Learning the basics: Overview of common chronic medical conditions seen in primary care (3 CE’s)

Presented by Melissa Baker, Ph.D., and Kristin Tiernan, Psy.D.
September 6th,  1:00 pm – 4:30 pm

Instructional Level


Course Description and Target Audience

Attendees will be instructed on the realities of primary care, which includes the majority of individuals with mental health concerns being treated in a primary care setting, as well as the leading prescribers of anti-depressants being primary care providers. Attendees will be provided information that details the plethora of mental health conditions seen in primary care and other medical systems. Furthermore, attendees will be educated on evidence-based assessments and brief interventions for respective MH concerns. Lastly, a philosophical shift will be presented, which includes moving from a symptom/disease outcome/assessment focus to a functional/contextual outcome/assessment focus. Experiences will include didactic education, video review, and role plays.

The target audience is mental health providers (advanced doctoral level psychology trainees, psychologists in practice, master’s level clinicians, etc).

There are no known risks to this presentation.

Learning Objectives

  • Attendees will be able to recognize and formulate common mental health and behavioral issue concerns seen in primary care
  • Attendees will be able to identify and initiate appropriate, evidence-informed assessment and treatment planning for common presenting concerns
  • Attendees will feel comfortable delivering common evidence-based interventions, including appropriate psycho-education and relaxation techniques
  • Attendees will be able to describe the difference between a symptom reduction/disease-focused philosophy and a functional restoration/contextual focused philosophy
  • Attendees will increase their awareness of how mental distress symptoms might present differently in diverse populations that present for care at community health clinics

Presenter Information

Melissa Baker, Ph.D., is an adjunct Professor at Seattle Pacific University teaching Integrated Behavioral Health course to Clinical Psychology Ph.D. program. She is an active member of Collaborative Family Healthcare Association and a Primary Care SIG member. Dr. Baker provides presentations and training in integrated behavioral health and acceptance and commitment therapy nationally at conferences. She is trained in ACT and Focused ACT (FACT). She is also a part of Behavioral Medicine Research Group at University of Washington School of Social Work doing brief behavioral health interventions for health conditions, such as brief intervention for recurrent abdominal pain in children.

Kristin Tiernan, Psy.D., is an NPTC Supervisor. Dr. Tiernan is a licensed psychologist and has worked at HealthPoint since 2014. She received her degree from Pacific University’s School of Professional Psychology and predoctoral internship at HealthPoint. After completing her predoctoral Internship at HealthPoint, she stayed as a Behavioral Health Consultant. Dr. Tiernan has a passion for Primary Care-Behavioral Health models of care, reducing health disparities, and promoting healthy communities.

Location and Costs

$55.00 – Regular registration fee
$41.25 – Consortium Affiliate
No Charge – NPTC Director or Supervisor

*Credit card charges are subject to an additional fee.
** Group rates may be available; contact Katherine Dixon to request consideration.

The presentation will be offered at the HealthPoint Administration Office 955 Powell Avenue SW, Renton, Washington 98057

*National Psychology Training Consortium (NPTC) is approved by the American Psychological Association to sponsor continuing education for psychologists. NPTC maintains responsibility for this program and its content.