Catalyze change in healthcare that results in major improvements in health outcomes for women and their families.

 

The Integrated Behavioral Healthcare - Women’s Health graduate certificate focuses on the integrated healthcare needs of women from adolescence through older adulthood. Program content examines the comprehensive bio/psycho/social/spiritual/ cultural needs of women, including care quality improvements needed in reproductive, gynecological, prenatal, postpartum settings, common minor and acute health problems, as well as influences that affect women’s lives. Emphasis on Integrated Behavioral Health Interventions used in health promotion, risk reduction, clinical decision making and management of Women’s health issues, perinatal care of mothers and infants, and gynecological health.

Learn more about the certificate below.

Benefits

Benefits of this certificate include:

  • Enhance your professional knowledge, skills, and career potential in field of integrated healthcare practices
  • Enrich your understanding of the major women’s health issues and care needs as well as the importance of promoting mental wellness and risk reduction
  • Serve as catalysts for healthcare reform and improvement for women
  • 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
Curriculum

Upon completion of the certificate program, graduates will:

  • 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

Explore the curriculum below.

 

Cost: $5,050
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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.

IBH – Women’s Health Certificate Description

This Integrated Behavioral Health, Women’s Health specialty certificate focuses on the integrated healthcare needs of women from adolescence through older adulthood. Program content examines the comprehensive bio/psycho/social/spiritual/ cultural needs of women, including care quality improvements needed in reproductive, gynecological, prenatal, postpartum settings, common minor and acute health problems, as well as influences that affect women’s lives. Emphasis on Integrated Behavioral Health Interventions used in health promotion, risk reduction, clinical decision making and management of Women’s health issues, perinatal care of mothers and infants, and gynecological health.

Integrated Behavioral Health – Women’s Health 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 – Women’s Health 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.

Curriculum

Curriculum & Training

The Integrated Behavioral Health – Women’s Health 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.

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 IBH- Women’s Health certificate program

A total of fourteen (14) credit hours will be required for graduation. Required courses will make up fourteen (14) credit hours.

Maximum Timeframe

The Maximum Time frame to complete the certificate program is measured in calendar years for the Integrated Behavioral Health – Women’s Health 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 – Women’s Health 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 – Women’s Health 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 – 10 credit hours – required 
DBH 9903 Biodyne Model III: Behavioral Interventions for Families & Couples 3 The focus of this course will be on integrated behavioral health interventions for couples and families. Emphasis will be placed on biopsychosocial assessment, individual, couples, and family dynamics, as well as maladaptive personality and coping styles that play causal roles in physical symptoms and chronic illness.  Pre-req.

DBH 1000, DBH 9901

DBH 9010 Psychopharmacology for the DBH 3 The course provides an overview of psychopharmacology, including basics of pharmacology sufficient to understand mechanisms of action, side effect profiles, interaction effects, and other issues related to the biology of psychotropic medications. The course emphasizes responsible psychotropic medication use, with a focus on which patients are likely to be medication responsive and which patients would be better treated with other (behavioral) interventions. Pre-req.

DBH 1000, DBH 9901

DBH 9021 Women’s Health 1 The Women’s Health course elective focuses on the integrated healthcare needs of women from adolescence through older adulthood. Program content examines the comprehensive bio/psycho/social/spiritual/ cultural needs of women, including care quality improvements needed in reproductive, gynecological, prenatal, postpartum settings, common minor and acute health problems, as well as influences that affect women’s lives. Emphasis on Integrated Behavioral Health Interventions used in health promotion, risk reduction, clinical decision making and management of Women’s health issues, perinatal care of mothers and infants, and gynecological health.  Pre-req.

DBH 1000 & DBH 9901

DBH 9026 Trauma-Informed Care 3 This course provides an in-depth exploration of the impact of trauma on health outcomes. Students will identify operational practices that may re-traumatize patients and lead to provider burnout, and develop realistic strategies for mitigating or resolving trauma history and compassion fatigue. Students will pitch ideas for healthcare systems who’ve set out to meet Triple Aim requirements as well as reduce provider burnout and compassion fatigue. Pre-req: 

DBH 1000

DBH 9901

* 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.