Eating disorders can range from problematic tendencies like excessive dieting to a mental health diagnosis such as anorexia or bulimia. Helpers may struggle with knowing how to best respond to this complex issue and may react with frustration, fear, or helplessness. This workshop examines the symptoms, contributing factors, and the experience of living with an eating disorder. Participants will be challenged to check their assumptions and to fully address the function disordered eating plays in a person’s life. The focus of the training then shifts to possible treatment options and practical strategies for supporting individuals struggling with disordered eating.

Some of the Topics Reviewed

  • The Eating and Body Image Continuum
  • When is Eating Disordered?
  • Understanding Anorexia Nervosa, Bulimia Nervosa, and Binge-Eating Disorder
  • Considerations Around Compulsive Exercise
  • Eating Disorders Among Specific Populations
  • What Causes an Eating Disorder?
  • The Problem with Diets
  • Warning Signs of Disordered Eating
  • The Process of Recovery
  • Eating Disorder Treatment Settings
  • Individual, Group, and Family Counseling
  • Mindfulness Strategies
  • Working to Normalize Eating
  • Coping and Cognitive Strategies
  • Managing Setbacks
  • How Families Can Help

Target Audience

This is an intermediate level workshop intended for social service and health care professionals, counselors, social workers, school personnel, parents, and anyone seeking a better understanding of disordered eating and how to help those who are struggling.

Method of Delivery

Presentation, video, case study exercises, personal reflection, and small group discussions.

Learning Objectives

At the end of this workshop, participants should be able to:

  • Define common eating disorders, their symptoms, and consequences
  • Recognize the factors that may contribute to disordered eating
  • Identify preventative strategies and treatment options for disordered eating
  • List a variety of strategies for working with individuals with disordered eating
  • Describe the impact of an eating disorder on the family and their role in the process of change