This interactive course offers an overview of evidence-based behavioral health interventions. These skills are critical across all mental health and medical settings. This includes primary care, where behavioral health integration is a growing priority to improve health outcomes.

The course is led by health psychology expert Dr. Ana-Maria Vranceanu. It includes lectures, clinical resources, and role-play videos to demonstrate skills. Videos focus on skill delivery for both mental health professionals and medical specialists.

The content of this course helps you:

  • Review and contrast the biomedical and biopsychosocial models of disease
  • Implement the biopsychosocial model in your own practice
  • Help patients preserve health and prevent illness through lifestyle changes
  • Use strategies in your clinical work that aid recovery and prevent chronic illness after injury
  • Optimize management of chronic illness

The course is valuable for practitioners with all levels of experience. It is ideal for psychologists, social workers, and counselors. It is also ideal for primary care physicians, medical specialists, nurses, physician assistants, occupational and physical therapists, and more.

Take advantage of live weekly call-in times and an interactive discussion board. This provides you with a direct connection to course faculty. Ask questions, find answers, and interact with peers from across the United States and around the world.

The course is accessible via desktop, laptop, smartphone or tablet. All course content is fully on-demand so you can participate whenever your schedule allows.

Course materials are available beginning on June 1, 2020, and all online course work must be completed by July 13, 2020.

Learning Objectives

By the end of this program, participants will be able to:

  • Describe the biopsychosocial model of health and its implications for promoting health, preventing illness, and optimizing management of chronic illness.
  • Practice skills to facilitate patient lifestyle changes, including interventions to increase patient motivation and set behavioral goals.
  • Practice skills to promote recovery from acute illness/injury and prevent the transition to chronic illness, including adaptive thinking and activity pacing.
  • Practice skills focused on optimizing management of chronic disease, including interventions to increase patient adherence and quality of life.


Participants must complete each week sequentially and while completing all components of each week to receive credit, including:

  • Activity Overview
  • Video Lecture
  • Reading and Resources (required and optional)
  • Q&A with Faculty
  • Discussion Board
  • Case Assessment

Week 1

Introduction to Behavioral Medicine - Ana-Maria Vranceanu, PhD & Emily Zale, PhD

Session Goals:

  • Describe the biopsychosocial framework.
  • Recognize human tendencies to dichotomize the mind and the body.
  • Summarize differences between the biopsychosocial and biomedical models, and understand common barriers to implementing the biopsychosocial model.
  • Describe the Cognitive Behavioral Model of health and illness.
  • Explain how to implement the CBT model with a range of patients.

Week 2

Preserving Health and Preventing Illness Through Lifestyle Changes - Ana-Maria Vranceanu, PhD & Emily Zale, PhD

Session Goals:

  • Describe common non-communicable diseases that can be addressed through lifestyle behavioral changes.
  • Describe "teachable moments" for lifestyle behavioral changes.
  • Describe skills for increasing patient motivation and understand how to implement motivational interviewing skills with a range of patients.
  • Describe SMART goal setting and understand how to implement SMART goal setting with a range of patients.

Week 3

Promoting Recovery and Preventing Chronic Illness after Injury - Ana-Maria Vranceanu, PhD & Emily Zale, PhD

Session Goals:

  • Describe the biopsychosocial model and health anxiety framework that address the transition from acute to chronic illness.
  • Describe cognitive skills to promote optimal physical and mental health recovery, including adaptive thinking and dialectics, and understand how to implement cognitive skills with a range of patients.
  • Describe behavioral skills to promote gradual return to activity and physical recovery, and understand how to implement activity pacing with a range of patients.
  • Discuss evidence-based time-limited programs for optimizing recovery.

Week 4

Optimizing Management of Chronic Illness - Ana-Maria Vranceanu, PhD & Emily Zale, PhD

Session Goals:

  • Describe the biopsychosocial model of chronic illness and challenges related to chronic illness management.
  • Define the goals of chronic illness management as to increase quality of life and decrease symptom burden (vs. curative).
  • Describe skills to promote adherence to medical treatment and self-care, including problem solving, and understand how to implement skills to promote adherence with a range of patients.
  • Describe skills to promote quality of life among patients with chronic illness, including activity scheduling, and understand how to implement activity scheduling with a range of patients.


  • Director
    Integrated Brain Health Clinical and Research Program
    Department of Psychiatry
    Massachusetts General Hospital

    Associate Professor of Psychology
    Harvard Medical School
  • Post-Doctoral Fellow
    Massachusetts General Hospital and Harvard Medical School

Role Play Actors

  • Chris Funes
  • Michelle Jacobo, PhD
  • Jamie Jacobs, PhD
  • Jonathan Lerner, PhD
  • Ann Lin
  • Jessica McCurley, MS
  • David Ring, MD, PhD
  • Jonathan Rosand, MD, MS
  • Stephanie Sogg
  • Lara Traeger, PhD

Target Audience

This program is intended for:

  • Psychiatrists
  • Primary Care Providers
  • Specialty Care Providers
  • Clinical Psychologists
  • Social Workers
  • Licensed Mental Health Professionals
  • Nurses and Clinical Nurse Practitioners
  • Other Allied Health Providers


Physicians and Doctoral-level Professionals: $395.00
Other Professionals: $295.00

Cancellation Policy

Refunds will be issued for cancellation requests made during the first week of the course, but an administrative fee of $25.00 will be deducted from your refund. Cancellation requests made during the second week will receive a credit toward a future offering of the same course. No refunds or credits will be granted after June 13, 2020.

Q&A with Faculty

Week Start Date




Week 1: 06/01/2020



Ana-Maria Vranceanu, PhD

Week 2: 06/08/2020


11:30am- 12pm

Emily Zale, PhD

Week 3: 06/15/2020



Ana-Maria Vranceanu, PhD

Week 4: 06/22/2020


11:30am- 12pm

Emily Zale, PhD

Additional Online Courses

We offer several online courses on cognitive behavioral therapy that complement the course you are currently viewing.

View our online CBT course offerings

CME Information

Release Date:June 1, 2020
Expiration Date:July 13, 2020






AMA PRA Category 1 CreditsTM

This activity has been planned and implemented in accordance with the accreditation requirements and policies of the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) through the joint providership of McLean Hospital and Massachusetts General Hospital. McLean Hospital is accredited by the ACCME to provide continuing medical education for physicians.

McLean Hospital designates this enduring material for a maximum of 9.25 AMA PRA Category 1 CreditsTM. Physicians should only claim credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.


Psychologists CE Credits

The Massachusetts General Hospital Department of Psychiatry is approved by the American Psychological Association to sponsor continuing education for psychologists. The Massachusetts General Hospital Department of Psychiatry maintains responsibility for this program and its content.

This offering meets the criteria for 9.25 continuing education credits for psychologists.


Nursing Contact Hours

Massachusetts General Laws, Chapter 13, sections 13, 14, 14A, 15 and 15D and Chapter 112, sections 74 through 81C authorize the Board of Registration in Nursing to regulate nursing practice and education.

This program meets the requirements of the Massachusetts Board of Registration in Nursing at (244 CMR 5.00) for 9.25 contact hours of nursing continuing education credit.Advance practice nurses, please note: Educational activities which meet the requirements of the ACCME (such as this activity) count towards 50% of the nursing requirement for ANCC accreditation.


Social Work CE Credit Hours

The Collaborative of NASW, Boston College, and Simmons College Schools of Social Work authorizes social work continuing education credits for courses, workshops, and educational programs that meet the criteria outlined in 258 CMR of the Massachusetts Board of Registration of Social Workers.

This program has been approved for 10.00 Social Work Continuing Education hours for relicensure, in accordance with 258 CMR. Collaborative of NASW and the Boston College and Simmons Schools of Social Work Authorization Number D73370-2.



Other Professions

Other Providers can claim a Participation Certificate upon successful completion of this course.

Participation Certificates will specify the title, location, type of activity, date of activity, and number of AMA PRA Category 1 CreditsTM associated with the activity. Providers should check with their regulatory agencies to determine ways in which AMA PRA Category 1 CreditsTM may or may not fulfill continuing education requirements. Providers should also consider saving copies of brochures, agenda, and other supporting documents.


David H. Rubin, MD, reviewer
Jane Pimental, MPH
Ana-Maria Vranceanu, PhD, course director
Emily Zale, PhD, course director
Susan E. Sprich, PhD, psychologist reviewer

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ACCME focuses on financial relationships with commercial interests in the 12-month period preceding the time that the individual is being asked to assume a role controlling content of the CME activity. ACCME has not set a minimal dollar amount for relationships to be significant. Inherent in any amount is the incentive to maintain or increase the value of the relationship. The ACCME defines "'relevant' financial relationships" as financial relationships in any amount occurring within the past 12 months that create a conflict of interest.

Conflict of Interest

Circumstances create a conflict of interest when an individual has an opportunity to affect CME content about products or services of a commercial interest with which he/she has a financial relationship.

The following planners, speakers, and content reviewers, on behalf of themselves and their spouse or partner, have reported financial relationships with an entity producing, marketing, re-selling, or distributing health care goods or services (relevant to the content of this activity) consumed by, or used on, patients:

Susan E. Sprich, PhD, psychologist reviewer
Royalties:Oxford University Press (for co-authoring treatment manual and client workbook), Springer (for co-editing book)

Jonathan Rosand, MD, PhD, role play actor
Consulting fees:Boehringer Ingelheim, Pfizer

David Ring, MD, PhD, role play actor
Royalties: Wright Medical, Skeletal Dynamics

All other individuals including course directors, planners, reviewers, faculty, staff, etc., who are in a position to control the content of this educational activity have, on behalf of themselves and their spouse or partner, reported no financial relationships related to the content of this activity.

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