This workshop is designed to describe the impact of obesity on the mental health of children, adolescents, and adults. The course will highlight chronic diseases associated with overweight status and their psychological sequela. Information on disease prevalence by ethnicity, integrating cultural sensitivity into treatment, and disparities in access to treatment will be discussed. Interventions drawn from those used to treat eating disorders (e.g., CBT) will be integrated with those developed for obesity (e.g., motivational interviewing and family systems). By the end of the workshop, participants should be able to identify specific concerns for clients with overweight and appropriate treatment options.
Upon completion of the workshop, participants will be able to:
- List the most common weight-related chronic diseases and their associated impact on mental health and well-being
- Explain the rationale for early interventions for overweight and obesity given their negative impact on health in adulthood
- Discuss the physiological stress response of the body and the psychosocial stressors associated with overweight and obesity
- Identify evidence-based psychological treatments for individuals who are overweight or obese.
CE Hours: 3
About the Presenter:
Dr. Reddy is an assistant professor of surgery and pediatrics at Emory University School of Medicine. She is a psychologist at Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta’s pediatric obesity clinic, Strong4Life. Dr. Reddy provides brief psychological interventions to promote healthy weight stabilization for children and their families. Dr. Reddy’s clinical training has focused on the treatment of eating disorders and obesity among children, adolescents, and adults. She also completed a post-doctoral fellowship in child and adolescent mental health at Emory University.
Dr. Reddy has presented to a variety of healthcare providers including physicians, nurses, and psychologists on the mental and physiological stress associated with overweight and obesity. Her most recent GPA-sponsored workshop in August of 2015 focused on the role of the psychologist in treating individuals undergoing bariatric surgery for weight loss.
Registration Costs (per workshop):
Early Bird Registration (Must be postmarked on or before October 28, 2016 to receive this rate.)
- $70: GPA Members
- $105: Non-members
- $20: GPA Student Members
Registration (After October 28, 2016)
- $80: GPA Members
- $115: Non-members
- $30: GPA Student Members
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All cancellations must be submitted in writing to Amy Dietrich via email (firstname.lastname@example.org). A $35 cancellation fee will be charged for any cancellations prior to November 4, 2016. No refunds will be given after November 4, 2016.
The Georgia Psychological Association is proud to sponsor and support a wide variety of workshops throughout the year as an APA approved sponsor of Continuing Education.