About our Behavioral Health Consultant Post-Doctoral Fellowship
The Access Community Health Centers Behavioral Health Consultant Post-doctoral fellowship (also called Primary Care Psychology) offers the opportunity to work in a fast-paced primary care setting within a well-established, integrated program. We work within the Primary Care Behavioral Health (PCBH) model (Robinson & Reiter, 2007), as Behavioral Health Consultants to primary care providers.
Post-doctoral fellows will learn brief assessment and intervention skills to improve the health and functioning of a culturally diverse patient population across the lifespan.
Patients are referred to Behavioral Health for all types of behavioral issues, including:
- Physical health problems such as coping with chronic illnesses
- Medication non-adherence
- Health behavior/lifestyle modification
- And more traditional mental or behavioral health problems
Our program offers an excellent opportunity to learn skills for behavioral consultation in a primary care setting. Several qualities will promote the best fit for this opportunity.
- Because the setting is a community health clinic, an interest in working with underserved populations and an appreciation for cultural diversity will be important.
- Students should have a strong ability to multi-task and demonstrate flexibility to adapt to a fast-paced team environment.
- Students should have some knowledge of behavioral or cognitive-behavioral therapy and brief interventions, or at least an interest in such.
- An interest in or background in primary care including behavioral medicine.
- Students should be interested in working with a wide variety of problems (depression, diabetes, chronic pain, insomnia, tobacco use, parent-child problems, etc.) and populations (children, couples, older adults, etc.).
Our Behavioral Health Program
Our staff includes five psychologists, one Licensed Clinical Social Worker and two Advanced Practice Social Workers who work at our three Madison area clinics.
We utilize a “consultant” model, in which the goal of patient visits is to augment the usual primary care by ensuring a well-rounded biopsychosocial treatment plan. We provide individual, group, and family interventions and work in close collaboration with primary care providers in a fast-paced multidisciplinary setting to develop a plan the primary care provider can follow-up on.
Visits are brief (15-30 minutes), limited in number (1-4 generally, but can be more depending on the needs of the patient) and focused on functional restoration.
Our assessments and interventions are appropriate for the primary care setting. This is a great position for fellows who are interested in an integrated model of care that is becoming more common, and has the potential to become a fixture in primary care clinics of the future.
About Living in the Madison area
Access is located in Madison, Wisconsin, a city of about 250,000, the state capitol and home to the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Situated on an isthmus between two lakes, the city has frequently been rated as one of the best places to live:
- Fifth for High Tech Jobs; MarketWatch, June 2013
- Second Best Run City in America; 24/7 Wall St., January 2013
- Fifth most Bikeable City; Walkscore, May 2012
- Best College Game Day Tradition; Sports Illustrated, November 2012
- Great Place to Raise a Family; MSN, August 2012
- Best City for Educated Workers; Huffington Post, September 2011
Madison is an affordable place to live, with many opportunities for work and play. Amenities include the Overture Center for the Arts in downtown Madison, and Madison’s well-known restaurant scene. Outdoor enthusiasts will enjoy the variety of activities available in this bike-friendly city, including water activities on the lakes around the city. Sports lovers can follow the Big 10 sports with the UW-Madison’s Badgers.
Read more about Access Community Health Centers and our role in the community.