DBT: Eating Disorders I – Fundamentals

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WORKSHOP STRUCTURE

This 12-hour, three-module online workshop teaches healthcare providers how to apply the dialectical behaviour therapy approach to clients who are not responding to standard ED interventions.

DBT: Eating Disorders I is designed for practicing health care professionals with basic dialectical behaviour therapy experience and knowledge of eating disorders; foundational DBT knowledge and basic experience treating eating disorders in a clinical setting is strongly advised.

Module Date Time Credit*
1 DBT-ED theory, therapist stance; adapting the target hierarchy April 28, 2022 (Thurs) 8:00am – 12:15pm EDT 4 hours
2 Commitment strategies and dialectics May 05, 2022 (Thurs) 8:00am – 12:15pm EDT 4 hours
3 Chain analysis; adapting DBT skills for ED treatment May 12, 2022 (Thurs) 8:00am – 12:15pm EDT 4 hours

*Total continuing education credits for this course are equal to 12 hours. Each module includes a 15-minute break.

Download Workshop Outline

Dialectical Behaviour Therapy (DBT) is an important differential treatment approach for clients who do not respond to standard eating disorder interventions.  Its ability to target the complex biological and psychiatric nature of eating disorders (ED) goes beyond traditional ED protocols which were never designed to target the personality disorders and emotional regulation problems that often occur with ED clients, let alone treat complications like suicide or self-injury.

As a comprehensive, multi-modal framework for managing multiple high-risk behaviours, DBT addresses the need for an ED treatment approach that targets the chronic suicide, self-injury, trauma, and bio-temperamental characteristics that accompany individuals suffering from ED.  It also provides clinicians another avenue to address the low rates of response and high rates of relapse seen in first-line Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) treatment.

This 12-hour, three-module online workshop teaches healthcare providers how to apply the dialectical behaviour therapy approach to clients who are not responding to standard ED interventions.

LEARNING OUTCOMES

After completing the workshop, participants will be able to:

  • Adapt DBT skills for ED treatment
  • Identify clients suitable for DBT-ED and explain to them why they would benefit from this approach
  • Educate clients and their family members on DBT’s Biosocial Theory in the ED context
  • Identify where ED behaviours fit on the DBT target hierarchy
  • Increase commitment to treatment goals using specific DBT for ED strategies
  • Apply dialectical strategies to help manage weight, food, and treatment goals
  • Adapt DBT diary cards for ED Treatment
  • Conduct DBT chain analysis and Missing Link analyses on purging, restricting and binge eating behaviours

WHO SHOULD ATTEND?

This workshop targets practicing health care professionals with basic dialectical behaviour therapy experience and knowledge of eating disorders; foundational DBT knowledge and basic experience treating eating disorders in a clinical setting is strongly advised.

 

Dr. Anita Federici is a Clinical Psychologist and the Owner of The Centre for Psychology and Emotion Regulation, a private Clinic specializing in the assessment and treatment of eating disorders, personality disorders, and trauma. She has an established reputation for her work as a therapist, clinical trainer, researcher, program director and consultant.

A distinguished Fellow of the Academy for Eating Disorders, Dr. Federici is a recognized authority on eating disorder treatment and dialectical behaviour therapy (DBT). Her work has been presented at international conferences and published in peer-reviewed journals and invited book chapters. She also serves as the elected Co-Chair for the Suicide and DBT Special Interest Group for the Academy for Eating Disorders. In 2019, Dr. Federici was awarded Businesswoman of the Year by the Meridian Women of Excellence Committee for her outstanding contributions to the community and to the province. In 2020, she was awarded the Bulimia Anorexia Nervosa Association (BANA) Community Health Promotion Award for Outstanding Individuals in recognition of her commitment to the enhancement of healthy lifestyles in her community. She has had a considerable impact on the field through her leadership and expertise.

Over the past ten years, Dr. Federici has developed a robust training program, a wide network of allied health professionals, and a treatment centre in an underserved and rural region of Ontario. She has provided more than 100 lectures, workshops, and invited talks on eating disorders, DBT, the adaptation DBT for EDs, Cognitive Behaviour Therapy (CBT), and personality disorders. Known for her engaging and authentic style of training, Anita has become a highly sought-after consultant for numerous hospitals and community-based organizations across North America who are seeking to improve treatment programs or expand access.

CONTINUING EDUCATION CREDITS
Since 2016, Oshawa Psychotherapy Training Institute workshops have been approved by the Canadian Psychological Association (CPA) and by the Canadian Counselling and Psychotherapy Association (CCPA) to offer continuing education for psychologists. One credit is awarded for each hour of the CE activity. CPA and CCPA requires full attendance to obtain CE credits. Once the workshop is completed, participants will receive a Certificate of Completion.

MODE OF DELIVERY
To assure confidentiality and privacy for the workshop presentation, we use the online virtual training platform ZOOM 5.0 for health care which is PIPEDA & PHIPA compliant.