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May 14, 2009

HealthForumOnline Offers a New Online CE Course on Prostate Cancer

HealthForumOnline (HFO) adds another theory- and evidence-based continuing education (CE/CEU) course to the Cancer Category of its growing online library of nationally-approved courses for psychologists, social workers, counselors, nurses and allied healthcare workers. The new online CE course, entitled Prostate Cancer: Psychosocial Issues and Methods of Promoting Adaptation, examines the medical treatment decision-making issues PRCA patients’ face and the resulting physical, psychological, and social sequelae of the treatment decision. Issues associated with quality-of-life, psychosexual impact of treatment, identity, and gender-specific coping mechanisms are presented and a review of the behavioral treatment techniques and modalities that have demonstrated success in facilitating patient and family adjustment are provided. All of HFO’s over 60 CE/CEU courses are available online or as downloadable documents, making them 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) May 12, 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 the addition of a new online CE course, Prostate Cancer: Psychosocial Issues and Methods of Promoting Adaptation, to the Cancer Adaptation Section of their extensive online CE resource library.

According to the most current statistics from the CDC, an estimated 218,890 American men were diagnosed with prostate cancer (PRCA) and 27,000 deaths were attributed to the disease in 2007. In fact, PRCA is one of the most common malignancies among men around the world. However, in spite of the high prevalence rate of PRCA, there is a lack of medical consensus regarding the importance of PRCA screening and the most effective form of treatment following diagnosis. “The general rule of thumb that early cancer detection increases the likelihood of positive treatment outcome and prognosis unfortunately is not as clear cut for PRCA,” notes health psychologist Dr. Michelle Rodoletz, HealthForumOnline’s cofounder and Director of Continuing Education.

Specifically, the benefits of screening and early detection of PRCA are a provocative issue within the medical community because it has not been empirically determined if men with low-grade cancers obtain any benefit from aggressive treatment. Medical practice guidelines frequently cite the unproven benefits of PRCA screening, the high side-effect profile from treatment, and warn of the dangers associated with overdiagnosis and overtreatment that can accompany screening. Further, the provocative nature of the arguments for and against screening for PRCA are exacerbated by the fact that some professional organizations recommend screening and some do not. “This lack of medical certainty surrounding PRCA increases decision-making stress and exacerbates the psychosocial impact of the illness for men and their families”, adds Dr. Rodoletz.

This online CE course for mental health professionals, nurses, and allied healthcare workers provides a framework for understanding the magnitude of the PRCA problem in our society and the controversies associated with the early detection and treatment of this illness. In addition, a detailed portrait of the PRCA-related decision-making stressors is presented and the psychosocial sequelae of PRCA are examined to enable health professionals a fuller understanding of the complexities that men and their families face when diagnosed with the disease. Lastly, theory- and evidence-based behavioral interventions that have been used to help patients and their families cope with a PRCA diagnosis and to better navigate decisions along the disease continuum are presented.

HealthForumOnline has 19 categories of online 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) that psychologists, social workers, counselors, marital/family therapists, nurses and other allied health professionals can now chose from. HFO’s extensive CE resource library now contains over 60 CE courses available online or as downloadable, transportable PDFs, making them fast, convenient and cost-effective. 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 renewal needs. Lastly, HFO understands that health professionals need to stay current with the state-of the-science. So, we routinely update our online CE courses, 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. 

For more information on this course or a complete listing of titles in our online 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 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 60 nationally-recognized experts in behavioral medicine.