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It’s Complicated: Ethical Issues, Maintaining Factors and Barriers to Treating Eating Disorders 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 have a profound impact on an individual’s overall health and psychosocial functioning. In severe cases, eating disorder symptoms can result in the need for intensive treatment or other necessary medical interventions such as tube feeding or involuntary hospitalization for either medical or psychiatric reasons. The reality of providing treatment to individuals with severe eating disorders is that clinicians should expect to be faced with ongoing ethical and legal questions regarding how to best safely provide care, while also honoring our client’s autonomy and above all, doing no harm.
This course examines the many maintaining factors that can negatively impact treatment progress and recovery and increase client and clinician risk. Participants will learn strategies for evaluating and applying ethical decision-making models to complex circumstances that can arise, including questions when client choice and autonomy directly conflict with best practice and treatment guidelines. The field is beginning to recognize but is struggling to reckon with, the primary struggle of profound barriers to accessing care for marginalized individuals. These barriers exist along a continuum from lack of prevention efforts and adequate identification of warning signs to lack of ED-specialized training for healthcare providers. From the impact of implicit bias in assessment procedures that result in a missed or incorrect diagnosis, to the myriad of financial barriers created by the U.S. healthcare system this workshop will explore how to overcome those barriers to expand access to quality, specialized eating disorder care.
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
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.
Upon completion of this training, professionals will be able to do the following:
Identify the maintaining factors that inhibit treatment and recovery from eating disorders.
Discuss at least two sociocultural influences that impact the development and maintenance of eating disorders.
Apply an ethical decision-making model to the treatment of complex eating disorders.
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
6 Ethics 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 ethics 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 ethics 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.
Register on the website before midnight the day of the event. So that we can provide you these CEs, you are required to:
- login and access the direct link to the webinar through your account
- your attendance is marked automatically when you use the direct link and attend fully
- complete a course evaluation at the conclusion of the event
- 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
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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 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.
This course is intended for clinicians who provide behavioral health services.
This is a live, interactive webinar