Integrated Health Psychology Training Program

Organization Type: 
Educational Institution
Program Type: 
Curriculum/Track
Education Level: 
Graduate
Postgraduate (e.g., residency, fellowship)
Educational Elements: 
Lecture/Didactic
Experiential including clinical contact with patients
Program Description: 

The Integrated Health Psychology Training Program provides generalist clinical psychology professional training with the goal of developing a trainee’s competence in providing psychological services within an integrated community health setting.Best described as a practitioner-scholar training program, this program prepares trainees with advanced training and skills for best practices in clinical psychology, in the context of integrated health care settings.

Goals include the acquisition of competencies in

  1. Assessment
  2. Treatment planning and intervention
  3. Consultation, supervision and professional behavior
  4. Integration of science & practice

Trainees are instructed and supervised in the biopsychosocial model (Engel, 1980) with a focus on evidence-based practice and research in behavioral medicine. Interdisciplinary teamwork, cultural competency, ethics, and professionalism are emphasized throughout the training. Specific activities are linked to each level of training, and competencies for each level of training are graded in complexity throughout the year.

This program is embedded within the Contra Costa Health System (CCHS).  CCHS is a comprehensive county health system that meets the needs of county residents in a variety of ways. The Contra Costa Health Plan (CCHP) now serves over 100,000 people in Contra Costa County and continues to be at the forefront of offering comprehensive, quality health coverage. CCHP members choose from an extensive network of County operated Health Centers, the Regional Medical Center in Martinez (CCRMC) or the plan's Community Physicians Network of private doctors and community hospitals. CCHP was the first federally qualified, state licensed, county sponsored HMO in the United States. 

The internship program functions as a captive site for Wright Institute students and is currently conducting a self-study through the Commission on Accreditation, with the goal of becoming an APA accredited exclusively affiliated internship for the 2014-15 training year. Questions related to the program's accredited status should be directed to the Commission on Accreditation: Office of Program Consultation and Accreditation American Psychological Association 750 1st Street, NE, Washington, DC 20002 Phone: (202) 336-5979 / E-mail: [email protected] Web: www.apa.org/ed/accreditation.

Evaluated: 
Yes
Targeted Professions
Physicians: 
Family Medicine
Pharmacy: 
Ambulatory Care
Psychology: 
Clinical
Self-Reported Competencies
PCPCC’s Education and Training Task Force identified 16 interprofessional training competencies critical for preparing health professionals for practicing in team-based, coordinated care models such as patient-centered medical homes. Listed below are the self-reported competencies that this program has achieved, which have been organized by the five core features of a medical home as defined by the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality
Patient-Centered Care Competencies: 
Advocacy for patient-centered integrated care
Cultural sensitivity and competence in culturally appropriate practice
Development of effective, caring relationships with patients
Patient-centered care planning, including collaborative decision-making and patient self-management
Comprehensive Care Competencies: 
Assessment of biopsychosocial needs across the lifespan
Coordinated Care Competencies: 
Interprofessionalism & interdisciplinary team collaboration
Quality Care & Safety Competencies: 
Assessment of patient outcomes
Evidence-based practice
Quality improvement methods, including assessment of patient-experience for use in practice-based improvement efforts
Accessible Care Competencies: 
Promotion of appropriate access to care (e.g., group appointments, open scheduling)
Last updated July 21, 2014

* Please note: Information contained in this database is self-reported by representatives from each program. It does not represent an exhaustive list of education and training programs and inclusion does not constitute an endorsement from the PCPCC.

 

Go to top