Presented by Theresa Chesnut, LCSW
1.5 CEUs available
Dateline: 1983 - Karen Carpenter dies from anorexia nervosa. The nation is suddenly awakened to an eating disorder as a systemic problem. Two decades later, particular attention is paid to the notion that some individuals have genetic predispositions for anorexia. In 2014, the DSM included BED along side anorexia and bulimia as an eating disorder.
The presentation covers hereditary risk factors, ranging from anxiety and depression and OCD to perfectionism and other structural assignations of the eating disorder. Additional focus on how the diet industry, as well as the media, perpetuate a culture where it is acceptable to shame people due to their body size.
So what is BED? We'll define it, cover its elements, the demographic distribution, and the lines drawn between manageable conflicts to the need for clinical and therapeutic intervention. The clinical definition is a moving target at times but we'll cover its boundaries in detail. Its consequences are severe, ranging from heart disease to diabetes. Assessment tools, as well as therapeutic interventions will be discussed. Special attention will be given to clinician's own weight bias and the manner in which they can inadvertently harm their clients due to their bias.
The goal of this presentation is to be able to provide fair perception, understanding and treatment interventions relating to binge eating disorder (BED). Participants will come to understand the history of diagnosing BED as well as anorexia nervosa and bulimia. The presentation will dissect what BED is, the criterion for having it, and dispelling myths surrounding the disease. Weight stigma, fat shaming, and the media fascination with weight are all covered with special attention to weight bias toward clients.
- Overview of the history of eating disorders
- Description of the demographics of BED
- Diagnosis and treatment intervention for BED
- Clinical case vignettes
- Questions and answers
About the Presenter
Theresa has worked with adolescents and adults for over 25 years, managing her clients' challenges with anorexia, bulimia and binge eating disorders. Previous to her private practice, she operated as a clinical director at The Healthy Teen Project (HTP). HTP's focus revolved around adolescent eating disorders with the primary treatment approach in family based therapy. Theresa worked for 13 years in a residential and partial hospital treatment center, holding various positions, including lead primary therapist, program director, and director of regional marketing.
Her professional outreach has also addressed elite athletes, coaches, and trainers. She holds a master's degree in social work from the University of Kansas and was a staff member at The Menninger Clinic. She is trained and certified in internal family systems theory and is a level one trainer. She is also a certified practitioner of neurofeedback. She served on the Binge Eating Disorder Board (BEDA) for 9 years and held the position of secretary, vice-chair, and chair.
SCV-CAMFT is a CAMFT-approved Continuing Education Provider (CEPA 052466). This course meets the qualifications of continuing education credit for LMFTs, LPCCs, LEPs and/or LCSWs. SCV-CAMFT maintains responsibility for this program/course and its content.
TARGET AUDIENCE: LCSW, LMFT, LPCC
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