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Pre-Conference Workshops 2017
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October 19 - 21, 2017 | Royal Sonesta Galleria Hotel in Houston

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Pre-Conference Sessions take place on Thursday, October 19, 2017. Each session is $139.

PC1: Toolkit for PCBH in Pediatric Primary Care

8:30 to 11:30 am

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PC2: Your Dream Job: Achieving Organization and Resilience with our Professional Network

12:30 to 3:30 pm

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PC3: Mindfulness, Self-Compassion, and Personal Resiliency in Medicine

12:30 to 3:30 pm

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PC1: Toolkit for PCBH in Pediatric Primary Care

There has been a consistent need to continue to establish mental health care in pediatric primary care, and considerable interest in gaining knowledge and skills to develop behavioral health in different settings. The physical and mental health needs of children and adolescents are distinctly different than that of adults and a preponderance of research supports the benefits of integrated pediatric care. The benefits of mental, physical, and psychosocial health related behavioral interventions for children, adolescents, and families are numerous.

With a shortage of pediatric medical and behavioral health providers, we must focus on quality evidence-based and best practice standards of team based care. This session will provide participants with the knowledge, skills, and a physical toolkit to begin operating in pediatric integrated care settings. Further, participants will explore critical decision making
on best practice innovations for pediatric integrated care and return on investment analysis for successful and effective implementation.

With the growing interest and need in developing and maintaining successful mental health programs for pediatric primary care, we believe the audience will greatly benefit from this topic. We will continue to work closely with the conference committee to ensure that the material works well with the conference you envision and will keep you informed as we progress.

Learning Objectives

 By the end of this pre-conference workshop, participants will be able to:

  1. Discuss a broad range of best practices in pediatric integrated care.
  2. Build and utilize a toolkit of integrated pediatric care resources for immediate implementation in medical settings
  3. Identify common care pathways, brief interventions, and screening measures/assessment strategies for the most common issues in pediatric integrated care.


Lesley Manson, Psy.D., Clinical Assistant Professor, Arizona State University

Tawnya Meadows, Ph.D., BCBA-D, Chief of Behavioral Health in Primary Care-Pediatrics, Geisinger Health System

Jodi Polaha, Ph.D., Associate Professor, East Tennessee State University

Sarah Trane, Ph.D., Pediatric Psychologist, Integrated Behavioral Health, Mayo Clinic Health System

Matthew Tolliver, Ph.D., Postdoctoral Fellow and BHC, East Tennessee State University Pediatrics

Allison Allmon Dixson, Ph.D., Pediatric Psychologist, Gundersen Health System

Julie M. Austen, Ph.D., Clinical Trainer and BHC, Moncure Community Health Center, Piedmont Health Services

Hayley Quinn, Psy.D., Behavioral Health Specialist, Clinical Psychologist, Swedish Medical Group

Sonny Pickowitz, LCSW, Primary Care Behavioral Health Coordinator and BHC, OSF Healthcare


PC2: Your Dream Job: Achieving Organization and Resilience with our Professional Network

Early Career Professionals (ECPs) face barriers that may impact their ability to contribute to the field of integrated care. One common barrier reported by ECPs is modifying skills to improve organization and efficiency in the work environment. Challenges in efficiency may be related to difficulties in establishing work-life “balance,” discovering that one cannot say “yes” to everything, difficulty delegating, and competing short and long-term goals. As a result, this may affect their ability to design, conduct, and disseminate research/scholarship even when it is a priority to them or the organizations for which they work. Additionally, the long term effect can be burnout and work place dissatisfaction. This workshop will focus on addressing common challenges that ECPs’ face by discussing time management strategies, identifying networking opportunities, and effective teamwork skills to achieve professional efficiency.  Facilitators will provide experiential opportunities to use tangible skills to overcome obstacles.


Upon completion of this activity, learners will be able to:

  1. Recognize signs and symptoms of burnout
  2.  Identify individual challenges in the workplace and strategies to decrease burnout
  3. Implement strategies and skills to achieve professional efficiency

Lauren DeCaporale-Ryan, PhD, Assistant Professor, University of Rochester Medical Center 
Laura Sudano, PhD, Assistant Professor, Director of Behavioral Sciences, Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center 
Colleen Fogarty, MD, MSc, FAAFP, Associate Chair,  University of Rochester
Jodi Polaha, PhD, Associate Professor, East Tennessee State University 
Jennifer Funderburk, PhD, Clinical Research Psychologist, VA Center for Integrated Healthcare
Randall Reitz, PhD, Director of Behavioral Medicine, St Mary's Family Medicine Residency 


PC3: Mindfulness, Self-Compassion, and Personal Resiliency in Medicine

The landscape of burnout prevention for BHCs is nascent and lacking definitive solutions; however, this workshop will offer strategies drawing upon a growing body of evidence from the physician well-being literature and from diverse fields including neuroscience, compassion research, positive psychology, and mindfulness. The hope for this workshop is raise awareness and open the conversation about why and how clinicians working on the front lines of medicine need to pause and take a dose of the their own medicine. With full recognition that enormous responsibility and need for change rests in the healthcare system as whole, this workshop will focus on individual strategies to promote resiliency regardless of setting and system inefficiencies. The workshop will begin with a review of the burnout literature: prevalence, causes, consequences, and strategies to address burnout (~45 minutes). Both individual and organizational strategies will be reviewed. Mindfulness as it relates to clinician well-being (Mindfulness Practice and Mindful Communication) will be defined and exercises to build the skills of ‘attention’ and ‘noticing’ with regard to one’s internal landscape will be practiced (~60 minutes). The distinction between compassion and empathy will be discussed. The concept of self-compassion will be presented and formally practiced with several experiential exercises (~45 minutes). Strategies for finding and reclaiming the meaning in medicine will be introduced and practiced (~30 minutes). Resiliency will thus be framed as an outcome of self-care, self-compassion and mindfulness practice.

Upon completion of this activity, learners will be able to:

  1. Describe the contributors to and consequences of clinician burnout.
  2. Understand the concepts of mindfulness and self-compassion and how they relate to clinician well-being and burnout prevention.
  3. Participate in a variety of mindfulness and self-compassion exercises to enhance resiliency and reduce burnout.


Christine Runyan, PhD, ABPP, Professor, Dept. of Family Medicine and Community Health, University of Massachusetts Medical School

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Rochester, New York
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What We Do

CFHA is a member-based, 501(c)(3) non-profit organization dedicated to making integrated behavioral and physical health the standard of care nationally. CFHA achieves this by organizing the integrated care community, providing expert technical assistance and producing educational content.