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Integrating Mental Health with Medical Practice

Jun 01, 2012 9:00 am -
Jun 01, 2012 4:30 pm

Event Description

Integrating Mental Health with Medical Practice

Friday, June 1, 2012 | 9:00 am – 4:30 pm

Viles Arboretum, 153 Hospital Street, Augusta, Maine

Conference Directors: Miranda Phelps, PsyD and Roger Phelps, PsyD, Northern Light Clinical Learning Community

Behavioral health and primary medical practice are increasingly being challenged to work together to provide integrated care for patients. Recent policy health care initiatives now mandate such coordinated care via patient-centered medical homes. Getting to this goal, however, is proving complex and open to diverse strategies. This day-long conference includes presentations, panel-discussions and work groups to help attendees understand key questions underlying integration of care. Participants will then be able to explore in a collaborative way a range of potential solutions currently existing and in developmental stages.

Upon completion of this Conference participants will:

• Have a solid overview of research, recent history and issues pertaining to primary care behavioral health integration.

• Learn about models involving the continuum from least to most integrated practice.

• Better understand the complexities of the health care workplace (infrastructure, communication networks, roles) and the adjustments needed for effective collaboration.

• Be able to problem solve and explore how models might apply to their own work settings.

The conference is open to licensed clinicians in mental health disciplines (psychologists, social workers, mental health counselors and students in training in those fields), medical practitioners (nurse practitioners, nurses, physicians, physicians’ assistants, medical interns and residents), and practice managers and administrators in primary care and hospital settings. Others actively involved in the transformation to integrated care are also welcome to attend. We will be encouraging clinicians, therapists and family/pediatric site staff to get to know each other and will allocate a space at lunchtime for connecting.

The Conference Agenda

9:00 am Welcome

9:15 am Introductory remarks about Integrated Care, Roger Phelps

9:30 am Community Integration in Practice, Catherine Ryder

10:15 am Integration as Seen by a Primary Care Physician, Jim Schneid

11:00 am Break

11:15 am Nuts and Bolts of Integrated Care, Mary Jean Mork

11:45 am Embedding Oneself in Primary Care, Rob Ferguson

12:30 pm Lunch

1:30 pm Panel Discussion

2:15 pm Facilitated groups organized by discipline–physicians, mental health clinicians, nurses and administrators

3:00 pm Break

3:15 pm Facilitated Multi-Disciplinary Groups

4:00 pm Wrap up, concluding remarks, future directions, Roger Phelps

4:30 pm End of conference

Program Code: MEMH
6 CE Credits
Location: at Viles Arboretum, Augusta, Maine

$120 includes lunch

Roger Phelps, PsyD, is the clinical psychologist at HealthReach/Maine-Dartmouth Family Practice Clinic and Residency, Fairfield, ME.

Catherine Ryder, LCPC, is the Executive Director of Tri-County Mental Health System, which administers eight current integrated sites, Lewiston, ME.

James Schneid, MD, is a physician on the faculty at Maine Dartmouth Family Practice Residency, Augusta, ME, since 1983. In addition to interests in hospice and palliative care, Dr. Schneid has long been a strong force for providing truly holistic care and has been teaching and training on integrative models for many years.

Mary Jean Mork, LCSW, is a program manager at MaineHealth, Portland, ME. She is Co-Director of their Primary Care Initiative’s Patient-Centered Medical Home pilot project, which gives support and resources for practices and clinics pursuing integrated care.

Rob Ferguson, PhD, is a psychologist at the Eastern Maine Medical Center, Bangor, ME. He has been in a hospital-based practice for a number of years, focusing on short-term and brief, focused therapy. More recently, he’s been working in cancer care and pain management and has a lifelong commitment to integrated care.

Event Type:Continuing Education Program
Category:Health Psychology & Medicine
Early registration ends on Apr 16, 2012.
Regular registration starts on Apr 17, 2012 and ends on May 21, 2012.
Late registration starts on May 22, 2012.


Registration Fees
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 Integrating Mental Health with Medical Practice - MEMH
Member Fee: $120.00$120.00$120.00
Non-Member Fee: $120.00$120.00$120.00

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