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3.75 CEU 3.75 APA

Course Directors

Janelle W. Coughlin, PhD; Kelli E. Friedman, PhD; Leslie J. Heinberg, PhD; James E. Mitchell, MD; David B. Sarwer, PhD; Meg H. Zeller, PhD

Accreditation Information

Satisfactory completion

Participants must complete an attendance/evaluation form in order to receive a certificate of completion/attendance. Your chosen sessions must be attended in their entirety. Partial credit of individual sessions is not available.


This course is co-sponsored by Amedco and the American Society for Metabolic & Bariatric Surgery. Amedco is approved by the American Psychological Association to sponsor continuing education for psychologists. Amedco maintains responsibility for this program and its content. Maximum of 3.75 hours.

Social Workers

This course has been submitted for review to NASW in Washington, DC.

Course Overview and Target audience:

The Behavioral Health Course provides an overview of the psychological and behavioral 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 determined for an intermediate/advanced level.

Course Objectives

Upon completion of this activity, participants should be able to:

  • Identify the psychological and behavioral issues commonly present in candidates for bariatric surgery
  • Describe the cognitive, emotional and behavioral changes that patients experience following a surgical weight loss procedure
  • Evaluate the role of the mental health professional on the bariatric surgical team
  • Explain some of the professional and ethical issues that arise in the treatment of the bariatric surgery patient.

Course Agenda

A1101 – Food Cravings, Energy Intake, and Weight Outcomes Following Bariatric Surgery
Main Presenter: Hollie A. Raynor, PhD
Authors: Hollie Raynor, PhD; Gregory Mancini, MD; Matthew Mancini, MD; Dale Bond, PhD
A1102 – Food Addiction in Bariatric Surgery-Seeking Patients
Main Presenter: Afton M. Koball, PhD
Authors: Afton Koball, PhD; Karen Grothe, PhD, ABPP, LP; Maria Collazo-Clavell, MD; Clark Matthew, PhD; Jon Ebbert, MD; Todd Kellogg, MD
A1103 – Sleep and Psychosocial Correlates of Night Eating Syndrome in the Bariartic Surgery Population
Main Presenter: Megan Lavery, Psy.D.
Authors: Megan Lavery, Psy.D.; Kathleen Ashton, PhD; Julie Merrell, PhD
A1104 – Practical Implications of MMPI-2-RF Findings with Bariatric Surgery Candidates
Main Presenter: Yossef S. Ben-Porath, PhD
Authors: Yossef Ben-Porath, PhD; Leslie Heinberg, PhD
A1105 – Locus of Causality in Bariatric Surgery: Correlations with Pre-surgical Psychological Factors
Main Presenter: Paul Davidson, PhD
Authors: Paul Davidson, PhD; Florina Haimovici, MD; Megan Oser, PhD
A1106 – The Relationship Between Depression, Anxiety, and Binge Eating Behaviors among African American Women Seeking Weight Loss Surgery
Main Presenter: Clinton S. Bolton, III, Ph.D.
A1107 – Psychosocial factors related to patients’ unhealthy eating (snacking) prior to bariatric surgery
Main Presenter: Irmelin Bergh
Authors: Irmelin Bergh; Ingela Lundin Kvalem, PhD; Hilde Risstad, MD
Questions & Answers
Case Conference: Clinical Dilemmas in the Pre-surgical Psychosocial Evaluation - What Would You Do?
Moderator: Stephanie Sogg, PhD
3 Experts will respond to how they would handle the clinical dilemmas presented in this session.
Kelli E. Friedman, PhD; Tammie D. Moore, PhD, HSP-P; Lisa West-Smith, PhD, LCSW
Questions & Answers