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Living a Better Life with Arthritis: Eliminating Self-Defeating Behaviors

Robert E. Hardy, EdD

CE Credit: 5 Hours

Target Audience: Psychology CE | Counseling CE | Social Work CE | Marriage & Family Therapy CE

Learning Level: Intermediate

Course Type: Online

Course Abstract

Living a Better Life with Arthritis: Eliminating Self-Defeating Behaviors is a 5-hour online continuing education (CE) course that “walks” readers through the process of replacing their self-defeating arthritis pain issues with healthy, positive, and productive life-style behaviors.

Every day, people unwittingly choose actions and attitudes that contribute to pain or lead to other less-than-desirable consequences for their health, relationships or ability to function. These actions and attitudes are what are called self-defeating behaviors (SDBs) and they keep us from living life to the fullest—if we let them. This course is a self-instructional module that “walks” readers through the process of replacing their self-defeating arthritis pain issues with healthy, positive, and productive life-style behaviors. It progresses from an analysis of the emotional aspects of living with arthritis pain to specific strategies for dealing more productively with it. Through 16 guided exercises, readers will learn how to identify their self-defeating behaviors (SDBs), analyze and understand them, and then replace them with life-giving actions that lead to permanent behavioral change.

* Please note - contains common material on eliminating SDBs with:

Closeout course #50-15 | 2014 | 47 pages | 35 posttest questions

This course will be permanently retired on July 31, 2017.

Learning Objectives

1. Identify the elements of an educational model of change as it applies to arthritis pain issues
2. List ways to apply this educational model to therapy with clients who have arthritis
3. Describe the self-defeating system as it applies to the arthritis pain syndrome
4. Identify the process and parts of the life-giving system
5. Distinguish between self-defeating mythical fears, and reality-based fears
6. Compare and contrast faulty conclusions and reality-based conclusions
CE INFORMATION

Professional Development Resources is approved by the American Psychological Association (APA) to sponsor continuing education for psychologists. Professional Development Resources maintains responsibility for this program and its content. Professional Development Resources is also approved by the Florida Board of Psychology and the Office of School Psychology and is CE Broker compliant (#50-1635).

COURSE DIRECTIONS

This online course provides instant access to the course materials (PDF download) and CE test. After enrolling, click on My Account and scroll down to My Active Courses. From here you’ll see links to download/print the course materials and take the CE test (you can print the test to mark your answers on it while reading the course document).

Successful completion of the online CE test (80% required to pass, 3 chances to take) and course evaluation are required to earn a certificate of completion. Click here to learn more.

About the Author(s)

Robert E. Hardy, EdD, received his doctorate degree from Western Michigan University where he was a Mott Foundation Scholar. Currently, he is a Minnesota-licensed psychologist. In 1991, he co-authored Self-Defeating Behaviors (Harper/Collins). The book remains in publication, and is considered the classic work on why/how individual’s repeat negative behaviors. In 1996, he co-authored The Self-Defeating Organization (Addison-Wesley). This book applied his models to eliminate self-defeating behaviors to teams, groups, and organizations. Dr. Hardy became a frequent speaker on self-defeating behaviors – and during this time his weight was over 300 pounds. Lecturing on his topic, and weighing that much became a “marketing nightmare.” Finally, he applied his behavioral change models to his own weight issues. His current weight is 165 pounds and he has maintained this weight for over ten years. This experience led him to author You Don’t Know How to Change (Amazon and Kindle, 2011). This book presents his educational model of change: individuals first learn the models, then they learn to apply the models, and the desired outcome is permanent behavioral change. Dr. Hardy also has a Board Competency in Pain Management. Dr. Hardy is an online Educational Coach on Behavioral Change. Visit him at www.stopsdb.com

Disclosure


Financial
: Dr. Hardy receives royalties on his books from several publishers and from Professional Development Resources on sales of his courses.
Nonfinancial
: No relevant nonfinancial relationship exists.


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