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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.

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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 to be of 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

A1201 – Objective Evaluation of Pre- to Postoperative Changes in Sedentary Behavior: Report from the Longitudinal Assessment of Bariatric Surgery-2 (LABS-2)
Main Presenter: Wendy C. King, PhD
Authors: Wendy C. King, PhD; Jia-Yuh Chen, MS; Dale Bond, PhD; Brian Cook, PhD; Anita Courcoulas, MD, MPH; Gregory Dakin, MD; David Flum, MD, MPH; William Inabnet, MD; James E. Mitchell, MD; Emma Patterson, MD; Bruce Wolfe, MD
A1202 – B-MOBILE: A Smartphone-Based Intervention to Reduce Sedentary Time in Postoperative Bariatric Surgery Patients
Main Presenter: Dale Bond, PhD
Authors: Graham Thomas, PhD; Hollie Raynor, PhD; Sivamainthan Vithiananthan, MD; Beth Ryder, MD; Jennifer Trautvetter; Tiffany Leblond, BS; Jon Moon, PhD; Jared Sieling, MS; Rena Wing, PhD
A1203 – Preoperative predictors of program attrition among adolescent bariatric surgery candidates
Main Presenter: Cassie Brode, PhD
Authors: Cassie Brode, PhD; Megan Ratcliff, PhD, MPH; James Peugh, PhD; Cassandra McDaniel, BA; Linda Kollar, RN, MSN; Kathleen Hrovat, MS, RDN, LD; Michael Helmrath, MD; Meg Zeller, PhD
A1204 – History of Eating Disordered Behaviors: Impact on Weight Loss and Early Adjustment after Weight Loss History
Main Presenter: Leslie Heinberg, PhD
Authors: Philip Schauer, MD; Kathleen Ashton, PhD; Julie Merrell, PhD; Megan Lavery, Psy.D.
A1205 – Changes in sexual functioning following weight loss surgery
Main Presenter: Alexis Conason
Authors: Alexis Conason; Kimberly McClure Brenchley, PhD; Allan Geliebter
Long Term Changes in Sex Hormones and Sexual Functioning after Bariatric Surgery
David B. Sarwer, PhD
PANEL: How I Do It--Handling Unique Clinical Situations - This 90 minute panel discussion is designed to address important clinical situations encountered by behavioral health specialists in the pre- and post-surgical management of bariatric surgery patients. Six panel members representing a mix of clinical settings (e.g., private practice, academic medical center, hospital setting—both integrated and not integrated in the surgical program) will be asked 7-8 questions about how they handle frequently encountered clinical situations. Audience participation will be highly encouraged with time left for 3-4 panel questions taken from the audience.
Janelle W. Coughlin, PhD; Karen B. Grothe, PhD, ABPP, LP; Alexis Conason, PsyD; Kasey Goodpaster, PhD; Colleen Schreyer, PhD; Steven Walfish, PhD
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