Longitudinal Behavioral Science Curriculum

Behavioral Science Objectives

  • Residents will demonstrate understanding of healthy behavioral, cognitive, emotional, and relational functioning and will utilize this knowledge to improve their practice.
  • Residents will gain and demonstrate adequate to strong interpersonal and communication skills with patients, peers, and other providers.
  • Residents will competently assess, diagnose, and collaboratively treat common mental health and behavioral problems.
  • Residents will demonstrate professionalism; including ethical and patient-centered practice, collaborative care, and sensitivity to diversity.




What We Teach

  • Healthy behavioral, cognitive, emotional, and relational functioning
    • Human behavior change – Stages of change
    • Emotion regulation in families (triangulation, cutting off, etc.)
      • Genograms
      • Family boundaries – FACES-II
    • Family development and life cycle transitions
    • Preventative medicine
  • Interpersonal & communication skills
    • Interpersonal & communication skills for family physicians
    • Counseling skills – Motivational interviewing
    • Boundary setting with difficult patients
    • Managing drug-seeking patients – chronic pain
  • Mental and behavioral health problems
    • Individual mental/behavioral problems
      • Depressive disorders
      • Bipolar and related disorders
      • Anxiety disorders
      • Obsessive compulsive type disorders
      • Trauma and stress related disorders
      • Neurodevelopmental disorders (ADHD, Learning disorders, Autism, Etc.)
      • Disruptive behavior disorders (ODD, Impulse control, Conduct disorder, etc.)
      • Somatic symptom type disorders (including factitious and malingering)
      • Feeding and eating disorders
      • Elimination disorders
      • Sleep-wake disorders
      • Psychosocial aspects of sexual dysfunction
      • Personality disorders
      • Schizophrenia spectrum - psychotic disorders
      • Substance abuse disorders (Not to overlap Addictions Medicine)
    • Relational problems
      • Intimate partner violence
      • Child abuse
      • Childhood sexual activity – reporting
      • Elder abuse
    • Psychopharmacology
      • Basic (SSRI's, etc.)
      • Complex (anti-psychotics, etc.)
  • Professionalism
    • Issues of diversity in practice
      • LGBT populations
      • Cultural, age, gender, and religious differences, etc.
    • Maintaining a patient-centered approach
      • Relational/systemic practice – what does it mean to be a "family" doctor
      • Biopsychosocial approach
      • Collaborative care - mental health referrals
    • Compassion fatigue and burnout

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