Psychological Health in IBD
Psychological Health in IBD

Psychological Health in IBD

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About Course

Inflammatory bowel disease is a chronic condition that touches every aspect of a person’s life, from their relationships to their work and education. What’s more, there is a biological connection between a person’s brain and their gut, so mental health and gut health are often closely intertwined.

Psychological health in IBD has never been more important; however, our research shows that only 1 in 10 patients have a psychologist as part of their treatment team. By signing up for this GutSmart course, you can help to meet a growing need for sensitive, informed psychological care. 

Psychological Health in IBD is designed to provide you with IBD-specific knowledge that you can apply in your practice as a psychologist.

It can be counted towards 12 CPD hours and includes:

  • Case studies
  • Quizzes
  • Examples of practice
  • A certificate of completion

The course is accessible immediately upon enrolment and remains so for one year – price inclusive of GST.


The objectives of this course are to:

  • Understand the biological processes behind the development and presentation of IBD
  • Appreciate the role of the gut-brain axis in physical and psychological wellbeing in IBD
  • Explore the diagnosis and treatment of IBD, including medical, surgical, and nutritional strategies
  • Discover the psychosocial impacts of IBD at different points in the patient journey
  • Apply the above insights to the psychological management of IBD patients
  • Identify and reflect on the different psychotherapies used for managing pain, building disease self-management skills, and everything in between

Click here to download a course overview.


The GutSmart Team would like to acknowledge the following individuals for their generous contributions to this course:

  • Associate Professor Antonina Mikocka-Walus
  • Associate Professor Simon Knowles
  • Dr Lori Shore
  • Taryn Lores, Health Psychologist


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Course Content

Module 1 – Introduction to Inflammatory Bowel Disease

  • Acknowledgements
  • Module 1: Introduction
  • Introducing IBD
  • The digestive system
  • The digestive system (continued)
  • Symptoms
  • Knowledge check 1.1
  • Epidemiology
  • Aetiology
  • Pathophysiology
  • Knowledge check 1.2
  • Complications
  • Summary
  • Module 1: Final quiz (answers)
  • References
  • Module 1: Final quiz

Module 2 – The Psychology of IBD

Module 3 – Multidisciplinary Care in IBD

Module 4 – Psychological Assessment

Module 5 – Therapeutic Approaches

Module 6 – CBT and Hypnotherapy

Module 7 – Further Therapeutic Approaches