Continuous Professional Development

Continuous Professional Development2.jpgThe Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences is working towards a time where everyone living with a mental health or substance use disorder receives effective care for mental health, physical health, and substance use problems. To that end, we provide training to existing mental health specialists and other healthcare providers in order to create more access points to effective mental health care. Our Continuous Professional Development programs support our mission of improving the health of the public, and are in line with Washington State’s plan to fully integrate care for mental health, substance use and physical health by the year 2020.


TRAINING FOR PSYCHIATRISTS
Integrated Care Training for Psychiatrists
In partnership with the American Psychiatric Association, the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences has developed a new, online training module designed to teach psychiatrists the principles behind effective integrated care and the skills necessary to provide psychiatric consultation to an integrated care team. This new integrated care training program, Applying the Integrated Care Approach, focuses on Collaborative Care, a type of integrated care that has emerged as the strongest evidence-based approach as demonstrated through numerous clinical trials. Psychiatrists will learn how to adapt psychiatric skills for team-based patient assessment and treatment, incorporate Collaborative Care principles into current practice, and start a new Collaborative Care team or improve upon an existing one. The module is full of interactive activities and guided reflections and is available for CME credit.

Collaborative Care Implementation
The Advancing Integrated Mental Health Solutions (AIMS) Center offers implementation support to organizations planning and implementing patient-centered, evidence-based integrated care. The specific configuration of services is customized to meet the needs of each implementing organization or initiative and can include in-person training and/or distance learning courses in core content areas such as clinical preparedness, team communication, and brief intervention therapies proven to work in primary care. We train all members of the integrated care team including care managers, primary care providers, psychiatric consultants, and leadership and administrators.
 
TRAINING FOR OTHER HEALTHCARE PROFESSIONALS
The Evidence Based Practice Institute offers provider training and consultation on the implementation of evidence based practices to improve mental health treatment and access for children in communities. The University of Washington Workforce Development Task Force runs a graduate course series to prepare UW graduate students to provide and support evidence based practices for children’s mental health, and a monthly lecture series to enhance opportunities for community- and University-based professionals to learn about different EBPs, best practices, and novel directions of the field of children’s mental health. The Positive Parenting Program (Triple P) Initiative supports the implementation of a population-level approach to delivering evidence-based parenting supports for parents of children 0-12 years old with mild to moderate behavior problems. Triple P targets providers from diverse service settings to create a universal reach through primary care clinics, day cares and school systems as well as providers working with targeted populations (e.g. public health nurses and behavioral health specialists).
 
The AIMS Center offers implementation support to organizations planning and implementing patient-centered, evidence-based integrated care. The specific configuration of services is customized to meet the needs of each implementing organization or initiative and can include in-person training and/or distance learning courses in core content areas such as clinical preparedness, team communication, and brief intervention therapies proven to work in primary care. We train all members of the integrated care team including care managers, primary care providers, psychiatric consultants, and leadership and administrators.
 
COPE (Collaborative Opioid Prescribing Education) for REMS
COPE educates healthcare providers on how to safely treat and manage the care of people with chronic pain in order to improve patients’ lives and end the prescription opioid epidemic. COPE offers a suite of proven CME programs that address the urgent need to improve treatment of patients with chronic pain and ensure safe opioid prescribing practices. Offered through the University of Washington’s School of Medicine, COPE courses are designed for primary care doctors, nurses, physician assistants, and other healthcare specialists who treat patients with chronic pain and want to learn how to safely address opioid prescribing.
 
Although the primary goal of PAL is to provide telephone-based child mental health consultations for primary care providers, the team of child psychiatrists and social workers has a working principal of using the “teachable moment” to increase healthcare providers’ expertise in mental health care. When a provider is looking for help with a particular child, the PAL consultant instructs around care not just for that child, but also what the provider might need to know to help the next child in a similar situation. This increases the level of sophistication of community providers and helps them deliver some limited intervention services rather than saying a family’s only option is to wait for the specialist. Since its inception in 2008, the PAL team has performed more than 8,000 provider-to-provider consultations in Washington.
 
CALM Tools for Living is a web-based tool that guides patients, with the assistance of a clinician, through a structured therapeutic approach (CALM) that has been demonstrated to be effective in helping people reduce their anxiety and depression symptoms. CALM is an application of cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) that is short-term, flexible, and designed to help clinicians who are not necessarily experts in CBT to deliver the intervention. CALM Tools for Living is available for use by clinicians or agencies and requires the purchase of a license through UW CoMotion.
 
The PEARLS Program is a highly effective method designed to reduce depressive symptoms and improve quality of life in older adults and in all-age adults with epilepsy. During six to eight in-home sessions that take place in the client's home and focus on brief behavioral techniques, PEARLS Program counselors empower individuals to take action and to make lasting changes so that they can lead more active and rewarding lives. Training in the PEARLS program is currently administered by Training Xchange, a program of CoMotion at the University of Washington in Seattle.

 

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