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October 7, 2008

HealthForumOnline Announces Updates to Eating Disorders & Obesity Online CE Courses

HealthForumOnline (HFO), a provider of nationally-approved online continuing education (CE/CEU) for psychologists, social workers, counselors, nurses, and other allied health professionals, has recently updated 3 online continuing education (CE) courses in its Eating Disorders category (i.e., Anorexia Nervosa, Bulimia Nervosa, Obesity).  These updates represent advances in the field of health psychology and behavioral medicine, the primary focus of HFO’s CE program, and HFO's ongoing commitment to providing state-of-the science, theory- and evidence-based continuing education to health professionals. HFO is one of the few CE providers that notifies customers of CE course updates and allows customers continued access to these updates beyond completion of the CE activity; making the over 55 online CE/CEU courses in HFO’s CE resource library ever more valuable to health professionals.

(PRWEB) – HealthForumOnline (HFO), a nationally-approved (APA, ASWB, NBCC, PSNA, CA-BBS) online continuing education (CE) provider for mental health professionals that focuses on health psychology and behavioral medicine topics, announces updates to 3 courses in their Eating Disorders category. Specifically, the courses recently updated include, “Outpatient Care of the Severe or Chronic Eating-Disordered Patient”, “Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) in the Treatment of Individuals with Eating Disorders”, and “Implementing a Weight Management Program for Outpatients”.

“HealthForumOnline understands that mental health providers who work with medically-obese patients or patients with other eating disorders, such as anorexia nervosa or bulimia, need to stay on top of the latest findings and clinical developments in their field. However, the reality is that these same professionals are often pressed for time”, said Dr. Michelle Rodoletz, the co-founder of HFO and Director of the Continuing Education Program. She adds that, “Our frequent, routine CE course updates — coupled with an email notification to customers that their course update is ready and available for them to review online — are an ideal fit for busy health professionals specializing in behavioral medicine; and since access to updates is free, it makes our CE/CEU courses ever more valuable to health professionals.”

Dr Laura Stanton, HFO co-founder and Director of Clinical Services, brings over two decades of clinical experience with eating-disordered patients and their families to her role at HFO, as well as to the HFO CE course she authored and recently updated, “Outpatient Care of the Severe or Chronic Eating-Disordered Patient”. As a former Staff Psychologist at The Renfrew Center, Philadelphia, a nationally recognized facility dedicated to the care of eating disorders, Dr. Stanton notes that, “Working with patients with disorders such as anorexia and bulimia can be extremely challenging, even for the most seasoned health professional. Further, professionals working with these populations need to be aware of the serious medical sequelae of these mental disorders. By keeping our Eating Disorders CE courses current with the literature and research in the field, HealthForumOnline gives mental health professionals the best possible tools they need to work within an interdisciplinary team approach to optimally treat these patients and support their families.”

These updated courses are extremely relevant considering that The American Psychological Association (APA) Work Group on Eating Disorders (2000) conservatively estimates the lifetime prevalence rates for anorexia at 0.5-3.7%, and 1.1-4.2% for bulimia in females. Further, excess body weight has been deemed a nationwide epidemic, as over 64% of Americans were overweight or obese according to the Center for Disease Control (CDC) and Prevention’s 1999-2000 National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey; and these numbers are growing at a disquieting rate. In addition to the mental distress that is associated with these conditions (i.e., anorexia nervosa, bulimia nervosa, obesity), they have been shown to increase one’s risk for morbidity and mortality. For example, together they are associated with numerous serious health conditions such as cardiovascular disease, stroke, hypertension, gallbladder disease, diabetes, and several types of cancer.

Interested psychologists, social workers, counselors, nurses and other allied health professionals can also chose from HFO’s 17 other topic categories containing over 55 online continuing education courses — all convenient, cost-effective, theory- and evidence-based, and tailored to provide the optimal benefit for mental healthcare providers treating the biopsychosocial aspects of illness. HFO’s courses are available online or as downloadable, transportable PDFs. Mental health professionals can access and complete courses at their own pace, on their own schedule, anywhere there is access to the Internet. Professionals can print their own online continuing education certificates to meet licensure deadlines, and courses can be revisited to view updates and certificates reprinted at any time.

For more information on the Eating Disorders courses or a complete listing of psychology, social work, counseling and nursing continuing education courses, 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.