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First Friday Forum: From Diet to Surgery: Psychologists' Role in Providing Weight Management Services Along a Continuum of Care
Metropolitan State University, St. Paul Campus – Auditorium
700 E 7th Street
St. Paul, MN 55106
Friday, December 07, 2018, 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM CDT
Category: First Friday Forums

From Diet to Surgery: Psychologists' Role in Providing Weight Management Services Along a Continuum of Care

Friday, December 7, 2018

Registration: 8:30 - 9:00 a.m.
Program: 9 a.m. - 12 p.m.

Friday Forums are cosponsored with the Metropolitan State University Psychology Department.

About the Program

This program will present information on addressing obesity in mental health practice to support patients seeking a range of weight loss interventions including behavioral (e.g., dietary and physical activity changes), medical (e.g., weight loss medications) and procedural approaches (e.g., endoscopic procedures, bariatric surgery). Evidenced based best practices and psychological aspects of interventions along this continuum will be discussed. Actionable recommendations to clinicians on how to offer psychological assessment and individual or group treatment will be provided.

This session is at the intermediate level and is designed for psychologists and other mental health professionals.

This session qualifies for 3.0 continuing education credits. You must attend the full 3-hour program to get continuing education credit for the event.

Participants will be able to:

  1. Participants will be able to describe the role of psychologists/mental health providers’ role in weight management interventions along a continuum of care.
  2. Participants will be able to describe evidence-based practices for behavioral, medical, and surgical weight management.
  3. Participants will be able to explain how to implement these psychological services and when/where to refer as needed.

About the Presenters:

Afton M. Koball, Ph.D., ABPP, is a board certified Clinical Health Psychologist and is the Medical Director of Adult Outpatient Services for the Department of Behavioral Medicine at Gundersen Health System (GHS). She is the lead psychologist for the GHS Comprehensive Weight Management Program and Bariatric Surgery Center of Excellence. She was awarded her PhD in Clinical Psychology from Bowling green State University, completed her internship at Rush University Medical Center, and postdoctoral fellowship at the Mayo Clinic. Her clinical and research endeavors are focused on psychological correlates of bariatric surgery including food addiction, weight stigma, and social media support.

Karen Grothe, Ph.D., ABPP, is a board-certified Clinical Health Psychologist and an Associate Professor in the Department of Psychiatry and Psychology at Mayo Clinic. She received her Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology from Louisiana State University, completed her internship and post-doctoral training at the University of Mississippi Medical Center and joined Mayo Clinic in 2008. She has over 35 publications, over 50 national presentations, and is on the editorial board for Bariatric Times. Her clinical and research activities focus on the psychological aspects of obesity and bariatric surgery and helping patients with health concerns become more resilient.

Rachel Goetz, Ph.D., is a Clinical Health Psychology Fellow with an emphasis in obesity at Mayo Clinic. She received her Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology from the University of Maine, completed her internship at the VA Boston Healthcare System, and joined Mayo Clinic in September 2018 for post-doctoral training. She has over 20 national presentations, and has clinical and research interests focused on psychological variables associated with binge eating behaviors and their potential impact on treatment outcomes.

Afton Koball, Ph.D., LP, ABPP; Karen Grothe, Ph.D., LP, ABPP; Rachel Goetz, Ph.D. have reported no potential conflicts of interest.

The Minnesota Psychological Association is approved by the American Psychological Association to sponsor continuing education for psychologists. The Minnesota Psychological Association maintains responsibility for this program and its content.

ACCESSIBILITY ACCOMMODATIONS:  If you need disability related accommodations, including parking, to make this event accessible, please contact the Metropolitan State University Center for Accessibility Resources, 651-793-1549, or [email protected]

To Register:

Online registration is now closed. Walk-ups welcome!

Click here for a PDF Registration Form and Flyer.

Walk-up registrations are welcome the day of, but pre-registration is preferred.

Pricing MPA Member Non-Member Student
Early Bird Registration - Register by November 30 $45 $65 $15
Regular Registration - Register after November 30 $55 $75 $25


Refund/Cancellation Policy: A 100% refund will be made if the event is cancelled. Refunds, less a $5 handling free, will be given if a written cancellation is received at least two working days before the scheduled program begins. Transfer of fee to another program is granted if written cancellation notice is received at least one day before the program. No refund or transfer is given the day of the program.

Diversity Statement

The Minnesota Psychological Association actively encourages the participation of all psychologists regardless of age, creed, race, ethnic background, gender, socio-economic status, region of residence, physical or mental status, political beliefs, religious or spiritual affiliation, and sexual or affectional orientation.Although we are an organization of individuals from diverse cultures and backgrounds, the Minnesota Psychological Association also recognizes our core unifying identities as Psychologists who practice in America. We also recognize that we may hold unintentional attitudes and beliefs that influence our perceptions of and interactions with others. Within this context of unity and self-exploration, we are committed to increasing our sensitivity to all aspects of diversity as well as our knowledge and appreciation of the unique qualities of different cultures and backgrounds.We aspire to becoming alert to aspects of diversity, previously unseen or unacknowledged in our culture. In this spirit, we are committed to collaborating with multicultural groups to combat racism and other forms of prejudice as we seek to promote diversity in our society. To this end, we are dedicated to increasing our multicultural competencies and effectiveness as educators, researchers, administrators, policy makers, and practitioners.