Course Overview and Target Audience:
The Masters in Behavioral Health Course provides an overview of the psychological, social, and behavioral issues of bariatric surgery patients both before and after surgery. The course is designed for psychologists, psychiatrists, social workers, psychiatric nurses, licensed counselors and other mental and medical health professionals who work with bariatric surgery patients. This educational content is designed for an intermediate/advanced level.
- Identify psychological, behavioral and social issues commonly present in bariatric surgery patients and their associations with outcomes.
- Summarize psychosocial and behavioral changes that occur with bariatric surgery and their associations with outcomes.
- Identify the relationships between biology and behavior as it relates to changes that follow bariatric surgery.
- Explain current issues related to the psychosocial evaluation of bariatric surgery patients and the role of the behavioral health professional.
- Describe emerging obesity treatments and the role of behavioral health in these newer treatments.
- Describe ways to expand traditional treatment methods in the treatment of bariatric surgery patients.
- Explain issues related to professional and ethical decision making in the treatment of the bariatric surgery patient, particularly as it pertains to understudied populations (e.g., adolescents/pediatrics, individuals with disabilities, etc.).