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If you're looking for professional opinions on diabetes care and education, you're in the right place. Perspectives on Diabetes Care is the official ADCES® diabetes care and education blog that shares helpful views on diabetes care and education. 

This is where you'll find practical tips on working with people affected by prediabetes, diabetes and related cardiometabolic conditions and the latest research and viewpoints on issues facing diabetes care and education specialists and the people they serve.



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What You Need to Know About Psychosocial and Behavioral Health at ADCES22

May 17, 2022, 13:45 PM

By John Zrebiec, MSW; Mark Heyman, PhD, CDCES; LaurieAnn Scher, MS, RD, CDCES

Many diabetes healthcare professionals want to feel more confident about incorporating the mental health aspects of diabetes care into their practice. ADCES22 is set to deliver education to help you improve behavioral health skills that are critical for long-term success with diabetes care. Explore sessions focused on the assessment and treatment of mental health challenges, healthy coping across the lifespan, behavioral support and counselling strategies, and stress management for people with diabetes.

ADCES22 will offer eighteen sessions addressing psychosocial and behavioral health, delivering useful tips and tools to address these concerns across a wide spectrum of psychosocial challenges and self-management behaviors. Sessions will investigate important topics such as:

  • Using virtual reality to educate about psychosocial issues.
  • How to develop a meditation practice.
  • Training needs for Hispanic diabetes peer facilitators.
  • Implementing strength-based language in diabetes and mental health.
  • Learning about the developmental needs of young adults.
  • Customizing and coaching strategies with motivational interviewing.
  • The miracle happening at diabetes camps.

Here are a few sessions to consider adding to your schedule:

  • Suicide Prevention for People with Diabetes: How Can Healthcare Providers Help?
    Explore the reasons for the higher rates of suicide among people with diabetes, including mental health comorbidities, neural correlates, and stigma. Learn what you can do about it on the system level and in your practice.
    Kersti Spjut, PhD; Leslie Allen, PhD
  • Weight Stigma in Health Research and Practice: What Are Clinicians Missing?
    Review what diabetes prevention programs don’t tell us about diabetes prevention, including sources of bias affecting the quality of our conclusions. Explore ideas for future research in diabetes prevention, including identifying the mechanisms for change that improve outcomes.
    Megrette Fletcher, MEd, RDN, CDCES; Margit Berman, PhD; Martha Burla, MPH, CHES
  • Innovative Intervention for High-Risk, High-Needs Youth with Diabetes
    Hear about an intensive systems-based behavioral health intervention that represents an alternative care approach for youth who experience difficulty accessing or responding to typical medical and behavioral health care.
    Michael Harris, PhD
  • Women with Diabetes Mellitus in Pregnancy and Postpartum Depression
    Learn about how diabetes is a risk factor for postpartum depression, the methods and challenges of identifying postpartum depression, prevention and treatment options, and resources to assist women with this mental health nightmare.
    Susan Michael, DNSc

Explore all 18 sessions in the psychosocial/behavioral health education track and register for ADCSE22 today.

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The Association of Diabetes Care & Education Specialists Perspectives on Diabetes Care covers diabetes, prediabetes and other cardiometabolic conditions. Not all views expressed reflect the official position of the Association of Diabetes Care & Education Specialists.

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