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Taking a Different Perspective on Recovery

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About the Course:

Understanding recovery and how to support those seeking it is critical in the eating disorders (ED) field, yet there are still no standardized criteria for recovery. Conference presentations and published research have suggested definitions and examined why a consensus is important. In this panel, we focus on how existing understandings of recovery have emerged and how we might bridge gaps between qualitatively- and quantitatively-focused analyses to build a picture of recovery that takes into account “objective” and “subjective” criteria, and incorporates the perspectives of researchers, clinicians, patients and carers. We aim to elucidate the methods used in recovery research, and examine whether and how different paradigms could be bridged to create more fulsome understanding. Methodologies used will be explained and discussion among attendees facilitated. First, quantitative methods will be presented, including group comparisons, regression analyses and hierarchical linear modeling (15 minutes). Next, several qualitative methodologies, including grounded theory, narrative inquiry, thematic analysis, content analysis, and arts-based approaches will be reviewed (15 minutes). Mixed-methods approaches used in other fields will then be described, and their application to ED recovery research considered. Specifically, the use of cluster analysis with qualitative data will be highlighted (10 minutes). In the second half of the presentation, attendees will break into small groups of individuals with different perspectives (clinical, research, lived experience) and invited to discuss: (1) how different methodologies may impact recovery definitions; (2) what perspectives may be overlooked when using specific approaches; and (3) whether and how different approaches can be meaningfully combined (30 minutes). We will conclude with a group discussion of responses to these three questions and formulate suggestions for the propelling of novel, comprehensive, and representative research on ED recovery (20 minutes).

This course is based on the book, Taking a Different Perspective on Recovery created by Therese E. Kenny, MSc, Andrea LaMarre, BA, MSc., PhD, Heather Hower, MSW, LICSW, ACSW, QCSW, Erin Harrop, MSW, PhD-C, and Rachel Bachner-Melman, PhD, FAED in 2020.

Publication Date:

Jun 2020

Course Material Authors

Therese E. Kenny, MSc
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.

Heather Hower, MSW, LICSW, ACSW, QCSW

Course and Outcome of Bipolar Youth (COBY) Study: Brown Site Project Director. Duties include development and implementation of standardized research procedures, assisting in NIMH grant submission and IRB renewals, contributing to poster and manuscript submissions, assisting with conference presentations, overseeing study retention, implementation of metabolic syndrome assessments, conducting training and reliability program, and updating subject databases.

Erin Harrop, MSW, PhD-C

Erin Harrop, MSW, CPP is a doctoral student at the University of Seattle. She is currently serving as a research assistant and has skills and expertise in clinical assessment, motivational interviewing and eating disorders.

Rachel Bachner-Melman, PhD, FAED

Rachel Bachner-Melman, PhD, is a clinical psychologist who specializes in the research and treatment of eating disorders. She earned a doctorate and post- doctorate in clinical psychology from the Hebrew University of Jerusalem and lectures in the Department of Behavioral Sciences and the MA Clinical Psychology Program at the Ruppin Academic Center in Emek Hefer, and in the Psychology Department of the Hebrew University. She has worked with eating disorder patients in various outpatient and inpatient settings, including Hadassah University Medical Center and Lily Safra Children’s Hospital, Chaim Sheba Medical Center, Tel Hashomer. She has published over forty articles and book chapters on the psychology and genetics of eating disorders and other psychopathologies. Dr. Bachner-Melman is a member of the Scientific Committee of the Academy for Eating Disorders (AED) and served from 2009 to 2012 as Co- Chair of the AED Sisterhood, Chapter and Affiliate Committee where she continues to represent the Israel Association for Eating Disorders. She is a member of the Eating Disorders Research Society and Treasurer of the Israel Association for Eating Disorders.

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. Describe the unique contribution of researchers’, clinicians’, patients’ and caregivers’ perspectives to a definition of recovery.

  2. List three common quantitative methodologies and three qualitative methodologies utilized researching ED recovery, as well as one mixed-method approach used in other fields.

  3. Discuss the implications and limitations of current methodological approaches to understanding ED recovery and suggest new ways of working towards a broadly accepted definition.

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