Resolution on Psychologists in Integrated Primary Care and Specialty Health Care Settings

Targeted Workforce Development and Training

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Targeted Workforce Development and Training.
Despite increased interest in integrated care by health systems and consumers, barriers exist to the routine inclusion of psychologists on primary and specialty care teams including 1) challenges in recruitment, retention and training of skilled providers and leaders who value behavioral health services in health settings 2) reluctance of psychologists and healthcare providers to change practice patterns and routines, 3) need for additional funding for the inclusion of behavioral health providers within health settings by health systems and payers, and 4) stigma related to mental health issues in and outside health settings. Increasingly, graduate school training recognizes the importance of integrated care, and many programs offer training opportunities in health psychology, inter-professional practice, and working in healthcare settings. Three primary areas of workforce development need to be addressed to ensure that practicing psychologists develop the competencies to work in or collaborate with primary and specialty health professionals) training for mid-career psychologists without prior integrated care experience 2) trainers and supervisors of psychology trainees and other disciplines and, 3) healthcare and payer system-level education on the value and benefits of integrated care.

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