Dear Colleague,

It is the single most common frustration voiced by diabetes care professionals: "So many of my patients just don't seem to care." But when patients cease to take their prescribed medications, regularly miss appointments, are unable to follow dietary recommendations, or avoid home blood glucose monitoring, what can a busy health care professional do? It is strikingly evident that the emotional and behavioral aspects of diabetes care are of critical importance, but how can problems in this area be addressed?

In recent survey studies, health care professionals around the world have expressed great interest in developing their skills in these behavioral approaches to diabetes, but the availability of comprehensive training has been sadly lacking. In early 2016, the Behavioral Diabetes Institute offered our first behavioral diabetes professional training program to meet this need. We have since offered this program multiple times to a sold-out audience and have developed a variety of video trainings.

Our current virtual series focuses on distinct psychosocial issues in diabetes care. Each one-day course includes interactive case-based discussions where participants will learn how to more effectively identify the critical obstacles that contribute to problematic self-care and how to prioritize those obstacles as a plan for intervention is developed. The program will then focus on the introduction and practice of brief interventions for addressing patient barriers, once again relying on a case-based approach towards acquiring the necessary confidence and skills.

Courses include:

  • The Problem of Hypoglycemia in Diabetes Care: An Integrative Overview of the Latest Behavioral, Pharmacological, and Technological Solutions
  • Addressing Psychosocial Challenges in Type 1 Diabetes
  • Understanding and Addressing Problematic Medication-Taking Behaviors in Diabetes

We invite you to join us for these interactive, informative courses and look forward to seeing you there.


William H. Polonsky, PhD, CDCES
President and Co-Founder
Behavioral Diabetes Institute
Associate Clinical Professor of Psychiatry
UC San Diego

Susan Guzman, PhD
Director of Clinical Education and Co-Founder
Behavioral Diabetes Institute
UC San Diego

Target Audience

These courses are designed for health care professionals that treat patients with diabetes including endocrinologists, primary care physicians, nurse practitioners, physician assistants, nurses, registered dietitians, pharmacists, certified diabetes educators, and other healthcare providers wishing to work more effectively with their patients to promote better medication adherence and more successful self-management. 

Behavioral Diabetes Institute

The Behavioral Diabetes Institute (BDI) is a non-profit organization dedicated to helping people with diabetes live long, healthy and happy lives by recognizing and addressing the critical emotional aspects of the disease. Founded in 2004, the BDI provides behaviorally-based education and training in self-management for patients with diabetes (this includes live programs as well as print and online materials and programs) and professional training services for health care professionals, while also conducting independent research to elucidate the key emotional and behavioral contributors to successful diabetes management.

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