© 2009

The Primary Care Toolkit

Practical Resources for the Integrated Behavioral Care Provider

  • William T. O'Donohue
  • Larry  James


  • Includes evidence-based practice guidelines, fact sheets, assessment inventories, and group protocols; thus, highly practical

  • Addresses the major clinical problems and complaints encountered in primary care settings

  • Written by leading experts in their fields


Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xii
  2. Tools for Getting Started

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 1-1
    2. Megan Oser, William T. O’Donohue
      Pages 3-11
    3. William T. O’Donohue
      Pages 41-51
    4. Robert E. Jackson
      Pages 53-62
    5. Melanie P. Duckworth, Tony Iezzi, Aditi Vijay, Erika Gerber
      Pages 63-76
    6. Ranilo Laygo, Rachelle Sorci
      Pages 95-120
    7. Michelle R. Byrd, Kevin N. Alschuler
      Pages 121-130
  3. Toolbox for Integrated Consultation-Liaison Services: Guidelines and Handouts

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 1-1
    2. Holly Hazlett-Stevens
      Pages 169-182
    3. Melanie P. Duckworth, Tony Iezzi, M. Todd Sewell
      Pages 183-197
    4. Lauren Woodward Tolle
      Pages 233-247
    5. Richard P. Schobitz, Laura L. Bauer, Erik P. Schobitz
      Pages 263-275

About this book


The Primary Care Toolkit

Practical Resources for the Integrated Behavioral Care Provider

Edited by Larry James, Tripler Army Medical Center, Honolulu

and William O’Donohue, University of Nevada, Reno


I’m working in a primary care facility.

Now…what am I doing here?

Ideally, the integration of behavioral health into the medical setting brings effective, coordinated treatment and increased satisfaction for both practitioner and patient. In reality, however, the results can be far from perfect—and far from integrated. The Primary Care Toolkit introduces mental health professionals to the best possibilities for the collaboration while preparing them for the crucial differences between primary care and traditional mental health settings, to make the transition as worthwhile and non-traumatic as possible.

The editors, experts on collaborative care (and astute judges of its potentials and pitfalls), have packed the Toolkit with hands-on, evidence-based, practical information, including handouts, protocols, inventories, and reference lists. Readers will improve their medical literacy, learn how to make more effective use of the clinic’s patient education and marketing resources, and uncover key consultation skills. And chapters for primary care physicians and administrators help all parties understand the synergy underlying integrative care.

A sampling of the Toolkit’s features:

  • Assessment and treatment guidelines for core illnesses (chronic pain, heart disease, anxiety, depression), and issues (treatment compliance, obesity, smoking, somatization) encountered in primary care.
  • Hiring and interview protocols for administrators.
  • Training programs and issues.
  • Financial and billing models.
  • Quality management/improvement tools.
  • Review of the current CPT codes.

The Primary Care Toolkit is a safety net for the clinician adjusting to collaborative practice, giving new "team players"—clinical and health psychologists, psychiatrists, mental health nurses, and clinical social workers, as well as the professionals working with them—greater confidence and competence.


Collaborative Medicine Depression Diabetes Encounter Management Motivation Primary Care Training assessment attention attention deficit attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) compliance dementia hyperactivity

Editors and affiliations

  • William T. O'Donohue
  • Larry  James

There are no affiliations available

About the editors

Larry James, Ph.D, ABPP, is Chair of the Department of Psychology at Tripler Army Medical Center, Honolulu. He holds adjunct appointments at the Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences School of Medicine, Howard University Hospital, University of West Florida, American School of Professional Psychology, University of Hawaii, and Hawaii Pacific University. He is President-elect of the American Board of Health Psychology; he is on the Board of Trustees of the American Board of Professional Psychology as well as on the Board of Directors of Division 38 (Health Psychology) of the American Psychological Association; and he is a member of the Presidential Task Force on Psychological Ethics and National Security. He is an Associate Editor on the Journal of Military Psychology (Division 19 of the American Psychological Association) and has received numerous professional, military, and athletic honors.

William T. O’Donohue, PhD is Professor of the Department of Psychology and Adjunct Professor of Psychiatry at the University of Nevada at Reno. From 1999 through 2005 he was Nicholas Cummings Professor of Organized Behavioral Healthcare Delivery at the same institution. In addition, he is Director of the Victoms of Crimes Treatment Center and the Sexual Assault Prevention and Counseling Services at University of Nevada, Reno. He is a member of the Association for the Advancement of Behavior Therapy and since 1999 has served on the Advisory Board of the Cambridge Center for Behavioral Studies. His areas of specialization are mental health service delivery, forensic psychology, human sexuality (treatment of victims and offenders), management and administration, behavior therapy, and philosophy of psychology.

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From the reviews:

"For mental health professionals working in primary care settings, this guide provides advice and information on collaboration care. … James (psychology, Tripler Army Medical Center) and O’Donohue … compile 20 chapters by psychologists and other mental health professionals and physicians from the US, who address assessment and treatment guidelines for illnesses … . They also provide a review of Current Procedural Terminology codes and lists of resources for obtaining patient handouts." (SciTech Book News, March, 2009)