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The Masters in Behavioral Health Course provides an overview of psychosocial and biobehavioral aspects of metabolic and bariatric surgery, with a focus on novel research findings and relevant, timely clinical topics. The course is designed for psychologists, psychiatrists, social workers, licensed counselors, psychiatric nurses, and other mental and medical health professionals who work with patients who have metabolic and bariatric surgery. This educational content is designed for an intermediate/advanced level.

Learning Objectives:

  1. Elucidate the specialized role of behavioral health professionals in the assessment and treatment of individuals considering and undergoing metabolic bariatric surgery.
  2. Summarize psychosocial and behavioral issues commonly present in individuals pursuing metabolic and bariatric surgery, changes that occur with surgery, and their association with outcomes.
  3. Consider ways to improve and expand behavioral health assessment and treatment methods for patients pursuing and undergoing bariatric surgery.
  4. Explore challenging clinical scenarios (including trauma, body image, weight recurrence, and the recommendation to delay surgery) in the treatment of patients pursuing and following metabolic and bariatric surgery and a process for navigating these scenarios.

1:30pm Welcome
Janelle W Coughlin, PhD
1:40pm A325 Characteristics Of Nutritional Intake And Maladaptive Eating Prior To Metabolic And Bariatric Surgery
Authors: Gail Kerver, PhD; Dale Bond, PhD; Ross D Crosby, PhD; Scott G Engel, PhD; Leslie J Heinberg, PhD; Leslie A Laam, PhD; Kristine J Steffen, PharmD PhD
Presenter: Gail Kerver, PhD
2:00pm A330 Effect Of Psychotropic Medications On Bariatric Surgery Outcomes
Authors: Rachel Tran, BS; Laura E. Fischer, MD MS FACS FASMBS; Feranndo Mier, MD; Fernando Moreno-Garcia, BS; Maria del Carmen Trapp, PhD
Presenter: Rachel Tran, BS
2:20pm A321 Telephone-Based Cognitive Behavioural Therapy For Post-Operative Bariatric Surgery Patients: Preliminary Results From A Randomized Controlled Trial
Authors: Samantha Leung, MS; Stephanie E. Cassin, PhD CPsych; Satya Dash, MD PhD; Raed Hawa, MD; Timothy Jackson, MD MPH; Clement Ma, PHD; Daniella Sandre, Psy.D.; Sanjeev Sockalingam, MD MHPE; Susan Wnuk, PhD
Presenter: Sanjeev Sockalingam, MD MHPE
2:40pm A326 Implementation Of A Psychological Complexity Scoring System And The Impact Of Scores On Post-Bariatric Surgery Patient Outcomes
Authors: Afton Koball, PhD; LaNaya Anderson, PhD; Atilla Kovacs, PhD; Josh Pfeiffer, MD; Brandon Smith, MD; Alex Wieser, MS OTR
Presenter: Afton Koball, PhD
3:00pm Break
3:30pm A323 Navigating Trauma And Ptsd In Patients Seeking Metabolic And Bariatric Surgery
Authors: Afton Koball, PhD; Gina Gerardo, PhD; Megan Markey, PhD; Nini Peterson, PhD
Presenter: Afton Koball, PhD
Discussants: Nini Peterson, PhD; Megan Markey, PhD; Gina Gerardo, PhD
5:00pm Adjourn