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.
December 7th,  1:00 pm – 4:30 pm

Instructional Level


Course Description and Target Audience

While integration efforts usually focus on mental health conditions solely, there are a number of chronic medical conditions that offer opportunities for psychologists to intervene with. Attendees will be instructed on prevalence rates and other statistics related to chronic medication conditions (e.g., diabetes mellitus, hypertension, obesity, chronic pain, etc.). Attendees will also learn evidence-informed, first line behavioral treatments recommended for chronic medical conditions, as well as preventative measures. Overall, attendees will learn how psychologists can strengthen the primary care team to treat the whole individual. 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).

Learning Objectives

  • Attendees will be able to articulate statistics, including prevalence rates, of chronic medical conditions seen in primary care that have a behavioral/lifestyle emphasis
  • Attendees will be able to identify and initiate appropriate, evidence-informed assessment and interventions to treat these common chronic medical concerns
  • Attendees will be able to describe the difference between a symptom reduction/disease focused philosophy and a functional restoration/contextual focused philosophy in regards to treating common chronic medical conditions.

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., joined HealthPoint in 2013.

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.