Bariatric Times

SEP 2017

A peer-reviewed, evidence-based journal that promotes clinical development and metabolic insights in total bariatric patient care for the healthcare professional

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22 Hot Topics in Integrated Health Bariatric Times • September 2017 T he ASMBS Integrated Health (IH) Support Group Committee utilizes the experience and knowledge base of its varied professionals (e.g., psychologists, dietitians, nurses, and social workers) in tandem with IH administrative leaders to create and share bariatric patient care and provider education initiatives. Over the last several years, many new programs and resources have been put in place to aid those working with patients in a group setting. The committee has several fundamental goals, which include the provision of education for support group leaders under the auspices of ASMBS, encouraging the dissemination and expansion of research into the critical value of support groups, and enhancing the status, leader support, and standards for running bariatric groups. There has been clear progress in each of the core goals for the committee. In terms of education, the committee published the Bariatric Support Group Manual for professionals, available on the ASMBS website for members. Years of work went into the document, providing a how-to guide for leaders, a variety of suggestions for success, topical ideas, and a summary of the essential research in the field. A key initiative in that area was the development of support group training and networking opportunities at all ASMBS conferences. Over the past two years, this has included expert lunch meetings, networking sessions, and focused education. At Obesity Week, 2016, the committee provided a first-ever four-hour pre-conference training dedicated to bariatric support groups. Topics ranged from setting up a group, establishing the framework, involving the family, handling problematic patients, cognitive-behavioral techniques, and creative group topics. Much to the pleasure of the organizers, the session had standing-room-only attendance. Feedback was requested from attendees with a post-course survey and the overwhelming response was appreciation for offering a much needed and formerly overlooked element of bariatric care. A stunning 97 percent of attendees felt they were provided with tools and knowledge to improve their practice. Plans are in place for a similar, yet distinctly different pre- conference training for ObesityWeek 2017, which will include ways to increase attendance, addressing professional versus peer-led groups, understanding the difference between what patients say they want and what they need in terms of support, multidisciplinary roles played in support groups, interactive mock groups, and an introduction to using social media effectively. Additionally, there will be an added session during the scientific program teaching pragmatic skills for the support group leader. Taken Column Editor: Karen Flanders, MSN, CNP, CBN Winchester Hospital, Winchester, Massachusetts; President, American Society for Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery Integrated Health THIS MONTH: An Update from the ASMBS Integrated Health Support Group Committee by LORI S. NEVINS, LCSW, and PAUL DAVIDSON, PhD Bariatric Times. 2017;14(8):22–23. This column is dedicated to covering a variety of topics relevant to the multidisciplinary care of the bariatric surgical patient. Hot Topics in INTEGRATED HEALTH A Message from the Column Editor Dear Colleague, It seems like just yesterday we were in New Orleans, Louisiana, for ObesityWeek 2016, and here we are now on the doorsteps of ObesityWeek 2017. The ASMBS IH Professional Education and Program committee have developed a program that will appeal to the many disciplines of Integrated Health. If you haven't registered yet, please be sure to register soon for ObesityWeek – it will be here quicker than you think. Please visit and view the schedule. One of the preconference courses being offered again this year is a course geared toward support group leaders of all experience levels. The IH Support Group committee has developed an agenda that is based on the feedback from attendees and the topics in which they expressed an interest. Additionally, the committee has been actively working on several other projects to provide resources to the membership. On a personal note, I want to take this opportunity to thank the committee for all of their hard work, dedication, and commitment to this committee and to the ASMBS organization. If you have any comments or concerns you would like to share, please feel free to contact me at Sincerely, Karen Flanders, MSN, CNP, CBN ASMBS Integrated Health President Karen Flanders, MSN, ARNP, CBN IH President Pamela Davis, MBA, BSN, RN, CBN IH President-Elect Sue Cummings, MS, RD IH Secretary Christine Bauer, MSN, RN, CBN IH Past President Karen Schulz, MSN, CNS, CBN IH Senior Past President Samer Mattar, MD, FASMBS Executive Council Liaison Laura Andromalos, MS, RD, LDN IH Member-at-Large Lynn Bolduc, MS, RD, LD, CDE IH Member-at-Large Nathaniel Sann, MSN, CRNP, FNP- BC IH Member-at-Large Stephanie Sogg, PhD IH Member-at-Large Christa Trigilio-Black, PA-C IH Member-at-Large 2017 ASMBS INTEGRATED HEALTH LEADERSHIP

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