Lead your organization to embrace integration & provide better, more efficient patient care.

 

The Integrated Behavioral Healthcare Leadership Certificate delivers training in transformational servant leadership which directly result in desired clinical and financial outcomes. This certificate explores leadership styles and operational structures that promote integration amongst disciplines and healthcare providers.

Learn more about the certificate below.

Benefits

Benefits of this certificate include:

  • Enhance your understanding of models of primary care integration and business and funding initiatives required for successful integration
  • Articulate the centrality of integration to the mission of your organization
  • Implement effective leadership impacting healthcare staff satisfaction, attrition/retainment, and cost containment
  • Serve as catalysts for healthcare reform and improvement
  • Learn from national experts in the field and network with peers
  • Certificate coursework at CGI may transfer to degree-seeking programs, such as the DBH

 

Cost: $4,700
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VA Education Benefits Eligible

 

Entry Points: Fall & Spring I
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About the Certificate

Integrated Behavioral Health Certificate Description

The Integrated Behavioral Health (IBH) certificate will focus on use of evidence-based models of integrated behavioral health delivery for the clinical provider who is working in fast-paced primary care or specialty medical settings. Assessment tools appropriate for use in electronic health records for common chief mental health complaints and comorbid health conditions will be covered, and limitations of these assessment tools will be discussed. Special attention will be paid to the skill set needed to enter integrated care settings and market oneself effectively as a new Behavioral Health Consultant.able to perceive for themselves.

Five specialty areas are offered, each of which reflect the need for specific and advanced training in clinical practice with certain populations. Adult, Gerontology, Military Families & Veterans, and Women’s Health specialty tracks provide coursework to prepare the student to understand the epidemiology and prevalence of mental health disorders, chronic disease, and comorbidities specific to the population of focus, as well as evidence-based interventions that effectively address these issues to improve overall health and quality of life for these populations in medical settings and communities.

Students completing this certificate in any of the speciality areas will be better prepared as healthcare professionals to deliver integrated clinical care, consult with medical teams as a leader and integration expert, and to launch innovative practice models that offer unique value propositions to the healthcare marketplace.

Integrated Behavioral Healthcare Leadership Certificate Description

This Integrated Behavioral Healthcare Leadership certificate delivers training in transformational servant leadership which directly result in desired clinical and financial outcomes. This certificate explores leadership styles and operational structures that promote integration amongst disciplines and healthcare providers. Students will analyze their own leadership style and examine the types of leaders and team members they will need to improve population health, per capita costs, and the healthcare experience while maintaining a high quality, balanced work life for providers.

Leadership in healthcare is in a constant state of {r}evolution based on competing priorities. Effective leadership directly affects healthcare staff satisfaction, attrition/retainment, and cost containment. When healthcare organization staff are well supported by leadership, they experience more joy in work which improves patient satisfaction and experience of care as well as health outcomes. The promotion of effective communication and positive attitudes enhances a healthy environment for all employees and staff. Despite the growing need, few individuals have received training on models of primary care integration and business and funding initiatives required for successful integration. This leadership-focused graduate certificate can help you pursue roles that focus on the operations of integrated care systems.

Integrated Behavioral Healthcare Leadership Certificate Program Outcomes

  1. Consult effectively with the medical team as a behavioral health expert using knowledge of medical culture and acute, chronic, and comorbid conditions.
  2. Deliver evidence-based screening, assessment, and behavioral interventions appropriate for primary care and specialty medical settings.
  3. Design cost-effective population health approaches to treating chronic and comorbid conditions while addressing social determinants of health.
  4. Design and evaluate evidence-based practice for behavioral conditions in medical settings based on principles of quality improvement
  5. Create a business case based on a population health approach to improving access to quality, integrated healthcare.

Program Completion

Completion of this program results in a transcript designation of certificate completion for Integrated Behavioral Health – Leadership in the student’s profession. This signals to prospective employers and professional organizations an advanced level of training.

This graduate certificate does not lead to state or federal licensure or other credentials in a clinical field.

Marketplace Demand

The US healthcare system is the most costly in the world, and providers are under great pressure to systematically approach changing care delivery. As the IBH model in healthcare continues to grow quickly, the opportunity for employment has outpaced the number of trained providers, creating a workforce gap. CGI non-degree certificate programs provide specific training in patient- and family-centered care, quality measurement and improvement including redesign of primary care services and structures, population health and disease management designs, cost savings and return on investment analyses, and innovative financing approaches. With this incredibly unique skill set, CGI Graduates are in high demand in the healthcare marketplace.

Cummings Graduate Institute cannot assure employment or job placement to graduates upon program/course completion or graduation from the institution.

Graduate Employment Opportunities

The Cummings Institute cannot assure employment or job placement upon graduation, however our graduates will be prepared to work as behavioral health consultants, providers, and/or managers in primary healthcare settings, including hospitals and emergency departments, Primary Care Medical Homes, Federally Qualified Health Centers, Accountable Care Organizations, managed behavioral healthcare organizations, specialty mental health and substance abuse treatment settings, preventative care and disease management programs, and/or new business start-ups.

Our graduates become productive and valued leaders in healthcare, helping their organizations embrace integration and provide better, more efficient patient care.

Curriculum

Curriculum & Training

The Integrated Behavioral Health – Leadership certificate program curriculum delivers training that will prepare providers to implement patient-centered care, achieve medical cost savings, and reduce the healthcare provider burnout that is often a result from practices that have adopted the Triple Aim as an operational framework. Certificate program students additionally learn to address the Fourth Aim keeping healthcare provider and staff morale and quality of life in mind as we seek to improve patient experience of care, population health outcomes, and reduce the cost of care.

Students who enroll in and complete non-degree certificate programs must meet the same admission eligibility requirements as the DBH program, and may transfer coursework to a degree-seeking program of study should they decide to continue with their studies.

Graduates will be prepared to work as behavioral health consultants, providers, directors, and managers in primary healthcare settings, including hospitals, Primary Care Medical Homes, Federally Qualified Health Centers, and specialty medical settings.

Upon completion of the certificate program, graduates will:

  • Facilitate transparent communication through information sharing, transitions of care, hand-off communications and other key activities to help ensure a patient’s care, treatment, and services across the care continuum
  • Understand the impact of policy, legislation, and funding on successful implementation of quality improvements in adult healthcare settings
  • Consult effectively with the medical team as a behavioral health expert using knowledge of medical culture and acute, chronic, and comorbid conditions
  • Deliver evidence-based screening, assessment, and behavioral interventions appropriate for primary care and specialty medical settings
  • Design cost-effective population health approaches to treating chronic and comorbid conditions while addressing social determinants of health
  • Design and evaluate evidence-based practice for behavioral conditions in medical settings based on principles of quality improvement
  • Create a business case based on a population health approach to improving access to quality, integrated healthcare

Credit Hours

Student will earn one (1) unit for the Foundations course and one (1) to three (3) credits for each required course.

Number of clock and/or credit hours for the Integrated Behavioral Healthcare Leadership Certificate program

A total of thirteen (13) credit hours will be required for graduation. Required courses will make up thirteen (13) credit hours.

Maximum Timeframe

The Maximum Time frame to complete the certificate program is measured in calendar years for the Integrated Behavioral Health – Leadership certificate program. Students must complete the program within two (2) years and are only permitted to attempt 16 credits before program termination. However, if exceptions are granted by the Director of the DBH Program, students may complete their certificate program within three (3) years of enrollment.

Minimum Timeframe

The Minimum Timeframe to complete the program is measured in calendar years for the Integrated Behavioral Health – Leadership certificate program. Students enrolling with no transfer credits must participate in the program for a minimum of one (1) year.

Course List and Descriptions

Integrated Behavioral Health – Leadership Certificate

 

Foundations of Doctoral Study – 1 credit hour – required
Course Number Course Title Credit Hours Course Description Pre- or Co- requisites
DBH 1000 Foundations of the Biodyne Model 1 The focus of this course is on the Biodyne (Greek for “life change”) Model of brief, focused interventions across the lifespan developed by the renowned psychologist Dr. Nicholas A. Cummings and his daughter, psychologist Dr. Janet Cummings. Emphasis will be placed on the Biodyne assessment and intervention model rather than one-size-fits-all approaches to psychotherapy. This course will focus on use of the Biodyne Model of assessment and intervention for the DBH working in fast-paced primary care settings as well as other models of integrated healthcare delivery. Assessment tools for common chief mental health complaints and comorbid health conditions will be covered, and limitations of these assessment tools will be discussed. Co-req:

DBH 9901 

Core Course – 3 credit hours – required 
DBH 9901 Biodyne Model I: The Biodyne Model in Integrated Care Settings 3 This course is an orientation to the program and to the essential skills needed to pursue a Doctor of Behavioral Health degree. Doctoral level skills, such as academic integrity, time management, effective use of the library, comprehending complex scholarly texts and research articles, and APA form and style in professional communication are also introduced. Students will learn to formulate ideas, search for and appraise text and online resources, and critically analyze and thoughtfully synthesize research findings. The student will become familiar with various writing and communication formats, and practice those appropriate to their degree and career goals.  Special attention will be paid to the skill set needed to enter integrated care settings, the use of the Biodyne Model in these environments,  and how to market oneself effectively as a new Behavioral Health Consultant. Co-Req:

DBH 1000

Specialty Courses – 9 credit hours – required 
DBH 9014 Quality in Healthcare 3 This course provides an overview of healthcare quality management including performance measurement and models of pay for performance. Students will explore current healthcare legislation and its effects on these models. This course prepares behavioral health clinicians to provide care consistent with quality measures used in primary care and other medical settings within healthcare reform paradigms. At the end of the course, students will have completed several of the required courses towards the Institute for Healthcare Improvement’s Basic Certificate in Quality & Safety. Pre-req.

DBH 1000

DBH 9901

Recommended Pre-req:

DBH 9012 

DBH 9015 Business Practices for the Biodyne Entrepreneur 3 This course addresses legal, ethical, and business considerations associated with the professional practice of Doctors of Behavioral Health. Professional ethical standards and codes of ethics are compared and contrasted. Special attention will be given to models of management and organizational leadership, financial and legal considerations in structuring a business, and legal requirements in healthcare practice. Emphasis is given to professional development and entrepreneurial opportunity as a Doctor of Behavioral Health. Pre-req.

DBH 1000

DBH 9901

Recommended Pre-req:

DBH 9902

DBH 9012

DBH 9014

DBH 9018 Leadership & Strategic Development in Healthcare 3 This course explores leadership styles and operational structures that promote integration amongst disciplines and healthcare providers. Students will begin to analyze their own leadership style and to examine the types of leaders and team members they will need to gather to improve population health, per capita costs, and the healthcare experience while maintaining a high quality, balanced work life for providers.   Pre-req. 

DBH 1000

DBH 9901

Recommended Pre-req:

DBH 9902

DBH 9012

DBH 9014

* An enrollment exception may be granted to non-degree seeking students per the discretion of the Director. If granted, a non-degree seeking student may be advised to withdraw from a course per the discretion of the Director and/or course Faculty.