Let’s Integrate! Becoming a Behavioral Scientist in a Family Medicine Residency (3.5 CE’s)

Presented by Arissa Walberg, Ph.D.
November 5th,  8:30 am – 12:00 pm

Instructional Level

Intermediate — Builds upon the learner’s foundational knowledge, familiarity with the literature and/or experience in a content area. Programming at this level includes more depth than at a beginning level program. It could also serve as a refresher course for individuals who have a background in a content area and are interested in learning more contemporary applications.

Course Description and Target Audience

Overview of the Behavioral Scientist role in family medicine residencies and current guidelines for psychosocial medicine. Example curriculum and detailed introduction to the Patient-Centered Observation Form (PCOF). Wrapping up with hands-on practice using the PCOF and providing feedback. This presentation is based on current guidelines and scientific literature. A significant portion of the presentation patient-centered communication skills and outcomes, which has application for anyone whether as the patient, the medical or behavioral health provider, or as a supervisor/trainer.

The target audience is mental health providers (advanced doctoral level psychology trainees, psychologists in practice, master’s level clinicians, etc). Participants will be invited to share their own experiences, which can cause some vulnerability.

Learning Objectives

  • Participants will be able to outline the history and purpose of the behavioral scientist role in family medicine residency programs.
  • Participants will be able to identify methods for teaching behavioral science in family medicine residency programs.
  • Participants will be able to practice using the Patient-Centered Observation Form and providing feedback.
  • Participants will be able to identify other opportunities for fulfilling the “educator” role of any Behavioral Health Consultant practicing in a medical setting.

Presenter Information

Arissa Walberg received her PhD in Counseling Psychology from Colorado State University and completed her postdoc in Portland, OR where she integrated behavioral health into two of the county’s high school-based health clinics. Dr. Walberg spent the last five years in Yakima, WA providing behavioral health services at a family medicine residency clinic and teaching medical residents and psychology interns to do the same. She is now the Lead Psychologist at PeaceHealth in Eugene, OR where she is integrating behavioral health services into the pediatric clinics.

Location and Costs

$62.50 - Regular registration fee
$46.88 - 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 Community Health of Central Washington, 1806 W. Lincoln Ave., Yakima, WA 98902.

*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.