Approaching Eating Disorders as Mental Health Professionals: Assessing, Treating, and Preventing Eating Disorders While Challenging Biases
Earn 3.0 CEUs (approved by the MN MFT Regulatory Board)! $45 for MAMFT members, $90 for non-members
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Presented By: Ashley Baird Urbanski, MA, LMFT
Workshop Description: Eating disorders are far more common than most of us realize and have far reaching psychological and physical consequences. Most mental health professionals are not provided the appropriate training to be able to diagnose and treat those with eating disorders. This training will give insight into how to diagnose eating disorders early on in order to work towards early intervention and prevention of these diagnoses. The various eating disorder diagnoses will be discussed in reference to DSM criteria and how to recognize early warning signs. The main tenants of how to treat eating disorders at different levels of care will be introduced, as well as what to say and what not to say to a client who expresses concerns about eating, food, body image, and/or weight. Attendees will learn ways to assess for, diagnose, and start to treat eating disorders in an outpatient, non-specialty clinic/private practice. Throughout this training, discussion will also be had around current cultural narratives and how these narratives, in conjunction with our own biases and/or lack of knowledge, can get in the way of early intervention and prevention of eating disorders. Self-care of professionals treating eating disorders will also be considered. The influence of the family system on the formation and maintenance of eating disorders, as well as their vital role in the healing process will be highlighted at various points in the training.
Workshop Objectives: Participants will be able to: 1. Assess for eating disorders and eating disorder risk factors as mental health professionals in order to aid in prevention and early intervention. 2. Learn detailed information about treatment of eating disorders in the inpatient and outpatient settings, and how the family system plays a role. 3. Identify current, cultural narratives and personal biases around food and body and how these contribute to eating disorder diagnoses, including how their own family systems as clinicians have impacted their view of eating disorders, food, and/or body image. 4. Learn how family systems contribute to eating disorders and how they can be the key to healing.
Presenter’s Bio: Ashley Baird Urbanski graduated with a Master of Arts in Marriage and Family Therapy from St. Mary’s University of Minnesota. During her studies she volunteered on Crisis Connection’s crisis line and the National Suicide Prevention Line. She also completed a practicum at Park Nicollet Melrose Center treating individuals and families struggling with eating disorders. She went on to take a position at The Emily Program where she furthered her specialty treating eating disorders. She began work at The Emily Program in the adolescent residential program and proceeded to work in adult day programs and adult outpatient services. In the past year Ashley has transitioned to private practice and now works at DBT Associates, providing DBT and RO-DBT treatment, both of which are primary theories of therapy used to treat eating disorders. She continues to specialize in eating disorders at this group practice and most of her caseload reflects this. Ashley has a passion for helping those struggling with eating disorders and hopes one day for a world without this struggle. She is a member of the Minnesota Association for Marriage and Family Therapy and also works for this association as an Administrative Coordinator. When she is not in the therapy office you will find her traveling the world, making jewelry, crafting, hiking, biking, and going out to eat with her husband and friends.
Requests must be made in writing. Refunds will be given on requests received 10 days prior to the training event. A 20% administrative fee per person will be deducted from all cancellations. No refunds will be given if received less than 10 days prior to the event, but registrants can transfer their registration to another person.
Date & Location
306 West Superior Street
Alworth Building, Suite 1000, 10th Floor
Duluth, MN 55802