Certificate in Eating Disorders

Challenges & Rewards of Working with Longer-Term Eating Disorders

Overview

Longer-term eating disorders benefit from treatment modalities tailored specifically to the complexities unique to those types of illnesses, including a deep and wide-ranging dependence upon the symptoms/behaviors of the disorder; the sufferer’s belief that he/she “is” the illness as opposed to a person who “suffers from” the illness; an entrenched worldview based on the eating disorder that leads to profound difficulty envisioning life without the disorder and an inability to believe in the possibility of surviving without the “assistance” of the illness; diminished experience in relationships other than with the illness; and the sufferer’s consequent fear of incompetence in his/her ability to cultivate and maintain fulfilling connections.

Treatment must navigate these complexities, balancing attempts to reduce/resolve symptoms with the reality that the sufferer is intensely attached to, and dependent upon, those very symptoms. Explore various methods for working with long-term eating disorders, including a new model designed specifically for this clinical population.

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Certificate in Eating Disorders

Medical and Physiological Aspects of Eating Disorders

Overview

Eating disorders often involve interplay between psychology and medicine. This course provides a review of medical complications associated with eating disorders. Gain tools and skills to assess the medical risks of your eating disordered clients and become familiar with resources that can assist you in working with this challenging population.

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Certificate in Eating Disorders

Family Issues in Eating Disorders

Overview

Through live presentations from professionals in the field, video presentations and discussions, become familiar with the unique dynamics of Eating Disordered families and their role in the onset of the disorder and the recovery process. Learn about the different types of families where eating disorders are present and examine how each interacts differently with the client during the healing process. Case presentations will be used to demonstrate different techniques for helping these families and loved ones.

About the Instructor

Jackie Holmes, MEd, MFT, is the founder and director of Casa Serena, an intensive outpatient eating disorders program in Concord. A respected speaker on issues related to eating disorders, Jackie has developed a practical hands-on approach to working with the clients of eating disorders and their families.

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Certificate in Eating Disorders

Treatment Issues in Eating Disorders

Overview

Develop a working knowledge of the issues therapists face when treating clients with Anorexia Nervosa, Bulimia Nervosa, Binge Eating Disorder and Night Eating Syndrome. Nutritional analysis, comorbidity, differential diagnosis, and criteria for referral to intensive outpatient, inpatient or residential treatment will be covered. Learn about medical complications and interventions, as well as the medications and types of therapy that are the most effective with this population. A registered dietician will present as a guest speaker.

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Certificate

Treatment Strategies for Returning Troops

Overview

All Continuing Education Certificate courses may be taken as either certificate courses or as stand-alone Continuing Education courses. Prerequisites must be observed.

Since 9/11, approximately 2.1 million troops have served in Operation Enduring Freedom (OEF) in Afghanistan, Operation Iraqi Freedom (OIF) and Operation New Dawn (OND). California has one of the highest numbers of deployed, wounded, and seriously wounded service members. 30,000 service members come back to California yearly – more than the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) can adequately serve. A RAND Corporation report in 2008 estimated that 300,000 vets suffer from PTSD, anxiety or major depressive symptoms. An additional 320,000 may have experienced a traumatic brain injury. Experts estimate that it usually takes about a year to re-stabilize after coming back but one’s family can be deeply impacted in that time.

This new certificate program is designed to provide mental health providers, family members, educators, school counselors, VA program staff at colleges and universities, and advocates at the many organizations who serve our veterans with the information and skills they need to address the pertinent issues affecting our returning troops. Taught by experts from the VA and the National Center for PTSD, the curriculum includes the latest empirically-supported treatment methods endorsed by the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA).

Certificate requirements: A minimum of 50 hours is required. This includes three core courses, one treatment method, and at least three electives. Additional treatment methods may be taken as electives. New electives will be available in each catalog and different core courses are offered throughout the year.

Core Courses

  • Exploring the Psychological Impact of War and its Unique Treatment Considerations
  • Integrated Behavioral Couple Therapy (IBCT): An Effective, Evidence-Based Therapy for OEF/OIF Veterans and their Partners
  • The Difficult Journey Home: Promoting Resilience in Families during and after Deployment

Treatment Methods (choose one)*

Each participant must complete the full training in one of the following treatment methods:

(Treatment methods A & B are no longer being offered at this time)

  1. PTSD and Substance Abuse in Veterans – Seeking Safety: Overview and Implementation
  2. Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR) – Part I and Part II plus Consultation

*Additional treatment method courses may be taken as electives. New electives will be available in each catalog. Treatment Methods are offered throughout the year.

Discount Available! Enroll in three classes in this series at one time and receive 10 percent off each class.

Course Completion Time Limit

You will have 90 days to complete the online course from the date of registration. You may request 30 day extensions for a fee of $35. Download the Extension Request Form from the right sidebar and mail or fax it to our office or call us at 800.557.1384. Extensions take a few days to process. An email will be sent to you when the extension access has been granted.

Certificate Series Enrollment

The certificate program enrollment fee is $35. Please submit a Certificate Program Enrollment form on or before registering for your third course in the series. You will have three years to complete your course work from the date of your enrollment. Click here to submit your Certificate Program Enrollment online or use the downloadable enrollment form available under “Related Downloads” on the right side of this page.

Certificate Series Completion

After you have completed the all the courses needed to fulfill the certificate requirements, please complete and submit a Certificate Verification form, available under “Related Downloads” on the right side of this page or send an email to conted@jfku.edu. Please allow six weeks for your course work to be reviewed and a certificate to be issued to you.

Frequently Asked Questions are available under “Related Downloads” on the right side of this page.

Certificate

Nutritional Psychology

Overview

All Continuing Education Certificate courses may be taken as either certificate courses or as stand-alone Continuing Education courses. Prerequisites must be observed.

Nutritional Psychology is an emerging field in the rising movement toward an integrative approach to healthcare, which is taking place in institutions across the country including the Department of Defense, VA Medical Centers, and respected medical and professional schools (Harvard, UCSF, Georgetown University, Boston University and George Washington University). Psychologists are now employed in 59% of all integrative healthcare hospitals and clinics across America. However, few receive training in this important area.

In this online certificate program, clinicians will gain knowledge and understanding of the emerging field of nutritional psychology, which illuminates the science of how nutrients affect mood and behavior. Participants will explore the potential impact diet has on the diagnosis and treatment of mental disorders, including possible misdiagnosis of non-psychiatric conditions created by today’s modern dietary lifestyle. Clinicians will learn the language, skills, principles, and philosophy needed to work in conjunction with integrative medicine providers and to better facilitate a holistic approach to mental health care.

Certificate Requirements: A total of 32 hours are required. This includes all seven online courses :

  • Introduction to Nutritional Psychology
  • Nutritional Psychology Tools: Assessment & Macronutrient Remediation
  • Integrating Nutritional Psychology into Clinical Practice
  • The Effects of Nutrition on Clinical Disorders
  • Sugar & Emotion
  • The Stress-Mood Axis
  • The Gut-Brain Axis


Course Completion Time Limit

You will have 90 days to complete the online course from the date of registration. You may request 30 day extensions for a fee of $35. Download the Extension Request Form from the right sidebar and mail or fax it to our office or call us at 800.557.1384. Extensions take a few days to process. An email will be sent to you when the extension access has been granted.

Certificate Series Enrollment

The certificate program enrollment fee is $35. Please submit a Certificate Program Enrollment form on or before registering for your third course in the series. You will have three years to complete your course work from the date of your enrollment. Click here to submit your Certificate Program Enrollment online or use the downloadable enrollment form available under “Related Downloads” on the right side of this page.

Certificate Series Completion

After you have completed the all the courses needed to fulfill the certificate requirements, please complete and submit a Certificate Verification form, available under “Related Downloads” on the right side of this page or send an email to conted@jfku.edu. Please allow six weeks for your course work to be reviewed and a certificate to be issued to you.

Certificate

Museum Studies Fundamentals

Overview

John F Kennedy University museum studies presents our first ever Continuing Education online certificate program.

This certificate is designed for individuals who want to enhance their understanding of the museum world but do not need a master’s degree.  This certificate is fully online, with five core courses, each including 10-12 hours of specialized content. Online learning modules include recorded lectures, student-instructor discussion boards, videos, readings, reflection and written assignments with instructor and peer-to-peer feedback.

Designed to be taken in sequence, these courses are specifically created for museum volunteers, staff and board members.  This program costs $350 per course or $1750 for the entire series. This program has a Spring and Fall start. For additional information, please email museum@jfku.edu.

Core Courses

  • Museums 101
  • Strategic Thinking & Planning
  • Collections Management Basics
  • The Visitor Experience
  • Fundraising & Marketing

Please email museum@jfku.edu for more information.

Certificate

Mental Health for Aging Adults

Overview

By 2030, older adults will account for 20 percent of the US population, making this our nation’s fastest growing group. It is estimated that one in five adults aged 55 and over experiences a significant mental health concern. Research shows that there is an insufficient supply of trained health and mental health professionals to meet this emerging need. Additionally, for the first time in history, most middle-aged adults will have living parents for whom they will provide care. As a result, clinicians are expected to see an increase in their elderly clientele, as well as family members who need support and guidance when providing care.

This new certificate program will teach you what you need to know when working with older adults. Participants will gain increased knowledge of the unique needs of the elderly, learn techniques for identifying normal age-related changes from non-normal changes, and practice evidence-based strategies for responding to the mental health concerns of this rapidly growing population. This program is useful for mental health professionals, family members, caregivers, Geriatric Care Managers and other advocates of the elderly.

Certificate Requirements: A minimum of 50 hours is required. This includes four core courses and at least five electives

Core Courses

  • Foundations of Adult Development, Aging & the Older Adult Population
  • Screening & Assessment of Cognition & the Dementias
  • Assessment & Treatment of Mental Illness in Older Adults
  • Applying Evidence-Based Psychological Treatments with Older Adults

Course Completion Time Limit

You will have 90 days to complete the online course from the date of registration. You may request 30 day extensions for a fee of $35. Extensions take a few days to process. An email will be sent to you when the extension access has been granted.

Certificate Series Enrollment

The certificate program enrollment fee is $35. Please submit a Certificate Program Enrollment form on or before registering for your third course in the series. You will have three years to complete your course work from the date of your enrollment. Click here to submit your Certificate Program Enrollment online or use the downloadable enrollment form available under “Related Downloads” on the right side of this page.

Certificate Series Completion

After you have completed the all the courses needed to fulfill the certificate requirements, please complete and submit a Certificate Verification form, available under “Related Downloads” on the right side of this page or send an email to conted@jfku.edu. Please allow six weeks for your course work to be reviewed and a certificate to be issued to you.

Certificate in Guided Imagery

Deepening Imagery with Expressive Arts

Overview

Guided imagery can be enhanced with the integration of expressive arts. As evidence-based practices, the expressive arts serve to concretize, externalize, and deepen healing images accessed through guided imagery. In this course, you learn how to move from guided imagery into creative arts expression. The course is didactic, experiential, with clinical application for individuals, groups, and different populations.

Certificate

Guided Imagery

Overview

(Inclusive of Deep Imagination)

All Continuing Education Certificate courses may be taken as either certificate courses or as stand-alone Continuing Education courses. Prerequisites must be observed.

Over the past 30 years, research has demonstrated the effectiveness of guided imagery with mood, happiness, trauma, performance, health, and creativity. The power of imagery lies in its capacity to access unconscious and pre-conscious processes when approaching therapeutic goals. By learning how to tap into a client’s key symbols and metaphors, the capacity for change accelerates, positively influencing the emotional, mental, social, spiritual, and behavioral outcomes.

This certificate program will allow you to build competence with an interactive-style of imagery that is non-scripted. It can be applied toward individuals, couples, groups and with children, to address a range of topics including complex grief, depression, pain, insomnia and other symptoms, end of life issues, and PTSD.

I see imagination as the most important power we have. As we imagine the world, so we live and understand. But a great deal of the imagination that shapes us lies under the surface. We need to tap that underlying storehouse of images in order to grasp who we are and where we are headed. – Thomas Moore

Certificate requirements: A total of 45 hours is required. This includes four core courses and at least seven electives. New electives will be available in each catalog and different core courses are offered throughout the year.

Core Courses

  • Clinical Applications of Deep Imagination – Level I
  • Clinical Applications of Deep Imagination – Level II
  • Somatic Imagery to Relieve Stress and Anxiety
  • Deepening Imagery with Expressive Arts

Discount Available. Enroll in three onsite classes together and receive 10 percent off each class.

Certificate Series Enrollment

The certificate program enrollment fee is $35. Please submit a Certificate Program Enrollment form on or before registering for your third course in the series. You will have three years to complete your coursework from the date of your enrollment. To submit your Certificate Program Enrollment online use the downloadable enrollment form available above.

Certificate Series Completion

After you have completed the all the courses needed to fulfill the certificate requirements, please complete and submit a Certificate Verification form, available under “Related Downloads” at the top of this page or send an email to conted@jfku.edu. Please allow six weeks for your course work to be reviewed and a certificate to be issued to you.