Certificate in Pediatric and Behavioral Health Integration

Register OnlineAs children’s mental health continues to be a primary concern with rising levels of diagnosable conditions, pediatricians and nurse practitioners can make a critical difference in identifying concerns and helping families identify and pursue next steps. Yet, pediatric health practitioners may feel ill-prepared to engage their patients and their patients’ parents in this potentially pivotal discourse. Furthermore, separated systems of care may impede effective and time sensitive treatments for children and families. A recent report commissioned by the Subcommittee on Mental Health Interface with General Medicine of the Presidents New Freedom Commission on Mental Health stated, “Although mental and medical conditions are highly interconnected, medical and mental health care systems are separated in many ways that inhibit effective care.”

William James College is offering a Certificate in Pediatric and Behavioral Health Integration for pediatric health practitioners, mental health practitioners and practice administrators seeking to develop an integrated approach to behavioral health in their practices. The certificate program will focus on developing practitioners’ skills related to their patients’ mental health needs, but will also focus on developing systems to support effective, sustainable integrated behavioral health care. The curriculum customizes the content to meet the needs of each professional group. 

The Certificate program dates are:

Online Dates: February 23, 2019*-August 4, 2019
Residency Dates: February 23, 2019 & TBA,  hosted at William James College. 

The program will follow a blended model, with two days in residence, and online materials and discussion boards. This blended model will allow busy professionals to complete the Certificate expeditiously and in an appealing technology-enabled environment.

*The Behavioral Health track has a one hour online lecture pre-requisite in advance of the program start date. This pre-requisite begins on February 11 and will be available through February 22, 2019.

The curriculum and sessions will focus on topics including:

Establishing an Integrated Structure

  • Defining the constructs of: how practice understands mental health; what are expectations of what it means to help a family in need of mental health services;
  • Developing effective systems of communication, consultation and collaboration between pediatric and mental health providers
  • Developing a sustainable integrated system within pediatric practices including protocols and procedures for care coordination

Child and Adolescent Development and Mental Health

  • Skills for holding conversations with families about emotional concerns
  • Skills related to working in an integrated setting
  • Disorders (neurobehavioral components, symptoms, diagnoses & treatment)
  • Techniques to improve the prevention and early intervention of behavioral health disorders

Referrals and Follow-Up

  • How to best offer help and treatment for patients’ behavioral health needs
  • Facilitating the hand-off – internal and external resources
  • Following up with community providers
Frequently Asked Questions

What is the overall time commitment for this program?

The certificate program consists of six months of online instruction and two separate days of in-person residency. The residency requirement is comprised of two separate 6-hour days, held at the William James College campus in Newton, MA. The online requirements span over 6 months and the time commitment varies depending on your registration type. Medical Providers and Behavioral Health Providers will be required to login to the online course page almost every week (with the exception of scheduled holidays and breaks) to complete the weekly requirements. Administrators will be required to participate in two online modules, with most of their learning taking place during the in-person residencies.


What should I expect to do in the online portion?

For every week the course meets online you will be required to watch a video lecture and participate in activities targeted toward your goal of practice transformation. Readings, links and additional information will be shared as resources. Activities vary from week to week but may include things like quizzes, discussions, written assignments, etc.


For the online portion, how many hours per week should I plan for?

While everyone learns at a different pace, and materials may vary from module to module, we recommend reserving about 1 hour a week to devote to the online learning portion.


Can I do the online portion on my own time?

You can login to the course website 24/7 and participate on your own schedule, however you must adhere to the weekly deadlines.


What will I receive upon completion of the program?

Upon successful completion of the program requirements, all participants will receive a certificate of completion. Eligible participants may also receive Continuing Education credits or CME credits that may be used to fulfill professional licensing requirements. Please see our Accreditation page for detailed information on CEs and CMEs.


Will I need to pass a test to get my certificate?

There is no formal testing in this program, however you will need to complete all of the weekly requirements, which may include passing short quizzes that demonstrate your acquired knowledge of the module topics.

For More Information on our Certificate in Pediatric and Behavioral Health Integration

For more information, please contact Program Co-Directors:
Nadja Reilly, PhD, nadja_reilly@williamjames.edu
Margaret Hannah, MEd, margaret_hannah@williamjames.edu

Register for this program online.