Cigna Announces Free Consumer & Caregiver Resources – Focus on Autism, Addiction, Eating Disorders & Children’s Mental Illness

Gettysburg, PA, Aug. 01, 2017 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Starting July 13, Cigna is launching the Cigna Behavioral Awareness Series – a series of consumer and caregiver resources. The new resources, which features a series of free web briefings facilitated by industry experts, will focus on the latest research and best practices in autism, addiction, eating disorders, and children’s mental health.

The schedule for the expert-lead web briefings is:

  • All About Autism:
    • Oral Medication — Melissa L. Olive, BCBA-D, PhD (1:00pm – 2:00pm EST – July 13, 2017) 
    • How To Teach Communication Skills — Mary Knowles, BCBA (1:00pm – 2:00pm EST – August 10, 2017)
    • Important Skills For Sexual Education — Carly Graf, BCBA (1:00pm – 2:00pm EST – September 14, 2017)
    • ABC Data Recording & Consequence-Based Strategies For Behavior Change — Anthony Hamedi, BCBA (1:00pm – 2:00pm EST – October 12, 2017)
  • Coping With Substance Use:
    • Introduction To Women For Sobriety (WFS) — Adrienne Miller (1:00pm – 2:00pm EST – July 19, 2017)
    • Women & Alcohol: Guidelines For Healthy Choices — Jennifer Faringer & Beverly Haberle (August 16, 2017)
    • Substance Use Disorder: Standing Up To Stigma — Gary Mendell (1:00pm – 2:00pm EST – September 20, 2017)
  • The Truth About Eating Disorders:
    • Fun In The Sun: ED Summer Support Tips For Surviving Swimsuit Season — Delisa Deutsch, LPC-S, CEDS (1:00pm – 2:00pm EST – July 25, 2017)
    • Eating Disorders & Type 1 Diabetes (ED-DMT 1): Diagnosis, Prevention, & Treatment — Allison Marek, LCSW, CDWF (1:00pm – 2:00pm EST – August 22, 2017)
    • The Role Of Nutrition Therapy & Education In The Recovery Process — Ashlee Benson, MS, RD, LD/N (1:00pm – 2:00pm EST – September 26, 2017)
  • Behavioral Awareness For Children & Families:
    • Brain Informed Behavioral Interventions — Dr. Dan Matthews (1:00pm – 2:00pm EST – July 20, 2017)
    • The Adolescent World: Unlocking The Pieces — Dr. Deborah Purge (1:00pm – 2:00pm EST – August 17, 2017)
    • Adolescent Suicide Prevention — Clark Flatt (1:00pm – 2:00pm EST – September 21, 2017)

To learn more about these free web briefings and register, visit:

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