The Masters in Behavioral Health Course provides an overview of the psychological, social, behavioral and neurobiological 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 designed for an intermediate/advanced level.
- Explain current issues related to the psychosocial evaluation of bariatric surgery patients and the role of the behavioral health professional.
- Identify psychological, behavioral, social and neurological issues commonly present in bariatric surgery patients, changes that occur with surgery, and their associations with outcomes.
- Explore the issue of disordered eating and weight regain following bariatric surgery, including clinical and research considerations.
- Describe ways to expand traditional treatment methods in the treatment of bariatric surgery patients, with an emphasis on empirically supported interventions and assessment tools.
- Explain issues related to professional and ethical decision making and conduct in the treatment of bariatric surgery patients, particularly as it pertains to weight bias/stigma, multicultural competence, and understudied populations.