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Adolescents with Diabetes: What are the Challenges?

by Amy Neil, MS, MAP 3 CE Credits

This course presents a detailed look at this turbulent time in development and the biopsychosocial complexities presented for teenagers with diabetes. In a disease in which blood glucose control makes or breaks the road to a healthy future, teens and their health professionals encounter numerous emotional and behavioral challenges that directly affect this control. This course addresses specific clinical aspects of diabetes that may be affected by inadequate psychological adjustment to the condition. Current research into factors affecting emotional adjustment and associated health behaviors for teens is discussed, as well as the impact of family dynamics. Knowing how best to address the individual challenges teenage patients with diabetes face can help clinicians escort them to a healthier future.
This online course is approved for APA CE credit, NBCC CE clock hours and ASWB Clinical CE clock hours. NYSED CEs are NOT approved for this online course.
Course Sections/Outline:
  • Introduction
  • A Brief Clinical Overview of Diabetes
  • Cognitive/Behavioral Impairment and Psychiatric Sequelae Associated with Diabetes
  • The Diabetes Care Regimen for Adolescents: What Exactly Are Their Tasks?
  • The Psychology of Chronic Illness: A Complex Picture
  • A Pivotal Role in Diabetes Treatment for Mental Health Professionals
  • Risk Factors for Poor Metabolic Control During Adolescence
  • What We See, What They See: The Teenagers’ View of Diabetes
  • The Self and the Self with Diabetes
  • The Influence of Family and Social Environment on Adherence
  • Therapeutic Guidelines
  • Innovative Interventions
  • Summary
  • Web-based Resources for Mental Health Professionals
  • References

Learning Objectives:

After completing this course, health professionals will be able to:
  • Summarize the empirical evidence pertaining to the psychosocial adjustment of adolescents to type 1 diabetes and clinically apply these research findings to help teenage patients manage psychosocial aspects of diabetes within the context of specific developmental changes.
  • Recognize 10 comorbid medical conditions commonly associated with diabetes and at least 2 ways in which diabetes management may be negatively affected by inadequate psychological adjustment to the condition among this age group.
  • Identify at least 2 ways adolescent diabetes impacts psychological adjustment in the identified patient and at least 3 ways it influences family dynamics — such as parenting and relationships wth siblings.
  • Utilize current developments in healthcare to address psychosocial adjustment to teen diabetes including the application of 2 innovative interventions (MST & BFST) and 2 national healthcare quality improvement initiatives to guide services.