AABC Developing Standards for Centers of Therapeutic Excellence

AABC DirectorSheryl Phillips, MPH, RDN, CBC, CDN, Director of Standards and Compliance for the American Association of Bariatric Counselors has announced the development of the Centers of Therapeutic Excellence (COTE) initiative.

Director Phillips said, “We are developing the standards and criteria to identify centers that have kept pace with emerging bariatric science and provide best counseling practices. Centers with bariatric science trained professionals that have the sensitivity, skills and training to recognize and treat the biological mechanisms, psychological processes and social influences of obesities.”

AABC has appointed a specialized advisory board comprised of some of their distinguished senior fellows and staff executives that will collaborate with Director Phillips in the development of COTE; Shaimaa Alasfour MD, CBC, Denise Hall PhD, CBC, Joseph Indelicato PhD, Clara Jerez MD, CBC,  Dale Jerez MD, CBC, Michelle Kasson Ph.D, Michelle Matoff Psy.D, LCSW, CBC,Carrie Moraites, Louise Petrou CBC.

AABC fellows that recognize the importance of the COTE initiative and would like to participate in the development can contact:  sheryl.phillips@aabc-certification.org or carrrie.moraites@aabc-certification.org

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American Association of Bariatric Counselors Receives Approval by National Board for Certified Counselors

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The American Association of Bariatric Counselors, Providers of Bariatric Education and Certification for Licensed, Registered and Certified Health and Education Professionals Has Become a Continuing Education Approved Provider for the National Board for Certified Counselors (NBCC).

Sheryl Phillips, Director of Academic Standards and Compliance for the American Association of Bariatric Counselors

Sheryl Phillips, Director of Academic Standards and Compliance for the American Association of Bariatric Counselors

Sheryl Phillips, Director of Academic Standards and Compliance for the American Association of Bariatric Counselors (AABC), has announced that AABC has successfully met all standards of education, and has become a Continuing Education Approved Provider for the National Board for Certified Counselors (NBCC).

Today, there are more than 60,000 National Certified Counselors in 40 countries. Certified Counselors have met high research based national standards set by the counseling profession. AABC shares the NBCC vision of enhancing society worldwide through quality counseling. Continue reading

Dr. Naif Alenazi Joins the AABC Advisory Board

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The American Association of Bariatric Counselors is pleased to announce the appointment of Dr. Naif Alenazi to their Advisory Board.

Dr. Naif Alenazi, a board-certified surgeon who practices in Saudi Arabia, is a Fellow of the European Board of Surgery, fellow of the International College of Surgeons, and fellow of the American Society of Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery, as well as a Board Certified Fellow of the American Association of Bariatric Counselors (AABC).

Dr. Naif Alenazi Dr. Alenazi is a Metabolic and Bariatric Surgeon and head of the general surgery department of the Prince Mohammed Bin Abdulaziz Hospital in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia. His professional career has been dedicated to the care and treatment of morbidly obese patients.

His current research interests include clinical outcomes from various bariatric surgical procedures and investigations on the impact of bariatric surgery on type II diabetes. Continue reading

Dr. Richard Straub Joins AABC Advisory Board

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The American Association is pleased to announce the addition of Dr. Richard Straub to the AABC Advisory Board.

Richard-StraubRichard O. Straub received his Ph.D. in experimental psychology from Columbia University and after serving as a National Institute of Mental Health fellow at the University of California he joined the University of Michigan faculty in 1979.

Currently Dr. Straub is a professor of psychology, chair of the Behavioral Sciences Department and founder of the graduate program in Health Psychology at the University of Michigan, Dearborn.  He also serves on the board of directors of the Southwest Michigan’s Consortium for Medical Education and regularly lectures in teaching hospitals. Continue reading

AABC RESEARCHERS DISCOVER MAJOR CAUSE OF OBESITY

AABC Research Fellows Identify “The Missing Link”. A New And Important Metric, In Understanding Why Some People Are Thin And Others Thick Despite Similar Caloric Intake.

The American Association of Bariatric Counselors is pleased to announce that two of their research fellows have completed an important bariatric science research project that identifies a primary cause of a most prevalent category of obesity.

The researchers, Dr. Brandon Davis from Grinnell Iowa and Dr. Joseph Indelicato from Queens, NY have recently been informed that their manuscript entitled “Stability of Metabolic Factor Before and After Bariatric Surgery” will be published in Obesity Surgery, the official journal of the International Federation for the Surgery of Obesity and Metabolic Disorders and is currently available online at: http://bit.ly/MetabolicFactorAABC

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Ida-Stiliana Gjinali Awarded National Board Certification

awarded National Board Certification by the American Association of Bariatric Counselors (AABC)

Ida-Stiliana Gjinali, MS, CBC

Ida-Stiliana Gjinali, MS, CBC, a resident of Bayside NY has been awarded National Board Certification by the American Association of Bariatric Counselors (AABC). After completing a specialized training and education program she was credentialed as a Board Certified Bariatric Counselor (CBC).

Ms. Gjinali completed her graduate education at Touro College in NYC and received a Master of Science Degree in Mental Health Counseling.  As a post-graduate at Touro she enhanced her education and received an Advanced Certificate in Bariatric Science.

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