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National Diabetes Month Addressing Behavioral Health

Promoting and Integrating Behavioral Health

Supporting the emotional well-being of the person with diabetes is a foundational element of the care a diabetes care and education specialists provides. It’s helping individuals work through the daily challenges that can go hand-in-hand with diabetes. PROJECT VISION seeks to cement this as a core skill of diabetes care and education specialists.

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Behavioral Health: A Foundation of Diabetes Management

By Nicole Bereolos, PhD, MPH, CDE

The boundaries across therapeutic interventions are blurring as we manage diabetes and its cardiovascular comorbidities. Increasingly, diabetes care and education specialists are addressing cardiovascular health in our persons with diabetes. But what is driving this intertwining of metabolic and cardiovascular conditions? 

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Promoting and Integrating Behavioral Health Into Diabetes Care

By Karen Kemmis, PT, RN, DPT, MS, GCS, CDE, FAADE

As diabetes care and education specialists, it is imperative that we include mental health in our evaluations and interventions when working with an individual with diabetes, prediabetes, or other cardiometabolic conditions. This is so important that one of the key areas of focus for AADE’s PROJECT Vision, the future vision for our specialty, is The Promotion and Integration of Behavioral Health Into Diabetes Care.

Focus On: Mental Health and Diabetes

Mental health is now recognized as a critical component of any diabetes care plan because if issues go unrecognized and untreated, care can become undermined and diabetes management impeded. Diabetes care and education specialists have a critical role to play in helping people with diabetes get the help they need because they are perfected positioned to notice when an individual is experiencing distress and can serve as that connector to mental health professionals.

Read AADE’s practice paper on mental health, watch videos from CDEs who have incorporated mental health support into their practice, learn more about disordered eating and access key educational programs and journal content. Also download PWD-focused tip sheets on Anger, Stress, Depression and Diabetes Distress in English and Spanish.


Anger and Diabetes

Also available in Spanish/Español


Stress and Diabetes

Also available in Spanish/Español


Depression and Diabetes

Also available in Spanish/Español


Distress and Diabetes

Also available in Spanish/Español

Related Education 

Online Course: AADE7 Self-Behaviors
7 CE

Learn the evidence-based framework of the seven key behaviors essential to providing effective DSMES: healthy eating, being active, monitoring, taking medications, problem solving, reducing risks and healthy coping. 

Recorded Webinar: Why a Patient Story Matters: Addressing Psychosocial Needs During Diabetes Education
1.5 CE. 90 minutes

Even when diabetes care and education specialists are well-versed in the lifestyle components of DSMES, many struggle to identify and address the many social, emotional and mental barriers to diabetes self-management behaviors. Learn new behavior modification techniques to help you be more effective.

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AADE19 – Houston on August 9-12, 2019 – had plenty of Behavioral Health-focused sessions to choose from, including one from Keynote Speaker Michael Harris who will focus on outcomes of psychosocial/behavioral interventions that were developed to target the social determinants of health and how they impact diabetes outcomes. The conference is now over but recorded versions are available:  

Shame and Diabetes: Practicing Resilience in a Culture of Weight Stigma, Disordered Eating and Healthism will help you understand that the focus of education doesn’t always have to be on weight shaming. This session will focus on how encouraging behavior change can really impact overall health.

AADE’s Practical Approach to Mental Health for the Diabetes Educator which reviews AADE's new practice paper and offers clinical scenarios that aid real world implementation.

Beyond Coping: Raise Your Spirits, Not Your Blood Sugar which uses music to help you incorporate key methodologies to improve care in an uplifting way.

No One Understands Me! Helping People Live Well with Diabetes which explores helping combat the negative effects of diabetes distress in an interactive way.

The Weight of Change: Exploring the Impact of a Weight Neutral Approach that will put you on the front lines of combating weight stigma with person-centered counseling methods.

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