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The Fundamentals of Behavioral Health Interventions

Course Open/Close: Nov 4, 2017 - Feb 3, 2023Available Credits: 8.25 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™ 8.25 Nursing Contact Hours 6.00 Social Workers 8.25 Participation 8.25 Psychologists CE Credit Register For This Course

Course Details

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

Take advantage of the 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 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. 

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.


Physicians and Doctoral-level Professionals: $445.00
Other Professionals: $345.00

Cancellation Policy

Refunds may be issued up two weeks after registration. An administrative fee of $25.00 will be deducted from your refund. Please email us at mghcme@mgh.harvard.edu with questions or concerns.

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

Course Summary

Available Credits:8.25 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™ 8.25 Nursing Contact Hours 6.00 Social Workers 8.25 Participation 8.25 Psychologists CE Credit
Course Topic:Cognitive Behavioral Therapy
Course Format:On-Demand Course
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
Course Opens: Nov 4, 2017
Course Closes: Feb 3, 2023
Cost: $199.00

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.
  • Use skills to facilitate patient lifestyle changes, including interventions to increase patient motivation.
  • Describe SMART goal setting and understand how to implement SMART goal setting with a range of patients.
  • Utilize skills to promote recovery from acute illness/injury and prevent the transition to chronic illness, including adaptive thinking and activity pacing.
  • 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.
  • Identify skills focused on optimizing management of chronic disease, including interventions to increase patient adherence.
  • 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.

We have a dedicated staff member who is available by phone 5 days per week between 8 am and 5 pm by calling 866-644-7792 or email at mghcme@mgh.harvard.edu. All inquiries will be dealt with in a timely  (within one business day) and professional manner. Requests for credits or refunds will be reviewed by the Director of the Division of Professional and Public Education, Massachusetts General Hospital. Please refer to our cancellation policy for additional information.”