Behavioral Medicine Training

In the Family Medicine Residency at PeaceHealth Southwest we strive to maintain the biopsychosocial perspective on patients, their problems, and treatment planning. In order to do so, we have assembled an interdisciplinary team to provide both residency education and patient care. Members of the team include family medicine physician faculty with special interest in the psychosocial aspects of patient care, a social worker, a faculty member who is a family therapist with interest and training in behavioral medicine, and a clinical pharmacist.

The Behavioral Medicine portion of the Family Medicine education in residency is comprised of a longitudinal curriculum and includes training in:

  • Effective Interviewing
  • Crisis management and psychiatric emergencies
  • Psychosocial Assessment
  • Psychiatric Diagnoses
  • Brief intervention and coaching patients in self-management
  • Training in Motivational Interviewing, readiness for change, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, stress management, opportunities for co-therapy
  • Psychopharmacology
  • Management of Comorbid Disorders (substance abuse and mental health issues)

There are several venues for this training, including:

  • Elective Behavioral Medicine rotation
  • Ambulatory Care month Behavioral Health clinic
  • Active Precepting in clinic
  • Consultation with behavioral staff (social worker, family therapist) in both inpatient and outpatient settings
  • Involvement in Diabetic group visits, Healthy Lifestyles family groups, Chronic pain groups