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"Trauma Informed Care: Implementation of the Adverse Childhood Experiences Questionnaire (ACE-Q) within an Urban, Pediatric Clinic"

Sponsored by CFHA's Families and Health Special Interest Group

Presented by Ruth Nutting, Phd, Amy Seery, MD and Vanessa Lohf, LBSW


Thursday, September 21, 2017 at 2:00 PM EST



Adverse childhood experiences (ACEs) are common within our population.  Studies have shown that greater numbers of ACEs are strongly related to negative long-term physical and mental health outcomes.  Recognizing that children often experience a gradual accumulation of ACEs, periodic screening allows providers the opportunity for early identification of children who may have been exposed to ACEs.  In this webinar, we will provide an overview of how the Via Christi Family Medicine Clinic is implementing the CYW ACE-Q screening tool with pediatric patients to raise awareness of the importance of preventing further exposure to ACEs; identify what, if any, intervention or treatment may be required; and provide specialized care to those in need. 


Learning Objectives:

  1. Provide an overview of ACEs science and Trauma-Informed Care
  2. Describe targeted patient population
  3. Highlight implementation process
  4. Identify lessons learned 


About the Presenters:

Ruth Nutting, PhD, LCMFT 


Ruth Nutting, PhD, LCMFT is the Director of Behavioral Health at the Via Christi Family Medicine Residency, and Clinical Instructor at the University of Kansas School of Medicine.  In these roles, she teaches a behavioral medicine curriculum to family medicine residents, facilitates resident wellness initiatives, oversees the functioning and supervision of a pre-master's level medical family therapy internship, provides integrated and traditional therapeutic care to the underserved population, and continues her research on Chronic Illness and its Effects on Young Adult Populations. 


Amy Seery, MD


Amy Seery, MD is a fellow of the American Academy of Pediatrics and practices pediatric medicine in both the hospital and clinic setting as a faculty member at the Via Christi Family Medicine Residency. She attended medical school at the University of Kansas Medical School- Wichita, Kansas and completed her residency training at The Barbara Bush Children’s Hospital at Maine Medical Center in Portland, Maine. During her residency training she became a passionate obesity advocate as well as a regional physician expert on bed bugs and cyberbullying. Dr. Seery returned to Wichita, Kansas is 2011 and is also serving as the Pediatric Section Chair at Via Christi Hospitals- Wichita.



 Vanessa Lohf, LBSW

Vanessa Lohf, LBSW is a Project Specialist for the Center for Public Health Initiatives at the Wichita State University Community Engagement Institute. As the Institute’s coordinator for Trauma-Informed Systems of Care initiatives she provides training and technical assistance to public health organizations, clinics, and community organizations across the State of Kansas who are interested in creating a more compassionate organizational culture and implementing trauma-informed policies and practices. 





"The Primary Care Behavioral Health Provider Adherence Questionnaire (PPAQ): Addressing Fidelity in Primary Care Behavioral Health"

Sponsored by CFHA's Research and Evaluation Committee

Presented by Gregory P. Beehler, PhD and Katherine M. Dollar, PhD


Wednesday, September 27, 2017 at 12:00 PM EST




This webinar will provide an overview of why fidelity is an important concept—at both theoretical and practical levels—for Primary Care Behavioral Health (PCBH) providers. The Primary Care Behavioral Health Provider Adherence Questionnaire, or PPAQ, was developed to assist PCBH providers in conducting a self-assessment of fidelity. A brief history of the PPAQ will be reviewed in terms of the on-going research-clinical partnership that contributed to its utility and applicability to frontline providers. Instructions on how to use the PPAQ Toolkit, a freely available electronic resource, will be provided to assist PCBH providers from virtually any setting with understanding strengths and areas for improvement in their practice behaviors.  


Learning Objectives:

  1. Describe the development and application of the Primary Care Behavioral Health Provider Adherence Questionnaire (PPAQ) as an instrument designed to assess fidelity among Primary Care Behavioral Health (PCBH) providers
  2. Describe the role that research-clinical partnerships played in PPAQ and PCBH development within VA
  3. Apply the PPAQ as a PCBH provider self-assessment in order to identify areas for quality improvement


About the Presenters:


Gregory P. Beehler, PhD, MA

Gregory P. Beehler, PhD, MA, is the Associate Director for Research and a Clinical Research Psychologist at the VA Center for Integrated Healthcare (CIH) in Buffalo, NY. He is an adjunct assistant professor in the Department of Community Health and Health Behavior and the School of Nursing at the University at Buffalo. Dr. Beehler is a licensed psychologist and medical anthropologist currently conducting research in the following areas: improving the implementation of primary care-mental health integration, fidelity assessment, measurement-based care, developing and implementing brief interventions for chronic pain, and promoting wellness among cancer survivors. He is particularly interested in patient-and provider-focused research that emphasizes the use of qualitative and mixed methods, and also provides clinical consultation to the VA Western New York Healthcare System oncology clinic.


Katherine M. Dollar, PhD

Katherine M. Dollar, PhD, is the Associate Director of the Implementation Core at the VA Center for Integrated Healthcare (CIH). Her background and clinical expertise is in integrated care, and she has been a core resource for clinician training, education, and program implementation support in integrated care within the Department of Veterans Affairs since 2009. Dr. Dollar's primary research and program implementation interests include investigating the use of evidence-informed technical assistance strategies (e.g., external/internal implementation facilitation) to increase utilization of evidence-based interventions in clinical practice among mental health clinicians working in primary care settings. Her work primarily focuses on improving the quality of integrated care services through enhanced program implementation and increased provider fidelity. 




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