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The Defense Centers of Excellence for Psychological Health and Traumatic Brain Injury (DCoE) hosts monthly webinars to provide information and facilitate discussion on a variety of topics related to psychological health and traumatic brain injury. The webinars are open to the public, and many provide continuing education.

A Population Approach to Treatment Engagement in Behavioral Health Care

Aug. 28, 2014; 1-2:30 p.m. (EDT)

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The webinar will address two major challenges relating to psychological treatment engagement in the military. First, many with psychological health conditions don’t access timely services. Second, most who access services drop out of treatment before it’s completed. Frontloading services in primary care can improve the first challenge. A recent Institute of Medicine report noted the growing burden of posttraumatic stress disorder among service members and veterans recommended an integrated, coordinated treatment strategy and measurement based care with feedback to clinicians to improve treatment engagement once patients access care.

Webinar participants will review systems-level interventions that improve access and continuity of behavioral health care. Delivering high quality services in primary care can improve treatment access. Once in treatment, strategies such as motivational interviewing, behavioral activation and problem solving can increase continuity, help patients manage symptoms and improve functioning, adherence, outcomes and risk management. The addition of a care facilitator into staffing plans and workflows further strengthens continuity through improved engagement.

During this webinar, participants will learn to:

  • Define a population approach to behavioral health care in the Military Health System
  • Differentiate patient level engagement strategies from system level strategies
  • Foster total care team involvement in engaging patients in care
  • Discuss examples and ways to improve treatment engagement

Michael C. Freed, Ph.D.
Associate Director, Research
Principal Investigator and Director, Stepped Enhancement of Posttraumatic Stress Disorder Services Using Primary Care
Contract Support, Deployment Health Clinical Center
Research Assistant Professor, Department of Psychiatry, Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences
Bethesda, Md.

Charles C. Engel, M.D., MPH
Colonel (Retired), Medical Corps, U.S. Army
Senior Health Scientist, RAND Corporation
Arlington, Va.

Koby Ritter, RN
Central Care Facilitator, Stepped Enhancement of Posttraumatic Stress Disorder Services Using Primary Care
Contract Support, Deployment Health Clinical Center
Bethesda, Md.

Capt. Richard F. Stoltz, MSC
U. S. Navy
Director, Defense Centers of Excellence for Psychological Health and Traumatic Brain Injury
Arlington, Va.

Continuing Education
Continuing education credit is available from Duke Medicine. You must register on or before August 28, 2014, at 3 p.m. (EDT) to qualify for the receipt of continuing education credit.

To qualify for receipt of continuing education credit for applicable webinars, eligible participants must create a profile in the Duke Medicine Learning Management System and register for the event on, or before, the event registration deadline. Complete responses to all pre-registration questions are required to be eligible to receive credit for attending this event. Review guidance on creating a user account and event registration in the Duke Medicine Learning Management System site.

DCoE’s awarding of continuing education credit is limited in scope to health care providers who actively provide psychological health and traumatic brain injury care to U.S. active-duty service members, reservists, National Guardsmen, military veterans and/or their families.

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