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Evidence-based Interventions In Behavioral Health

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This course provides a description of those therapeutic interventions which are based on outcome studies. Students will learn practical assessment and intervention strategies for the major disorders where health psychology plays a role, including chronic stress and pain, obesity and eating disorders, substance abuse, HIV and AIDS, diabetes and hypertension, insomnia, and cancer. Methods will include self-monitoring, relaxation and meditation techniques, stimulus control, self-management, and cognitive-behavioral therapies. Complementary and alternative therapies which have shown clinical efficacy will also be described.

This graduate-level course is 6 weeks This course is available as part of a degree or certificate program. To enroll, speak with an Enrollment Representative.

Course details:

Credits: 3
Continuing education units: XX
Professional development units: XX
Duration: 6 weeks

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    Pain Management Strategies

    • Apply pain measurement techniques to treatment planning.
    • Determine the uses of the physiological and cognitive treatments of acute and chronic pain.
    • Utilize the behavioral and psychosocial components of pain in treatment planning.

    Managing Chronic Illness

    • Analyze the effect of personality and attitudes on the course of chronic illness, including hardiness, positivity, and optimism.
    • Describe the effects of social support in coping with chronic illness.
    • Evaluate the effectiveness of psychological interventions for the management of chronic illness.

    Complementary and Alternative Medicine

    • Evaluate the effects of expectations and the placebo response on health.
    • Evaluate the efficacy of research designs that yield acceptable evidence of complementary and alternative approaches to treatment.
    • Justify the use of a major mind–body therapy in the treatment of a specific health condition.

    Stress and Sleep Management Techniques

    • Justify the cognitive-behavioral approaches to the treatment of insomnia.
    • Evaluate the various methods to measure stress and sleep.
    • Determine the uses of the cognitive, behavioral, and psychophysiological methods in the treatment of stress.

    Behavioral Health Assessment Methods

    • Determine uses of assessment methods for interventions in behavioral health.
    • Describe the primary methods of assessment in behavioral health.

    Evaluating and Improving Adherence

    • Describe the major factors that lead to non-adherence.
    • Determine appropriate evidence-based techniques to increase adherence.
    • Evaluate the effectiveness of motivational interviewing techniques using a specific clinical scenario.
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