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Incorporating Individualized Care To Address Emotional Well-Being at ADCES21

May 31, 2021

By Susan Guzman, PhD and John Zriebec, CDCES, MSW

The specialty of diabetes care and education is moving toward an individualized, whole-person approach that weaves together a treatment plan that considers the complexity of a person’s needs, including their emotional health. This shifting expectation presents challenges and opportunities for diabetes care and education specialists. They are well-positioned to be a front-line interventionist to promote the emotional well-being of people living with diabetes and to address the psychosocial and behavioral health aspects of diabetes that are critical for long-term success. However, many diabetes healthcare professionals lack the confidence to assess and effectively respond to these aspects of diabetes care. 

Over 19 sessions addressing psychosocial and behavioral health will take place during ADCES21, 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: 

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

  • Successful Support for Life Transitions in Youth with Type 1 Diabetes 
    Anna Sabino, MSW, CDCES; Jennifer L. Saylor, PhD, APRN, ACNS-BC  
    Explore evidence-based tools that diabetes care and education specialists can implement to support emerging adults with type 1 diabetes to improve long-term outcomes. The session is presented in collaboration with the College Diabetes Network. 

  • Too good? The Potential Dangers of Perfectionism in Diabetes 
    Kersti Spjut, PhD, Alexis Elliott, LICSW, CDCES 
    Learn ways to recognize signs of unhealthy perfectionism in diabetes management, its medical and emotional risks and tangible steps for helping individuals adapt a more flexible, mindful and compassionate approach. 

  • Meet the Psychosocial Needs of Older Persons with Diabetes  
    Deborah A. Berg, MS, RD, CDCES  
    Discuss tips, tools and resources to address the unique psychosocial needs and challenges of older adults with diabetes and help them flourish. 

  • Easing the Life Transition Caused by Complications of Diabetes 
    Susan Guzman, PhD  
    Understand the psychosocial challenges that go beyond the mechanics of disease management to assist in the transition to life with complications from diabetes. 

Explore all 19 sessions in this education track and make sure to register today

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