Resources

American Psychiatric Association (APA) Training

The American Psychiatric Association (APA) created a 7-module, 2-part training course, which trains psychiatrists in collaborative care consultation psychiatry. The 4-hour core training introduces collaborative care skills and theory, while the 2-hour advanced training builds on those skills.
 
These modules are part of the Transforming Clinical Practice Initiative, which will provide training to 3,500 psychiatrists in integrated care over four years. This course is free and participants are eligible to earn Continuing Medical Education credits. Please note: Participants are required to make a login to view the training materials.
 

All Patients Safe: Suicide Prevention for Medical Professionals

All Patients Safe is an interactive, online suicide prevention training made by and for medical professionals. Providers will learn about their role in suicide prevention; how to integrate screening, safety, and assessment tools into their practice settings; how to educate patients on making their homes safer to prevent suicide; and how to develop a strategy to advocate for protocol and practice changes to address suicide as a public health crisis.
 
Both the three-hour ($49) and six-hour ($98) version of this course meet Washington State's licensure requirements for health care providers to assist in reducing suicide through improved trainings. Optional CME is available for a nominal fee. 
 
 

The Advancing Integrated Mental Health Solutions (AIMS) Center

The AIMS Center at the University of Washington is a group of faculty, staff, and consultants dedicated to improving the health of populations by advancing the research and implementation of collaborative care, a specific model of integrated care developed at the University of Washington to treat common and persistent mental health conditions such as depression and anxiety.

The AIMS Center was founded by Jürgen Unützer, MD, MPH, MA, an internationally recognized psychiatrist and health services researcher who has spent the past twenty years developing innovative integrated care models and translating research on evidence-based behavioral health interventions into effective clinical and public health practice. 

The AIMS Center is housed within the Division of Population Health in the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences, an interdisciplinary group of clinicians and scientists working on creating effective, integrated behavioral health care solutions.

 

Collaborative Care Rotation Curriculum for Trainees

The AIMS Center has developed a clinical rotation curriculum to introduce a senior resident to the role of the psychiatric consultant in a collaborative care team. The six modules below cover the fundamentals necessary to assume the role of a psychiatric consultant on a collaborative care team. The content trains a psychiatrist to function in any role at the interface of primary care and mental health and may be useful in programs even where a collaborative care setting isn't available. 

 

University of Washington Psychiatry Consultation and Telepsychiatry (PCAT)

Telepsychiatry relies on technology to bring clinical expertise to patients, rather than the other way around. Such technology opens access to care and enables psychiatrists clustered in urban areas to consult with patients in real-time, irrespective of location. This can be enormously cost-effective since increased access can reduce expensive hospital visits and improve treatment for chronic conditions.

The UW Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences Psychiatry Consultation and Telepsychiatry (PCAT) program includes multiple types of electronic communication between providers and patients including primary care provider telephone consultation, use of electronic registry-supported psychiatric caseload reviews, and direct patient tele-video consultation and evaluation. The PCAT program emphasizes principles of population health that incorporate validated models of care and services.

Please feel free to forward, print, and post this PCAT flyer.