Archived Webinars 

Levels of Care in Eating Disorder Treatment 

This webinar will focus on how patients can best navigate the various levels of care of eating disorders treatment. Zoe Bisbing, LCSW, Primary Therapist with Columbus Park Collaborative, will explore 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 will discuss 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 will look at Anorexia Nervosa, Bulimia Nervosa and Binge Eating Disorder, and the specific role nutrition and food plays in the recovery process. This free webinar is 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 will discuss the rights and coverage people should look for in their policies, how to leverage mental health parity laws including the recently released Final Guidelines on federal 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

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

Eating Disorders among Members of the Military

This free online webinar will explore the factors contributing to men and women in the military who develop an eating disorder and the resources needed to ensure those affected receive the help required to recover. Dr. Kim Dennis, CEO and Medical Director at Timberline Knolls Residential Treatment Center, will discuss 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 will join the conversation by sharing her personal story of recovery. Recorded live on Tuesday, 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 Thursday, March 6th, 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 will provide a basic understanding of this new science and how it may be applied to the nutrition care process. Recorded live on Tuesday, February 25th, 2014

Eating Disorders At & Beyond Mid-Life

Although research is scarce, increasing numbers of midlife and older women are seeking eating disorders treatment, despite prevailing beliefs that they only affect the young. Body satisfaction used to increase with age, but today 65 percent of midlife women express significant body distress and weight preoccupation, threatening the health, well-being and status of women across the globe. 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. Ashamed, embarrassed, and ambivalent about seeking help, midlife women have more obstacles to treatment due to other responsibilities and commitments. 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. Many adults come into therapy acknowledging their eating disorder no longer works for them, but doubt they can recover after decades of suffering or poor response to other treatments. RCT examines the meaning and function of the ED through the lens of these adult relationships, distinct from the objectification of the medical model. 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. Margo Maine, PhD, FAED, CEDS, and Karen Samuels, PhD, FAED, who have both written extensively on this issue, will be joined by Denise Folcik, who has recovered after 2 decades of bulima, to assure a rich discussion of the unique clinical issues and needs of adult women, with ample time for audience involvement and discussion. Recorded live on Thursday, February 20, 2014

Eating Disorders in the LGBTQ Community

This free online webinar led by Chase Banister, MDIV, MSW, LCSW, CEDS  and Vice President & Chief Clinical Officer of Veritas Collaborative Treatment Center will explore 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 will share their personal insight and story of recovery as a member of the LGBTQ community. All are welcome! Recorded live on Tuesday, February 11th, 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. The webinar will inform about the mental and physical health benefits of writing and provide a new view of difficult emotions, an experience of creativity that can lead to insight and empowerment, and tools at your fingertips for future self-care. The writing methods are fast, fresh and fun. In a shelter of acceptance and safety, Carolyn guides participants through Journal to the Self® techniques, which add color, perspective and dimension to reflective writing. Recorded live on Thursday, February 6, 2014

Note about this webinar:  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 free online webinar will focus on eating disorders and body image concerns in the African American community. Dr. Gayle Brooks will present the growing body of research which suggests that African Americans are not immune to developing eating disorders and in some cases may be more vulnerable. Dr. Brooks will discuss some of the risk and protective factors specific to African Americans, cultural factors related to body image dissatisfaction as well as considerations for addressing possible barriers in the treatment of African Americans. Special guests, Gwen Vann and Benjamin O’Keefe, will share their personal experiences and insights as African Americans in recovery from an eating disorder. Come join us for an interactive discussion. Recorded live on Tuesday, December 17th, 2013

Eating Disorders, Body Image and Pregnancy

For 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? In this webinar, 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) will help participants delve deeper into these questions and many others. They’ll 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
-Getting a healthy perspective on pregnancy weight gain and postpartum weight loss
Recorded live on Thursday, November 21, 2013

Family Based Treatment

Dr. Angela Celio Doyle, Co-Director of the Eating and Weight Disorders Center of Seattle, will lead this free online webinar on Family-Based Treatment (FBT), an evidence based therapy for treating adolescents with eating disorders known as the Maudsley approach. Dr. Doyle will discuss fundamental assumptions of FBT and provide an overview of the FBT model. Rina Ranalli, whose daughter was successfully treated using the Maudsley approach, will share insights into some of the most challenging aspects of treatment and recovery as well as strategies for making FBT work. This webinar is geared toward families, but will be helpful to clinicians as well. Come join us for an interactive discussion. Recorded live on Friday, April 5th, 2013

Eating Disorders in the DSM-5: Implications of Changes in the Diagnostics Categories and Criteria

This free online webinar led by DSM-5 committee members, Dr. B. Timothy Walsh, Dr. Evelyn Attia and Dr. Steven Wonderlich, will help families and individuals affected by eating disorders understand the changes in the fifth edition of the American Psychiatric Association's Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM-5), due for publication in May 2013.  Topics in this webinar discussion include:

  • Changes to naming of specific eating disorders
  • Changes to specific diagnostic criteria including the new recognition of binge eating disorder, criteria for anorexia nervosa and bulimia nervosa
  • Changes to the EDNOS category
  • Implications of these categorical and criteria changes on treatment and insurance issues

Note: Due to a technical issue, the beginning of this webinar containing the introductions and biographies of the doctors did not record. To learn more about Dr. B. Timothy Walsh, Dr. Evelyn Attia and Dr. Stephen Wonderlich, please click here

Recorded live on Thursday, May 30th, 2013


Insurance Companies Are Not The Enemy: A Collaborative Approach to Utilization Review
This free webinar will provide rationale for treatment providers and families that, in order to receive continued treatment authorization, a collaborative approach between treatment facility, insurance company, and family must be implemented. Join J. Casey Martin, M.S., NCC, and learn what utilization review (UR) is and how it is completed, the points of emphasis for UR in order to receive extended days of treatment, the impact of family involvement in treatment on UR and how to decrease stigma that UR's are a battle between the insurance companies vs. treatment providers and families. Recorded live on January 28th, 2013

Tools for Dads: Supporting your Child's Journey from an Eating Disorder to Recovery

Fathers have specific challenges they face when their child is struggling with an eating disorder.  Join Dr. Michael Berrett as he leads this free webinar exploring tools and techniques to best help fathers support their child.  Hear from father and author of "Dear Ashley:a Father's Letters and Reflections to His Daughter on Love, Life and Hope," Don Blackwell, as he shares his personal story of having a child who struggled with an eating disorder and found recovery. Recorded live on December 5, 2012


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.