ASMBS is debuting a “Fundamentals of Bariatric Behavioral Health” course at their annual ASMBS meeting in Dallas, TX (June 5, 2022). Expert faculty members will provide the foundations of knowledge relevant to the practice of bariatric behavioral health. This one-day course will help bariatric behavioral health clinicians to acquire relevant, evidence-based knowledge and skills, to improve competence in working with patients both pre- and post-metabolic/bariatric surgery (MBS). Material will also be presented by context experts from the disciplines of nutrition and surgery, to provide a more comprehensive understanding of MBS and the roles of various members of the multidisciplinary team. In addition, this course will provide bariatric behavioral health clinicians with a clinical framework and practical tools to use in practice with their patients. All disciplines within behavioral health are encouraged to attend – continuing education credits will be available. Interested MBS providers from other disciplines are also welcome to attend.

Learning Objectives

At the end of this course, bariatric Behavioral Health clinicians will be able to:

  1. Demonstrate understanding of the etiology and medical/psychosocial consequences of obesity
  2. Demonstrate knowledge about the currently-practiced MBS procedures, outcomes, risks and complications, and the recommended post-operative regimen.
  3. Demonstrate awareness of current best practices and guidelines in the BH assessment and management of patients seeking MBS in their practice.
  4. Demonstrate the ability to formulate individualized treatment plans and recommendations to address psychosocial factors that may affect the outcome of MBS.

8:00am Introduction
Lisa West-Smith, PhD LISW-S
8:10am Background: Obesity, Weight Stigma, Etiological Factors
Stephanie Sogg, PhD; Jennifer Pells, PhD
8:45am Weight Loss Surgery Basics
Christopher Daigle, MD FRCSC FACS FASMBS
9:15am Non-Surgical Treatments
Rachel Goldman, PhD; Sanjeev Sockalingam, MD MHPE
9:30am Break
10:00am Evaluation - Process and Practice
Janelle Coughlin, PhD
10:30am Evaluation - Domains
Karen Grothe, PhD LP; Leslie Heinberg, PhD
12:00pm Lunch
1:30pm Evaluation - Formulating and Communicating Recommendations
Ninoska D Peterson, PhD
1:50pm Post-operative regimen
Laura Andromalos, MS RD CDCES CSOWM
2:15pm Post-op Patient Experience and Phenomenology
Stephanie Sogg, PhD; Sanjeev Sockalingam, MD MHPE
3:00pm Break
3:30pm Post-op Patient Experience and Phenomenology (part 2)
Stephanie Sogg, PhD; Sanjeev Sockalingam, MD MHPE
4:00pm Serious Psychosocial Complications
Kelli Friedman, PhD
4:25pm Wrap-up (Resources/Articles)
Barbara Brathwaite, DNP MS RN CBN
4:30pm Final discussion/Q&A
Lisa West-Smith, PhD LISW-S
5:00pm Adjourn