Today, diabetes has reached epidemic proportions. In a disease in which blood glucose control makes or breaks the road to a healthy future, diabetics encounter numerous emotional and behavioral challenges that directly affect this control.
Philadelphia, PA (PRWEB) May 21, 2014
HealthForumOnline (HFO), a nationally-approved (APA, ASWB, NBCC, CA-BBS) online provider of continuing education (CE) for psychologists, marital family therapists, social workers, counselors, and other allied healthcare professionals announces updates to its online CE course The Psychological Impact of Diabetes: What Every Clinician Should Know. This is a relevant and timely course for health professionals as more than 25.8 million people in the U.S., or approximately 8% of the national population, have diabetes; 7 million of these cases yet undiagnosed (1). More than 26% of people over age 65 have diabetes (1). These statistics are even more alarming when one considers that the number of cases of diabetes is expected to increase by 42% in developed countries by 2025, largely as a result of lifestyle factors, including obesity. As alarming is the fact that 17% of youths in the U.S. have a Body Mass Index greater than or equal to the 95th percentile, substantially contributing to the increasing number of young people being diagnosed with type 2 diabetes.
“Today, diabetes has reached epidemic proportions,” notes Dr. Michelle Rodoletz, Clinical Psychologist and Director of HealthForumOnline’s Continuing Education Program. “In a disease in which blood glucose control makes or breaks the road to a healthy future, diabetics encounter numerous emotional and behavioral challenges that directly affect this control. The objective of HFO’s online CE course is to provide mental health professionals and other allied health care providers with the tools necessary to understand the biopsychosocial complexities presented for patients with diabetes and to facilitate disease management.”
This online CE course addresses specific clinical aspects of diabetes that may be affected by inadequate psychological adjustment to the condition. For example, understanding the association between diabetes and several common mental health and medical conditions is relevant when working with those with type 2 diabetics. The course also identifies practical theory- and evidence-based psychological interventions and strategies that can be easily adopted into clinical practice to improve mental health, disease management, and medical outcomes for people with diabetes.
1. CENTERS FOR DISEASE CONTROL AND PREVENTION. (2011). NATIONAL DIABETES FACT SHEET: NATIONAL ESTIMATES AND GENERAL INFORMATION ON DIABETES AND PREDIABETES IN THE UNITED STATES, 2011. ATLANTA, GA: U.S. DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH AND HUMAN SERVICES, CENTERS FOR DISEASE CONTROL AND PREVENTION.
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