This category covers psychosocial aspects of medical conditions such as diabetes, obesity, kidney disease, organ transplantation, amputation, disability and cancer.

~Learn more about diabetes
~Explore the overlap between diabetes, depression and other autoimmune issues.
~Explain the importance of screening for diabetes in mental health populations
~Identify complications of untreated diabetes
~Explore the functions of the clinician
~Identify important treatment targets
~Explore motivational enhancement targets and strategies.

Contact Hours: 3

Instructor: Dr. Dawn-Elise Snipes PhD, LPC-MHSP, LMHC


  • Identify the causes of kidney failure
  • Explore the consequences of kidney failure
  • Identify the impact of mood or concurrent health issues on morbidity.
  • Identify common issues people with CKD experience
  • Explore interventions to increase treatment compliance


  • Define diabetes type 1 & 2 and Gestational Diabetes
  • Learn about complications of diabetes 1 & 2
  • Learn about the causes of diabetes 1 & 2
  • Learn how blood sugar alterations can impact mood, cognition and energy
  • Identify chronic conditions associated with uncontrolled diabetes
  • Describe emotional issues associated with having a diagnosis of diabetes
  • Describe social issues associated with having diabetes
  • Explore common treatment goals for persons with diabetes 1 or 2

Contact Hours: 2

Instructor: Dawn-Elise Snipes PhD, LPC-MHSP, LMHC


  • Learn about sleep
    • The function of sleep
    • Sleep cycles
    • How much is enough
    • How lack of sleep contributes to feelings of depression, anxiety and irritability
  • Understand the connection between sleep and circadian rhythms
  • Learn techniques for sleep hygiene