Link to PCBH Certificate Course Registration

Course Details

  • The course is given throughout the academic year, September through June.
  • 22 pre-recorded e-learning modules that can be watched at any time and at your own pace; each takes about 1.5-2 hours to view and engage
  • With your registration, you have access to live, online Q&A sessions with Dr. Blount and/or UMass faculty for 12 months--Click here for the current schedule.
  • We collect data for CE/CME 4 times during the academic year, you must finish the requirements of the course in 1 semester to receive CE/CME credit, but you have access to all materials for 12 months

Course Objectives

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Technology Requirements

  • For online content:  An internet connected device with speakers: laptop, desktop computer, tablet 
  • For live Q&A sessions: best done on a broadband connection.  You can find the current schedule here.

Continuing Education credits available

Approximately 36 hours (varying depending on certifying agency)

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Tuition and Payment

  • $1200 per individual—please note that we do not allow multiple individuals to view the course with a single registration.  Each individual must register separately.
  • Payment can be made by credit card, check, or institutional PO
  • Group rates and UMass discounts available, please contact a learning specialist

Refund Policy:   Click here for details

Watch this short clip from the course

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Certificate in Primary Care Behavioral Health

New course opening in March!  Register now by clicking the button to the left.

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For more than a decade, psychologists, social workers, counselors, physicians and psychiatrists have learned from this in-depth course how to develop their behavioral health skills to become productive and valued team members in primary care, helping their practices embrace integration and provide better more efficient patient care. PCBH includes a range of topics from an orientation to current health care reform issues like the Patient-Centered Medical Home, the Affordable Care Act, and ACOs to cultural influences on health care. This course acknowledges the  skills of specialty mental health clinicians and helps to translate them to the fast-paced, evidence-based, generalist culture of primary care.

Our certificate course was developed by Dr. Alexander Blount, EdD who is also the founder of CIPC and its Director Emeritus.  Sandy, as he is universally known, is a pioneer in the field of integration.  He has been a thought-leader for many federal, state and private organizations involved in behavioral health and integration. His experience and knowledge of integration initiatives across the country inform this course.

Testimonials--what our students say:

“You should know that we use the PCBH course as a standard of measure for any applicant...”

"The best formal preparation for working as a behavioral health professional within primary care.”

"...having gone through the course, and seeing  the amazing number of resources I think it was an excellent value. In fact this was one of the best CME courses I have taken. “

"After working as a clinical researcher in primary care for many years, I enrolled in course hoping to pick up some further perspectives and insights. I not only broadened my perspective on primary care behavioral health, but learned far more about my field than I ever anticipated. This course was incredibly valuable in my daily work with patients and providers and has had a profound impact on how I view my role within the primary care system. Any mental/ behavioral health specialist currently working in, or contemplating working in primary care should definitely take this course.”

The course covers the following topics in on-demand e-learning sessions that feature dialogues between practicing primary care physicians and BH clinicians AND live online Q&A webinars with Dr. Blount and/or UMass faculty:

  • Creating and Managing an Integrated Primary Care Practice
  • Bio-Psycho-Social Treatment
  • Dealing with Substances and Pain in Primary Care
  • Behavioral Health and Pediatrics
  • Serious Mental Illness
  • Population Health in Primary Care
  • Families, Community, Culture
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