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3.75 CEU 3.75 APA

Course Directors

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

Energy Balance and Obesity: Physiological Mechanisms in Bariatric Surgery
John B. Dixon, MD, PhD
Panel Discussion: Cultural Competent Care and Bariatric Surgery
Kathleen R. Ashton, PhD; Guadalupe Arangnuena-Sharpe, MD; Dorienna Alfred, PhD; Julie M. Merrell, PhD; David B. Sarwer, PhD
Eating and Weight Problems Pre-and Post-Bariatric Surgery
Moderator: James E. Mitchell, MD
Night Eating Syndrome Before and After Surgery
Kelly C. Allison, PhD
B.E.D., L.O.C. Eating, Grazing and Eating Disorders
James E. Mitchell, MD
Patterns of Weight Loss and Weight Regain
Scott G. Engel, PhD
Treating Wt. Regain – Lifestyle Interventions
Leslie J. Heinberg, PhD
Pharmacotherapy for Weight Regain Post-surgery
Kristine J. Steffen, PharmD, PhD
Panel Discussion/Question & Answer