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Novi Behavioral Health Clinician

In a cooperative arrangement with the Doctor of Behavioral Health program at Arizona State University, Susan L. Decker, LMSW has joined our clinical staff effective December 1, 2010. 

Behavioral care providers provide evidence-based, cost-effective focused behavioral interventions for the many patients with behavioral conditions in primary care and medical settings who currently receive treatment that results in undercare, overcare, or misuse.

This innovative approach has been proven to provide effective quality, improved outcomes, and reduced cost. Health care visits are often triggered by factors that are deeply rooted in the patient's environment.  Integrated behavioral health allows for the whole person to be treated. Offering behavioral health services in our Novi office encourages participation by people who need more immediate access to professional help and who want to avoid any stigma associated with mental health therapy. Research has shown that early intervention prevents more disabling disorders.

With the rise in depression, substance abuse, and chronic, often debilitating medical conditions including cancer, diabetes, arthritis, and heart disease, the need is greater than ever to incorporate self-management skill teaching into the primary care setting.  These skills include coping skills, problem solving, and understanding the reasons behind some of the unhealthy choices being made by patients so that their goals are more easily achieved and outcomes improved.

Many primary care patients have untreated behavioral conditions that lead to increased medical costs as patients visit their PCP, are referred to specialists, and have extensive lab work when effective brief behavioral treatment can resolve many of these complaints.

Within primary care, the demand for a team approach with a behavioral expert is clear.  We are greatly looking forward to being able  to deliver brief, stepped care interventions that “fit” primary care in Novi, MI.  This is consistent with our commitment to the Patient-Centered Medical Home concept. Being able to  document both clinical improvement and cost-savings  are fundamental needs of the 21st Century health-care system.

Biography of Susan Decker LMSW

picture of an open doorSusan , has many years experience in adult behavioral health including direct care work in  private practice psychotherapy, outpatient psychotherapy, home-based individual and family therapy, and case management.  Susan is a licensed master’s level social worker in Michigan and certified in the clinical practice of cognitive therapy from the Cleveland Center for Cognitive Therapy in Ohio.  She has also obtained a certificate in Primary Care Behavioral Health offered by the Department of Family Medicine and Community Health at the University of Massachusetts Medical School. 

In addition to current work in the Doctor of Behavioral Health program at Arizona State University, she holds a Master of Social Work degree from the University of Michigan specializing in Interpersonal Practice, a Master of Business Administration degree from the University of Detroit Mercy, a Bachelor of Science degree in Psychology from Madonna University, and a Bachelor of Arts degree in Human Resource Management from Spring Arbor College. 

Susan is a member of the National Association of Social Workers (NASW) and the American Psychological Association (APA) as a Student Affiliate.  She has published an article for the Association for Psychological Science:  Available here

Susan has always believed in a holistic, integrated, and team-based approach to assessment and treatment strategies for her patients.  She is a strong advocate for primary care behavioral health integration, that is, care that provides a primary care style of behavioral health with behavioral health consultants supporting the work of the primary care physician and other members of the primary care team. 

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