Eating disorders are associated with high rates of suicide, risk of medical instability and lengthy courses of treatment, which may put eating disorder providers at especially high risks for burnout and/or compassion fatigue. This presentation will highlight some of the ways in which working with individuals diagnosed with eating disorders may lead to high stress levels in providers, while also discussing unique challenges that campus-based eating disorder providers may experience. The relationship between provider characteristics (e.g., gender identity, personal history, and level of experience) and risk of developing burnout and/or compassion fatigue will be explored. The presenters will also discuss the challenge that eating disorder providers face in modeling a recovery-oriented stance in cultures that tend to emphasize weight loss and body image-based ideals. Strategies for managing professional challenges and preventing symptoms of burnout and/or compassion fatigue will also be highlighted.
The target audience for this continuing education program is mental health providers and clinicians working with individuals with mental health diagnoses. Materials are appropriate for learners with an introductory level of understanding about mental health concerns.