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Expert faculty members will provide the foundations of knowledge relevant to the practice of bariatric behavioral health. This two-day course will help bariatric behavioral health clinicians to acquire relevant, evidence-based knowledge and skills, to improve competence in working with patients both pre- and post-metabolic/bariatric surgery (MBS). Material will also be presented by context experts from the disciplines of nutrition and surgery, to provide a more comprehensive understanding of MBS and the roles of various members of the multidisciplinary team. In addition, this course will provide bariatric behavioral health clinicians with a clinical framework and practical tools to use in practice with their patients. All disciplines within behavioral health are encouraged to attend – continuing education credits will be available. Interested MBS providers from other disciplines are also welcome to attend.

Learning Objectives

  1. Demonstrate understanding of the etiology and medical/psychosocial consequences of obesity

  2. Demonstrate knowledge about the currently-practiced MBS procedures, outcomes, risks and complications, and the recommended post-operative regimen.

  3. Demonstrate awareness of current best practices and guidelines in the BH assessment and management of patients seeking MBS in their practice.

  4. Demonstrate the ability to formulate individualized treatment plans and recommendations to address psychosocial factors that may affect the outcome of MBS.

8:00am Introduction
Lisa West-Smith, PhD
8:10am Background: Obesity, Etiological Factors
Stephanie Sogg, PhD; Jennifer Pells, PhD
8:40am Weight Loss Surgery Basics
Christopher Daigle, FACS FASMBS MD
9:10am Evaluation- Process and Practice
Janelle W Wilder Coughlin, PhD
9:30am Break
10:00am Evaluation Domains
Karen Grothe, PhD; Leslie J Heinberg, PhD
11:30am Formulating and Communicating Recommendations
Nini Peterson, PhD
12:00pm Adjourn