Several large health systems are now co-locating behavioral care providers (BCPs, Primarily psychologists and social workers) in the primary care setting, side-by-side with primary care physicians (PCPs). Research has already shown when a PCP can walk the patient down the hall to the BCP's office, 90% of patients engage in treatment as opposed to only 10% of referrals today. This presages opportunities for psychotherapists who wish to participate, and this workshop will address how to anticipate, prepare and avoid the pitfalls of a new integrated behavioral/primary care delivery system.
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Distinguished Professor, University of Nevada, Reno. President of the Cummings Foundation for Behavioral Health, Inc. Former president of the American Psychological Association and recipient of psychology's highest award, the Gold Medal for Lifetime Contributions to Practice. Dr. Cummings has founded over 20 organizations, including the California School of Professional Psychology, the National Academies of Practice, and the former American Biodyne, which remains America's only clinically driven behavioral health system. He is autlilor or editor of 38 books and over 400 referenced journal articles.