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The Collaborative Family Healthcare Association 18th Annual Conference:

Celebrating the Many Faces and Places of Integration

October 13-15, 2016

The Westin Charlotte Hotel, 601 South College Street, Charlotte, North Carolina 28202  USA




Update September 15, 2016 

Seating for Master Lectures has reached capacity and we are no longer accepting RSVPs for these sessions.

  • Registrants will be required to sign-in at the door to each Master Lecture before being seated.
  • Only RSVP guests for each Master Lecture will be admitted until 5 minutes prior to the lecture start time.
  • At 1:40 PM, all available seats will be offered to waiting guests.

The following Masters Lectures will be offered simultaneously on Thursday afternoon.

Admission is free for registered Conference attendees; RSVP is required due to limited space.

You may RSVP for one of the options below when you register for the Conference:


Thursday, October 13, 2016 -  1:45 to 3:00 PM

ML1: "Exploring the Ethical Challenges in Working
with Diverse Couples in Primary Care"

Tina Schermer Sellers, PhD LMFT

Licensed Family Therapist, Certified Sex Therapist, Clinical Sexologist, Medical Family Therapist
Associate Professor, Director, Medical Family Therapy, Department Marriage and Family Therapy
Seattle Pacific University

As clinicians, how do we handle situations when our hands are tied in an ethical dilemma? What about when we are working with a couple and one member of the couple is in a bind and we feel caught in the triangle? In this lecture we will look at diverse couples and challenging cases that are particularly troublesome for providers. We will examine our clinical judgment in cases of suspected domestic violence, when a patient discloses a secret, and when a patient’s sexual lifestyle is in conflict with the provider’s beliefs or values.

This lecture will walk through these and other real-world scenarios-many of them actual stories from recent clinical experience. We will also lay out a two-fold strategy for creating a work environment that support us in handling the situation well, while also caring for the impact on the clinician.

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

  • Identify how your spiritual beliefs impact your work as a provider.
  • Identify two or more ethical dilemmas in primary care and possible ways to manage those dilemmas.
  • Describe a two-fold strategy to increase support for ethical challenges as they arise in the workplace.

Without a doubt Dr. Tina Schermer-Sellers is doing unique and necessary work in the fields of marriage and sex therapy. As a PhD therapist who emphasizes a “sex-positive Gospel,” she wears many hats: licensed marriage and family therapist, associate professor of sexuality and medical family therapy, writer, speaker, and blogger on marriage and religious sexual shame.

Her blog, which is read by thousands each month, is filled with inspiring ideas on marriage, parenting, religion, sexuality, and culture. Dr. Schermer-Sellers has also launched the Northwest Institute on Intimacy, whose mission is to provide training in sex therapy and spiritual intimacy to psychotherapists, and to provide a solid referral source for pastors, physicians and community leaders. Ironically, therapists typically do not get training in sexual health, and most clinical sexologists do not get training in relationship dynamics.

Dr. Sellers is also the founder of, an online community of people who have experienced religious sexual shame and in their own words “tell stories of how, over time, they discovered a new way to relate to their bodies, sexuality, and God.”



Thursday, October 13, 2016 -  1:45 to 3:00 PM

ML2: "The Intersection Between Physical and Mental

Health Disorders in Older Adults:  An Integrated

Approach to Care"

Stephen Bartels, MD, MS

Herman O. West Professor of Geriatrics, and Professor of Psychiatry, Community and Family Medicine, and of the Dartmouth Institute for Health Policy and Clinical Practice, the Geisel School of Medicine at Dartmouth.

The demographic wave of older adults is challenging primary care to accommodate the special needs and challenges involved in treating complex geriatric patients.  Older adults with co-occurring chronic health conditions and mental health disorders are among the most complex, high-cost, and time-consuming populations requiring specialized interventions.  This session will provide an overview of the intersection between physical and mental health disorders in older adults and approaches to implementing evidence based practices including integrated care models, use of the Medicare Annual Wellness visit and Complex Care Management, and emerging research on the use of automated telehealth.

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

  • Summarize selected findings on the interaction between physical and mental health conditions and evidence-based integrated care models for older adults with chronic health conditions and mental health disorders.  
  • Describe efforts to redesign primary care practices to engage in screening, care coordination, and integrated care delivery for co-occurring conditions leveraging nurse-team annual Medicare Wellness visits and Complex Care Management.
  • Describe recent finding on the effectiveness of automatic telehealth in older adults with mental illness and chronic health conditions supporting illness self-management and care management in the community.   

Stephen J. Bartels, MD, MS is the Herman O. West Professor of Geriatrics, Professor of Psychiatry, Professor of Community & Family Medicine at Dartmouth Medical School, and Professor of Health Policy at the Dartmouth Institute for Health Policy and Clinical Practice. He is the Director of Dartmouth Centers for Health and Aging where he oversees the Dartmouth Center for Aging Research, Northern New England Geriatric Education Center, and the Dartmouth-Hitchcock Aging Resource Center. Dr. Bartels leads a health services research group focusing on developing, testing, and implementing interventions focused on the intersection between physical and mental disorders in older adults, including health care management, health promotion interventions for obesity in adults with mental disorders, integration of mental health and primary care, self-management, applied use of telehealth technology for co-occurring physical and mental health disorders, community-based implementation research, and evidence-based geriatric psychiatry. He is a past president of the American Association for Geriatric Psychiatry and founding Chair of the Geriatric Mental Health Foundation. Dr. Bartels served as the expert consultant and author for the Older Adult Subcommittee Report for the President's New Freedom Commission on Mental Health; and, recently, served on an Institute of Medicine Committee on the future health care workforce for older adults with mental disorders. He has testified before Congress and has participated in Congressional briefings on aging and health policy and on funding for research on mental disorders in older persons. Dr. Bartels has been a recipient of two, 5-year research mentoring awards from the National Institutes of Health and is the Principal Investigator for a multi-site post-doctoral training program in geriatric mental health services research, and also directs the Research Education and Training Program for Dartmouth’s CTSA (Clinical Translational Science Award). He has research and training grant funding from National Institute for Mental Health (NIMH), Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), Health Resources and Service Administration (HRSA), and the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ).


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