Transforming Primary Care and Behavioral Health

September 14-15, 2017

The Essex, Essex Junction, Vermont


How has your practice integrated behavioral health services to-date? What are your ongoing needs? This year, the Transforming Primary Care conference will focus on strategies for implementation. National leaders in the field will give an overview of what integrated behavioral health means; will describe how full implementation has worked in a large urban medical center for a pediatric population; and will demonstrate how the AIMS Center helps practices move toward collaborative care.

Additional sessions will provide examples of how behavioral healthcare has been integrated within different practices in the Vermont region. Speaker panels will be an opportunity for participants to ask questions relevant to their own practices, and breakout sessions will give us the opportunity to go deeper into the process of integration. Recognizing that we learn best when our minds are refreshed, we will begin break sessions with wellness activities to restore focus and take care of our own health.

“Given that over one-half of primary care patients have a mental or behavioral diagnosis or symptoms that are significantly disabling, given that every medical problem has a psychosocial dimension, given that most personal care plans require substantial health behavior change—a Patient Centered Medical Home is incomplete without behavioral healthcare fully incorporated into its fabric".

Baird M, Blount A, Brungardt S, Kessler R. et al. Joint principles: integrating behavioral health care into the patient-centered medical home. Ann Fam Med. 2014; 12(2): 184-185


  • Describe different approaches to the integration of behavioral health services within primary care.
  • Describe the importance of a team-based approach (including nursing and office staff) to fully integrated care.
  • Identify strategies that would work in YOUR practice to improve care of chronic medical illness and mental health conditions.

CONFERENCE SYLLABUS (Electronic Download)

The conference syllabus will only be available as an Electronic Download with presentations in PDF format. Please plan to bring your laptop or electronic device to view presentations as well as completing the electronic conference evaluations via our online UVM CME system. Printed syllabus, paper copies of evaluations and paper certificates will no longer be available. You will receive a notification (via the email you used to register for this conference) about a week from the conference start date that presentations will be available for downloading.


Jointly Accredited Provider TMIn support of improving patient care, The Robert Larner, M.D. College of Medicine at The University of Vermont is jointly accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME), the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education (ACPE), and the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC), to provide continuing education for the healthcare team.

The University of Vermont designates this live activity for a maximum of 11.25 AMA PRA Category 1 CreditsTM. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

The Vermont Board of Alcohol and Drug Abuse Counselors has approved this program for 11.25 hours of continuing education for Alcohol and Drug Abuse Counselors.

The Vermont Board of Mental Health Counselors has approved this program for 11.25 hours of continuing education for Mental Health Counselors.

The Vermont Board of Psychological Examiners has approved this program for up to 11.25 continuing education credits.

The National Association of Social Workers, Vermont Chapter, has approved this program for 11.25 continuing education credits for social workers in Vermont. The vendor number for this training is 02-042502-02091417.

This conference includes 2.25 credits in Prescribing Controlled Substances.

This program has been reviewed and is acceptable for up to 11.25 Nursing Contact Hours.


$275 for physicians, $185 for other healthcare professionals and $75 for students. The fee includes the electronic download of course syllabus, continental breakfast, lunch and coffee breaks each day. Please register by August 14. An additional $50 will be added after that date.

Refunds may be obtained, minus a $50 administrative fee, if notice of cancellation is received by August 14. Refunds are not available after that date.


The conference will be held at The Essex in Essex Junction, Vermont, located at 70 Essex Way. The Essex, “Vermont’s Culinary Resort & Spa,” is Burlington area’s only AAA Four Diamond property. The resort, featuring on-site golf, ropes course, pond, and much more, is set on 18 acres of Vermont countryside. The 22,000 square foot, full service spa includes 10 treatment rooms, a 25-yard indoor pool, outdoor hot tub, fitness center, hair and nail salon, and locker rooms with steam rooms, saunas and relaxation areas. A small block of rooms has been reserved at The Essex for conference participants. Please make your reservations directly with the hotel prior to
August 14, 2017, (800) 727-4295, and indicate your participation in this course to obtain our discounted rates: $159 single or double occupancy plus Vermont State tax. Room rates cannot be guaranteed after August 14th.

Please click here to register.