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2013 Spring Integrated Behavioral Healthcare Conference hosted by the ASU DBH Program

The 2013 Spring Integrated Behavioral Healthcare Conference, hosted by the ASU Doctor of Behavioral Health Program, is scheduled for March 13-16 at the Tempe Mission Palms hotel.

When Mar 13, 2013 12:00 PM to
Mar 16, 2013 03:00 PM
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Join your fellow behavioral health professionals and ASU DBH students, faculty, and staff on March 13-16 for this premiere event featuring expert speakers from across the nation. You'll enjoy 3-4 days of networking and educational sessions and earn up to 15 CEU hours!


The Integrated Care Conference is open to the public as well as members of the DBH program and will take place Thursday through Saturday, March 14-16. Registration is required (see the bottom of this page for registration details).

The ASU Doctor of Behavioral Health Program Student/Faculty Meeting (limited to members of the ASU DBH program) will be held Wednesday, March 13, from 1-5 p.m.


To view or download the full conference agenda, with session descriptions and presenter information, click here to open the Conference Brochure or click the image below!

Wednesday, March 13 - DBH Students & Faculty Only

12:00 p.m. - Registration and Networking
1:00-5:00 p.m. - ASU DBH Student-Faculty Meeting
5:00 p.m. - DBH Networking Social Hour

Thursday, March 14

8 am - Registration and Networking
9 am - Welcome and Introductions - Nicholas A. Cummings
9:15-11:30 am - Pediatric Integrated Behavioral Care - Joseph Evans, Ph.D.
11:30 am- 1 pm - Lunch On Your Own
1-5 pm - The Business of Integrated Behavioral Health: Designing Sustainability Programs and Contract Models - Monica Oss, OPEN MINDS

Friday, March 15 

8 am - Registration and Networking
9am - 12 pm - Primary Care Behavioral Health Program Development - Neftali Serrano, PysD
12-1:30 pm - Lunch On Your Own
1:30-4:30pm - Primary Care Behavioral Interventions for Pain & Prescription Opioid Medication Misuse - Jeff Reiter, Ph.D.
4:30-5pm - Closing - Ron O'Donnell, Ph.D.
5:00-6:30 pm - Networking Reception (Closed meeting for DBH students, faculty and invited guests)

Saturday, March 16

8 am - Registration and Networking
9 am - 12 pm - Workshop: ACT as a Brief Intervention Approach in Primary Care- Kirk Strosahl, Ph.D.
12-1 pm - Lunch On Your Own
1-3 pm - Workshop: Brief Interventions Competency Assessment Tool (BI-CAT): A Career Development Aid- Patricia Robinson, Ph.D. -

Featured Speakers



Joseph Evans, Ph.D.

Dr. Evans is Professor and Director of the Psychology Department at the Munroe-Meyer Institute (MMI) and Division Director of Pediatric Psychology at the University of Nebraska Medical Center (UNMC) College of Medicine in Omaha, NE.


Monica Oss, M.S.

Monica E. Oss, M.S., Chief Executive Officer and Senior Associate, is the founder of OPEN MINDS. For the past two decades, Ms. Oss has led the OPEN MINDS team and its research on health and human service market trends and its national consulting practice. Ms. Oss is well known for her numerous books and articles focused on the strategic and marketing implications of the evolving health and human service field. She has unique expertise in payer financing models, provider rate setting, and service pricing. She has led numerous engagements with state Medicaid plans, county governments, private insurers, managed care programs, service provider organizations, technology vendors, neurotechnology and pharmaceutical organizations, and investment banking firms – with a focus on the implications of financing changes on delivery system design.


Jeff Reiter, Ph.D.

Dr. Reiter is co-author of the book Behavioral Consultation and Primary Care: A Guide to Integrating Services and is co-director of primary care behavioral health services for Healthpoint Community Health Centers, near Seattle, Washington. In 2008, he was one of three consultants contracted by the US Air Force to help them implement integrated care services throughout their bases worldwide. Dr. Reiter writes and speaks frequently at national conferences about primary care behavioral health integration. He holds an ABPP in behavioral psychology and is interested in health psychology, acceptance and commitment therapy, prevention, and novel healthcare delivery approaches. Prior to his current position with Healthpoint, he spent eight years as a psychologist in the US Air Force and published widely in the area of body image dissatisfaction. He received his PhD in clinical psychology from the University of Vermont in 1996.


Patricia Robinson, Ph.D.
Patricia J. Robinson, PhD, has explored integrated care from the perspective of a clinician, researcher, trainer, and health care consultant for over twenty years. Current activities include providing consultation services to health care systems that are (1) integrating behavioral health services into primary care; (2) seeking to improve chronic disease outcomes; care to children, women and/or the elderly, and / or treatment of chronic pain, (3) attempting to increase use of brief evidence based cognitive behavioral therapies in primary care and other medical settings. She is an author of six books, including Behavioral Consultation and Primary Care: A Guide to Integrating Services (with Jeffrey T. Reiter) (Springer, 2007), Real Behavior Change in Primary Care: Improving Patient Outcomes and Increasing Job Satisfaction (New Harbinger, 2010) and Brief Interventions for Radical Change: Principles and Practice of Focused Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (New Harbinger, 2012), as well as numerous other articles and book chapters.



Neftali Serrano, PysD.

Dr. Serrano is the Chief Behavioral Health Officer at Access Community Health Centers in Madison, WI.  He has devoted his career to working with federally qualified health centers (FQHC), starting integrated care programs and consulting with clinics in underserved settings to assist with implementation of primary care behavioral health (PCBH) programs through his consulting practice,  In addition he serves as the fellowship supervisor for the University of Wisconsin Health Psychology post-doctoral primary care track and also holds an appointment as a Clinical Assistant Professor within the University of Wisconsin Department of Family Medicine where he helps train family medicine residents.  Dr. Serrano's research interests include program development evaluations and outcome studies related to PCBH, particularly in underserved settings.   One of Dr. Serrano's most outstanding contributions to the field of psychology has been his passion to teach and train the future PCBH workforce.  He has trained over 50 students and professionals in the practice of Behavioral Health Consultation.



Kirk Strosahl, Ph.D.

Dr. Strosahl is a nationally known expert in integrated behavioral care and has practiced as a behavioral health consultant for the last 7 years at a community health center. He has published numerous articles on integrated care and is viewed as one of the “pioneers” of primary care behavioral health. He is also co-founder of Acceptance and Commitment Therapy, a “third wave” cognitive behavioral approach that uses the concepts of acceptance, mindfulness and values based action to promote behavior change. Recently, along with Dr. Robinson, he authored “Brief Interventions for Radical Change: Principles and Practice of Focused Acceptance and Commitment Therapy”. (Oakland: New Harbinger Publications) The FACT approach has already received widespread recognition and adoption by clinicians working in brief intervention as well as time limited therapy settings across the United States and abroad.


Conference Location, Pricing, and Registration

The conference fee is $199 for all three days (March 14, 15, and 16) or $99 for any single day.

DBH students may register for the conference at no cost. (Contact for the code to register for free.)

Pre-registration is required for all participants and may be completed at


The Tempe Mission Palms Hotel is located at 60 E. Fifth St. in Tempe. A guestroom rate of $192 has been arranged for conference participants. (This includes a guestroom rate of $177 and a resort fee of $15 which includes airport transportation to and from Phoenix Sky Harbor Airport, as well as in-room internet access and parking.) To make reservations, contact the hotel at 480-894-1400 or toll-free at 800-547-8705, by February 11, 2013. After this date reservations will be taken at this rate on the basis of availability only.

For local participants, parking is $10 daily. You may elect to valet park which is available at no charge beyond valet gratuity.


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