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January 21, 2012

HealthForumOnline Adds New Online CE Course on Stress Management Strategies for Use in the Healthcare Context

HealthForumOnline (HFO) announces a new continuing education (CE/CEU) course entitled Stress and Health: An Introduction to Mind-Body Approaches to Healing to their online library of nationally-approved CE/CEU courses for psychologists, social workers, counselors, and nurses. As the link between stress and illness becomes more apparent, it is important for healthcare providers to understand the variety of stress-related symptoms that patients manifest, as well as clinically effective stress management techniques. Ancient mind-body interventions - including meditation and yoga - are widely used today to complement traditional Western medicine. They are cost effective and efficacious in treating a variety of diseases (e.g., heart disease, headaches, pain), as well as to reduce treatment-related side-effects (e.g., chemotherapy fatigue). This online CE course reviews the impact of stress on health, and presents state-of-the-science mind-body interventions for clinical application to manage stress, prevent disease and promote health. HFO's over 75 online CE/CEU courses are fast, convenient and cost-effective with free ongoing access to course updates.

Philadelphia, PA (PRWEB) January 21, 2012 –HealthForumOnline (HFO), a nationally-approved (APA, ASWB, NBCC, PSNA, CA-BBS) provider of online continuing education (CE) for psychologists, social workers, counselors, nurses and other healthcare professionals announces a new online CE/CEU course, Stress and Health: An Introduction to Mind-Body Approaches to Healing to their online CE library. .

We hear about stress in conversations with just about everyone. Although exposure to stress is inevitable, stress management is critical because it’s the most common contributor to disease today (Duhault, 2002). Most adults (86%) recognize stress increases disease vulnerability and worsens existing conditions (APA, 2009; 2010). The cost of stress-related absenteeism, lost productivity, and healthcare is high; 80% of work-related injuries and 40% of workplace turnovers stress-related (Atkinson, 2004).

Ancient non-pharmacologic Mind-Body approaches, like meditation and yoga, are common today as complements or alternatives to traditional Western medicine for treating physical and mental illnesses, including heart disease, headaches, pain, depression, and anxiety (e.g., Carei et al., 2010; Curtis et al., 2011; Harvard Health Publications, 2010; Kabot-Zinn et al., 1985; 1992). Meditation and yoga are among the 10 top complementary alternative therapies and more than 30 ongoing NIH-funded studies are investigating complementary alternatives within healthcare (Barnes, et al., 2008).

Mind-Body techniques promote patient treatment participation and health-related control. Additionally, these approaches are low cost and easy to implement (Jacobs, 2001). Further, they can be tailored and targeted to specific issues either within a disease model (e.g., cancer) or on a symptom-specific basis (e.g., pain).

Taken together, the need for better education among healthcare providers in stress management strategies is apparent. This online CE course for health professionals defines stress and its impact on health. The clinical application of stress management in the healthcare context is addressed and the evidence supporting the two most widely used approaches - mindfulness based stress reduction (MBSR) and yoga – are reviewed.

Psychologists, social workers, counselors, nurses and other allied health professionals can chose from HFO’s 20 categories of continuing education (CE) topics related to health psychology and behavioral medicine (i.e., ethics, cancer adaptation, women’s health, cultural diversity, eating disorders, reproduction/sexuality, aging/gerontology, pediatric behavioral medicine, assessment, chemical dependency, chronic/acute illness, clinical intervention, group therapy, infectious disease, long-term care, neuropsychology, pain management, spirituality, LGBT issues) containing more than 75 online CE courses that are fast, convenient and cost-effective. All HFO CE courses and supporting materials are available online or as downloadable, transportable PDFs. Participants print their own CE certificates. Lastly, HFO routinely updates our online CE courses and enables customers to review these updates for free even after they have completed the CE activity and generated their CE certificate. 

For more information on this course or a complete listing of titles in our online CE resource library, visit HealthForumOnline.com.

HealthForumOnline (HFO) is approved as a provider of CE courses by the American Psychological Association, the National Board of Certified Counselors, the Association of Social Work Boards, the Pennsylvania State Nurses Association, an accredited approver by theAmerican Nurses Credentialing Center’s Commission on Accreditation, and the California Board of Behavioral Sciences. HFO’s CE Program’s Advisory Committee and authors are comprised of over 65 nationally-recognized experts in behavioral medicine.

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Atkinson, W. (2004). Stress: Risk management’s most serious challenge? Risk Management. 51(6): 20–24.

Barnes, P.M., et al. (2008). Complementary and Alternative Medicine Use Among Adults and Children: United States, 2007. CDC National Health Statistics Report, 2008.

Duhault, J.L. (2002).  Stress prevention and management: a challenge for patients and physicians. Metabolism. 6(Supplement) (51): 46-48.

Carei, T.R., et al. (2010). Randomized controlled clinical trial of yoga in the treatment of eating disorders. Journal of Adolescent Health. 46: 346–351.

Curtis, K., et al. (2011). An eight-week yoga intervention is associated with improvements in pain, psychological functioning and mindfulness, and changes in cortisol levels in women with fibromyalgia.  Journal of Pain Research. 4: 189–201.

Harvard Health Publications (2010). Yoga could be good for heart disease. Accessed on October 25, 2011 from https://www.health.harvard.edu/family-health-guide/updates/yoga-could-be-good-for-heart-disease.

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