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Whole-Person Treatment for Eating Disorders

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Audio presentation from the 2009 International Association of Eating Disorders Professionals Symposium.
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It takes a village to raise a child, as the old adage says. Sometimes it takes a village to heal a child. This workshop will discuss why it takes more than a single professional to support recovery from an eating disorder. Eating disorders will be viewed from a multi-causal perspective – looking at how emotional, relational, physical and spiritual factors are involved in both the genesis of the disorder and the path to recovery. The need for an integrated, multi-disciplinary approach will be presented, as well as strategies for long-term recovery from persistent eating disorder behaviors and conditions, including nutritional strategies.

Content Outline:
1. Understand the “whole-person” approach to recovery from anorexia, bulimia and binge eating through integration of emotional, relational, physical and spiritual factors.
2. Learn recovery strategies for persistent eating disorder behaviors and conditions, including nutritional strategies. A. Need for an integrated, multi-disciplinary approach i. Why a team approach works best ii. How a team approach provides the best continuum of care B. Nutritional deficiencies and their consequences found in eating disorders i. Osteoporosis in anorexics and the need for nutritional rehabilitation ii. Elevated serotonin levels and nonresponse to SSRI medication in underweight anorexics iii. Use of cognitive behavioral therapy in nutrition counseling iv. Food aversion issues with eating disorder patients v. Use of Essential Fatty Acids in Eating Disorder Treatment vi. Use of Essential Fatty Acids in Treatment of Borderline Personality Disorder Co-Morbidity vii. Use of Behavioral Self Management (BSM) in binge-eating viii. Recommended nutritional therapies for recovery C. Zinc deficiencies in eating disorder patients
3. Learn the role of spirituality as part of long-term recovery in the “whole-person” treatment model. 1. Beneficial effects of faith/religious belief in recovery from eating disorders 2. How personal faith assists development of meaningful life goals 3. How faith facilitates the management of unavoidable stressors and can lead to reduction in an anorexic response to stress or noxious stimuli 4. Importance of personal faith as a counter to self-deprecating thoughts and actions 5. The importance of hope in eating disorder treatment 6. Lack of spiritual wellbeing as a predictor of eating disorders 7. Common spiritual issues of eating disorder patients

This course is based on the cassette, Whole-Person Treatment for Eating Disorders created by Gregory L. Jantz, LMHC, CDP

Course Material Author

Gregory L. Jantz, LMHC, CDP
For the past 25 years, as the founder of The Center for Counseling and Health Resources, Inc. (www.aplaceofhope.com; 888-771-5166; [email protected]) in Edmonds, Washington, Dr. Gregg Jantz has worked to create a multi-disciplinary approach to the treatment of eating disorders. With a doctorate in counseling psychology, he is a Washington state licensed mental health counselor and is a certified eating disorder specialist through IAEDP. He is the author of over 14 books and has appeared on numerous radio and television programs, both local and national, speaking out about the realities of eating disorders as well as the hope for long-term recovery.

Gregory L. Jantz, LMHC, CDP authored the material only, and was not involved in creating this CE course. They are identified here for your own evaluation of the relevancy of the material this course is based on.

Course Creator

Max Schwanekamp

Recommended For:

This course is recommended for health care professionals, especially psychologists, therapists, and counselors who seek to update their research knowledge and competency in treating patients with eating disorders, increase and acquire new skills, learn new intervention strategies, and obtain continuing education credits. It is appropriate for professionals at all levels of knowledge.

Course Objectives:

After taking this course, you should be able to:

  1. After this presentation, participants will understand the "whole-person" approach to recovery from anorexia, bulimia and binge eating through integration of emotional, relational, physical and spiritual factors.
  2. After this presentation, participants will learn the role of spirituality as part of long-term recovery in the "whole-person" treatment model.
  3. After this presentation, participants will learn recovery strategies for persistent eating disorder behaviors and conditions, including nutritional strategies.

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