Integrating Group Therapy
into GI Behavioral Health Practice

A Rome Foundation Continuing Education program.
Date: Tuesday, April 4th, 2023
Time: 3 pm - 4 pm EST
Location: Virtual
Cost: Free!
CE Credits: 1.0
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.

By the end of this session, participants will be able to:
  • Describe the empirical data supporting group treatment for GI symptoms
  • ​List two logistical components of integrating groups into practice.
  • ​Identify two benefits of offering group treatment for GI patients.
  • ​Explain two clinical challenges that might arise in providing group treatment for GI patients, and how to address each.
Jessica Gerson, Ph.D.
Senior Psychologist, Department of Gastroenterology, NYU Langone
Dr. Gerson is a clinical psychologist with a specialization in GI Behavioral Health. Her career has been focused on integrated, collaborative care settings. Dr. Gerson in involved with training and research; her interests include psychotherapy outcome with colorectal surgery patients, and the efficacy of peer support. She serves on the Healthcare Professional Engagement Committee Meeting of the Crohn’s and Colitis Foundation, is a co-leader of the Rome Foundation GI Psych Peer Consultation Group and is the Coordinator of the NYU Health Psychology Working Group.
Jessica Salwen-Deremer, PhD
Assistant Professor of Psychiatry & Medicine
Geisel School of Medicine at Dartmouth
Jessiy Salwen-Deremer, Ph.D., DBSM, is a licensed clinical psychologist and Diplomate in Behavioral Sleep Medicine. She is an Assistant Professor of Psychiatry & Medicine at the Geisel School of Medicine at Dartmouth and sees patients with a variety of digestive disorders in the section of Gastroenterology at Dartmouth-Hitchcock. Dr. Salwen-Deremer earned her Ph.D. in clinical psychology at Stony Brook University and completed her fellowship training in behavioral medicine at the Johns Hopkins School of Medicine. Her areas of clinical expertise include behavioral sleep medicine and psychogastroenterology. Her research predominantly focuses on the intersection of these two areas and she is particularly interested in the impact of sleep disorders on Crohn’s disease. Dr. Salwen-Deremer is also involved in national and international collaborations designed to support others developing their expertise in psychogastroenterology.
Chicago, IL - Oct. 5-6, 2019
Hilton Chicago O’Hare Airport

Reservations for October 4, 5, 6, 2019 are to be made by using the Reservation link, or calling the
 1-877-865-5322 and referencing the group name or use the Hilton Chicago O'Hare Airport website using the code RMF to book a guest room. 

The reservations should be booked no later than September 27, 2019. 

Reservations need to be cancelled 7 days prior to arrival to avoid being charged 1-night room and tax. 
Los Angeles, CA - Feb. 8-9, 2020
Renaissance Los Angeles Airport Hotel

Reservations for February 7, 8, 9, 2020 are to be made by using the Reservation link for $124 USD per night. 

The reservations should be booked no later than 
Friday, January 10, 2020. 

Reservations need to be cancelled 7 days prior to arrival to avoid being charged 1-night room and tax. 
Rome Psychogastroenterology is approved by the American Psychological Association to sponsor continuing education for psychologists. Rome Psychogastroenterology maintains responsibility for this program and its content.
For Questions about this Program, 
Contact Tamieka Blair:
About the Rome Foundation
The Rome Foundation is an independent not for profit 501(c) 3 organization that provides support for activities designed to create scientific data and educational information to assist in the diagnosis and treatment of Disorders of Gut-Brain Interaction (DGBI). Our mission is to improve the lives of people with DGBI.

Over the last 30 years, the Rome organization has sought to legitimize and update our knowledge of the DGBIs. This has been accomplished by bringing together scientists and clinicians from around the world to classify and critically appraise the science of gastrointestinal function and dysfunction. This knowledge permits clinical scientists to make recommendations for diagnosis and treatment that can be applied in research and clinical practice.
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