BDI, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization located in San Diego, California, focuses on addressing the social, emotional, and psychological barriers to living a long and healthy life with diabetes. To better understand and overcome these obstacles, BDI is actively engaged in research examining the psychological aspects of diabetes and evaluating innovative behavioral interventions. In addition, BDI directly offers an array of unique, behaviorally-oriented products and services for: people with type 1 diabetes; people with type 2 diabetes; parents of children and teens with diabetes; spouses and partners of people with diabetes; and interested health care professionals. Products and services include print materials; online courses and modules, face-to-face workshops and seminars, professional training programs, and an online library of resources.
We invite you to explore the resources available to you from BDI. We also welcome your suggestions for additional resources that might be added to our web site. Thank you!
BDI’s Case Consultation Group for Mental Health Professionals meets at BDI Headquarters in San Diego, CA. at 10:00 am.
January 9, 2018
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Happy New Year from the BDI
Happy New Year from your friends here at the Behavioral Diabetes Institute! And as we look back at 2017, we see what a busy year it has been:
- We have authored or co-authored 25 scientific publications and 11 poster presentations at major scientific meetings Our work has covered a wide gamut, including the impact of continuous glucose monitoring on psychosocial and glycemic outcomes, understanding and addressing the problem of medication adherence, new approaches towards assessing quality of life in diabetes, further research into the phenomenon of diabetes distress, a new measure for the assessment of “hypoglycemic confidence”, exploring solutions to “psychological insulin resistance”, and physician-patient communication at the time of diagnosis.
- Our two-day training program, “Promoting Behavior Change in Diabetes: A Skill Building Program for Health Care Professionals”, was offered four times during 2017 here in San Diego. Each program was well-attended, with participants from all over the United States, and the feedback has been outstanding. We have now begun to pilot one-day versions of the program at locations around the country.
- We continued to present to professional and lay audiences on the subject of behavioral diabetes at major scientific meetings and key medical centers around the world.
- Our first case consultation group for mental health professionals was initiated in November, and this will be continued throughout 2018.
- And, of course, we continue to provide counseling every day to people who are struggling with diabetes. This critical part of our mission will never stop!
We are working on plans for 2018 and will let you know more as soon as these have been finalized. We expect to offer new training programs for healthcare professionals as well as patients, new print and video materials are currently in development, and we already have a fairly full schedule of 2018 lecture presentations. As always, now and in the future, we here at the BDI remain committed to highlighting and addressing the unmet emotional and psychological needs of people with diabetes around the world.
And we wish each and every one of you all the best for 2018!