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1.5 CEU


Stephanie Sogg, PhD; Rachel L. Goldman, PhD; Jennifer M. Lauretti, PhD, ABPP

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 1.5 hours.

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

Course Overview

In the course of conducting weight loss surgery (WLS) evaluations, bariatric behavioral health clinicians frequently encounter complicated cases that pose various dilemmas not addressed by the published empirical literature or guidelines, creating challenges in the decision-making process.

At this roundtable, three experienced bariatric behavioral health clinicians will each present a particularly challenging evaluation case that illustrates a common type of dilemma encountered by bariatric behavioral health providers. Following this, through a moderated ‘audience participation’ format, attendees will then have an opportunity to suggest what they themselves might do in such a case, or ask questions about this type of dilemma, how behavioral health clinicians formulate their recommendations, etc. The presenter will then “reveal” what actually happened with the case, with further discussion about the general type of clinical dilemma that the specific case illustrated, discussion of related empirical data (where they exist), and guidance for providers encountering similar issues. The illustration of broadly applicable clinical lessons through examining specific cases and outcomes will be an integral component of this presentation. Current bariatric trends such as the increasing numbers of patients seeking revisional surgeries, the challenges of working with a culturally diverse patient population, and substance abuse issues are some of the topics that will be highlighted.

Target Audience

This roundtable should be suitable for and interesting to any provider who works with a bariatric surgery population. In particular we hope that it will be illuminating for non-behavioral-health clinicians, providing insight into the behavioral health perspective and the types of decision-making dilemmas that bariatric behavioral health clinicians frequently confront. The resulting exchange of ideas is likely to promote better synchronization and collaboration in multidisciplinary patient care, with providers from varied disciplines gaining a better understanding of the other disciplines’ points of view.

Course Objectives

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

  • Illustrate common clinical decision-making dilemmas arising in the process of psychosocial evaluation for WLS
  • Educate about the various types of information and competing concerns that must be taken into consideration when evaluating psychosocially complicated patients for WLS
  • Review the extent to which empirical data and published guidelines can be helpful in these clinical dilemmas
  • Enhance the understanding of the behavioral health perspective/approach for non-behavioral-health bariatric providers
  • Promote smoother collaboration between different disciplines within the bariatric setting.