Understanding and Treating Eating Disorders: What Every Practitioner Needs to Know

Understanding and Treating Eating Disorders: What Every Practitioner Needs to Know Dr. Anita Federici, PhD. CPsych (she/her)

Centre for Psychology and Emotion Regulation

Accredited for 2 CEC hours by the Canadian Counselling and Psychotherapy Association

Eating disorders are complex psychiatric illness associated with significant morbidity and mortality. Chronic in nature and highly debilitating, eating disorders impact every organ system in the body and are associated with substantial psychological distress and impairment. Importantly, more people will die from an eating disorder than any other psychiatric illness. Rates of suicide and self-injury are elevated, and many suffer with comorbid anxiety, depression, trauma, and/or substance use disorders. Stigma, misconceptions, and a lack of funding and clinical resources about eating disorders continue to impede early detection, proper assessment, and necessary treatment. Signs and symptoms are often missed; the average length of time between the onset of symptoms and the start of treatment is seven years.

This practical, hands-on workshop will review key psychoeducational information and foundational treatment interventions relevant for anyone either working in the field of eating disorders or for those who wish to learn more.

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