There are 3 Continuing Education Units included with this course.
This course examines binge eating, overeating, obesity, anorexia nervosa, and bulimia, as well as assessment parameters, treatment considerations, and practical and biblical solutions for those who work with this population. Counselors will learn how to deal with these potentially life-threatening mental health issues that affect a person’s emotional and physical well-being.
ED20 101: Introduction to Eating Disorders: Risk Factors, Etiology, and Assessment
Linda Mintle, Ph.D.
What causes a 16-year-old to jeopardize her health by repeated laxative abuse? What makes an honor student starve herself to the point of serious metabolic imbalance? What motivates a young adult to think only of her next binge? The answers have to do with a major public health problem called eating disorders. The course, as well as this specific session address the symptoms of common eating disorders and discuss the possible causes and risks for these disorders.
ED20 102: Medical Implications and Health Risks of Anorexia and Bulimia
Kim Dennis, M.D.
This session discusses eating disorders and the prevalence of each of the most common diagnoses. Further, mortality and comorbidity rates are detailed, as many clients may suffer from multiple disorders simultaneously. Medical complications associated with eating disorders are common and not as well known, including gastrointestinal problems and risk of cancer, osteopenia and osteoporosis, dermatological symptoms, and anemia.
ED20 103: Eating Disorders and Whole Person Care
Gregory Jantz, Ph.D.
Eating disorder treatment has often been seen through either the medical lens of a physician or the psychological lens of the therapist, with little coordination between the two. This session discusses why it takes more than a single professional to support recovery from an eating disorder. Eating disorders are 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.