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Living with Lupus: A Biopsychosocial Approach

by Ellen Levine, PhD, MPH 5 CE Credits

Lupus is a devastating autoimmune disease that primarily affects women of childbearing age. This course provides an overview of the biological presentation and implications of the disease, as well as the associated epidemiology, and psychological reactions (e.g., adjustment to the diagnosis, long-term coping, interpersonal disclosure, family planning, co-morbid anxiety and depression). The interplay between healthcare professionals and the lupus patient is often too one-sided. Participants in this course will be introduced to tools that the lupus patient can use to build self-confidence in speaking about the disease to others. The importance of a multi-disciplinary approach to working with medically complex cases is emphasized and psychological strategies to enhance patient care are presented.

Continuing education for this online course is offered through the following approvals:


  • HealthForum is approved by the American Psychological Association (APA) to sponsor continuing education for psychologists. HealthForum maintains responsibility for this program and its content.
  • HealthForum (ACE Provider #1156) is approved as a provider for social work continuing education by the Association of Social Work Boards (ASWB) www.aswb.org, through the Approved Continuing Education (ACE) Program. HealthForum maintains responsibility for the program. ASWB Approval Period: (6/20/2017 to 6/20/2020). Social workers should contact their regulatory board to determine course approval for continuing education credits. Social workers participating in this course will receive 5 Clinical continuing education clock hours.
  • HealthForumOnline, LLC, SW CPE is recognized by the New York State Education Department's State Board for Social Work as an approved provider of continuing education for licensed social workers #0355
  • HealthForum has been approved by NBCC as an Approved Continuing Education Provider, ACEP No. 6216.  Programs that do not qualify for NBCC credit are clearly identified. HealthForum is solely responsible for all aspects of the programs.


Course Sections/Outline:

  • Introduction
  • Epidemiology of Lupus
  • Comorbid Conditions
  • The Physical Symptoms of Lupus and Diagnosis
  • Medical Treatment Options
  • The Impact of Lupus on the Patient
  • The Data on Coping Strategies: What’s Adaptive? What’s Not?
  • Management of Lupus
  • Clinical Implications
  • Summary
  • Web-Based Resources
  • References

Learning Objectives:

After completing this course, health professionals will be able to:
  • Discuss the biological and epidemiological presentation and implications of Lupus, including 10 co-morbid conditions.
  • List 4 common pharmacologic treatments and their potential side-effects.
  • Identify 6 common emotional and psychological correlates of Lupus (e.g., adjustment to diagnosis, long-term coping, interpersonal disclosure, complications related to fertility and family planning, co-morbid depression and anxiety).
  • Recognize the importance of a multi-disciplinary team approach to care within this medically complex population and the role that evidenced-based psychological interventions, such as CBT and psychoeducation, play in enhancing patient care.