Behavioral Health Skills Training

Friday, April 21, 2023

8:00AM - 3:10PM MST

Rocky Mountain Health Plans invites you to join us for our 7th annual Behavioral Health Skills Training on April 21, 2023. This full-day virtual event is free of cost to attendees and features Colorado-based and national experts in integrated care. This event is designed for primary and specialty care teams, community mental health and independent behavioral health providers, and community organizations who assist with access to behavioral healthcare. We are proud to be partnering with the University of Denver School of Social Work, St. Mary’s Family Medicine Residency, and Colorado Mesa University to support professional development for a new generation of healthcare workers in training and those who are currently practicing in the field.

Content Lead and Emcee

Alex Hulst, PhD, LMFT

Alex Hulst, PhD, LMFT
strives for powerful systems change to support meaningful connections between providers, staff, patients, and families. Dr. Hulst holds a PhD in Marriage and Family Therapy with a Certificate of Advanced Specialization in Medical Family Therapy. She has provided therapy for individuals, couples, and families in primary care, an adult neuromuscular clinic,  and a pediatric intensive care unit and uses those clinical experiences to drive thoughtful interventions to improve team-based, collaborative care. She co-chaired the 2019 annual conference for the Collaborative Family Healthcare Association for over 900 attendees and has published a book titled Contextual Therapy for Family Health: Clinical Applications. She has been with RMHP since 2015.

Plenary Session #1: Theoretical and Practical Essentials for Making Integration Work

Jeff Reiter, PhD, ABPP, is an internationally recognized expert in the integration of behavioral health into primary care. Since 2002, he has worked in integrated care as a clinician, administrator, trainer, and consultant in the community health, commercial and government healthcare sectors. He has helped hundreds of primary care systems, clinics and individuals in their integration efforts, both throughout the U.S. and internationally; publishes and speaks regularly on the topic of integration; and is on the faculty of Arizona State University’s integrated care training program. Dr. Reiter has received numerous awards and advised many organizations through Board and advisory committee membership. He also co-authored (with Patricia Robinson, PhD) two of the leading “how-to” books on integrated care. 

Plenary Session #2: Sustaining Practice in Integrated Care: It Is Not All About You


Christine Runyan, PhD, ABPP is a clinical health psychologist, the Co-Founder of Tend Health, and Professor in the Department of Family Medicine and Community Health at the University of Massachusetts Medical School. After starting her career as a psychologist in the US Air Force, she focused her research, clinical service, and teaching on promoting models of integrated primary care and behavioral science in family medicine as well as. Dr. Runyan is also a mindfulness teacher at the University of Massachusetts Center for Mindfulness. At the height of the pandemic, recognizing the undeniable need for expert mental health services for healthcare professionals, she launched Tend Health. Tend Health provides specialized, private, and accessible mental health care and education to healthcare professionals and consultation to healthcare organizations willing to invest in their most precious resource.