About the program
What is the Program?
This program is a comprehensive continuing education (CE) training program focused on celiac disease (CD) from a psychosocial health perspective.
The program is comprised of free, self-paced, on-demand courses.
It provides specific, evidence-based knowledge about CD and the gluten-free diet as well as concrete approaches for executing psychosocial screening, evaluation, and treatment in individuals with CD.
This program offers up to 3.0 Continuing Education Units for psychologists, all online, on demand, and free of charge!
Children’s National Hospital is approved by the American Psychological Association to sponsor continuing education for psychologists. The Celiac Psychosocial Health CE Program maintains responsibility for this program and its content.
Who created this program?
The committee for this program is comprised of a team of six psychologists from academic medical institutions with unparalleled experience in the psychosocial impact and treatment of celiac disease.
All of our esteemed speakers provide psychological services to patients with CD within the context of multidisciplinary medical teams. Many of our committee members have publications on psychosocial adjustment in pediatric CD or other chronic conditions (e.g., Coburn et al., 2019), and have served in leadership roles for regional and national organizations.
WHy is this program needed?
Until recently, the psychosocial experiences associated with CD were poorly understood and not well researched. A proposed clinical agenda for supporting the psychosocial health of children with CD noted the importance of empirically-supported training for MHPs (Coburn, Puppa, & Blanchard, 2019).
Recent research has shown there is a significant psychosocial burden associated with CD across the lifespan. Substantial psychological vulnerabilities have been documented before and after diagnosis, some of which may be mediated by genetic risk or disruption to healthy gut-brain regulation. The only treatment for CD is a lifelong, strict gluten-free diet, which is complex, anxiety-provoking, and difficult to achieve. This workshop is the only existing resource for healthcare providers on the aspects of mental health related to individuals with CD.