University of Vermont

College of Medicine

Continuing Medical Education


Bridging the Divide: A Conference Fostering Collaboration between Primary Care, Mental Health, Substance Abuse, and Behavioral Health Professionals

November 8, 2013

Hampton Inn, Colchester, Vermont


Despite the introduction of the Biopsychosocial Model to medicine thirty-seven years ago, our culture and our health care system continues to operate from an artificial divide between physical health and mental health. This divide is a barrier to achieving the highest quality care here in Vermont and elsewhere across the country.

This will be the fifth annual Bridging the Divide conference. In past years we covered the conceptual underpinnings of collaborative care, how we teach (and learn) collaborative practice, and how we can work toward more widespread implementation. This year we will focus on the role of behavior in medical treatment, and on some of the pitfalls in inter-professional communication. There are many myths and misconceptions around how we talk about and document psychosocial issues in our daily work; these have been an important barrier to effective collaboration. We have some outstanding guest faculty who are national or international experts in their fields.

We will also hear from experts on the primary prevention of emotional, behavioral, and stress-related physical disorders in children, and on ADHD.


  1. Discuss how to implement and work in collaborative practice, including best practices for screening, diagnosis, and management of physical and mental health problems.
  2. Discuss the legal and HIPAA rules that guide communication and record-sharing.
  3. Discuss best approaches to the primary prevention of childhood emotional and behavioral problems.
  4. Discuss best practice approaches to the diagnosis and treatment of ADHD.


The University of Vermont College of Medicine is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education to provide continuing medical education for physicians.

The University of Vermont designates this live activity for a maximum of 6.75 AMA PRA Category 1 CreditsTM. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

This Live activity is acceptable for up to 6.75 Prescribed credits by the American Academy of Family Physicians.

This conference has been approved by the National Association of Social Workers - Vermont Chapter for 6.75 continuing education credits for social workers in Vermont.

The Vermont Board of Psychology has approved this program for 6.75 continuing education credits.

The Vermont Board of Mental Health Counselors has approved this program for 6.75 continuing education credits.

The Vermont Certification Board has approved this training event for 6.75 hours of education appropriate to the counseling category for recertification for the Apprentice Addiction Professional (AAP) credential and for certification and recertification for the Alcohol and Drug Counselor (ADC) credential.

This program has been reviewed and is acceptable for up to 6.75 Nursing Contact Hours.*

*The University of Vermont Continuing Medical Education (VSNA Provider #: 10-10-009PR, 02/1/14) is an approved provider of continuing nursing education by the Vermont State Nurses Association, Inc. Committee on Education, an accredited approver by the American Nurses Credentialing Center’s Commission on Accreditation.


The fee includes the comprehensive course syllabus, continental breakfast, lunch and coffee breaks.

Regular Registration (on or before October 14)

Physicians: $275.00
Other Health Professionals: $185.00
Students: $75.00

Late Registration (after October 14)

Physicians: $325.00
Other Health Professionals: $235.00
Students: $125.00


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

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