Course Description:

The Masters in Behavioral Health Course provides an overview of the psychological, social, behavioral issues of bariatric surgery patients both before and after surgery. The course is designed for psychologists, psychiatrists, social workers, psychiatric nurses, licensed counselors and other mental and medical health professionals who work with bariatric surgery patients. This educational content is designed for an intermediate/advanced level.

Learning Objectives:

  1. Summarize current issues related to the role of behavioral health in the treatment of bariatric surgery patients through use of case studies and scientific data
  2. Identify psychological, biobehavioral, and social factors commonly present in bariatric surgery patients, changes that occur with surgery, and their associations with outcomes.
  3. Discuss the intersection of obesity, racial/ethnic disparities and COVID-19
  4. Describe current behavioral and psychotherapy interventions aimed at improving eating behaviors and physical activity in bariatric surgery patients