Amy Walters, PhD is a clinical health psychologist and a consultant with Cornerstone Whole Healthcare Organization. For more than a decade she has served as the director of behavioral health services for an integrated behavioral health diabetes program. Dr. Walters provides professional presentations and training in behavioral health integration, Motivational Interviewing, behavioral supports of diabetes and psychological factors impacting chronic disease. She has completed consultation and trainings for a number of state and national organizations including the American Psychological Association, Dialysis Patient Citizens, Idaho State University community paramedics program, Idaho Primary Care Association, Idaho Dietetics Association, Idaho Diabetes Alliance, Idaho WIC program, Idaho Perinatal Project and many others.
Dr. Walters received her Ph.D. from Utah State University and has over 20 years of experience working in clinical and community settings with adult and pediatric populations. She received post-doctoral training in Motivational Interviewing (with founder Bill Miller, PhD) and in PCBH integration model (with founders Patti Robinson, PhD and Kirk Strosahl, PhD). She is a long-standing board member of the Idaho Psychological Association, the APA Public Education Campaign Coordinator for Idaho and was a founding member of the Idaho Integrated Behavioral Health Network. Dr. Walters volunteers as the staff psychologist for Idaho Diabetes Youth Programs (Camp Hodia) and has a daughter with type 1 diabetes. She is a native Idahoan and is passionate about creating behavioral health support for patients with chronic disease, especially in the state’s rural areas. In her free time, she enjoys spending time with family and friends, cooking, and backpacking.
IIBHN 2020 Presentation(s):
Diabetes 101: An introduction for BHCs in understanding the disease and speaking the language of diabetes
Topics include diabetes physiology, technology and treatment / Understanding and Addressing Psychosocial Factors that Affect Diabetes
- Introduce BHCs to the basic physiology, technology and treatment of diabetes to enhance understanding and communication with patients and providers.
- Clarify the difference between type 1 and type 2 diabetes.
- Introduce various technologies in treatment for diabetes (pump, CGM, closed loop system).
- Identify impact of psycho-social factors on diabetes.
- Understand the importance of support for behavior change goals.
- Learn practical strategies to enhance health behavior and cope more effectively with diabetes.
Providing Behavioral Support for Children and Adolescents with Diabetes and other Chronic Conditions
- Identify the psycho-social impact of diabetes and chronic illness on children.
- Describe common developmental tasks and the impact on chronic illness.
- Introduce behavioral treatment interventions for each developmental level.
A Family Affair: How chronic disease in children impacts the family
- Discuss the impact of chronic illness on the family.
- Identify key areas of concern as reported by families.
- Discuss intervention ideas to support children, adolescents and families.