s certificate as Psych-Mental Health NPs (PMHNPs).  If you have a master’s degree in nursing and are a Virginia-licensed FNP, ANP, WHNP or PNP, find out more about this excellent opportunity to become certified as a Psych-Mental Health Nurse Practitioner.  Check out VHCF Scholars today.

In addition to VHCF Scholars, numerous online continuing education (CE) resources in behavioral health are available to primary care providers. The links below include podcasts, online course options, webinars, face to face trainings, videos, conferences, and more; some include CE credit and many are free.

Online Course Options

Mental Health for Primary Care Providers — A Webinar Series on Pharmacotherapy and Diagnostic Considerations

This webinar series was developed by VHCF to provide continuing education for health care professionals who provide primary care to individuals with mental health conditions, and may not have mental health specialists available either onsite or in the community.

Based on the priority needs identified in an April 2013 survey of Virginia’s safety net medical directors conducted by VHCF, two modules were developed: Pharmacotherapy for Psychiatric Disorders in Primary Care, and Diagnostic Considerations for Psychiatric Disorders in Primary Care. Each module is approximately 1.5-2 hours in length, and the cost to register is $25/webinar.  For more details, visit Mental Health for Primary Care Providers — A Webinar Series on Pharmacotherapy and Diagnostic Considerations.

Psychiatric Pharmacotherapy Review Course — This ACPE- and ACCME-approved review course offers comprehensive learning on the etiology, risk factors, pathophysiology and pharmacotherapy for various mental health disorders. This course includes comprehensive outlines, self-assessment questions, numerous reference tables, reference listings and online speaker presentations. Purchase options are listed below.  Log into cpnp.org/vhcf for additional information.

  • By-Module (online only): $5o
  • Entire Course for ACPE or ACCME Credit (20 hours with Book): $320
  • Book Only for Reference: $150

Psychiatric Pharmacotherapy Case Series — CPNP has launched an ACPE-approved case series featuring patient cases of varying complexity. These cases offer a comprehensive learning experience in psychiatric pharmacotherapy and include a referenced answer key. Four cases to-date focus on first-line therapies while four additional cases feature more complex cases focused on second- and third-line therapies. Expert-level cases focused on treatment-resistant patient scenarios are available.

  • Experience a first-line depression case compliments of CPNP and purchase others for the low fee of $15 each at CPNP University.

North Carolina AHEConnectThe North Carolina AHEConnect Learning Management system is sponsored by the North Carolina Area Health Education Center Program and developed by the Greensboro Area Health Education Center.  NC AHEConnect provides a variety of online educational programming developed by subject matter experts.

Sites Showcasing Multiple Resources

General Practice Services Committee (GPSC)GSPC, located in British Columbia, is focused on improving the care patients receive and the way in which doctors deliver it. GPSC offers learning modules on a number of topics (including Mental Health) and shares the bulk of the information for each on their website.

SAMHSA-HRSA Center for Integrated Health SolutionsThe Behavioral Health in Primary Care page highlights integrated models and offers resource materials that include: webinars, presentations and videos.

San Diego Integration InstituteCCHN offers free on-demand webcasts on a variety of topics, although no specified CE is attached.  Webcasts from 2011-2016 have a number of mental health related topics for review.

California Institute for Behavioral Health Solutions (CIBHS)CIBHS has sponsored a series of integration-related webinars that are catalogued on their site.

Integrated Behavioral Health Project (IBHP)IBHP is dedicated to accelerating the integration of behavioral health services and primary care in California. They offer a list of free resources available including videos, conferences, online training, and more.

Face to Face and Webinar Trainings

Cherokee Health Systems Training via “Primary Behavioral Care Integrated Health Training Academy”Cherokee Health Systems offers team training (up to 5 people) to guide the integration of mental health and primary care services.  The face-to-face training offers 4.0 APA-Approved CE credits.

Certifications

BeMergeBe Merge is a self-paced online training program for primary care providers to assist with the integration of mental health and substance abuse recognition, diagnosis, management, and referral into the primary care practice.  The cost is $99 and it offers a total of 2 CE credits for the 6 20-30 minute modules.  Some information may be Florida specific.

University of Massachusetts Medical SchoolThe UMass Certificate in Primary Care Behavioral Health can be completed remotely via webinar (as well as in person).  This course is geared towards mental health providers but may provide valuable information and training to physicians and nurses.

Course Catalogs

NetCEOffers a wide range of online courses for healthcare professionals with some specifically focused on “Psychiatric/Mental Health.”

PESI: Offers online and face to face training options to healthcare (and other) professionals.

Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality’s (AHRQ) Effective Healthcare ProgramAHRQ is part of the Department of Health and Human Services and offers this list of a variety CME/CE courses from a variety of sources. “Mental Health” is just one of the health topics covered here.

Additional Resources

Mental Health in the Community Self-Assessment Module (SAM) Working GroupsOrganized by the American Academy of Family Physicians, the SAM working group focuses on the “resources available and when to refer patients with mental health issues.”

Patient-Center Primary Care Collaborative (focused on PC Medical Homes)