Course Overview and Target Audience
The Behavioral Health Course provides an overview of the psychological 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 determined for an intermediate/advanced level.
Upon completion of this activity, participants should be able to:
- Identify the psychological and behavioral issues commonly present in candidates for bariatric surgery.
- Describe the cognitive, emotional and behavioral changes that patients experience following a surgical weight loss procedure.
- Evaluate the role of the mental health professional on the bariatric surgical team.
- Explain some of the professional and ethical issues that arise in the treatment of the bariatric surgery patient.
Participants must complete an attendance/evaluation form in order to receive a certificate of completion/attendance. Your chosen sessions must be attended in their entirety. Partial credit of individual sessions is not available.
This course is co-sponsored by Amedco and the American Society for Metabolic & Bariatric Surgery. Amedco is approved by the American Psychological Association to sponsor continuing education for psychologists. Amedco maintains responsibility for this program and its content. APA credit hours are pending.
This course has been submitted for review to NASW in Washington, DC.