Relevant assessment and testing in primary care: How to make it scale (3 CE’s)

Presented by Sierra Swing, Psy.D.
October 4th,  1:00 pm – 4:00 pm

Instructional Level


Course Description and Target Audience

While the integration of behavioral health within primary care has been implemented, the focus has mostly been on brief interventions, as well as consulting and training providers. Although efforts have undoubtedly been made in establishing brief assessment/screening measures for common mental health and substance abuse concerns, as well as functionality measures, formalizing testing has yet to be converted to the primary care setting. This presentation will discuss brief assessment measures utilized in primary care (e.g., PHQ-9, DUKE-Health profile, AUDIT, etc.), as well as begin to discuss how more traditional testing may scale to the primary care setting. There will also be training and discussion about the utility of other more traditional psychological and neuropsychological testing in this setting and what the risk or limitations this may cause.

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

  • Participants will be able to identify brief assessment measures for commonly seen mental and behavioral health concerns.
  • Participants will be able to describe potential conditions/evaluations that formal psychological testing may be useful.
  • Participants will be able to conceptualize how formal testing evaluations may scale to brief medical clinics.
  • Participants will be able to identify neurological symptoms that can be mistaken for psychiatric conditions.

Presenter Information

Sierra Swing, Psy.D., is a licensed psychologist and has worked with HealthPoint since 2008 as a Behavioral Health Consultant. She received her degree from Argosy University Seattle and completed her predoctoral internship with Fremont Community Therapy Project. She specializes in individual, couples, and family therapy; brief behavioral health visits; as well as psychological testing. She also maintains a part-time private practice in Seattle, Washington, specializing in the treatment of trauma, chronic health conditions, and mood/emotional disorders. She has been trained and has certifications in multiple areas of psychological treatment, including EMDR, DBT, ACT, MI, CBT, etc. Her research interests include ACEs/Trauma on health and mental health.

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.