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September 3, 2016

HealthForumOnline Announces Updates to Mind-Body Bridging Online Continuing Education for Mental Health Professionals

HealthForumOnline (HFO) has recently updated its online continuing education (CE) course, An Effective New Model for Lifestyle Improvements and Wellness: Mind-Body Bridging (MBB), providing mental health professionals with a blueprint for promoting health-related behavior change in a variety of patient populations -- perpetrators/victims of domestic violence, ADHD, chronic pain, depression and anxiety, PTSD. 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) September 3, 2016 –HealthForumOnline (HFO), a nationally-approved (APA, ASWB, NBCC, NYSED Social Work Board) provider of online continuing education (CE) for psychologists, social workers, counselors, and other allied professionals announces recent updates to its online CE course, An Effective New Model for Lifestyle Improvements and Wellness: Mind-Body Bridging to their extensive online CE resource library.

HFO’s has worked with Stanley H. Block, M.D., founder of I-System, Inc. and developer of Mind-Body Bridging (MBB) to offer this timely and important online CE course. Mind-Body Bridging is a branch of Mind-Body Medicine that is well-received by both providers and patients as a blueprint for facilitating the adoption and maintenance of health-related behaviors (1-4).  MBB techniques enable patients to tap into and constructively override their potentially maladaptive Identity System (I-System), an internal and often unconscious negative feedback loop that automatically maintains a “disconnect” between one’s internal affective state (e.g., historic “story lines”) and the current, external situational demands of the moment. MBB has been shown to be effective in short circuiting these potentially maladaptive patterns in a variety of patient populations such as perpetrators/victims of domestic violence, and patients with ADHD, depression and anxiety, and more recently, PTSD. Among its benefits is its rapid effectiveness and resultant enthusiastic acceptance among patients. For this reason, it can be used as a brief behavioral intervention to modify health-related behaviors such as nutrition, exercise, smoking, sun exposure, substance abuse, stress management, pain management and sleep maintenance, just to cite a few (5). 

Based on Dr. Block’s bestselling, award winning book Come to Your Senses: Demystifying the Mind-Body Connection(1), this newly updated online CE course is an ongoing collaboration with HFO and presents a comprehensive overview of MBB, the relevant literature and a discussion of its powerful experiential aspects and clinical applications to enhance quality of life across a range of patient populations. Additionally, an outline for a 3-session MBB protocol to promote health-related lifestyle change and wellness for use in a variety of clinical settings in both individual and group formats is offered.

Psychologists, social workers, counselors, nurses and other allied health professionals can chose from HFO’s over 25 categories of CE topics related to health psychology and behavioral medicine containing over 100 online CE courses that are fast, convenient and cost-effective.

  1. Block, S.H., & Block, C.B. (2007). Come to Your Senses: Demystifying the Mind-Body Connection. 2nd ed. New York: Atria Books/Beyond Words, Publishing.
  2. Block, S.H., & Block, C.B. (2010). Mind-Body Workbook for PTSD: A 10-Week Program for Healing After Trauma. Oakland: New Harbinger Publications.
  3. Block, S.H., & Block, C.B. (2012). Mind-Body Workbook for Stress: Effective Tools for Lifelong Stress Reduction and Crisis Management. Oakland: New Harbinger Publications.
  4. Block, S.H., & Block, C.B. (2013). Mind-body workbook for anger: Effective tools for anger management and conflict resolution. Oakland, CA: New Harbinger Publications.
  5. Burnett-Zeigler, I., Schuette, S., Victorson, D., & Wisner, K.L. (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.