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January 26, 2009

HealthForumOnline Announces Updates to Online CE Courses on Type 1 and Type 2 Diabetes

HealthForumOnline (HFO), a nationally-approved provider of continuing education (CE) courses, has recently updated two courses pertaining to caring for the diabetic patient; Adolescents with Diabetes: What are the Challenges? and The Psychological Impact of Diabetes: What Every Clinician Should Know. These theory- and evidence-based CE courses address how diabetes impacts psychological functioning and how related psychological symptoms influence medical outcomes in diabetic patients. In addition, the courses present theory- and evidence-based clinical strategies to improve psychological and medical outcomes within each diabetes population; adolescents with type 1 diabetes and adults with type 2 diabetes. HFO has a large library of online CE/CEU courses for mental health professionals, nurses and allied healthcare workers that focuses on understanding and treating the psychological component of medical illness. HFO’s online CE courses are fast, convenient and especially cost-effective as health professionals have free ongoing access to course updates beyond completion of the CE activity.

Philadelphia, PA (PRWEB) January 26, 2009 – HealthForumOnline (HFO), a nationally-approved (APA, ASWB, NBCC, PSNA, CA-BBS) online provider of continuing education (CE) for psychologists, social workers, counselors, nurses and other allied healthcare professionals announces updates to 2 of their online courses related to diabetes;  Adolescents with Diabetes: What are the Challenges? and The Psychological Impact of Diabetes: What Every Clinician Should Know.

More than 18% of people over age 60, or 6.3 million Americans, have diabetes Indeed, CDC estimates show diabetes now affects 24 million people in the U.S. — an increase of 3 million people in the last two years. As alarming is the fact that 17% of youths in the U.S. have a Body Mass Index greater than or equal to the 95th percentile, substantially contributing to the increasing number of young people being diagnosed with type 2 diabetes. Moreover, 0.2% of youth (186,300) under age 20 have type 1 diabetes with over 13,000 new cases of type 1 diabetes diagnosed annually.

“Today, diabetes has reached epidemic proportions. It is now one of the most common diseases in school-age children” notes Dr. Michelle Rodoletz, Clinical Psychologist and Director of HealthForumOnline’s Continuing Education Program. “In a disease in which blood glucose control makes or breaks the road to a healthy future, diabetics encounter numerous emotional and behavioral challenges that directly affect this control. The objective of HFO’s online CE/CEU courses is to provide mental health professionals, nurses and other allied health professionals with the tools necessary to understand the biopsychosocial complexities presented for adults and/or teenagers with diabetes and to facilitate disease management.”

These online CE courses address specific clinical aspects of diabetes that may be affected by inadequate psychological adjustment to the condition; accounting for the fact that the picture may look different for an adolescent with type 1 diabetes than it does for an adult with type 2 diabetes. For example, addressing this turbulent time in development along with its age-appropriate invincibility and issues related to independence/family dynamics may be key in working with type 1 adolescents.  On the other hand, understanding the association between diabetes and several common mental health and medical conditions may be more relevant when working with adult type 2 diabetics. In either case, each course identifies practical theory- and evidence-based psychological interventions and strategies that can be easily adopted into clinical practice to improve mental health, disease management, and medical outcomes for people with diabetes.

HFO’s resource library has 18 categories of 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) from which psychologists, social workers, counselors, nurses and other allied health professionals can choose from.  Over 55 courses are currently available online or as downloadable, transportable PDFs. Health professionals complete CE courses at their own pace, on their own schedule, anywhere they have Internet access. Customers generate their own CE certificates that can be reprinted at any time to meet licensure renewal needs. Lastly, we notify customers when their purchased CE course has been updated and enable customers to review these updates for free online even after they have completed the CE activity and generated their CE certificate – making our courses extremely cost-effective and a true investment in one’s continuing education. 

For more information on these or other courses in the Chronic/Acute Illness category or a complete listing of titles in our CE resource library, visit HealthForumOnline.com.

About HealthForumOnline:

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, and several state professional organizations, including the Pennsylvania State Nurses Association, an accredited approver by the American 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 50 nationally-recognized experts in behavioral medicine.