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Description - The Behavioral Health Specialist in Primary Care by MaryAnn Burg

This timely book trains graduate-level social workers, mental health counselors, and health psychologists to step into the role of the Behavioral Health Specialist in primary care settings, a role that will see increased demand under the Patient Accountability and Affordable Care Act (ACA). Patients with chronic conditions need psychosocial support and counseling to help them make the lifestyle and behavioral changes needed to prevent disease complications. Behavioral Health Specialists on integrated primary care teams need behavioral health promotion skills and counseling skills to help bridge the fragmentation between physical and mental health care, in order to assist and support patients in optimizing their health. Using rich case examples drawn from typical patient presentations of common chronic conditions encountered in primary care, this book gives students the skills needed to step into the role of Behavioral Health Specialist on a primary care team. It is ideal for health care social workers, mental health counselors, and psychologists training to practice in a primary care setting.

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Book Details

ISBN: 9780826129871
ISBN-10: 0826129870
Format: Paperback
(229mm x 152mm x mm)
Pages: 325
Imprint: Springer Publishing Co Inc
Publisher: Springer Publishing Co Inc
Publish Date: 1-Sep-2015
Country of Publication: United States

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Author Biography - MaryAnn Burg

Mary Ann Burg, PhD, MSW, LCSW is a Professor in the School of Social Work at the University of Central Florida, USA where she teaches courses on Social Work in Health Care and Social Work Research. She also lectures on Social Work in Medicine at the University of Central Florida, College of Medicine. She received her PhD in Sociology (with a concentration in Medical Sociology) from the University of Florida, and her MSW from Florida State University.