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Social Justice Informed Practice: Demonstrating the Evidence, Discussing Ways to Move Forward

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About the Course:

A common response that arises when social justice is introduced into conversations about eating disorders is that we must stay evidence-based in our approaches. We want to provide care that is based in sound scientific evidence. However, the current research evidence base is limited to those who have been treated for their eating disorders, and too often ignores the perspectives of those who experience barriers. “Evidence-based,” as a term, must necessarily also include clinical knowledge and lived experience. There is significant research, clinical, and lived-experience evidence for the need to consider eating disorders in relation to social factors, including systemic racism, sizeism, ableism, ageism, and more. We know, for instance, that BIPOC (Black/Indigenous/People of color), disabled, LGBTQ+ folks, and those in larger bodies face barriers to diagnosis and treatment that lead to their exclusion from studies that are held up as evidence of effectiveness and also to harm in treatment environments. In this workshop, we will explore a body of evidence that suggests that in addition to “traditional” biopsychosocial work on eating disorders, we must also consider the needs and desires of those who have negative treatment experiences. We bring various types of evidence into conversation with workshop attendees, aiming to foster dialogue about how to evaluate the evidence for trauma-informed, social-justice oriented, intersectional approaches to psychological concerns including eating disorders. Our aim is not to discredit or ignore the work of researcher-clinicians in the field, but rather to build bridges between researchers, clinicians, and advocates who take different approaches to their work, building on the collective desire for supporting people experiencing eating disorders.

This course is based on the book, Social Justice Informed Practice: Demonstrating the Evidence, Discussing Ways to Move Forward created by Andrea LaMarre, BA, MSc., PhD, Chevese Turner, BA, and Kerry Beake, BSc, Post Grad Dip, MSc in 2020.

Publication Date:

Jun 2020

Course Material Authors

Andrea LaMarre, BA, MSc., PhD

“I am a PhD candidate in the Department of Family Relations and Human Development at the University of Guelph. I have a particular interest in innovative, qualitative approaches to research, critical feminist approaches, and community-engaged research. In my Masters research I used a critical feminist and narrative lens to explore the stories of young women overcoming eating disorders. I take a collaborative approach in my work, recognizing various sources of ““expertise”” and working with research participants in the giving of voice and sharing of stories. Through my research I hope to expand upon the dominant discourses about what it means to have, and to overcome, an eating disorder, and how this may look different depending on one’s social location. For my PhD, I hope to expand upon my Masters research by using digital storytelling with families and health care practitioners to engage with various and intersecting definitions of eating disorder recovery.

I have had the opportunity to work in a wide array of environments, ranging from government to retail, which has given me the chance to experience an eclectic range of topics and settings. My experience ranges from working with young adults with developmental disabilities to conducting literature reviews and writing reports for governmental and community organizations. I have found community-based research to be particularly engaging, as working with communities/community organizations helps the links between university and community to become more clear. I appreciate conducting research that has practical value in community settings.”

Chevese Turner, BA
Kerry Beake, BSc, Post Grad Dip, MSc

Course Creator

Sandi Cardaman

Sandi Cardaman has been a Licensed Mental Health Counselor for more than 15 years. She has worked with eating disorders, domestic violence and clients who are working with the dependency system.

Recommended For:

Counselors, marriage and family therapists, psychologists and social workers. This course is appropriate for all levels of knowledge.

Course Objectives:

  1. Evaluate the evidence for taking a social-justice-oriented approach to eating disorders prevention, research, and treatment.

  2. Understand how social justice evidence lives in relation to other aspects of evidence-based practice.

  3. Generate productive “ways forward” to apply social justice approaches across eating disorders prevention, research, and treatment.

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