Educational Opportunities in Behavioral Health

The Virginia Health Care Foundation (VHCF) has established a special scholarship program 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 Psychiatric-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 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

Introduction to Trauma and Resilience Webinar Series is a free five-part series of sequential videos that cover the following topics: Understanding Trauma, Trauma’s Impact on Health Behaviors, Building Community Resilience, and Building Individual Resilience.

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 six 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.

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)