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New Online CE Course on Psycholinguistics at HealthForumOnline

HealthForumOnline adds new mental health CE course, Listening To The Language Of Your Patients: Integrating Psycholinguistics Into Clinical Practice.

This new online CE course from HealthForumOnline provides mental health professionals with the basic tools needed to integrate psycholinguistic theories and empirical evidence into clinical practice.”
— Dr. Rodoletz, Director, HFO CE Program
PHILADELPHIA, PA, USA, October 24, 2017 / -- [HealthForumOnline (HFO)], [a nationally-approved (APA, ASWB, NBCC, NYSED)] provider of convenient, cost-effective online continuing education (CE) for psychologists, social workers, counselors and allied healthcare providers is pleased to announce a new CE course entitled, [Listening To The Language Of Your Patients: Integrating Psycholinguistic Concepts Into Clinical Practice], to its extensive library of online CE courses for mental health professionals.

Mental health practitioners have long known that the way in which individuals use words is reflective of their mental state (Pennebaker, Mehl, & Niederhoffer, 2003). For example, Freud (1901) explained that the common speech mistakes, e.g. slips of the tongue, that individuals make can be reflective of their underlying feelings. Lacan (1968) posited that the unconscious emerges through language.

Psycholinguistics, an area of study that combines the disciplines of psychology and linguistics, was developed in response to a desire to better understand how language is associated with human behavior and psychopathology (e.g., Lewis & Phillips, 2015). In brief, psycholinguistics is a discipline that seeks to understand how individuals acquire, comprehend, and produce language and to clarify the connection between language use/behavior and psychological development.

By applying the principles of psycholinguistics to the language of their patients, mental health providers can be assisted with clinical assessment, diagnosis and intervention – thereby improving overall quality of care (Hirschberg, Hjalmarsson, & Elhadad, 2010; Traxler, 2011). This new online CE course from HealthForumOnline provides mental health professionals with the basic tools needed to integrate relevant psycholinguistic theories and empirical evidence into clinical practice. Specifically, online course content describes how psycholinguistics contributes to the diagnosis of neurodevelopmental (e.g., Autism, Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder, Specific Language Impairment) and psychiatric disorders (e.g., Depression, Bipolar Disorder, Anxiety Disorders, OCD, Eating Disorders, Substance Disorder, Antisocial Personality Disorder, Schizoid Personality Disorder), as well as the diagnosis of four prevalent medical disorders (i.e., Parkinson’s disease, Alzheimer’s, Cancer, and Cardiovascular Disease). In addition, course material is presented that guides the application of effective psychotherapeutic interventions

This is the first course for HealthForumOnline by Judy Koenigsberg, Ph.D., a licensed clinical psychologist with an expertise in the integration of psychology, linguistics, and education. In a career that has spanned over two decades, Dr. Koenigsberg has served as a staff psychologist at The University of Chicago where she offered psychotherapy to undergraduate and graduate students and reviewed research papers for the Big Ten Conference. While employed at Loyola University of Chicago, she taught graduate-level research design, methodology, and statistics. Dr. Koenigsberg is the author of several relevant journal articles and chapters in the Gale Encyclopedia of Mental Disorders. More recently, she co-authored the book, My Heart Diary: Strategies For Healthy Living, with David I. Koenigsberg, M.D.

Psychologists, social workers, counselors, and other allied health professionals can chose from HFO’s over 20 categories of continuing education (CE) topics related to health, psychology and behavioral medicine containing over 100 online CE courses that are fast, convenient and cost-effective. For more information on this course or a complete listing of titles in our online CE resource library, visit [].

About HealthForumOnline:

HealthForumOnline (HFO) is [an approved provider of CE courses by the American Psychological Association, the National Board of Certified Counselors, the Association of Social Work Boards, and the New York State Education Department’s State Board for Social Work]. HFO’s [CE Program’s Advisory Committee and authors] are comprised of over 60 nationally-recognized experts in psychology and behavioral medicine.


Freud, S. (1901). Psychopathology of everyday life. New York: Basic Books.

Hirschberg, J., Hjalmarsson, A., & Elhadad, N. (2010). “You’re as sick as you sound”: Using computational approaches for modeling speaker state to gauge illness and recovery. In A. Neustein (Ed.), Advances in speech recognition: Mobile environments, call centers and clinics (pp. 305-322). New York, Dordrecht, Heidelberg, London: Springer.

Lacan, J. (1968). The language of the self: The function of language in psychoanalysis. Baltimore: Johns Hopkins Press.

Lewis, S., & Phillips, C. (2015). Aligning Grammatical Theories and Language Processing Models. Journal of Psycholinguist Research, 44, 27–46.

Pennebaker, J.W., Mehl, M.R., & Niederhoffer, K.G. (2003). Psychological aspects of natural language use: Our words, Our selves. Annual Review of Psychology, 54, 547-577.

Traxler, M.J. (2011). Introduction to Psycholinguistics: Understanding Language Science.Wiley-Blackwell Publisher.

Michelle Rodoletz, Ph.D.
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