Psychophysiologic Disorders:

What the Body Can Tell Us About Foster Youth


Dr. Dave Clarke

Dr. Dave Clarke

Speakers: David Clarke, MD

Dr. Clarke is President of the Psychophysiologic Disorders Association. He is also Clinical Assistant Professor of Gastroenterology Emeritus and Assistant Director at the Center for Ethics at Oregon Health & Science University (OHSU).  He has diagnosed and treated over 7000 adult and adolescent patients with physical symptoms linked to stress (Psychophysiologic Disorders or PPD).   He is also a Faculty Associate in the Doctor of Behavioral Health programs at Arizona State University and at the Cummings Graduate Institute.

His book for patients with PPD, They Can’t Find Anything Wrong!, was praised as "truly remarkable" by a president of the American Psychosomatic Society and described as "wonderful" by the founder of the Gastroenterology Dept at Yale University.  (All royalties are donated to the PPDA.)  His latest textbook is Psychophysiologic Disorders for which he was the lead editor.  Dr. Clarke lectures on PPD frequently throughout North America and Europe and he has appeared on over 100 TV and radio broadcasts.

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30-40% of patients seen by primary care physicians have no organ disease or structural abnormality that explains their symptoms.  Instead, their illnesses are linked to one or more sources of psychosocial stress.  By understanding these connections, mental health professionals can gain deeper insight into their patients’ struggles, often uncovering issues the patient does not fully recognize.  These can include current life stresses such as COVID, limited self-care skills, the prolonged impact of ACEs, and primarily somatic presentations of common mental health conditions.

In this workshop, clinicians will gain greater insight into former and current foster youth by learning how to assess for and treat the common psychosocial stresses capable of causing symptoms in the body.


Learning Objectives:

  1. Recognize the common forms of illness that are stress-related and therefore typically not successfully managed by the healthcare system
  2. Learn to assess for the common forms of psychosocial stress that underlie this form of illness, particularly those not fully recognized by patients
  3. Identify interventions to help parents and youth successfully modify the stresses that are causing physical symptoms
We're sorry, but A Home Within cannot currently offer CE credits to Psychologists for homestudy/asynchronous learning (i.e. watching our recordings at home). Psychologists can earn CE credits for attendance at live AHW CE events. We are working with APA to secure the necessary approval to again offer homestudy CEs to Psychologists beginning spring 2022.
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These events are free, and registration is available up until 24 hours prior to the start of the event. There is no penalty for cancellations. Content level is suitable for working mental health professionals with advanced degrees. There will be no breaks during the programs.

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