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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.


This online course is approved for APA CE credit, NBCC CE clock hours, ASWB Clinical CE clock hours, and NYSED CE credit.


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.