UK Conference to Focus on Integrating Behavioral Health Care Into Primary Care

LEXINGTON, Ky. (Sept. 11, 2015) — The University of Kentucky College of Social Work in collaboration with the UK Department of Family and Community Medicine and KVC Behavioral Health is hosting a conference on integrated behavioral health into the primary care field on Sept. 18. The conference will bring social workers, physicians, psychologists, nurses and certified alcohol and other drug abuse counselors (CADCs) together to better understand pressing issues facing today’s health care industry. Carlton Craig, a faculty associate at the UK Center on Trauma and Children and associate professor of social work, said, “We hope that this Integrated Behavioral Health Conference will serve the community’s needs and will expand to a larger event in the next couple of years.” There will be two plenary sessions at the one-day conference. The morning plenary will be presented on the evolution of pediatric abusive head trauma by Dr. Melissa Currie, a pediatrician specializing in child abuse pediatrics at Kosair Children’s Hospital. The afternoon plenary will be presented by Ginny Sprang, the executive director at the Center on Trauma and Children. Sprang will talk about improving behavioral health care to children who suffer from traumatic stress conditions. Participants in the conference will also have the opportunity to attend a series of breakout sessions on various topics. Those who attend the conference will receive six continuing education credits (CEU/CME). The CEUs/CMEs are approved by the Kentucky Board of Social Work; the Kentucky Board of Psychological Examiners; the Kentucky Board of Certified Alcohol and Drug Counselors; the Ohio Counselor Social Worker and Marriage and Family Therapist Board; the Kentucky Board of Nursing; and Area Health Education Centers. The conference will be held from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Sept. 18 at the Fayette County Cooperative Extension Office. Registration is $120 in advance and $160 at the door.  For more information or to register, click here.    

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