- Meghan Fondow, PhD, Director of Behavioral Health, Access Community Health Centers, Madison, WI
- Elizabeth Zeidler Schreiter, PsyD, Chief Behavioral Health Officer, Access Community Health Centers, Madison, WI
- Arissa Walberg, PhD, Site Training Director, BHC, Community Health of Central Washington, Yakima WA
- Travis Cos, PhD, Primary Care Mental Health Integrated Psychologist, Veterans Affairs, Philadelphia, PA
As the field of integrated care continues to grow, the demand for well-trained, well-prepared behavioral health providers ready to work in complex health systems has also increased. There has been significant effort to identify core competencies for behavioral health providers working in integrated care models in recent years which can help shape training programs. However, the perspective of the student has not been included. While clinical skills, communication skills, consultant skills are typically emphasized by training programs, students are often looking for other factors when searching for training opportunities at various levels. These can include geography, diversity of patient population, diversity of faculty/staff, opportunities for research, opportunities for program development, understanding the complexities of the health care system and more. The goal of this session is to briefly review core competencies utilized in training programs, and then gather feedback from students in the audience. Presenters represent 3 training program sites across the country. Small group discussions will provide an opportunity for students to share with each other what factors they value in training programs. Groups will be asked to report out their findings, and audience members will be asked to rank their findings through an interactive poll. The results can be utilized by students to organize their thinking and decision making as they progress through graduate training, and by training directors to understand how students select training sites.
- Understand basic core competencies for behavioral health integrated care
- Identify additional factors relevant to students in integrated care training
- Understand which student-centered factors are relevant to include in workforce development efforts in integrated care