Introduction to Behavioral Health


This is a closed course, and registrations are not being accepted.

Course Description

People struggling with depression, anxiety, trauma, and more routinely come to healthcare providers with pain, fatigue, brain fog, neurological, cardiovascular, and musculoskeletal issues. This course provides learners with an understanding of the integrated biopsychosocial model for overall health and well-being. It examines the problem of behavioral health conditions in America and begins to explore how those conditions impact the progress of patients seeking help for physical health-related conditions.

Target Audience

Healthcare providers.


  1. Justify the implementation of behavioral health concepts in daily practice.
  2. Identify members of the health care team with whom they can collaborate for in-depth care for behavioral health issues.
  3. Describe the connection between behavioral l health diagnoses and clinical presentations of pain and other health complaints.
  4. Recognize the utility of mental health screening tools and outcome measures.
  5. Analyze current practice patterns for opportunities to implement behavioral health screening and treatment tools.

Course Outline

Module 1: Understanding the Connection Between Behavioral Health and Physical Rehabilitation 

  • Videos (1:32 hour/minute)
  • Readings (1:22 hour/minute)

Module 2: Recognizing the Illness-Wellness Continuum and Using Effective Coping Strategies

  • Videos (1:13 hour/minute)
  • Readings (1:14 hour/minute)

Module 3: Integrating Behavioral Health concepts into Physical Rehabilitation Practices

  • Videos (0:55 hour/minute)
  • Readings (2:00 hour/minute)

Course Author

Course summary
Available credit: 
  • 8.50 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits
  • 8.50 AOA Category 2­B
  • 8.50 CE Contact Hour(s)
  • 8.50 IBON
Course opens: 
Course expires: 

Accreditation Statements

  • MD: This activity has been planned and implemented in accordance with the accreditation requirements and policies of the Iowa Medical Society (IMS) through the joint providership of Des Moines University (DMU) and Evidence in Motion. DMU is accredited by IMS to provide continuing medical education for physicians. DMU designates this enduring materials activity for a maximum of 8.5 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s)™.  Physicians should only claim credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.
  • DO: Des Moines University (DMU) is accredited by the American Osteopathic Association (AOA) to provide osteopathic continuing medical education for physicians. DMU designates this activity for a maximum of 8.5 AOA Category 2-B credits and will report CME and specialty credits commensurate with the extent of the physician’s participation in this activity.
  • Nurse: Des Moines University is Iowa Board of Nursing approved provider #112. This activity has been reviewed and approved for 8.5 continuing education contact hour(s). No partial credit awarded.​
  • Other Healthcare Professionals: This enduring materials activity is designated for a maximum of 8.5 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s)™.

Educational Grants

No ineligible company provided financial support for this continuing education activity. 


The planning committee member(s) and speaker(s) will disclose if any pharmaceuticals or medical procedures and devices discussed are investigational or unapproved for use by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA). The determination of educational content and the selection of speakers is the responsibility of the activity director. 

Relevant to the content of this educational activity, the following individual(s) have no conflict(s) with ineligible companies to disclose.

  • Kyle Butcher - Activity Director and Planning Committee Member
  • Orlando Candelaria - Activity Coordinator and Planning Committee Member
  • Regina Landrus, PT, FPS - Program Administrator
  • Colleen Louw, PT - Planning Committee Member
  • AJ Steele, PsyD - Course Author
  • Jennifer Stone, PT, DPT, OCS, PHC - Program Advisor


The information provided in this activity is for continuing education purposes only. It is not meant to substitute for the independent medical judgment of a healthcare provider relative to diagnostic and treatment options of a specific patient’s medical condition. The content of each presentation does not necessarily reflect the views of Des Moines University.

Available Credit

  • 8.50 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits
  • 8.50 AOA Category 2­B
  • 8.50 CE Contact Hour(s)
  • 8.50 IBON


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