Eating Disorders: Identified, Defined & Treated

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All materials are available as audios with transcripts.

Co-developed by Jeanne Rust, Ph.D., LPC and Sage de Beixedon Breslin, Ph.D.

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 four articles, including a narrated video and an audiotaped interview. 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 movie reports on the co-incidence of Substance Abuse and Eating Disorders. This is followed by an article which explores the incidence of eating disorders in ballet.In contrast to the first four documents, 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. An interview with CEO and Founder of Mirasol, Dr. Jeanne Rust, is presented, as are handouts and forms. Additional resources and references are provided for further study, but they are not part of the course.

Educational Objectives:

    This course will teach the participant to

  • Identify eating disorders and recognize medical complications.
  • Classify eating disorders according to the DSM-5.
  • Review the etiologies of eating disorders.
  • Discuss treatment outcomes and predictors of outcome.
  • Describe normal eating.
  • Discuss body image and cultural influences.
  • Note the reasons for identifying eating disorders when they co-occur with Substance Use Disorders.
  • Recommend the appropriate level of care for eating disorder patients.


  • Eichen D. M., Matheson B. E., Appleton-Knapp S. L., Boutelle K. N. (2017). Neurocognitive treatments for eating disorders and obesity. Current Psychiatry Reports, 19 (9), 62.
  • Keel, P. K. (2013). The effect of peers on body dissatisfaction and eating pathology. International Journal of Eating Disorders, 45, 982.
  • Raykos, B. C., McEvoy, P. M., & Fursland, A. (2017). Socializing problems and low self‐esteem enhance interpersonal models of eating disorders: Evidence from a clinical sample. International Journal of Eating Disorders, 50 (9), 1075-1083.

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
  • Co-occurrence of Substance Use Disorders and Eating Disorders
  • 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
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Cost: $79.00

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