Unfortunately, although many clinicians are aware of these potential benefits of group therapy, they lack formal training in implementing group therapeutic modalities - from participant selection through group process.
Philadelphia, PA (PRWEB) February 17, 2009
HealthForumOnline (HFO), a nationally-approved (APA, ASWB, NBCC, PSNA, CA-BBS) online provider of continuing education (CE) for psychologists, social workers, counselors, nurses and other allied healthcare professionals announces updates to 2 group therapy courses in their online CE library, ensuring that these courses remain current with the scientific literature; An Innovative Model of Group Therapy for Patients with Eating Disorders: Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) and Group Interventions for Cancer Patients.
"Group psychotherapy can provide a therapeutic milieu that is qualitatively different for patients from individual treatment. There is a social support component to group modalities that, among other things, enables patients to reduce isolation while getting external validation for their feelings and feedback from others who share their experience, especially in disease-homogeneous groups" said Dr. Laura Stanton, clinical psychologist and co-founder of HealthForumOnline's Continuing Education Program. "Unfortunately, although many clinicians are aware of these potential benefits of group therapy, they lack formal training in implementing group therapeutic modalities - from participant selection through group process."
HealthForumOnline offers mental health professionals, nurses and allied healthcare workers two options to expand their group therapy training in populations that have empirically displayed benefit from this format, namely Eating Disorders (anorexia, bulimia, ED NOS) patients and cancer patients. HFO's first updated course pertaining to group therapy, An Innovative Model of Group Therapy for Patients with Eating Disorders: Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), provides a current theoretical and evidence-based overview of group modalities within this disease model, such as Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) and Interpersonal Therapy (IPT), and reviews the development of the new empirically-based ACT treatment approach. Specific ACT techniques (e.g., mindfulness activities, exposure-based exercises, commitment to core values) are presented, enabling health professionals to facilitate eating disorder treatment groups. In addition, the clinical implications of ACT groups among eating disorder patients are addressed.
Group Interventions for Cancer Patients is another online CE course that has been updated to include the most current findings regarding the theoretical development and empirical evaluation of group interventions for cancer patients focusing on three primary group modalities: psycho-educational, expressive therapeutic, and cognitive-behavioral. Findings related to group structure (e.g., participant selection) and dynamics (e.g., group process) in the cancer context are discussed. Measures commonly used to evaluate treatment efficacy (e.g., quality of life, physiological measures of stress reduction, survival rates) and meta-analyses of these outcome studies are reviewed. The underlying mechanisms through which group interventions impact emotional states and the ability to cope with cancer-related challenges, as well as their influence on disease progression, are explored. Lastly, the clinical applicability within this patient population are addressed, such as the value of social support versus isolation, expression versus inhibition, and cognitive confrontation versus denial.
In addition to these group therapy-related online CE courses for psychologists, social workers, counselors, nurses and other allied health professionals, HFO offers online CE courses from 18 categories related to health psychology and behavioral medicine (i.e., ethics, cancer adaptation, women's health, cultural diversity, eating disorders, reproduction/sexuality, aging/gerontology, pediatric behavioral medicine, assessment, chemical dependency, chronic/acute illness, clinical intervention, group therapy, infectious disease, long-term care, neuropsychology, pain management, spirituality). Over 55 courses are currently available online or as downloadable, transportable PDFs. Health professionals complete CE courses at their own pace, on their own schedule, anywhere they have Internet access. Customers generate their own CE certificates that can be reprinted at any time to meet licensure renewal needs. Lastly, HFO notifies customers when their purchased CE course has been updated and enables customers to review these updates for free online even after they have completed the CE activity and generated their CE certificate - making our courses extremely cost-effective and a true investment in one's continuing education.
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 50 nationally-recognized experts in behavioral medicine.