Highlight Talk: Eve Adams, Regents Professor (Corbett Ballroom)

Date(s) - Friday
10:00 am - 10:30 am


The Impact of Integrated Behavioral Healthcare Training on the Self-efficacy and Well-being of Counseling Psychology Trainees

This presentation will describe some of the effective training strategies that have been utilized in the counseling psychology PhD program at NMSU. These training strategies are a product of grant-funded curricular development as the program that has been a recipient of a HRSA Graduate Psychology Education grant for 14 years. Two of the primary objectives of this grant have been: 1) to enhance trainees’ self-efficacy regarding their primary care psychology competencies in interprofessional teams in primary care settings and 2) to enhance trainees’ well-being by having them experience the integrative effects of mindfulness trainees.  Self-efficacy is the belief people have in their ability to succeed at a given task (Bandura, 1986). It is essential to raise the trainees’ self-efficacy as Social Cognitive Career Theory (SCCT; Lent, Brown, & Hackett, 2002) suggests that self-efficacy about specific abilities (e.g., primary care psychology competencies) will increase the chances that career interests in integrated behavioral health will become career goals and career actions. The grant-related curriculum is designed not only to enhance the trainees’ self-efficacy in their skills, but also help them recognized the added value of working as part of an integrated team to meet the needs of patients, and to increase their own well-being as healthcare providers. The presentation will provide some of the program evaluation data that demonstrate how the grant-related curriculum has increased the trainees’ integrated behavioral health self-efficacy. Additionally, data will provided that demonstrates the specific effectiveness of the grant-funded mindfulness training on enhancing the trainees’ self-compassion, present-moment awareness and secure attachment, while decreasing their anger rumination and avoidant behavior.