Diabetes is a serious health condition that significantly impacts physical and emotional well-being. Working with primary care providers, clinical mental health counselors have an opportunity to contribute to its efficacious treatments. Researchers and clinicians have suggested a multidisciplinary approach to diabetes care may be useful. To increase knowledge and awareness about the use of collaborative care models for diabetes care, the authors—a licensed professional counselor and a family physician—share lessons learned from their experiences designing and cofacilitating a series of multidisciplinary-led diabetes groups in 2007, 2008, and 2009. The series covered education, support, and self-management techniques related to diabetes care. All 57 participants were asked to complete a program evaluation survey. All 29 participants who did so (100%) reported having a better understanding of diabetes, and 21 (71%) reported applying what they had learned (e.g., increasing exercise and making better nutritional choices). Implications for counselors in practice and research are discussed.
Lessons Learned from Designing and Leading Multidisciplinary Diabetes Educational Groups
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Bethany Glueck, Brett Foreman; Lessons Learned from Designing and Leading Multidisciplinary Diabetes Educational Groups. Journal of Mental Health Counseling 1 April 2014; 36 (2): 160–172. doi: https://doi.org/10.17744/mehc.36.2.44707mq00871w4ll
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