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2015 Preconference Activities


October 15-17, 2015 
Portland Marriott Downtown Waterfront
1401 SW Naito Parkway, Portland, Oregon 97201 U.S.A.


The following optional workshops will be available on Thursday, October 15, prior to the start of CFHA's Annual Conference. 

Advance registration and separate registration fee required.


Thursday, October 15, 2015 - 8:00 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.


PC1: Practice Modification to Embrace Multiculturalism: Integrated Primary Care for the Person AND the Population

This workshop is co-sponsored by the Oregon Psychological Association.

As the Affordable Care Act continues to expand health insurance coverage to more Americans, primary care will be treating a more diverse patient population than ever. As our healthcare landscape shifts to further integrate physical and behavioral health, significant attention will need to be paid to the ways our models of service delivery support patients across their multicultural continuums. Without sacrificing the fast-paced and population-based structure of evidence based frameworks, systems and clinicians will need to make modifications to ensure patient realities are incorporated. This is the means by which the Triple Aim will be kept in sharp focus; without attending to cultural factors, the patient experience will be deteriorate and population-based interventions will fail, resulting in higher downstream costs.

Challenges encountered and lessons learned from two high volume federally qualified health center practices will be presented—one treating primarily monolingual Spanish speaking Latinos and the other treating newly arrived refugees from around the globe. The way these unique cultures intersect with the general population’s issues around socioeconomic status and wellness paradigms will inform a review of relevant evidence and current innovation.

Audience member expertise will actively be solicited for a rich discussion about future directions of multicultural practice in integrated primary care. Clinicians struggling with meeting the needs of their diverse patient populations, as well as program administrators looking to preserve the standard implementation of their collaborative treatment models, will have the opportunity to problem-solve around the delicate balance that must be struck between accommodating for individuality and maintaining evidence-based structure for population-based care.

Didactic material in lecture-style format will be presented in alternation with active learner participation activities to include: multicultural self/practice assessment, small group vignette discussion, hypothetical program planning guided by relevant literature, and ethics material review.

Workshop Facility: 

  • Samantha Pelican Monson, PsyD, Clinical Psychologist, Denver Health
  • Kimberly Lomonaco, PsyD, Clinical Psychologist, Denver Health 

At the conclusion of this workshop, participants will be able to:

  • Describe the impact of multicultural patient presentations on current integrated primary care models.
  • Identify viable solutions to preserve efficiency and population-based care, while embracing patient diversity.
  • Cite relevant evidence to support practice innovation that incorporates multiculturalism.


Thursday, October 15, 2015 - 12:30 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.


PC2: Introduction to Integrated Behavioral Healthcare (IBH): Help for You and Your Patients!

There are many PCPs who either have not heard of IBH or do not know how it operates and how it might help them and their patients. This workshop will explain what IBH is, why it works, the data behind it and how it operates on a day-to-day basis. In addition to a didactic presentation PCP participants will have the opportunity to try out several key inter-professional activities that high quality IBH require and discuss how they feel and how they might change their practices. Finally there will be a discussion of the steps involved in beginning IBH practice with a goal to setting concrete action plans for when the participants return to their practices.

Target Audience: Primary care clinicians of all stripes -- family physicians, internists, pediatricians, nurse practitioners, physician assistants.

Workshop Faculty

  • John Muench, MD, Director of Behavioral Medicine, Department of Family Medicine, Oregon Health & Science University 
  • Andrew Valeras, DO, MPH, Professor, New Hampshire Dartmouth Family Medicine Residency
  • Gene "Rusty" Kallenberg, MD, Chief, Division of Family Medicine, University of California San Diego
  • Jeff Reiter, PhD, Lead, Behavioral Health Service, HealthPoint Community Health Centers 

 At the conclusion of this workshop, participants will be able to:

  • Define Integrated Behavioral Healthcare (IBH), identify and discuss the rationale and supporting data for it.
  • List the most common presentations of mental, substance, family and health behavior challenges in primary care and the IBH approaches used for them (including some techniques that PCPs themselves could use).
  • Experience through role-plays key components of IBH as it operates on a day-to-day basis in a primary care practice.
  • Prepare a list of actions/steps they could take upon return to their practices to initiate IBH.

Thursday, October 15, 2015 - 12:45 p.m. to 3:45 p.m.


PC3: Walking the Walk: How ECPs can Transition from Trainee to Clinical Educator

Clinical educators must provide quality learning and supervisory experiences for their learners/trainees in medicine, nursing, and behavioral/mental health who practice in integrated settings. As early career professionals (ECPs) transition into roles of clinical educator or supervisor, they often express concern that they are not yet experienced enough to manage the work they encounter and many lack formal preparation for this role. Feelings of uncertainty, worry, and distress can arise when trying to navigate the transition from learner to teacher. This professional transition requires self-awareness, continuing education/skill development, and mentorship. This workshop will offer education, opportunity for self-exploration, and small group discussion to support such a transition.

In preparation for this workshop, participants will bring to the session a “supervisory map” they have developed by paying specific attention to positive and negative aspects of their own experiences learning from clinical educators (this will be facilitated in advance via email with guidelines and examples provided).

Targets Audience: Early career professionals in Clinical, Teaching, or Administrative Roles

Workshop Faculty:

  • Lauren DeCaporale-Ryan, PhD,Clinical Psychologist and Senior Instructor of Psychiatry (Psychology), Medicine, and Surgery, University of Rochester School of Medicine and Dentistry
  • Laura Sudano, MA, LMFT, Director of Behavioral Science, Wake Forest Family Medicine Residency
  • Pieter le Roux D. Litt. et Phil., Professor Emeritus of Psychiatry, University of Rochester School of Medicine and Dentistry
  • Colleen Fogarty, MD, MSc, Director of the Faculty Development Fellowship, Assistant Residency Director, University of Rochester/Highland Hospital Department of Family Medicine
  • Courtney Kasun, MS, RN, Assistant Professor of Nursing, Colorado Mesa University

At the conclusion of this workshop, participants will be able to:

  • Describe models of evidence-based learning theory relevant to their role as a clinical educator in an integrated setting.
  • Apply new teaching methods relevant to their clinical settings, and identify resources that support their own development as educator and that help facilitate the learning of trainees.
  • Identify their own personal concerns and hurdles that make the role of clinical educator most challenging for them and subsequently identify methods to overcome such challenges.


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