Advanced Clinical Education in Child and Adolescent Obesity

Convenient DVD Training Program

Join the national effort to improve the health and well-being
of obese children and adolescents.

Gain sensitive, effective and marketable skills.



PROBLEM - Child obesity is a major national health problem. Family-based care has demonstrated remarkable effectiveness, yet remains unavailable in most communities, primarily due to an insufficiency of providers. Most obese children still receive no meaningful care for their condition.


RESPONSE - The SHAPEDOWN Pediatric Obesity Program and JUST FOR KIDS! Obesity Prevention Program supports child and adolescent obesity specialists worldwide. This training is an integral part of that support.


TRAINING - Training is based on a model of care in which a provider with interdisciplinary skills functions within an interdisciplinary team of consultants. The provider conducts biopsychosocial assessments that aid the child and family in clarifying the etiology and consequences of the problem. The care plan is individualized, targeting the medical, affective, behavioral and interactional contributors. Family-based group and individual treatments are offered.



INTRODUCTION TO CHILD AND ADOLESCENT OBESITY This 6-hour course overviews the biopsychosocial, family-based approach to child and adolescent obesity and is a prerequisite to the advanced courses.



ADVANCED CLINICAL CHILD AND ADOLESCENT OBESITY These courses deepen technical knowledge and enhance clinical skills ill the assessment and treatment of child and adolescent obesity. More than 100 videotapes of patient encounters - group and the exceptional faculty create a stimulating, interactive training experience.



Participants completing the three advanced courses receive from the University of Ca1ifornia, San Francisco, a Continuing Education Certificate, suitable for framing, recognizing completion of Advanced Clinical Education in Child and Adolescent Obesity.


My Family Profile's Youth Evaluation scale (Y.E.S.) and the pediatric obesity intervention, SHAPEDOWN, both developed at the University of California, San Francisco, are used as models in this training. These models can be adapted to other programs.


Advanced Clinical Education in Child and Adolescent Obesity

COURSE 1 - The Obese Child, Adolescent and Family

A Model of Child and Adolescent Obesity Care Laurel M. Mellin, M.A., R.D.
The Biological Determinants of Obesity in Children and Adolescents Susan Johnson, MD.
The Psychological Development of Food Problems in Children and Adults Jane Rachel Kaplan, Ph.D.
Family Exercise Demonstration Marla Hughes, M.S.
The Cultural and Social Meanings of Obesity in the Young Margaret McKenzie, Ph.D., R.N.
Families As Systems: Patterns of Function and Dysfunction Carl Greenberg. M.S.
The Family’s Emotional Life: Communication John Gray, Ph.D.
Family Communication Workshop John Gray, Ph.D.
Food and Fat: Role and Patterns in Your Family of Origin Laurel M. Mellin, M.A., R.D.

COURSE 2 - Biopsychosocial Assessment of Obese Children and Adolescents

Delivering a Biopsychosocial Assessment of Child or Adolescent Obesity Laurel M. Mellin, MA., RD.
Assessment Methods Workshop: Anthropometncs and Fitness Testing Marla Hughes, M.S
Common Medical Problems of the Obese Child and Adolescent
Endocrinology Felix Conte, M.D. Orthopedics John T. Smith
Pulmonary Judy Palmer, M.D. Cardiology Mary Malloy, M.D.
Disabilities Lucy Crain, M.D.  
Family Drawings Workshop  
Common Psychosocial Problems of the Obese Child and Adolescent  
Substance Abuse George Saba, Ph.D. Learning Dis. Mary Crittenden, Ph.D.
Sexual/Physical Abuse Kevin Coulter, M.D. Divorce Judith Wallerstein, Ph.D.
Suicide Lynne Ponton, M.D. Personality Dis. Lynne Ponton, M.D.
Biopsychosocial Assessments: Case Analysis Laurel M. Mellin, MA., RD.

COURSE 3 - Family-based Treatment of Child and Adolescent Obesity

Treating the Obese Child or Adolescent: An Overview Laurel M. Mellin, M.A., RD.
Techniques in Family Counseling: Scenarios and Role Plays Lane Tanner, M.D.
Counseling Strategies with Difficult Encounters Velia Frost, L.C.S.W.
Difficult Encounter Role Plays Laurel M. Mellin, M.A., RD.
Child Exercise Techniques Demonstration Marla Hughes, M.S.
Behavioral Therapy Method Workshop: Family System Sensitive Techniques Laurel M. Mellin, M.A., RD.
Individual Counseling Strategies: Adapting Care to Individual Needs Laurel M. Mellin, M.A., RD.
Individual Counseling Strategies: Adapting Care to Individual Needs Laurel M. Mellin, M.A., RD.
  Legal Abigail English, J.D.
  Promotion Laurel M. Mellin, M.A., RD.
  Team Process Susan Johnson, M.D.
The Diversity of Pediatric Obesity Providers Panel of Providers


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