Integrated Behavioral Health Academy at Denver Health

Experts with real-world experience. Dedicated to advancing your integration.

Denver Health has successfully integrated behavioral health into our nine primary care clinics and many of our specialty clinics. Our integrated behavioral health department is financially sustained through billing; no grants or organizational write-off. We have a robust standardized program with interdisciplinary behavioral health providers including: psychiatrists, psychologists, licensed clinical social workers and addiction counselors. The Integrated Behavioral Health (IBH) Academy is comprised of these individuals who use their expertise to teach professionals and medical systems the tools necessary to provide this challenging, yet rewarding service.

What We Offer

The IBH Academy supports individual clinicians and medical practices in Colorado and beyond to help them achieve their integration goals. Whether you take a course or consult with the IBH Academy, you will be learning from individuals who have nationally recognized expertise and ongoing practice experience with patients across the lifespan.

The IBH Academy offers:

  • Classroom trainings for behavioral health clinicians and primary care teams to learn essential skills for successful practice.
  • Practice coaching & consultations for clinics or systems looking to establish or advance IBH services.
  • Learning consortia & online resource sharing for behavioral health clinicians to garner professional support and receive peer consultation.
  • Professional presentations for trainings, conferences and on-site seminars.

Classroom Trainings

Our foundation courses are a collection of intensive workshops geared towards behavioral health clinicians and primary care team members (medical providers and clinical support staff) who have become accustomed to practicing in their own silos. These courses do not teach the fundamentals of diagnosis, treatment and collaboration associated with routine care in any discipline. Rather, trainees will learn the essential skills necessary to be successful practicing within an integrated setting. All courses are held on-site at one of our integrated clinics, so you can see the concepts in practice during a tour.

IBH Foundations for the Care Team

Intended Audience: Medical Providers, Care Team Staff, Clinic Administators

Upcoming Training Dates: None

This four-hour training is intended for primary care providers, clinical support staff, and healthcare administrators new to integrated behavior health or are interested in learning more about collaborative care delivery of behavioral health care. The training will focus on the integration of various professional roles in primary care and provide an overview of models of care and strategies for successful collaboration. Attendees can also expect to learn about IBH outcomes, health behavior change intervention, team-based communication and treatment planning, and motivational interviewing.

IBH Foundations for the Behavioral Health Provider

Intended Audience: Behavior Health Provider

Upcoming Training Dates: None

This 12-hour training is intended for behavior health professionals new to integrated behavior health delivery in primary care settings. The first four hours of the training are focused on the integraton of various professional roles in primary care and provide an overview of models of care and strategies for successful collaboration. Participants can expect to learn about IBH outcomes, health behavior change intervention, team-based communication and treatment planning, and motivational interviewing. The remaining eight hours will focus on topics specific to behavioral health professionals including: professional acculturation, principles of population-based care, rapid diagnosis, brief session duration and treatment episodes, medical case presentation structure, management of high-risk patients, psychopharmacology and ethical issues.

Trauma and PTSD: Considerations and Recommendations for Treatment in the Primary Care Setting

Intended Audience: Behavioral Health Providers

Upcoming Training Dates: None

Up to 61% of men and 51% of women in the United States report exposure to at least one traumatic event in their lifetime. Research suggests that unaddressed trauma can have a significant impact on individuals' mental and physical health outcomes. Integrated behavioral health professionals working in primary care can greatly help inform patient care through recognition of trauma as well as provide brief intervention. In this 4-hour training, participants will be provided an overview of trauma and practical, evidence-based strategies for its assessment and treatment appropriate to primary care settings.


Caring for Complex Patients

In this four-hour interactive training, participants will receive an overview of complex patients common to primary care settings and best practices for integrated teams to address patient and staff needs. This training will review approaches to identify patient complexity and organizational strategies to provide direct care. With the increasing and often high demands on primary care providers and support staff, this valuable training will leave participants with tangible next steps for patient and self-care.

Psychopharmacology for the Integrated Behavior Health Professional

Intended Audience: Master's or PhD Level Behavioral Health Providers

Upcoming Training Dates: April 29th, 2019 | 8 a.m. to 12 p.m.

This 4-hour psychopharmacology training is perfect for new Masters' or PhD level behavioral health providers, or those looking for a refresher on basic pharmacologic treatment strategies for major mental health diagnoses. This course was written and presented by a psychiatrist and licensed clinical social worker. Treatment strategies that will be covered include: Depression; Anxiety; PTSD; Bipolar; and Delusional Parasitosis. Participants will also have the opportunity to learn more about the history of psychopharmacology and early interventions used, as well as, engage in a pertinent discussion on the ethical issues clinicians face as they integrate with primary care.

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Practice Modification to Embrace Multiculturalism: Balancing the Individual and the Evidence

Intended Audience: Behavioral Health Providers; Medical Providers; Clinic Administrators

Upcoming Training Dates: None

As we integrate physical and behavioral health, attention must be paid to the ways our models of service delivery support patients across their multicultural continuums without sacrificing the fast-paced and population-based structure of evidence-based frameworks. In this 4-hour training, clinicians struggling to meet the needs of their diverse patient populations, as well as, program administrators looking to preserve the standard implementation of their collaborative treatment models, will together examine and discuss the evidence before problem-solving this delicate balance.

Affirmative Psychotheraphy: Caring for our LGB and TGNC Clients

Intended Audience: Behavioral Health Providers

Upcoming Training Dates: Friday, June 21, 2019

As a result of a variety of converging factors including societal oppression and discrimination, lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender (TG), and gender nonconforming (GNC) individuals are at greater risk for depression, anxiety, suicidality, substance abuse, and trauma than same-aged peers. Mental health professionals are vital in caring for these diverse populations and are well positioned to break cycles of oppression both within therapy and through advocacy. The purpose of this seminar is to increase personal awareness, increase knowledge, and build greater clinical competency in working with LGB and TGNC clients.

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Practice Coaching & Consultations

Whether your practice is just starting to integrate or is looking to optimize or advance integration, our experts can provide invaluable information and insight in the areas of clinical intervention, financial sustainability and systems operations. Consultation is tailored for each practice. It varies from a one-time discussion to ongoing support. Recent consultation projects include: Child Obesity/Health Lifestyle Clinic, Dental Behavioral Health Integration, Home Care Program for CHildren with Special Needs.

For more information or to schedule a free initial consultation, please email us.

Professional Presentations

The IBH Academy faculty is available to present its work at upcoming conferences, as well as, provide individualized training workshops in your community or at your healthcare facility. Topics include: Using Technology and Tools in Integrated Primary Care, Suicide Prevention in Primary Care, Self-care/Burnout Prevention, Mental Health 101 for Care Team/Support Staff, Facilitation of Balint Groups for Medical and Behavioral Health Providers.

If you'd like to invite our faculty to come present, email us.

Why Choose the IBH Academy?

Our trainings and consultations are practice-based, developed from over a decade of direct service to our patients

  • We tailor our consultations to the needs of your agency
  • We teach evidenced-based interventions to help patients move toward better health outcomes
  • We help teams work more effectively together to transform practice
  • We achieved the “holy grail” of IBH—financial sustainability through billing—and can speak to this process


Jeremy Vogt, PhD is the director of the IBH Academy. Dr. Vogt is a licensed psychologist and behavioral health consultant at Denver Health’s Eastside Adult and Intensive Outpatient clinics. He completed his residency at the University of Colorado School of Medicine in integrated behavioral health and a post-doctoral fellowship at the Western Interstate Commission for Higher Education (WICHE) in public mental health policy, planning and program evaluation. He has a special interest in suicide prevention training in primary care and has delivered several talks and national training on this topic. Dr. Vogt is also a member of Denver Health’s Violence Prevention Committee.

Jen Grote, PhD is a subject matter expert for classroom training curricula geared toward behavioral health providers. She also consults on programmatic aspects of IBH, including provider hiring and retention, innovation development and model fidelity. Dr. Grote is a licensed psychologist at Denver Health and also the Director of IBH. Throughout her career as a psychologist and administrator, she has worked with underserved populations and is committed to developing evidence-based, integrated behavioral health practices that best meet the needs of patients throughout the state of Colorado. She believes the IBH Academy serves to address this need as well as train a passionate and knowledgeable workforce to provide high-quality IBH services.

Caroline Hale, LCSW is responsible for overseeing the development of the IBH Academy’s classroom training curricula. Ms. Hale is a licensed clinical social worker and behavioral health consultant at the Family and Internal Medicine Clinic on the Denver Health campus. Prior to coming to Denver Health, Ms. Hale practiced for 30 years in various capacities as a mediator, caseworker and psychotherapist. She was formerly the Senior Director of the Adoption Exchange Education Center, responsible for training grants, training and supervising trainers in Colorado, Nevada and Missouri.

Samantha Monson, PsyD founded and previously led the IBH Academy. Dr. Monson is a licensed psychologist and behavioral health consultant at Denver Health’s Lowry Family Health Center. Dr. Monson is both residency and fellowship trained in integrated behavioral health and was one of the first clinicians dedicated to piloting IBH at Denver Health. She served as co-chair of the Colorado Promoting Integrated Care Sustainability (CoPICS) advisory board, which spurred policy clarification to allow same-day billing of co-located behavioral health and primary medical care services. Dr. Monson has been a leader in numerous IBH grants at Denver Health, including from TCHF, Advancing Care Together, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Innovation and Colorado Access.

Sarah Murray, LCSW, is a licensed clinical social worker and subject matter expert for classroom training curricula geared toward primary care providers. She works as behavioral health consultant at the Eastside Clinic of Denver Health, consulting in both Pediatric and Women's Care clinics. She has extensive trauma training, including training in EMDR, and has spent many years working with individuals who have experienced trauma. Ms. Murray is passionate about providing behavioral healthcare in the primary care setting and is eager to share knowledge about how primary care professionals can begin the healing for trauma in our patients.

Kimberly Mahon, LCSW, is a licensed clinical social worker and behavioral health consultant at Denver Health's Federico Peña Family Health Center. She completed her master's degree at University of Denver, completing an additional certification in interpersonal trauma. Kim completed internships in the school and medical settings. Kim has a special interest in addictions and is completing her Licensed Addictions Certification this year. Kim also has a special interest in transgender health care and is working with the IBH Academy to develop trainings to address affirmative behavioral health practices for transgender patients in primary care. Previous experiences include community mental health and school social work.

Joseph Longo, PhD, is a licensed psychologist and behavioral health consultant at Denver Health's Early Intervention HIV Clinic and Westside Adult Internal Medicine Clinic. He completed postdoctoral training in integrated care at Salud Family Health Centers. Dr. Longo has been active in developing diversity competency training for both medical and mental health providers and behavioral health protocols for affirmative care for transgender patients within the Denver Health system and in conjunction with the Denver Health LGBT Center of Excellence. Previous experiences include federally qualified community health centers, correctional care, and college counseling centers.

Brinda Prabhakar-Gippert, PhD, is a licensed psychologist at Denver Health and subject matter expert with IBH Academy. She is a behavioral health consultant at the Webb Pediatric and Healthy Lifestyle clinics and also supervises the tele-counseling program. She completed her residency and post-doctoral training at Denver Health. Dr. Prabhakar-Gippert has special interest in health behavior change, obesity management, and tele-health.

Elizabeth Lowdermilk, M.D., is a board certified psychiatrist at Denver Health and subject matter expert for classroom training curricula on psychopharmacology in primary care. Dr. Lowdermilk completed oth her medical school and psychiatric residency at the University of Colorado School of Medicine. She also holds a Master's Degree in counseling psychology. Dr. Lowdermile is an instructor with the Dept. of Psychiatry through the CU School of Medicine. She is also a former president of the Colorado Psychiatric Society.

Zachary Catir, LCSW, is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker and behavioral health consultant at Denver Health's Eastside Adult Clinic and Webb Internal Medicine Clinic. He completed his graduate work at the University of Pennsylvania School of Social Policy and Practice in 2011. Mr. Catir has a particular interest in psychopharmacology and homeless advocacy and has worked for several years with the Colorado Coalition for the Homeless. Since joining Denver Health, Mr. Catir has worked closely with Dr. Elizabeth Lowdermilk to develop a psychopharmacology training now being offered through the Denver Health IBH Academy.