This training will provide GI behavioral health providers with a foundation of knowledge of how to integrate and then successfully maintain group therapy targeting GI symptoms and psychological well-being into their programs and/or private practices. We will discuss the benefits of group treatment for GI patients, including those with DGBI and IBD, drawing on both empirical data and our own experience (e.g., clinical efficacy and utility, productivity, time management, etc.). We will address logistical issues (e.g., recruitment, scheduling, documentation, confidentiality, the utilization of remote technology, billing, etc.), different types of groups to consider (e.g., CBT, gut-directed hypnotherapy, support groups), and particular issues which might arise with regard to each. We will also address in particular the benefits of providing groups virtually, highlighting increases in access to gastropsych care.
This education would benefit providers developing and providing psychological and behavioral treatments in an integrated practice setting, and could also be helpful for those in a private practice setting looking to diversify treatment offerings.