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A Landmark Course in PCBH

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. Our participants go on to become productive and valued team members in primary care, helping their practices embrace integration and provide better, more efficient patient care. Many alumni have become integration leaders and change-makers throughout the US.  PCBH includes a range of topics from orientation to current health care issues like the Patient-Centered Medical Home or dealing with unhealthy substance use,  to cultural influences on health care. This course acknowledges the skills of specialty mental health clinicians and helps to translate prior knowledge and experience to the fast-paced, evidence-based, generalist culture of primary care.

Our comprehensive 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, continues to be a nationally recognized voice 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.  

Download a printable two-page flyer about the course to share with colleagues and decision-makers.  HERE

Who should take this course?

Behavioral Health professionals, especially those transitioning from specialty mental health care to integrated primary care practices.

Elements of the Course

  • The program consists of 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 
  • PCBH is given four times each academic year, we collect completion data for CE/CME at the end of each session;  you must finish the requirements of the course during the session you have registered for in order to receive CE/CME credit, you have access to all materials for one month after the semester deadline date

Click for Curriculum Outline

How long does this course take to complete?

The course is given in sessions lasting 12-13 weeks, four times during the academic year, September through June

PCBH Course Schedule

PCBH Course Fall 1

  • Registration Opens: 3/22/2021
  • Registration Closes: 9/4/2021
  • Course Opens: 9/1/2021
  • Last Day to Finish Requirements: 11/30/2021
  • Course Access Ends: 12/31/2021

PCBH Course Fall 2

  • Registration Opens: 8/31/2021
  • Registration Closes: 10/31/2021
  • Course Opens: 11/1/2021
  • Last Day to Finish Requirements: 1/31/2022
  • Course Access Ends: 2/28/2022

PCBH Course Spring 1

  • Registration Opens: 10/31/2021
  • Registration Closes: 1/1/2022
  • Course Opens: 1/4/2022
  • Last Day to Finish Requirements: 3/31/2022
  • Course Access Ends: 4/30/22

PCBH Course Spring 2

  • Registration Opens: 1/1/2022
  • Registration Closes: 3/5/2022
  • Course Opens: 3/1/2022
  • Last Day to Finish Requirements: 5/31/2022
  • Course Access Ends: 6/30/2022

Who teaches the Course?

PCBH was developed by Dr. Alexander Blount, EdD. During the course, Dr. Blount partners with physicians and clinicians who understand and support the integration of mental health and physical health.  Most of the faculty for this training program have worked in integrated primary care settings and their perspective alongside Dr. Blount's expertise and experience as a clinical psychologist offers an engaging educational dialogue.

Link to PCBH Faculty

How much does PCBH cost?

  • $1600 with CE/CME 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 of 10+ and UMass discounts available, please contact a learning specialist
  • For our refund policy, please click here for details

Is this course eligible for continuing education credits?

Approximately 36 hours (varying depending on the certifying agency). Click here for details


  • Great course with a lot of information that is appropriate for use in an FQHC! This has really enhanced my skills beyond the Collaborative Care model originally trained in. Thank you.
  • I will be recommending this course as part of our organization's training for BHCs. The instructors, information, and course format was OUTSTANDING!!!!
  • I appreciated having multiple ways to learn information (i.e., readings, videos, cases) from a variety of instructors, and the ability to return to the course from where I left off.
  • This is one of the best courses I have ever taken. I cannot thank you enough for taking the time to put such an excellent course together that will be a huge benefit to so many. Thank you!
  • Excellent course. I was very pleasantly surprised by how relevant the material is to my work. I will be using most of this material to help move my large primary care organization in the right direction.