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Pam Pietruszewski, MA

Integrated Health Consultant, National Council for Behavioral Health

Pam Pietruszewski has more than 20 years’ experience designing and implementing programs to integrate behavioral health and primary care services. Her work includes the Reducing Adolescent Substance Abuse Initiative funded by the Conrad N. Hilton Foundation; DIAMOND, a depression care management program that received the 2010 Gold Award from the American Psychiatric Association; and Partners in Integrated Care (PIC) funded by the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality.

Pietruszewski is listed in the National Registry of SBIRT Trainers from the Addiction Technology Transfer Center (ATTC) Network established by SAMHSA and has published in the Journal of Clinical Psychology in Medical Settings, American Journal of Managed Care, Mental Health Family Medicine, Annals of Family Medicine, Psychiatric Services and the Journal of Biomedical Informatics.

She holds a master’s degree in counseling and psychological services from St. Mary’s University in Minnesota.

Focus Areas: Motivational Interviewing; Screening, Brief Intervention and Referral to Treatment (SBIRT); Depression Management in Primary Care; Team-based Care; Quality Improvement; Clinical Guidelines Development

Pam's Consulting & Training Services

The National Council’s wide array of training and consultation fosters effectiveness, efficiency and sustainable integrated services to improve the overall health and wellness of individuals who are at risk for and living with chronic health conditions including mental health concerns and addictions. Our team of consultants have expertise in organizational readiness, integrated care models, workforce and clinical practice, health and wellness, and financing and sustainability. We will partner with you to create a customized approach to advance integrated care and health outcomes.

Integrated Health Consulting Consultants:

  • Joe Parks, M.D.
  • Kate Davidson, LCSW
  • Joan Kenerson King, RN, MSN
  • Aaron Williams, MA
  • Jeff Capobianco, Ph.D., LLP
  • Laura Leone, DSW
  • Pam Pietruszewski, MA
The National Council’s trauma-informed care initiatives have helped hundreds of organizations across the country map out and execute a plan for delivering trauma-informed care. National Council trauma experts can help you devise and implement a complete A-Z trauma-informed care plan for your organization. They help you address board and leadership buy-in, workforce training, practice changes and guidelines, community awareness and outcomes measurement. Our experts are available for short- and long-term consulting and training engagements at your site and can work hands-on with your core implementation team. Addressing trauma helps your organization improve the quality and impact of your behavioral health services, increase safety for all, reduce no-shows, enhance client engagement and avoid staff burnout and turnover.

Trauma-informed Services Consultants:

  • Linda Henderson-Smith, Ph.D. LPC
  • Laura Leone, DSW
  • Pam Pietruszewski, MA
  • Elizabeth Guroff, MA, LCMFT
  • Cheryl S. Sharp, MSW, ALWF
  • Karen Johnson, MSW, LCSW
  • Pamela Black, MA
Motivational interviewing (MI) is an effective communication tool to help people living with mental illness, addictions and other chronic conditions make positive behavioral changes to support their overall health. Based on four fundamental processes — engaging, focusing, evoking and planning — it provides a framework for creating a dialogue about behavior change. Health care providers can use these tools to create conversations that empower the people you treat to make meaningful changes.

Motivational Interviewing Consultants:

  • Laura Leone, DSW
  • Pam Pietruszewski, MA
Screening, Brief Intervention and Referral to Treatment (SBIRT) is an evidence-based practice used to identify, reduce and prevent risky substance use. Health care and social service organizations have found that SBIRT can bolster an organization’s capabilities to address co-occurring disorders and implement integrated care. Through our training and coaching, participants learn how to use evidence-based screening tools to determine alcohol and drug use risk levels, respond with a brief intervention and operationalize referral to treatment.

Screening Brief Intervention and Referral Treatment Consultants:

  • Aaron Williams, MA
  • Laura Leone, DSW
  • Pam Pietruszewski, MA