AAPB 2018 Webinar 4: Biopsychosocial Approaches to Chronic Illness: The Pathways Model

Biopsychosocial Approaches to Chronic Illness: The Pathways Model


Presented by
Angele McGrady, PhD
Donald Moss, PhD, BCB

Friday, December 7 - 12:00PM - 1:00PM ET

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Member Price: $50
Non-member Price: $99


Cancellations received in writing prior to a week before the webinar will be issued a refund less a $30 processing fee. No refunds for cancellations within the week of the webinar.


Course Description:


In 2013, McGrady and Moss introduced the "Pathways Model," which includes three levels of intervention for sick individuals and healthy persons wishing to be well. The Model advocates a progression of interventions: Level I - life style changes and re-establishing normal biological rhythms; Level II - skill building, and educational resources; Level III - professional interventions such as biofeedback, imagery, coaching, and psychotherapy. In 2018, McGrady and Moss extended the Model, incorporating complementary medicine and spiritually-based interventions to provide guidelines for treatment and management of chronic conditions. This webinar begins with discussion of psychosocial determinants, such as early life events, socioeconomic status, lifestyle, and poor coping skills, in the etiology of chronic illness. The presenters will apply the model to comprehensive care of patients with anxiety, mood disorders, and chronic pain. Finally, the presenters will highlight the flexibility of the Pathways model using examples from group settings and telemedicine.

Learning Objectives:
Professionals who complete this webinar will be able to:

  • Explain the importance of psychosocial factors, including life stress, in the onset and course of stress-related disorders and chronic illness.
  • Discuss the three-level framework of the Pathways Model, as an approach to integrate behavioral and lifestyle changes into integrated treatment programs.
  • Recognize the role of spiritually oriented interventions for persons with chronic illness and life-threatening conditions.
  • Design evidence-based treatment plans that include breath training, and heart rate variability biofeedback in patients with anxiety disorders.
  • Summarize the application of the Pathways Model, including complementary medicine therapies to chronic pain and mood disorders.


Level: Intermediate

Who Should Attend: Psychologists, counselors, physicians, social workers, graduate students

CE Credits: 1 credit

Psychologists: The Association for Applied Psychophysiology and Biofeedback is approved by the American Psychological Association to sponsor continuing education for psychologists. AAPB maintains responsibility for the program and its content. This webinar offers a MAXIMUM of 1 hour.

BCIA Recertification: Hour-for-hour attendance in breakout sessions/workshops may be used to fulfill the continuing education requirements for recertification with certificate of attendance.


Presenter Bio:
Angele McGrady Ph.D. received her B.S. from Chestnut Hill College in Philadelphia, her Masters in Physiology from Michigan State University, and her Ph.D. in Biology from the University of Toledo. Later she completed a Masters in Guidance and Counseling. She is a licensed Professional Clinical Counselor. She is certified by the Biofeedback Certification Institute of America and is a certified sports counselor. Currently Dr. McGrady is a professor in the Department of Psychiatry at the University of Toledo. Dr. McGrady has extensive experience teaching medical, graduate medical, undergraduate students at the University of Toledo, and received the Dean’s Award for Teaching Excellence in the medical school. Dr. McGrady is a Past President of the Association for Applied Psychophysiology and Biofeedback and is on the editorial board of the international journal Applied Psychophysiology and Biofeedback. In March 2000, Dr. McGrady received the Distinguished Scientist Award from the Association for Applied Psychophysiology and Biofeedback. Dr. McGrady lectures locally and nationally on topics related to stress, behavioral medicine, and biofeedback. She designs and conducts programs on wellbeing and building resiliency for health care professionals. Her curriculum vitae lists 85 publications and 22 book chapters. She has coedited one book, Handbook of Mind-Body Medicine for Primary Care with Dr. Donald Moss and others. She has coauthored two books with Dr. Donald Moss: Pathways to Illness, Pathways to Health, published in 2013 and Integrative Pathways: Navigating Chronic Illness with a Mind-body-Spirit Approach published in 2018.

Donald Moss, PhD, BCB, is Dean, College of Integrative Medicine and Health Sciences, at Saybrook University, Oakland, CA. There he has built training programs in biofeedback, clinical hypnosis, integrative mental health, wellness coaching, and integrative/functional nutrition.

Dr. Moss is currently President of the Society for Clinical and Experimental Hypnosis. He is also the ethics chair and international certification chair for the Biofeedback Certification International Alliance. He has served as president of Division 30 (hypnosis) of the American Psychological Association, and president of the Association for Applied Psychophysiology and Biofeedback (AAPB).

He has a book to be released in July 2018 with co-author Angele McGrady on Integrative Pathways: Navigating Chronic Illness with a Mind-Body-Spirit Approach (Springer). He also has a book in preparation with co-editor Inna Khazan on Mindfulness, Compassion, and Biofeedback Practice (AAPB) and a book in preparation with co-editor Fredric Shaffer on Physiological Recording Technology and Applications in Biofeedback and Neurofeedback (AAPB).

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