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Eating Disorders: Etiological Factors, Assessment & Diagnosis, Live Online Webinar, 1/13/23, 10am-5pm EST

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Live Online Webinar

Description and Schedule

Registration closes at midnight (EST) the day before the event

Eating Disorders: Etiological Factors, Assessment & Diagnosis is one course of the 4-course Eating Disorder Training Certificate Program (EDTC).  For more information on the EDTC and discounted enrollment in the full program, please visit this page.

Eating disorders are serious illnesses that can impact all areas of functioning and have the second highest mortality rate of any mental health condition. Despite misleading stereotypes about who suffers from eating disorders, we know that people of all genders, ages, races, ethnicities, sexual orientations, religious beliefs, socioeconomic statuses, body shapes, and weights can develop eating disorders. It is estimated that nearly 30 million individuals in the U.S. will suffer from an eating disorder during their lifetime, with prevalence rates in children and adolescents increasing by over 100% in the past decade. There are numerous etiological factors that influence the development and maintenance of eating disorders, including the many sociocultural stressors of the current day including the long-term impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic. For these reasons, it is imperative for clinicians to have adequate training and knowledge in the treatment of these complex and often misunderstood conditions.  

This course provides mental health clinicians with an overview of the genetic, biological, psychological, and myriad of sociocultural factors that contribute to the rising numbers of individuals affected by eating disorders. Assessment tools, as well as important considerations for culturally competent assessment eating disorder symptomatology and severity are explored. Strategies for differential diagnosis and assessment for level of care appropriateness are reviewed. Additionally, resources for additional support for individuals with severe eating disorders are provided.

Schedule (in Eastern Time Zone):

  • 10:00-10:50 = Lecture
  • 10:50-11:00 = Q&A/Interaction/Discussion
  • 11:00-11:05 = Break
  • 11:05-11:50 = Lecture
  • 11:50-12:00 = Q&A/Interaction/Discussion
  • 12:00-12:05 = Break
  • 12:05-12:50 = Lecture
  • 12:50-1:10 = Q&A/Interaction/Discussion
  • 1:10-1:50 = Lunch
  • 1:50-2:40 = Lecture
  • 2:40-2:50 = Q&A/Interaction/Discussion
  • 2:50-2:55 = Break
  • 2:55-3:40 = Lecture
  • 3:40-3:50 = Q&A/Interaction/Discussion
  • 3:50-3:55 = Break
  • 3:55-4:45 = Lecture
  • 4:45-5:00 = Q&A/Interaction/Discussion


By registering for this event you are agreeing to the following:

24 hour notice is required if you are not able to make it to a live event. A 10% processing fee is required for all refunds. Recordings are not provided to webinar registrants.

To test using Zoom.us/test before the event to ensure you are ready for the event.

Since this is a live interactive event it means that your camera must remain on throughout the event and your interaction during the event is expected.

A post-test and an evaluation must be completed within one week of the event. Continuing Education credit(s) cannot be issued unless you attend the event and the evaluation is submitted.  (Evaluation is not mandatory for APA hours)

Partial CE credits are not possible; therefore you are required to be present throughout the event in order to receive CE credits.

Respect all other participants during the event as though you would if you were sitting with the other attendees at a conference table:

  • Dress appropriately
  • Be in a private location void of distractions
  • Do not multitask
  • Remain on mute unless you are sharing with the group

Connect and Refresh Meeting

Join us immediately following the course for an optional "Connect and Refresh" 30-minute meeting to meet other course participants. Icebreakers and engaging discussion questions will be provided for breakout rooms.

Learning Objectives

Upon completion of this training, professionals will be able to do the following:

Learning Objectives:

  1. Identify the etiological factors that increase vulnerability for the development of eating disorders.

  2. Recognize how to comprehensively assess and differentially diagnose a range of eating disorders and related conditions. 

  3. List the criteria for level of care appropriateness based on a comprehensive eating disorder assessment.


Melanie Smith, PhD, LMHC, CEDS-S

Melanie Smith, PhD, LMHC, CEDS-S, is the Director of Training for The Renfrew Center for Eating Disorders. In this role, she provides ongoing training, supervision and consultation to clinicians across disciplines for the purpose of continually assessing and improving competence in the treatment of eating disorders. Dr. Smith is co-author of The Renfrew Unified Treatment for Eating Disorders and Comorbidity Therapist Guide and Workbook (Oxford University Press), is a Certified Eating Disorders Specialist and Approved Supervisor, and is a Certified Therapist and Trainer for the Unified Protocol for the Transdiagnostic Treatment of Emotional Disorders (UP).  In addition to her work with the Renfrew Center, Dr. Smith maintains a telehealth private practice specializing in the supervision and consultation of registered mental health counselor interns (Florida) and individuals seeking eating disorder specialist certification through the International Association of Eating Disorders Professionals (iaedp).

You can find more information about Dr. Smith here and the Renfrew Center here

CE Hours

6 CE hours

Counselors: Telehealth Certification Institute, LLC has been approved by NBCC as an Approved Continuing Education Provider, ACEP No, 6693. Programs that do not qualify for NBCC credit are clearly identified. Telehealth Certification Institute, LLC is solely responsible for all aspects of the programs. This course qualifies for 6 contact hours.

Telehealth Certification Institute, LLC is recognized by the New York State Education Department's State Board for Mental Health Practitioners as an approved provider of continuing education for licensed mental health counselors. #MHC-0048. Approval renewal date: 1/31/2023 

Marriage and Family Therapists: Many MFT licensing boards accept our courses or one of the approvals which we have from professional associations. You can check with your board to determine if this course would be accepted by your licensing board.

Social Workers: Telehealth Certification Institute LLC, #1609, is approved to offer social work continuing education by the Association of Social Work Boards (ASWB) Approved Continuing Education (ACE) program. Organizations, not individual courses, are approved as ACE providers. State and provincial regulatory boards have the final authority to determine whether an individual course may be accepted for continuing education credit. Telehealth Certification Institute LLC maintains responsibility for this course. ACE provider approval period: 05/02/2021 – 05/02/2024. Social workers completing this course receive 6 clinical continuing education credits.

Telehealth Certification Institute, LLC is recognized by the New York State Education Department's State Board for Social Work as an approved provider of continuing education for licensed social workers #SW-0435. Approval renewal date: 2/28/2023

Psychologists: Telehealth Certification Institute LLC is approved by the American Psychological Association to sponsor continuing education for psychologists. Telehealth Certification Institute LLC maintains responsibility for this program and its content.

Telehealth Certification Institute, LLC is recognized by the New York State Education Department’s State Board for Psychology as an approved provider of continuing education for licensed psychologists #PSY-0128. Effective 8/31/2021 – 8/31/2024

Art Therapists: Telehealth Certification Institute, LLC is recognized by the New York State Education Department's State Board for Mental Health Practitioners as an approved provider of continuing education for licensed creative arts therapists #CAT-0093. 7/21/2021 – 7/31/2024

Other Professionals: This activity qualifies for 360 minutes of instructional content as required by many national, state and local licensing boards and professional organizations.  Retain your certificate of completion and contact your board or organization for specific filing requirements.

How to Attend

Register on the website before midnight the day of the event. So that we can provide you these CEs, you are required to:

  1. login and access the direct link to the webinar through your account
  2. your attendance is marked automatically when you use the direct link and attend fully
  3. complete a course evaluation at the conclusion of the event
  4. collect your certificate of completion on your account after steps 1-3 are completed

Recordings are not provided to webinar registrants. No refunds are offered to those who do not attend.

Directions for completing a course and collecting CEs can be found here

Enroll in the webinar by adding it to the cart and proceeding through the check out process. Create an account (or login to yours) during the checkout process.

Prepare: Download Zoom software. Participants must use a device that is connected to adequate internet speed with a camera, microphone and speakers (or headset).

Attend: At least 15 minutes before the designated start time, login to your account on the website. Go to "My Courses", click on the title of the webinar. The link for the webinar will be listed in the course content.

Attendance is recorded automatically when you use the direct link and attend the full event.

Closed Captions

Closed captioning is offered for participants who are hard of hearing.

During the live webinar, captions will be provided either by:

  • clicking on a button at the top left corner of your screen to view the real-time transcription, or 
  • following the link given in the chat window to access the captions. If you use the link you will have to minimize the transcription window to fill half of your screen and the minimize the Zoom window to fill the other half of your screen. You can also use two screens if you would prefer.

Who Should Attend

This course is intended for clinicians who provide behavioral health services.

Teaching Methods

This is a live, interactive webinar

Course Policies

Accommodations for Individuals with Disabilities

Click here to view our Accommodations for Individuals with Disabilities.

This course includes closed captioning.

Cancellation Policy

Refunds are offered within the first 30 days for courses which have not been completed or with at least 24 hours notice for live events..  There is a 10% service fee for refunds.

Grievance Policy

Click here to view our Grievance Policy.

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