A group of adolescent patients works with a therapist in a  group environment
Feb 25, 2022 | 9:30AM - 11:00AM (MST)

Double Despair: Compassionate and Competent Treatment for Co-Occurring Eating Disorders and the Unresolved Trauma of Abuse

1.5 CE Credit Hours

It is no secret in the field of eating disorder treatment that there is a strong correlation between trauma and eating disorders. Just as abuse is prevalent in every community, and affects all people regardless of age, socio-economic status, sexual orientation, gender, race, religion, or nationality, so it is with eating disorders; neither abuse nor eating disorders discriminate. When an eating disorder is entangled in the roots of abuse, the trauma resulting from the abuse needs to be treated, along with the eating disorder. The research is clear that traumatic events, especially those involving abuse or violence between people, have been found to be significant risk factors for the development for a variety of psychiatric disorders, including eating disorders. In this presentation, we will discuss how to identify the various types of abuse, and how they can hide themselves in an eating disorder. We will explore simple, yet critical therapeutic interventions, that every mental health provider can do to help a client trapped in the double despair of an eating disorder and unresolved trauma from abuse. Participants will learn how the unresolved/untreated trauma of abuse can cultivate fertile ground for maladaptive coping skills to take root, contribute to the onset and multiply the power of an eating disorder. Treating the eating disorder and trauma in co-occurrence will be examined, and we will explore evidence-based approaches to treatment. Participants will walk away equipped with more compassion for the double bind these clients find themselves in, as well as skill competency in how to most effectively help them heal.

Educational Objectives

Following this presentation, participants will be able to...

  • Increase awareness of how the trauma of abuse can contribute to an eating disorder and describe interventions that can assist their clients in beginning the healing of unresolved trauma.
  • Apply evidence-based therapies to the co-occurring treatment of trauma and eating disorders. 
  • Identify various forms of abuse, using the Power and Control Wheel (NCADV)

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