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.
Credit Hours (CEU)
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 Counselling
- Mindfulness Strategies
- Working to Normalize Eating
- Coping and Cognitive Strategies
- Managing Setbacks
- How Families Can Help
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
About this Workshop
ABOUT THE TRAINER
Kimberly Enns, MSW, RSW
Kimberly is a Registered Social Worker, holding a Master of Social Work degree and a Bachelor’s degree in Psychology. Her professional experience includes clinical case management, counselling and group facilitation in the child welfare system for high-needs children and youth, as well as in community-based programs for those who struggle with eating disorders and for individuals with intellectual disabilities in conflict with the law. In addition to her work with CTRI, Kimberly maintains a private counselling practice for individuals, couples and families, specializing in the areas of trauma recovery, anxiety, depression, self-injury behaviour and disordered eating and body image. Her therapeutic approach is one of warmth and collaboration, recognizing that people are resilient, have inherent wisdom about their lives and are hard-wired for connection with others. Constantly pursuing her own growth as a therapist, Kimberly believes that helpers are energized by fresh ideas and approaches. She draws on her experience in the field and passion for these issues to provide energetic, enlightening and interactive presentations.
This is an intermediate level workshop intended for social service and health care professionals, counsellors, social workers, school personnel, parents, and anyone seeking a better understanding of disordered eating and how to help those who are struggling.