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Eating Disorders: A Clinician's Guide

4 CE Credits/Hours - Online Course - $39.00

Developed by Jeanne Rust, Ph.D.

This course includes materials consisting of:

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General Course Description

This is an introductory course about Eating Disorders. The course is designed both for the clinician, who has no knowledge of eating disorders, as well as for the experienced eating disorder therapist, who is interested in exploring a different way of thinking about eating disorders. The course will introduce clinicians to the complexities of eating disorders. It will provide a general overview, a discussion of treatment and treatment outcomes, a review of cultural and media influences on body image, a discussion of "normal" eating and a set of resources for clinicians working with eating disordered clients.

The course is comprised of five articles. The first article provides an overview of eating disorders including definitions, etiologies, treatment and treatment outcomes, biopsychosocial models of treatment, and eating disorders as chronic stress-related conditions. The second article addresses body image, the media, culture and normal eating. The next article reports on the co-incidence of Substance Abuse and Eating Disorders. In contrast to the first three articles the last section is designed to assist clinicians in identifying eating disorders, in making decisions about when to use varying levels of care, and in recognizing the signs and medical consequences of various eating disorders. Handouts, forms and an extensive list of online resources are available in the final section of this course.

Educational Objectives

This course will teach psychotherapists to:

1.    Identify eating disorders and recognize medical complications.

2.    Classify eating disorders according to the DSM-IV.

3.    Review the etiologies of eating disorders.

4.    Discuss treatment outcomes and predictors of outcome.

5.    Describe Normal Eating.

6.    Discuss body image and cultural influences.

7.    Calculate BMI (Body Mass Index).

8.    Recommend the appropriate level of care for eating disorder patients.

Course Syllabus

General Review of Eating Disorders

  • Psychological Characteristics
  • Familial Factors
    • Social Influences
    • Biological Theories
    • Psychosocial Influences
    • Developmental Factors
  • Treatment Outcome
  • Predictors of Treatment Outcome
  • Influence of Environmental Stress on Eating Disorders
  • Importance of Hypnotizability, Negative Affectivity and Self-deception, Coping Strategies, Minor and Major Hassles, and Social Support.

Body Image and Related Issues

  • Body Image, the Media and the Influence of Culture on Women
  • Body Mass Index and Compulsive Eating
  • Normal Eating

Additional Materials and Tools for the Clinician

  • Statistics
  • Diagnostic Criteria and Medical Findings for Anorexia, Bulimia, Binge Eating Disorder and EDNOS
  • Signs and Symptoms of Anorexia, Bulimia and Binge Eating Disorder
  • Levels of Care for Treating Eating Disorders
  • Suggestions for Families
  • Body Image
  • Evaluations for Anorexia Nervosa/Bulimia Nervosa, Compulsive Overeating/Binge Eating Disorder, a Body Image quiz, and Am I in Balance?
  • Physical Complications for Anorexia Nervosa, Bulimia Nervosa and Obesity
  • Questions to Ask When Choosing a Treatment Center
  • Links for Resources for Further Assistance
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