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Behavioral Medicine Track

 Track Leader: Victoria Lingswiler, Ph.D.

LingswilerThis track will enhance residents’ Behavioral Medicine skills through intensive experiences in family medicine and mental health settings, depending upon individual interest and need.

Educational Objectives

The resident will define their personal objectives such as developing the ability to:

  • Practice within a mind-body conceptual framework
  • Assist patients in making behavioral and lifestyle changes using motivational interviewing, identify and manage issues with compliance/adherence
  • Identify and address the emotional aspects of medical illness and somatic preoccupation
  • Conduct supportive counseling, utilize cognitive-behavioral techniques and provide family therapy
  • Effectively manage risk situations including acute suicidal, homicidal and psychotic states
  • Assess normal vs. pathological development in children and adolescents
  • Address biological, psychological and social issues that are impacting negatively on a child’s development and develop a plan of care (including school interventions)
  • Provide advanced management of childhood psychiatric disorders including complicated ADHD, and mood disorders
  • Identify medical, psychological, social and legal factors associated with adult psychiatric disabilities and formulate comprehensive treatment approaches
  • Provide advanced management of adult psychiatric disorders including anxiety and depression, offer maintenance management of stable bipolar disorder and schizophrenia, evaluate and treat eating disorders and common sexual problems
  • Utilize evidence-based screening and assessment for substance-related disorders
  • Engage in primary care management of chronic substance use disorders including  detoxification, pharmacologic management of craving, and appropriate referral for psychotherapeutic intervention or higher level of care
  • Provide non-interventional chronic pain management, including evaluation and appropriate prescribing of narcotics with adjustments for patients with greater potential for opiate dependence

Core Curricular Components:

The Behavioral Science Track will utilize Middlesex Hospital’s Family Advocacy Program, Center for Behavioral Health, psychiatric day treatment programs and inpatient unit, as well as the Crisis Assessment and Triage Service.  Additionally, residents may obtain training in a variety of mental health programs in central Connecticut including Rushford Center, Connecticut Valley Hospital, Harford Hospital, Yale New Haven Dispensaries, Advanced Diagnostics Pain Center in New Haven, CT Spine Institute, CT Center for ADHD and Attention Disorders, Modern Behavioral Care, and The Institute of Living Eating Disorders Program.