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October 9, 2008

HealthForumOnline Announces Updates to Online CE Courses on Aging: Stroke & Sexual Dysfunction

HealthForumOnline (HFO), a nationally-approved provider of online continuing education (CE/CEU) courses for mental health professionals, nurses and allied healthcare workers, announces updates to 2 online continuing education (CE) courses in its Aging/Gerontology category; specifically courses related to post-stroke adjustment and the impact of aging and illness on sexuality. These updates underscore HFO’s commitment to offering cutting edge theory- and evidence-based continuing education to psychologists, social workers, counselors, nurses, and other allied health professionals in the areas of health psychology and behavioral medicine, the emphasis of HFO’s CE program. HFO’s over 55 online CE/CEU courses are fast, convenient and especially cost-effective as health professionals have ongoing access to course updates beyond their completion of the CE activity.

(PRWEB) – HealthForumOnline (HFO), an online provider of nationally-approved (APA, ASWB, NBCC, PSNA, CA-BBS) continuing education (CE) for psychologists, social workers, counselors, nurses and other allied healthcare professionals announces updates to 2 courses in their Aging/Gerontology category. Specifically, the courses recently updated include, “Emotional Changes After Stroke: Facilitating Adjustment to Involuntary Emotional Expressive Disorder and Other Psychological Sequelae”, and “Human Sexuality: The Role of Aging and Illness”.

According to Dr. Michelle Rodoletz, the co-founder of HFO and Director of the Continuing Education Program, “Information on healthy aging and the physical and psychological consequences of age-related illnesses, such as the impact of disease on sexuality, will become ever more important for mental healthcare professionals as we see the ‘graying of America’ and age-related demographics continue to shift upwards.” She adds that, “To optimize care, mental health professionals working with geriatric patients have an additional challenge in that they must not only understand the psychosocial aspects of aging and illness, but also how these factors  influence their patient’s risk for and adjustment to disease. For example, effective treatment of the psychological sequelae of stroke can maximize a patient's gains, improve quality of life, facilitate a productive lifestyle, and reduce excess healthcare utilization.”

“HFO’s CE Program focuses on the biopsychosocial aspect of illness, with many topics from the field of health psychology and behavioral medicine. This emphasis dovetails beautifully with the educational needs of those working with a geriatric population who understand that an interdisciplinary approach is key”, said Dr Laura Stanton, HFO co-founder and Director of Clinical Services. “Further, HFO understands how necessary it is for those in eldercare to have fast, convenient and cost-effective resources for state-of the-science education. That’s why HFO notifies customers by email when their purchased course has been updated and enables them to review these updates online for free even after they have completed the CE activity and generated their CE certificate.” 

Professionals can chose from HFO’s 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) containing over 55 courses available online or as downloadable, transportable PDFs. Psychologists, social workers, counselors, nurses and other allied health professionals can log on and complete CE courses at their own pace, on their own schedule, anywhere they have Internet access. CE certificates can be downloaded, printed and reprinted at any time to meet licensure needs.

For more information on the Aging/Gerontology 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.