Doctor of Behavioral Health Program

Physician CME

Physician Online Continuing Education and Certificate in Integrated Behavioral Health in Primary Care

Practical Skills Tailored for the Primary Care Physician Practitioner and Leader

The Arizona State University College of Health Solutions and Doctor of Behavioral Health program is pleased to announce the first in a series of Online Physician Continuing Education Modules on key topics in integrated behavioral health care:

  • Integrating Behavioral Health into Primary Care: What’s In It for a PCP?
  • Building the Infrastructure for Integrated Primary Care Behavioral Health: The Nuts and Bolts of Effective Service
  • Controlled Substances and Pain in Primary Care: Strategies for Managing Risk and Improving Care
  • Integrating Behavioral Health into Pediatric Care: What’s In It for a PCP?
  • Working with Patients’ Families in Primary and Pediatric Care

The training and learning modules are 100% online and can be completed at your own pace. The content includes:

  • Micro-lectures by physicians and psychologists
  • Video-recordings of key practices
  • Supplementary readings and workflows
  • Physician decision support tools
  • Physician and patient web resources
  • Recommended smartphone Apps for patients

Physicians are in the front lines of transformation of primary care being shaped by the Affordable Care Act, such the Patient-Centered Medical Home (PCMH) model and the Accountable Care Organization (ACO). A key focus in the PCMH and ACO is improved prevention and management of chronic disease based on the emerging model of integrated behavioral health, the coordinated treatment of:

  • Chronic medical conditions such as diabetes and hypertension
  • Lifestyle problems such as poor nutrition, physical inactivity, smoking and obesity that underlie poor disease outcome, and;
  • Behavioral conditions such as depression, anxiety and substance abuse that are highly comorbid with chronic medical disease

In spite of the key role for physicians as the team leader in the PCMH/ACO mode, most training on these key integrated behavioral health topics are designed for behavioral clinicians (psychologists, social workers). In contrast, these online education modules aredesigned by physicians and experienced primary care psychologists for physicians.

The education and training is designed to answer questions such as:

  • What is integrated behavioral care? Why is it important? What’s in it for me?
  • How can I practice integrated care as a physician?
  • How can I transform my existing clinical staff into a high performing integrated care team?
  • What is the new Behavioral Health Consultant in primary care? Do I need to add one to my team?


The Physician Online CME in Integrated Behavioral Health will launch in 2016. For more information and to sign-up for our email distribution list updates please submit an email to: