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Clinical Considerations in the Spectrum of Disordered Eating

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Presented by Lucy S. Lauer, LMHC

Participants will gain knowledge in evaluation and treatment of clients with Disordered Eating symptomology. While diagnosed eating disorders affect 1-3% of the general population, they comprise a much higher proportion of the clinical population. In addition, as body dissatisfaction, dieting, and fear of obesity become ubiquitous in our society, most practitioners will encounter clients with some level of disordered eating during their professional career. Since eating disordered behaviors and attitudes are often ego-syntonic and/or practiced in secret, clinicians need to be able to identify these symptoms in order to effectively treat clients who may not self-disclose them. The challenges of treating eating disorders are well documented, and this program is designed to provide some tools for the clinician to use in addressing this population.

Learning Objectives

Identify the spectrum of disordered eating behaviors from sub-clinical to life-threatening

Learn to conduct a thorough assessment of the disordered eating client

Describe effective treatment interventions appropriate to the stage of the disorder.

Describe function of disordered eating behaviors

Identify specific therapeutic challenges in working with this population

Define goals of recovery for the eating disordered client


  1. Overview of the Spectrum of Disordered Eating
  2. Characteristics of Eating Disordered Clients
  3. Elements of a Thorough Assessment
    1. Co-morbid psychopathology
    2. Family of origin
    3. Current level of psychological functioning – degree of rigidity
  4. Identifying the Functions of Disordered Eating Behaviors
  5. Treatment Considerations
  6. Therapeutic Challenges
  7. Therapist Factors
  8. Goals Of Therapy
  9. Effective Treatment Approaches
    1. Respect for role of ED behaviors
    2. Relevance of the addiction model
    3. Motivational interviewing
    4. Affect regulation
    5. Skill building: coping, communication, self-care, self-awareness
    6. Relational healing
    7. Involvement of significant others
  10. Working with a Treatment Team
  11. Nutrition Considerations