- Ruth Nutting, PhD, LMFT, Adjunct Assistant Professor, Arizona State University, Tempe, AZ
- Maria Arrojo, MA, CGAS, Behavioral Health Integration Manager, PPOC Behavioral Health Integration Program, Boston Children's Hospital, Northampton, MA
- Brittany Huelett, PhD, Associate Marriage and Family Therapist and Assistant Professor, Texas Women's University, Denton, TX
- Lydia Jones, LCSW, Clinical Training Manager, evolvedMD, Scottsdale, AZ
Background: Family-centered primary care requires interdisciplinary teamwork to effectively respond to patients and families complex needs. Collaboration among team members is crucial in delivering systemic biopsychosocial intervention. The integration of behavioral health clinicians (BHCs) as team members is an effective approach to fostering collaboration. Additionally, BHCs play a key role in improving clinical outcomes, decreasing medical costs, improving patient and provider satisfaction, and enhancing expertise among primary care providers (PCPs) and other team members. Rational: This presentation will highlight how BHCs can facilitate interdisciplinary collaboration within primary care settings while simultaneously enhancing a family-centered approach to care. Four seasoned behavioral health experts, representing diverse integrated primary care settings throughout the US, will identify the relevant steps in initiating and maintaining team member engagement. To highlight each step of engagement, the behavioral health experts will share video segments of interdisciplinary professionals and patients sharing their experiences, lessons learned, and suggestions for interdisciplinary engagement and collaboration in providing family-centered primary care. Presentation: We will first provide an overview of the tenets of interdisciplinary collaboration and approaches to family-centered primary care (13 min). Then, we will identify skills and techniques for BHCs to utilize in fostering engagement in collaboration. An accompanying video will highlight a physician assistant’s perspective on this initial stage (10 min). Next, we will define approaches to maintaining team-based engagement. A video will garner a physician’s insight into maintaining communication and shared care of patients (10 min). Lastly, we will illustrate specific ways in which BHCs enhance the family experience of team-based care via a videoed family interview (15 min). Q&A will conclude (12 min).
- Define the Tenets of Family-Centered Interdisciplinary Collaboration in Primary Care
- Identify Skills and Techniques Behavioral Health Consultants Utilize to Foster Family-Centered Interdisciplinary Collaboration
- Discuss Families' and Interdisciplinary Professionals' Experiences, Insights, and Suggestions for Family-Centered Interdisciplinary Collaboration