Eating Disorders on Campus: A Webinar for Student Advocates

Learn about Proud2Bme On Campus, created in partnership with The Recovery Village. Eating disorder expert Sandee Nebel and college a peer educator Shirley Wang share insights and resources for students who care about making a difference in the fight against eating disorders. Recorded live on November 20, 2014.

Levels of Care in Eating Disorder Treatment 

How can patients best navigate the various levels of care of eating disorders treatment? Zoe Bisbing, LCSW, Primary Therapist with Columbus Park Collaborative, explores the five standard levels of care in eating disorders treatment, highlighting what may be encountered by patients and family members; how to maximize services at each level; and ways in which patients, providers and families can be informed consumers of support and effectively advocate for appropriate help. Follow along using the powerpoint slides available here. Recorded live on September 25, 2014. 

The Role of Nutrition Therapy in Treating Eating Disorders

This webinar discusses the essential aspects of nutrition in the recovery process from an eating disorder. While eating disorders are viewed primarily as psychological illnesses, these disorders cause enormous harm to the body. That physical damage can only be treated through appropriate nutrition therapy. This webinar looks at anorexia nervosa, bulimia nervosa and binge eating disorder, and the specific role nutrition and food play in the recovery process. Presented by Melainie Rogers, MS, RD, and founder of BALANCE eating disorder treatment center. Follow along using the extended powerpoint slide version available here. Recorded live on August 14, 2014.

Obtaining Treatment Authorization in the Complex World of Insurance

Navigating our healthcare system can be a difficult maze, especially with mental health issues. But when your loved one's life is on the line, you just want to get them help as fast and effectively as possible. Most insurance policies have a designated appeal process, but the ideal scenario would be to get a "yes" on the first request for treatment authorization. This webinar is designed to put you in the best possible place to get that yes. We discuss the rights and coverage people should look for in their policies, how to leverage mental health parity, how to put together complete documentation and the impact of the Affordable Healthcare Act. We will also touch on the appeals process so you can be prepared in case you have go down that road. Dawn Lee-Akers is the insurance specialist for Diabulimia Helpline, a non-profit organization dedicated to support, education and advocacy for people struggling with diabetes and eating disorders. Follow along using the downloadable powerpoint slides. Recorded live on July 10, 2014.

Males and Eating Disorders: Treatment Update

This webinar provides an in-depth look into the issue of males and eating disorders. Topics include unique challenges for males, excessive exercise and body image. Dr. Ted Weltzin, MD, FAED, a leader in the area of treatment of males with eating disorders, shares his perspective on core treatment principles and reviews techniques for working with males, particularly in terms of anxiety, depression, perfectionism, self-esteem and social anxiety. Writer and activist Zach Stafford and eating disorder advocate Matt Wetsel join the conversation to share their personal stories. Recorded live on June 2, 2014. 

Eating Disorders among Members of the Military

This webinar explores the factors contributing to men and women in the military developing eating disorders and the resources needed to ensure that those affected receive the help required to recover. Dr. Kim Dennis, CEO and Medical Director at Timberline Knolls Residential Treatment Center, discusses the most recent research and evidence concerning eating disorders in the military, the combination of environmental and traditional factors that place soldiers, especially women, at higher risk for developing an eating disorder and the specific challenges this population faces in regard to treatment. Dr. Theresa Larson, DPT, CSC and former Marine Corps Engineer Officer and Combat Veteran joins the conversation by sharing her personal story of recovery. Recorded live on May 13, 2014.

Mirror, Mirror: Standards of Beauty, Body Image and the Media

What do you see when you look in the mirror? What affects your body image? Join body image advocate and media literacy educator Melanie Klein and Photoshop professional Roy A. Cui for an insightful and surprising look at the way the digitally altered images that flood our media landscape shape our standards of beauty and impact our body image. Klein examines the historical changes in the kinds of media messages we're currently exposed to as well as the difference in sheer volume—and why these changes matter. The conversation includes a critical look at the advertising industry, the social construction of beauty standards and how the reflection in the mirror is impacted by our cultural environment. Cui peels back the curtain on beauty and reveals the carefully crafted illusion created by marketing forces through a live demonstration on how a print image is retouched. Together, Klein and Cui provide the education, insight and experience to understand and challenge mainstream images of beauty that have been carefully manipulated and impact our self-esteem and sense of value. Recorded live on March 6, 2014.

Neurobiology & Disordered Eating: How our brains guide our forks

Emerging neurobiological science is revealing a clearer understanding of the interaction between brain circuitry and disordered eating. Our food selection is heavily influenced by how our brain perceives the need for fuel and our eating experiences. Scott Moseman, MD and Leah Graves, RD, LD, FAED provide a basic understanding of this new science and how it may be applied to the nutrition care process. Recorded live on February 25, 2014.

Eating Disorders At & Beyond Mid-Life

Increasing numbers of midlife and older women are seeking eating disorders treatment, despite prevailing beliefs that eating disorders only affect the young. Many adult women hide their disorder effectively; others may have years of semi-recovery or subclinical symptoms, with the multiple stressors and transitions of midlife triggering relapse. Motivation for recovery is also more complex, as midlife women bring increased knowledge from life experiences and long to release themselves from their eating disorder identity. This presentation explores the Relational Cultural Theory model of growth fostering relationships and mutuality as keys to recovery for adult women. RCT understands eating disorders as strategies of disconnection resulting in chronic isolation from meaningful engagement with themselves, their body’s needs and their relationships. The concept of fluid expertise values that both client and clinician bring wisdom and knowledge to build upon mutual understanding of these disorders and create new pathways towards recovery. Presented by Margo Maine, PhD, FAED, CEDS, Karen Samuels, PhD, FAED and Denise Folcik, who has recovered after two decades of bulimia. Recorded live on February 20, 2014

Eating Disorders in the LGBTQ Community

This webinar led by Chase Banister, MDIV, MSW, LCSW, CEDS,  Vice President & Chief Clinical Officer of Veritas Collaborative Treatment Center, explores how sexuality and/or gender identity can impact eating disorder development, treatment and recovery. Learn about the intersections of sexuality, gender identity and eating disorders; how societal stigma and discrimination contribute to eating disorder behaviors among sexual and gender minorities; specific barriers that present for the LGBTQ community when seeking and participating in treatment; as well as the unique challenges faced in recovery. Ryan Sallans and Troy Roness share their personal insight and stories of recovery as members of the LGBTQ community. Recorded live on February 11, 2014

Writing Through Stress and Shame: Taking Our Power Back 

Carolyn Jennings has experienced and witnessed how shame and stress proliferate around eating disorders, and knows how supporting a loved one through the treatment and recovery process can be stressful and feel overwhelming at times. Those in recovery and family and friends are invited to face these challenging feelings in new and creative ways in this hands-on writing webinar. Jennings describes the mental and physical health benefits of writing, provides a new view of difficult emotions and puts tools at your fingertips for future self-care. Recorded live on February 6, 2014

Note: This is an exercise intended to provide additional tools for self-care. It is not in any way to be construed as a substitute for therapy. We hope you find the writing experience enjoyable and beneficial.

Eating Disorders in African-American Communities

Eating disorders are “not just a white girl’s disease.” This webinar focuses on eating disorders and body image concerns in the African-American community. Dr. Gayle Brooks discusses some of the risk and protective factors specific to African-Americans, cultural factors related to body image dissatisfaction and considerations for addressing possible barriers in the treatment of African-Americans. Special guests Gwen Vann and Benjamin O’Keefe share their personal experiences and insights as African-Americans in recovery from an eating disorder. Recorded live on December 17, 2013

Eating Disorders, Body Image and Pregnancy

FFor those who struggle with poor body image or eating disorders, pregnancy and parenthood are complicated topics that can raise some very deep questions: What are the medical issues surrounding eating disorders and pregnancy? How will I feel about my changing body? How will I cope with the focus on my diet and my weight during pregnancy and beyond? How can I model body confidence and healthy eating for my child? Claire Mysko (body image expert and co-author of Does This Pregnancy Make Me Look Fat?) and Lesley Williams, MD (Director of Primary Care and Nutrition, Remuda Ranch) offer concrete tools and strategies for creating a support system; choosing sensitive, educated prenatal and postpartum healthcare providers; engaging your partner and loved ones in supporting your healthy body image; looking critically at media messages glorifying “baby bumps” and “post-baby bodies; understanding the common triggers of pregnancy and new parenthood; and getting a healthy perspective on pregnancy weight gain and postpartum weight loss. Recorded live on November 21, 2013

Recovery from an Eating Disorder: What Does Real Recovery Look Like?

This animated webinar, presented by PBS's This Emotional Life, is an insightful discussion on the topic of recovery from an eating disorder. Hear from three panelists who are in recovery. Listen as Ovidio Bermudez, MD discusses what the road to recovery looks like from an expert's point of view.