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October 26, 2016

HealthForumOnline Updates Online CE Course on Stress and Health for Mental Healthcare Providers

HealthForumOnline (HFO) has recently updated its online continuing education (CE) course entitled, Stress and Health: An Introduction to Mind-Body Approaches to Healing, presenting mental health providers with the state-of-the-science of mind-body interventions that manage stress, prevent disease and promote health. HFO offers over 100 online CE courses for psychologists, social workers, counselors and therapists that are fast, convenient and especially cost-effective - with free ongoing access to course updates beyond completion of the CE activity.

Philadelphia, PA (PRWEB) October 26, 2016 –HealthForumOnline (HFO), a nationally-approved (APA, ASWB, NBCC, NYSED Social Work Board) provider of online continuing education (CE) for psychologists, social workers, counselors, therapists, and other allied professionals announces recent updates to its online CE course, Stress and Health: An Introduction to Mind-Body Approaches to Healing from their extensive online CE resource library.

Exposure to stress is widespread and inevitable. Think of how we commonly refer to the impact stress has in our lives and on our wellbeing. We intuit how our symptoms are “stress-related”, or how so-and-so’s health condition resulted from stress. In fact, “Stress in America,” a recent survey by the American Psychological Association (1), found 25% of Americans believe stress has a strong or very strong impact on their physical health -- this percent is even higher among millennials (30%) and parents (31%). Chronic stress may be the most common contributor to ill health in modern societies (2).

As the link between stress and illness becomes more evident, it is important for healthcare providers to understand patient’s stress-related symptoms, as well as to remain knowledgeable about effective, yet simple, techniques to manage it. Ancient non-pharmacologic “Mind-Body” approaches, like meditation and yoga, are in greater use today than ever as a means of reducing stress and enhancing health (3-4). These approaches have proven success as complements or alternatives to traditional Western medicine in treating various mental and/or physical illnesses, including depression, anxiety, cardiovascular disease, migraines, chronic pain, and cancer treatment-related symptoms (e.g., 5-9). Moreover, in light of the current opioid epidemic, the need for better education among healthcare providers in non-pharmacologic treatment strategies is ever more apparent.

This newly updated online CE course 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.

Mental health professionals can chose from over 20 categories of CE topics related to health psychology and behavioral medicine (i.e., ethics, women’s health, cultural diversity, eating disorders, reproduction/sexuality, aging/gerontology, chemical dependency, chronic/acute illness, long-term care, neuropsychology, pain management, spirituality, LGBT issues). HFO’s online CE courses are fast, convenient and cost-effective. 

  1. APA (2015). Stress in America, Paying with our health. Washington, DC, American Psychological Association.
  2. Duhault, J.L. (2002).  Stress prevention and management: a challenge for patients and physicians. Metabolism, 6(51), 46-48.
  3. National Institutes of Health. (2015). What complementary and integrative approaches do Americans use? Key findings from the 2012 National Health Interview Survey. Accessed March 30, 2016 from https://nccih.nih.gov/research/statistics/NHIS/2012/key-findings
  4. Khoury, B., et al. (2015). Mindfulness-based stress reduction for healthy individuals, A meta-analysis. Journal of Psychosomatic Research, 78(6), 519-28.
  5. Burnett-Zeigler, I., et al. (2016). Mind–body approaches to treating mental health symptoms among disadvantaged populations, A comprehensive review. Journal of Alternative and Complementary Medicine, 22(2), 115-124.
  6. Younge, J.O., et al. (2015). Mind-body practices for patients with cardiac disease, A systematic review and meta-analysis. European Journal of Preventive Cardiology, 22(11), 1385-1398.
  7. Desveaux, L., et al. (2015). Yoga in the management of chronic disease, A systematic review and meta-analysis. Medical Care, 53(7), 653-661.
  8. Zhang, M.F., et al. (2015). Effectiveness of mindfulness-based therapy for reducing anxiety and depression in patients with cancer, A meta-analysis. Medicine, 94(45), e0897-0.
  9. Derry, H.M., et al. (2015). Yoga and self-reported cognitive problems in breast cancer survivors: a randomized controlled trail. Psychooncology, 24(8), 958-966.