Philadelphia, PA (PRWEB) June 19, 2012
HealthForumOnline (HFO), an online provider of nationally-approved (APA, ASWB, NBCC, PSNA, CA-BBS) continuing education (CE) for psychologists, social workers, counselors, nurses and other allied healthcare professionals, announces updates to 2 courses in their Chronic/Acute Illness category. The courses recently updated include, Chronic Condition Self-management Support: What Every Health Professional Needs to Know and Optimizing Personal Control in Health and Aging Contexts.
No matter what setting psychologists, social workers, counselors, and/or marital and family therapists work in, they will likely have experiences with clients who are managing a chronic disease, either directly or within their family system. Not surprising when you consider the following statistics. Chronic, noncommunicable conditions such as cardiovascular disease (mainly heart disease and stroke), cancer, chronic respiratory disease, and diabetes are responsible for 36 million deaths annually (World Health Organization, 2011). Another 2 million die from HIV/AIDS (Joint United Nations Programme on HIV/AIDS [UNAIDS], 2007; 2010). Hundreds of millions suffer from chronic mental disorders including depression and schizophrenia (World Health Organization, 2010). Chronic pain results from numerous underlying conditions, and sometimes generates significant and long-term disability and depression, which can become a pain syndrome unto itself (Singh, 2005).
From a health care perspective, all these problems can be considered chronic conditions, in that they persist across time and require some degree of ongoing health care. For those suffering from one or more chronic conditions, their diagnosis may impose multiple daily demands on them and their families. Despite different causes, the demands they place on patients, families, health professionals and health systems are remarkably similar. Typical self-care activities include daily dietary adjustment and monitoring, regular physical activity, medication administration, and self-monitoring of symptoms and objective illness indicators (e.g., blood pressure, blood glucose); all of which vary depending on the specific condition. Other essential self-management functions include recognizing and acting upon symptom changes or exacerbations; making appropriate decisions concerning when to seek professional assistance; and communicating and interacting appropriately and productively with health professionals and the broader health system.
“Mental health professionals can play a key role in helping clients develop the behaviors and skills necessary to manage chronic disease, reduce stress, and improve health and quality of life,” acknowledges Dr. Michelle Rodoletz, co-founder of HealthForumOnline and Assistant Professor at Fox Chase Cancer Center. Given its prevalance, a basic understanding of the challenges and demands facing those with chronic disease and how to best treat them may be ever more essential as part of a well-rounded clinician’s repertoire. Moreover, mental health care providers treating patients with chronic disease need to stay on top of the latest research findings in their field. Thus, HealthForumOnline has updated 2 of our online CE courses pertaining to coping with Chronic Disease Management; Chronic Condition Self-management Support: What Every Health Professional Needs to Know and Optimizing Personal Control in Health and Aging Contexts.
These courses help health professionals better understand the emotional and behavioral impact of chronic illness and educate them in the provision of theory- and evidence-based chronic disease self-management support. One course focuses on the essential self-management skills that every patient must have to optimize health outcomes and presents short- and long-term psychological interventions and strategies for clinical use. The other newly updated online CE course traces the evolution of personal control in the chronic illness context and its utility in the face of aging and significant life and health events.
These updated online CE courses are now available in our Chronic/Acute Illness category, along with over 30 other online CE courses related to managing chronic disease. Interested psychologists, social workers, counselors, nurses and other allied health professionals can also chose from HFO’s 17 other topic categories containing over 80 online CE courses -- all convenient, cost-effective, and theory- and evidence-based. Participants access and complete courses at their own pace, on their own schedule, anywhere there is Internet access. Completed CE courses can be revisited to review course updates and certificates reprinted at any time.
HealthForumOnline (HFO) is approved as a provider of CE courses by the American Psychological Association, the National Board of Certified Counselors, the Association of Social Work Boards, and several state professional organizations, including the Pennsylvania State Nurses Association, an accredited approver by the American Nurses Credentialing Center’s Commission on Accreditation, and the California Board of Behavioral Sciences.
Joint United Nations Programme on HIV/AIDS [UNAIDS]. (2010). UNAIDS Report on the Global Aids Epidemic: December 2010.
Singh, M. K. (2005). Chronic pain syndrome.
World Health Organization. (2010). Mental health: Strengthening our response: Fact Sheet.
World Health Organization (2011). 10 facts on noncommunicable diseases.