Diabetes Turning Points

Given the success of our San Diego-based intensive, multi-day training program, “Promoting Behavior Change in Diabetes: A Skill Building Program for Health Care Professionals”, BDI has developed an abbreviated one-day version, Diabetes Turning Points, which is now being made available across North America. If your facility might be interested in hosting a DTP program, contact us at for more details.

Some comments from attendees:

“After attending the program, I felt my Diabetes Batteries were recharged: for both my self-care and care for other PWD. Thanks!”

“Dr. Polonsky presents on ow to address the unmet psychological needs of people with diabetes in clear, engaging style with very practical approaches. He is a dynamic speaker who holds the audience’s attention. I could listen to him all day.”

“I learned about how misunderstood diabetes is and how important it is to have a goal when it comes to treatment. The training was very well planned, and it was a fun class!”

“As a behavioral health professional, the information about motivational interviewing along with being able to align with medical professionals, valuable. Great job and very engaging.”

“I learned about ways to engage patients in their diabetes care and provide encouragement regarding their diagnosis and care. Great speaker, very knowledgeable, and encouraging for future practice.”

Critical Psychosocial Issues in — 11 New Videos Added!!

Our acclaimed online CME program, “Critical Psychosocial Issues in Diabetes”, has just doubled in size. Available at no cost to health care professionals, we have now added 11 new, bite-sized, web-based videos, grouped in three new modules: “Difficult Psychosocial Challenges in Diabetes”, “Everyday Psychosocial Interventions for Your Diabetes Toolkit” and “Enhancing Communication Between Patients and Healthcare Professionals”. Want to learn about addressing your patients’ hypoglycemia fears? Or about how to develop effective plans? Or how Motivational Interviewing could make a difference?

And don’t forget about our original 9 videos, grouped in two modules: “Key Contributors to Patient Disengagement” and “Problematic Medication-Taking Behaviors”.  While no longer available for CME credit we encourage you to watch the videos to learn more about these topics that are so seldom addressed.  These Professional Education Brief Video Series are available any time you wish to view them.

That’s now 20 practical presentations in total that examine the many facets of behavioral diabetes. You can view them all right here:

We give thanks to the generous support of Eli Lilly, Boehringer Ingelheim,  Merck, Dexcom, Novo Nordisk and Abbott for making this possible.

Individuals will need to register for their own CME California account (which is free) to log in and access the modules. This will enable them to receive a CME certificate.



BDI has received funding to provide endocrinology clinics/practices with a free diabetes distress (DD) assessment and intervention CME program. DD-ASSIST is a comprehensive, pragmatic, clinic-targeted training program to enhance the skills of diabetes clinicians to systematically assess and intervene to reduce DD among adults with diabetes using evidenced-based assessment tools and methods.  Supported by a grant from JDRF, we are testing two evidence-based support and training strategies to enhance clinician skills to address DD in the diabetes clinic setting.  Staff from participating clinics will receive clinical training at no cost to clinics and CME will be offered.

For more information, please visit  DD ASSIST or contact