PSY 588 - Behavioral Medicine Interventions

"Behavioral Medicine refers to the interdisciplinary field concerned with the development and integration of behavioral, psychosocial, and biomedical science knowledge and techniques relevant to the understanding of health and illness, and the application of this knowledge and these techniques to prevention, diagnosis, treatment and rehabilitation" (Society of Behavioral Medicine).For the psychologist, the goals in behavioral medicine are the same as in any other setting - optimize patient coping. Coping difficulties among medical populations also produce similar symptom outcomes such as anxiety, anger, and depression. By this point in your training you already have tools for addressing these conditions. However, it is important to understand the unique challenges that medical patients face that produce these outcomes. In addition, the medical environment confers unique constraints that must be considered in order to effectively deliver your treatments, maximize your professionalism, and help your patients. This specific type of work is generally referred to as Consultation Liaison, something we will spend a great deal of time on in this course.The purpose of this course is to twofold: 1) to review the science behind intervention needs and strategies with medical populations, and 2) to prepare you for working in the primary care medical environment.
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