Relevant Assessment and Testing in Primary Care: How to Make it Scale (3 CE’s)

Presented by Melissa Baker, Ph.D., ABPP
October 2nd,  1:00 pm – 4:30 pm

Instructional Level

Introductory — Designed for psychologists who may have little to no background in a specialized skill or content area. The learner can become acquainted with the theoretical underpinnings, principles, methods, and perspectives of a content area. Although it can be used as a foundation for more advanced learning, a program may simply focus on breadth, enrichment or general knowledge.

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 be scaled to the primary care setting for certain functional/quality life needs of patients. Brief screening tools have long been utilized in the primary care setting and have been validated as being accurate and useful. There will also be training and discussion about the utility of other more traditional psychological and neuropsychological testing in this setting and the risks 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

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

Presenter Information

Melissa Baker, Ph.D., has worked in primary care for over 12 years and prior to working in primary care, had extensive training in various psychological and neurological assessments. She created a clinical pathway in the education program at HealthPoint to include brief psychological testing in primary care for trainees as apart of integrated reports, which is not common in primary care settings to attempt to do this more traditional type work.

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.

This presentation will be offered via Zoom.

*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.