The Vermont Psychological Association is approved by the Vermont Board of Psychological Examiners to sponsor continuing education for psychologists.  It is also approved by the Office of Professional Regulations to sponsor continuing education for licensed independent clinical social workers (LICSW).

Who Should Attend:  Psychologists, mental health counselors, social workers, & other mental health care professionals, psychology students

CE Workshop:  May 3, 2019

Course Description


Many clients presenting to community mental health providers experience gastrointestinal symptoms including chronic pain, nausea, irritable bowel syndrome (IBS), inflammatory bowel disease, and avoidant and restrictive feeding disorders (ARFID).  This skills-focused workshop will educate mental health providers on the most recent research about the brain-gut connection and outline evidence-based treatments for clients presenting with a variety of GI symptoms.  Led by psychologists from the Department of Gastroenterology and Nutrition at Boston Children’s Hospital, this workshop will equip clinicians to work with clients to improve quality of life and reduce GI symptoms.

Presenters:

CE certificates for six (6) continuing education credits will be awarded to participants who attend the entire workshop and complete the evaluation form.  Partial credits will not be awarded.  Late arrival or early departure will preclude receipt of a certificate.

Registration/Refund Policy:  Registration at the door is welcome, but is on a space-available basis only; all registrations at the door are $195.  No refunds will be offered for this program.


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Julie Snyder, Psy.D., Director of Psychology Services, Dept. of Gastroenterology & Nutrition, Boston Children’s Hospital; Clinical Instructor, Harvard Medical School


Dr. Snyder is a licensed clinical psychologist at Boston Children’s Hospital.  She earned her Psy.D. in Clinical Psychology from Nova Southeastern University.  She completed a pediatric psychology fellowship with the Psychiatry Consultation Service and Medical Coping Clinic at Boston Children’s Hospital.  Her clinical and research interests include the psychological treatment of functional gastrointestinal disorders and motility disorders.  Within the Boston Children's Hospital department of gastroenterology, she serves as an attending psychologist in the Motility Center and the Functional Abdominal Pain Program.  

The Brain-Gut Connection:

Evidence-Based Psychological Strategies for

Treatment of  Gastrointestinal Symptoms

in Children, Adolescents, and Young Adults

Amy E. Hale, Ph.D., and Julie Snyder, Psy.D.

South Burlington


Conference Schedule


8:30 a.m.     Registration


9:00 a.m.      Explaining the Brain-Gut Connection:

                           Language, Metaphors, & Handouts to

                           Facilitate Understanding


9:45 a.m.      GI Symptoms and Quality of Life:

                           Interventions and Strategies for

                           Promoting Functioning at Home


10:45 a.m.    Break


11:00 a.m.    Program continues


12:00 p.m.    Lunch

1:00 p.m.      GI Symptoms and Quality of Life:

                           Interventions and Strategies for

                           Promoting Social and Academic

                           Functioning

2:45 p.m.      Break

3:00 p.m.       In session skills:

                           Demonstration and Practice


4:30 p.m.     Program ends


Objectives


By attending this conference participants will be able to:

  1. Recognize commonly diagnosed pediatric gastrointestinal conditions and describe the biopsychosocial conceptualization and treatment model for these disorders.
  2. Recall specific GI-focused questions that can be incorporated into the psychological assessment process and the language/metaphors to utilize when discussing the biopsychosocial treatment approach.
  3. Describe strategies to promote functioning and to maintain/enhance quality of life in pediatric patients diagnosed with gastrointestinal conditions.
  4. Identify and apply evidence-based psychological treatment strategies for the management of pain and other GI-related symptoms. 

 The Vermont Psychological Association is approved by the American Psychological Association to sponsor continuing education for psychologists.  The Vermont Psychological Association maintains responsibility for this program and its content.

Amy Hale, Ph.D., Attending Psychologist, Dept. of Gastroenterology & Nutrition, Boston Children’s Hospital; Clinical Instructor, Harvard Medical School


Dr. Hale is a licensed clinical psychologist at the Boston Children's Hospital.  She earned her Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology at the University of Connecticut, and completed a clinical research fellowship at the University of Connecticut Health Center and Connecticut Children’s Medical Center in the department of gastroenterology.  Dr. Hale's clinical and research interests include functional GI disorders and somatic symptoms.  Within the Boston Children's Hospital department of gastroenterology, she serves as an attending psychologist in the Motility Center, Functional Abdominal Pain Program, and the Growth and Nutrition Program.