5 minute read. Original post here. In 2018, I had a sweet setup for my work commute. My friend, who also worked downtown, would pick me up at my house, use the carpool lane on the highway, and drop me off in front of my office building. When I offered to pay for gas, he […]
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2 minute read The role of mindfulness meditation in reducing stress, anxiety and depression is well established, with a 2017 meta-analysis linking such practices to better control of the sympathetic nervous system (Pascoe et al., 2017). Key to the practice of mindfulness is present-state awareness, also referred to as flow (Davis & Ludwig, 2018). In […]
3 minute read I recently received an emotionally laden call from a close friend of mine, Jessica, that sucked the air right out of me. Jessica is the mother of “Chrissy,” a 30-year-old woman with profound intellectual and developmental disabilities (IDD) who lives at home. My agency has provided Chrissy with supports in Jessica’s home […]
3 minute read If neurons are the brain’s rock stars, then glia are its supporting cast. Although neurons are the only brain cells that can transmit electrical signals, glia maintain energy homeostasis via glycogen storage and regulation (Dienel & Carlson, 2019) and are intimately involved in the production and regulation of two essential neurotransmitters: GABA […]
5 minute read We work with children, adolescents, and adults with chronic conditions: mental illness, medical conditions, intellectual or developmental disabilities. We do the very best we can to treat the patient, but what about their siblings? What about them? The first memory Nathan has is being in the hospital. He says, “I pretty well […]
3 minute read Behavioral economics, as proposed by Kahneman and Tversky, was created in response to neoclassical theories that endorse rational decision-making (Reuter & Montag, 2016). According to Nobel laureate, Daniel Kahneman, people make decisions based on heuristics and biases, which, depending on the situation, may or may not yield the greatest gain (Kahneman, 2011). […]
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This Is How We Do It - Crisis WHOs in Primary CareIn this segment of "This Is How We Do It," Jessica Sevecke-Hanrahan explains how they do crisis warm handoffs in primary care at Geisinger Health System.
Psych SIG Meeting: Teaching Integrated Care to Diverse Psychiatry LearnTeaching Integrated Care to Diverse Psychiatry Learners
Tuesday, July 6, 2021
During this session, Dr. Toor will talk about integrated care training for diverse psychiatric learners at UW including residents, fellows and community psychiatric providers.
Bio: Dr. Toor is C-L psychiatrist who completed her residency from Baystate Medical Center and C-L fellowship from Cambridge Health Alliance. She is currently faculty at University of Washington, working as a psychiatric consultant in two primary care clinics where she practices the Collaborative Care Model. She is program director of integrated care fellowship and faculty lead for integrated care training in residency. She got interested in Integrated care models especially Collaborative Care during her 4th year residency when she was trying to figure out ways to improve access to mental health care. Other than Integrated Care she is also interested in Perinatal Psychiatry and part of a team who does phone consultations for WA state providers.
Families and Health SIG Webinar - July 2021Assessing Family-Level Processes, Lifestyle, Resources and Social Capital in Primary Care Settings with the Family Health Scale
July 15, 2021, @ 1-2 pm EST
Primary care is an ideal setting to deliver preventative, family-based interventions. However, until recently a standard instrument to assess family health in clinical settings did not exist. To fill this gap, our interdisciplinary team of public health researchers, family scientists, mental health providers and a primary care physician, developed, validated and published a 10-item Family Health Scale (FHS) in 2020. The FHS measures: 1) Family social and emotional processes, 2) Family healthy lifestyle, 3) Family health resources and 4) Family external social capital. In this webinar, the presenters will discuss the development of the FHS as well as subsequent research and clinical applications in the areas of COVID-19 impact, obesity, couples research and integrated care pediatrics.
1. Describe the importance of assessing family health in primary care settings
2. Demonstrate the development, validation and screening potential of the Family Health Scale
3. Discuss current and future applications of the Family Health Scale in research and clinical settings
Jerica M. Berge, Ph.D., MPH, LMFT, CFLE
Ali Crandall, PhD, MPH
Nomi Weiss-Laxer, PhD, MPH, MA
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This channel is dedicated to promoting behavioral health integration into primary care in hopes of fortifying and strengthening the system as a whole. Through interviews, role-plays, intervention metaphors, and videos alike, primary care team members of all disciplines can learn the ins and outs of working efficiently and effectively within the primary care system. Additionally, the channel highlights contextual-based behavioral interventions (e.g., focused Acceptance and Commitment Therapy [fACT]) commonly used in primary care. Dr. Bauman produces these videos in collaboration with the Collaborative Family Healthcare Association.