Eating Disorders: Basics & Beyond
The demand for eating disorder (ED) treatment has never been greater. Over the course of the pandemic, the number of people suffering from an ED and seeking professional help has increased substantially. Waiting lists for hospital programming and for private eating disorder centres are exceptionally long. Chronic in nature, highly debilitating, and associated with extremely high mortality rates, eating disorders can’t afford to wait. A recent statistic from the Academy for Eating Disorders reported that someone dies as a direct result of their ED every 52 minutes.
Given the severity and the sheer demand for services, it is reasonable to expect that most healthcare practitioners will have, on their caseloads, a number of patients with EDs. Stigma, misconceptions, and a lack of clinical resources continue to impede early detection, proper assessment, and necessary treatment. Signs and symptoms are often missed. Thus, it is imperative that all clinicians have foundational knowledge to aid in prevention, early detection, and foundational treatment interventions.
This 12-hour, three-module online workshop provides healthcare providers with foundational training in eating disorders. Participants can expect to focus on the latest clinical research on causal and maintaining factors, assessment guidelines, and foundational psychoeducational and CBT interventions to improve early detection, treatment, and referral when needed.
After completing the workshop, participants will be able to:
- Explain to clients how eating disorders are rooted in neurobiology
- Administer, score, and interpret four standard self-report measures of an eating disorder
- Identify the four indicators of life-threatening ED symptoms
- Assist clients in modifying negative thoughts about body, weight, shape, and food
- Integrate six strategies to enhance engagement during the ED treatment process
WHO SHOULD ATTEND?
This workshop targets health care professionals with basic therapy experience or knowledge of eating disorders, specifically those who are interested in learning how to integrate ED care alongside other treatment approaches, or within a broader healthcare context.