The Relationship Between Physical and Behavioral Health

April 27, 2018

Medical science increasingly recognizes the vital link between physical and behavioral health. Physical illnesses like diabetes, cardiovascular disease and musculoskeletal pain are associated with behavioral illnesses. Likewise, individuals with behavioral illnesses such as depression or anxiety disorder are also more likely to experience poor physical health. These findings indicate that primary HCPs would benefit from additional support in investigating and diagnosing behavioral illnesses in individuals with chronic physical conditions.

This activity will discuss the importance of an interdisciplinary team of psychiatrists, psychologists and other HCPs in the effective management of individuals with both physical diseases and behavioral health disorders. It will also identify barriers faced by HCPs in the appropriate diagnosis and management of individuals with both physical and behavioral illnesses.

Learning objectives
At the end of this educational activity, participants should be able to:

  • Identify barriers faced by HCPs in the appropriate diagnosis and management of individuals with both physical and behavioral illnesses.
  • Describe how HCPs can work as part of an interdisciplinary team to optimize the health of individuals with concomitant physical illnesses and behavioral health disorders.

Barry Sarvet, MDBarry Sarvet, MD
Chair of Psychiatry, Baystate Health
Professor and Chair, Department of Psychiatry
The University of Massachusetts Medical School at Baystate
Springfield, MA

About the presenter
Barry Sarvet, MD, is professor and chair of the department of psychiatry at University of Massachusetts Medical School-Baystate. Dr. Sarvet's career has focused on promoting the integration of child psychiatry in primary care and disseminating best practices in child psychiatry. He serves as medical director of the Massachusetts Child Psychiatry Access Project (MCPAP), an innovative public system for improving access to care for children with mental health needs throughout the state of Massachusetts. MCPAP has served as a national model for improving access to children's mental health treatment. Dr. Sarvet has written numerous articles regarding integrated child psychiatry practice and has provided technical assistance for programs throughout the US, striving to develop systems of collaboration between child psychiatry and primary care. He helped found the National Network of Child Psychiatry Access Program, which currently includes members from 32 states. Dr. Sarvet's work has also focused on addressing the needs of children who have been impacted by traumatic stress. He has provided leadership for the Baystate Children's Hospital Family Advocacy Center, a clinical and research program for children who have been victims of child abuse, domestic violence, and other forms of trauma. In this setting, he has led federally funded projects for the dissemination and adaptation of evidence-based trauma-focused psychotherapy models within community mental health settings. Dr. Sarvet currently serves as chair of the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry (AACAP) health care access and economics committee. He also serves on American Psychiatric Association (APA) work group on integrated care and the APA scientific program committee. In addition to his leadership and academic activities, Dr. Sarvet spends a significant portion of his time in the clinical practice of child and adolescent psychiatry, as well as consulting with pediatricians through his MCPAP team at Baystate Medical Center.

Activity planners
Sarah Chart, RN
Senior Director
OptumHealth Education
Eden Prairie, MN

Rebecca Gleason, RN, CCM
Activity Manager
OptumHealth Education
Eden Prairie, MN

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Ms. Chart and Ms. Gleason have indicated that they are employees of and own stock in UnitedHealth Group.
The remaining activity faculty or planners have no financial relationships to disclose.

Method of Participation
There are no fees for participating in or receiving credit for this activity.
For information on applicability and acceptance of continuing education credit for this activity, please consult your professional licensing board.

Participants will receive a certificate upon successful completion of the activity, which includes the following:

  • Completing the entire activity
  • Completing the Pre- and Post-Activity Assessments, Activity Evaluation, and Application for Certificate of Credit forms

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Accreditation Statement
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Credit Designation Statements
The participant will be awarded up to 1.00 contact hour(s) of credit for attendance and completion of supplemental materials.

Nurse Practitioners
The American Academy of Nurse Practitioners Certification Program (AANPCP) accepts credit from organizations accredited by the ACCME and ANCC.

OptumHealth Education designates this live activity for a maximum of 1.00 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s)™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

The American Academy of Physician Assistants (AAPA) accepts credit from organizations accredited by the ACCME.

AAPC-Certified Coders
AAPC will honor 1-for-1 CEUs for any live event offering CME credit or AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™. A certificate of attendance or completion is necessary to show participation. The certificate will give the total CMEs possible for the offering. Physicians are advised to claim only the actual hours that they were present during the education. We ask that AAPC-certified members abide by this request also. One hour of instruction is worth 1 CEU.

Counselors, psychologists, social workers and/or marriage and family therapists
This event is co-sponsored by R. Cassidy Seminars.

Satisfactory completion
Participants must have attended the entire web-based activity and completed an evaluation to receive a certificate. Partial credit is not available.

R. Cassidy Seminars is approved by the American Psychological Association (APA) to offer continuing education for psychologists. R. Cassidy Seminars maintains responsibility for this program. 1.00 CE hour.

Social workers
R. Cassidy Seminars, ACE provider #1082, is approved as a provider for social work continuing education by the Association of Social Work Boards (ASWB), through the Approved Continuing Education (ACE) Program. Approval Period: April 15, 2018–April 15, 2021. R. Cassidy Seminars maintains responsibility for the program. Social workers should contact their regulatory board to determine course approval. Social workers will receive 1.00 continuing education clock hour for participating in this course.

Counselors and/or marriage and family therapists
CA: The Board of Behavioral Sciences has deferred CE course approvals to APA and ASWB for its licensees. See those approvals under Psychologists and Social Workers.
IL: Illinois Dept. of Professional Regulation, Approved Continuing Education Sponsor, #168-000141. One (1) hour.
OH: Provider approved by the Ohio Counselor, Social Worker and Marriage and Family Therapist Board for one (1) clock hour, #RCST110701
TX: Approved CE Sponsor through the Texas State Board of Examiners of Marriage & Family Therapists. Provider #151. One (1) CE hour.
Other States: If your state is not specifically listed, nearly all state Counselor and MFT boards accept either APA or ASWB approval, or are reciprocal with other state licensing board approvals, such as those listed below. Check with your board to be sure. The Ohio Board includes Counselors and MFTs.

Disability access
If you require ADA accommodations, please contact our office 14 days or more before the event. We cannot ensure accommodations without adequate prior notification.

Please note: Licensing Boards change regulations often and while we attempt to stay abreast of their most recent changes, if you have questions or concerns about this course meeting your specific board’s approval, we recommend you contact your board directly to obtain a ruling.

A certificate of attendance will be provided to learners upon completion of activity requirements, enabling participants to register with licensing boards or associations that have not been pre-approved for credits. To apply for credit types not listed above, participants should use the procedure established by the specific organization with which they wish to obtain credit.

Provided By
This activity is provided by OptumHealth Education.

Commercial Support
This activity is supported by WYhealth Program, Optum.

Hardware/Software Requirements
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Target Audience

This activity is designed to meet the educational needs of counselors, nurses, physicians, psychologists, social workers (all practice types), marriage and family therapists and other health care professionals (HCPs) who have an interest in behavioral health.

These materials are ONLY for those that have attended the live webcast held on Friday, April 27, 2018 from 1–2 p.m. MT.

Click here for a copy of the presentation.

Activity summary
Available credit: 
  • 1.00 AMA - Physicians
  • 1.00 ANCC - Nurses
  • 1.00 APA - Psychologists
  • 1.00 Attendance - General Attendance
  • 1.00 ASWB - Social Workers
Activity opens: 
Activity expires: 
Event starts: 
04/27/2018 - 1:00pm EDT
Event ends: 
04/27/2018 - 2:00pm EDT
United States

Available Credit

  • 1.00 AMA - Physicians
  • 1.00 ANCC - Nurses
  • 1.00 APA - Psychologists
  • 1.00 Attendance - General Attendance
  • 1.00 ASWB - Social Workers
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