• Social Work
  • Counseling
  • Marriage and Family Therapy
  • Psychology
Hours: 11 Contact Hours
Author(s): Textbook Authors:
  • Birgitta Adolfsson, PhD
  • Marilynn S. Arnold, MS, RD
Workbook Author:
  • Amy B. Bernard, MS, BSN, RN-BC
Item#: B4082
Contents: 1 Textbook, 1 Exam Workbook (26 pages)

Behavioral Approaches to Treating Obesity: Helping Your Patients Make Changes That Last, 2nd Edition

Price $59.95
Item # B4082
When available, the Online Course format is included with the hard copy, eBook, or audio book formats!

Obesity is a globally challenging problem that can lead to a multitude of diseases, such as heart disease, stroke, diabetes, cancer, joint problems, other chronic health problems, and psychological problems. The increase in obesity rates worldwide has increased the incidence of chronic disease, which diminishes individuals’ quality of life and imposes a great burden on the healthcare system and the insurance industry. It is believed that a paradigm shift to the chronic care model is necessary for successful treatment of people who are overweight and obese. 

The behavioral approach, as described in this course, is often the most effective way to help patients make the lifestyle changes necessary to address obesity. The participant will learn about assessment tools, such as the waist-to-hip ratio, and how to determine a client’s readiness to change. The course also explains how to build a collaborative healthcare team to organize a successful obesity treatment program and provides a step-by-step guide to designing care. Participants will explore tools to facilitate a self-care approach, including goal-setting and problem-solving skills. 

The course discusses the Physical Activity Guidelines for Americans, evidence-based relative risks of health problems associated with obesity, the hormonal link between sexuality and obesity, emotional aspects of obesity, and the relevance of the Health Belief Model. The course also touches on current drug treatments available for weight management and the role of bariatric surgery, and it provides helpful case studies. This basic-level course will guide the social worker, psychologist, mental health counselor, marriage and family therapist, and all team members associated with the collaborative effort necessary to treat obesity.

Counselors - Course does not qualify for NBCC credit.

Click here for a list of supplemental references.

Bombak, A. E. (2014). The contribution of applied social sciences to obesity stigma-related public health approaches. Journal of Obesity, 2014. doi:10.1155/2014/267286 

Breland, J. Y., Fox, A. M., Horowitz, C. R., & Leventhal, H. (2012). Applying a common-sense approach to fighting obesity. Journal of Obesity, 2012. doi:10.1155/2012/710427 

Brennan, V. M., Kumanyika, S. K., & Zambrana, R. E. (2014). Obesity interventions in underserved communities: Evidence and directions. Baltimore, MD: Johns Hopkins University Press. 

Choate, L. H. (2013). Eating disorders and obesity: A counselor’s guide to prevention and treatment. Alexandria, VA: American Counseling Association. 

Haslam, D. W., Sharma, A. M., & le Roux, C. W. (Eds.). (2014). Controversies in obesity. New York, NY: Springer. 

Latner, J. D., Durso, L. E., & Mond, J. M. (2013). Health and health-related quality of life among treatment-seeking overweight and obese adults: Associations with internalized weight bias. Journal of Eating Disorders, 1(3). Retrieved from http://www.biomedcentral.com/content/pdf/2050-2974-1-3.pdf 

Mullin, G. E., Cheskin, L. J., & Matarese, L. E. (2014). Integrative weight management: A guide for clinicians. New York, NY: Springer. 

Owers, C. E., Abbas, Y., Ackroyd, R., Barron, N., & Khan, M. (2012). Perioperative optimization of patients undergoing bariatric surgery. Journal of Obesity, 2012. doi:10.1155/2012/781546 

Spring, B., Sohn, M.-W., Locatelli, S. M., Hadi, S., Kahwati, L., & Weaver, F. M. (2014). Individual, facility, and program factors affecting retention in a national weight management program. BMC Public Health, 14(363). Retrieved from http://www.biomedcentral.com/content/pdf/1471-2458-14-363.pdf 

Tsai, A. G., Felton, S., Hill, J. O, & Atherly, A. J. (2012). A randomized pilot trial of a full subsidy vs. a partial subsidy for obesity treatment. Obesity, 20(9), 1838–1843. doi:10.1038/oby.2011.193


Course Objectives
  • Describe the prevalence contributing factors and treatment options for obesity.
  • Identify the key elements that influence outcomes when treating obesity.
  • Describe the five-step collaborative problem-solving model to accomplish long-term weight control. 
Amy B. Bernard, MS, BSN, RN-BC, has extensive experience in nursing professional development and as a practicing nurse in numerous clinical settings across the country. As the former director of Continuing Education for Western Schools in West Bridgewater, MA, she was responsible for the planning development and evaluation of continuing education courses. She has authored several courses for Western Schools on timely topics to help healthcare professionals respond to emerging issues, and has worked with obesity experts to develop several course books on the assessment counseling treatment and associated medical risks relevant to pediatric and adult patients who are obese. Ms. Bernard is board certified in Nursing Professional Development through the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC). She also serves as peer reviewer and accreditation appraiser for the American Nurses Credentialing Center Silver Spring, MD. She is a member of several professional nursing organizations including Sigma Theta Tau International Nursing Honor Society; American Nurses Association; Professional Nurse Educators Group; and National Nursing Staff Development Organization. 
  • Contact hours will be awarded for up to one (1) year from the date the course is ordered.
  • You must score 75% or higher on the final exam and complete the course evaluation to pass this course and receive a certificate of completion.
  • Through our review processes, Western Schools ensures that this course content is presented in a balanced, unbiased manner and is free from commercial influence. It is Western Schools’ policy not to accept commercial support.
  • All persons involved in the planning and development of this course have disclosed no relevant financial relationships or other conflicts of interest related to the course content.