HealthForumOnline understands that as the graying of America continues, there will be a greater demand for mental health providers trained in geropsychology
Philadelphia, PA (PRWEB) April 7, 2009
HealthForumOnline (HFO), a premier provider of nationally-approved online continuing education (CE) exclusively focusing on health psychology and behavioral medicine topics, announces a new alliance with Division 12 Section II of the American Psychological Association, a section of the Society of Clinical Psychology devoted to research, training and the provision of psychological services for older adults (i.e., geropsychology). This alliance represents HFO's growing expansion into servicing the corporate/academic/institutional arena and to date, establishes HealthForumOnline as the only recommended provider of CE's for Division 12-II's member psychologists across the country. Division 12-II members can now chose from HFO's 19 topic categories containing over 60 online continuing education courses for psychologists, social workers, counselors, and nurses. All of HFO's theory- and evidence-based courses are tailored to provide the optimal benefit for mental health providers and allied healthcare professionals treating the biopsychosocial aspects of illness, making it particularly relevant to those interested in eldercare. As part of this alliance, APA Division 12-II members will receive a discount on all HFO courses.
"HealthForumOnline understands that as the graying of America continues, there will be a greater demand for mental health providers trained in geropsychology," said Dr. Michelle Rodoletz, the co-founder of HFO and Director of the Continuing Education Program. "Together with APA Division 12-II, HFO is perfectly positioned to educate mental health providers through online courses that include topics related to ethics, aging/geropsychology, neuropsychology, managing acute/chronic illness, long-term care, bereavement and end-of-life issues, just to cite a few." Specifically, courses such as the differential diagnosis of mental health problems in the elderly, emotional changes after stroke, fundamentals of healthy aging, human sexuality and the role of aging and illness, optimizing personal control in health and aging contexts, psychosocial issues at the end of life, neuropsychology of Alzheimer's and other dementias, the effects of aging on TBI, cancer adaptation, diabetes management, chronic pain management, anticipatory mourning in Alzheimer's family and professional caregivers, and the relationship between cardiovascular disease and mental health are among the courses from our extensive online library that would be an ideal fit for those working with older patients and/or in geriatric facilities.
Dr Laura Stanton, HFO co-founder and Director of Clinical Services, added: "Since HFO's CE courses are updated on a regular basis to offer state-of-the-science theory- and evidence-based information and health professionals have ongoing access to these updates even after they complete the course, professionals can stay on top of the most current research findings regarding assessment, diagnosis and treatment. This is particularly important when working a geriatric population whose lives are often impacted by medical problems."
Further, HFO offers a fast and convenient way for busy health professionals to improve patient-based knowledge, clinical skills, and earn nationally-approved (APA, ASWB, NBCC, PSNA, CA-BBS) CE credits anywhere they have Internet access. In addition to an online format, HFO's courses are also available in downloadable, transportable PDFs. With this kind of flexibility in format, mental health professionals are able to access and complete courses at their own pace, on their own schedule, anywhere and anytime. Professionals can print their own online continuing education certificates to meet licensure deadlines, and courses can be revisited to view updates and certificates reprinted at any time.
For more information or a complete listing of psychology, social work, counseling and nursing continuing education courses, visit HealthForumOnline.com.
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. HFO's CE Program's Advisory Committee and authors are comprised of over 55 nationally-recognized experts in behavioral medicine.
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