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Eating disorders have the highest mortality rate of any mental illness.
Approximately 24 million people in the U.S. struggle with an eating disorder. Almost 50% of these people also meet the criteria for depression and one in four college-aged women binges and purges as a weight-management technique. Eating disorders are real, complex, and devastating conditions that can have serious consequences for health, productivity, and relationships. They are not fads, phases or lifestyle choices. Eating disorders are serious, potentially life-threatening conditions that affect a person’s emotional and physical health. They have the highest mortality rate of any psychiatric disorder. Tragically, for a lot of us, these disorders can be all-consuming. Binge Eating. Obesity. High cholesterol. Diabetes. Anorexia Nervosa. Bulimia. Never-ending diets. The poor self-image and depression that often follow.
Introducing the Brand-new, Eating Disorders Counselor Training Program
Receive the latest information on research-based treatments for eating disorders, including medical implications, working with children, adolescents and males, treating co-morbid disorders, compulsive overeating and food addiction, models of treatment, group/family therapy, spiritual foundations of healing, and more. This course includes the complete set of 15 video lectures, comprehensive worktext with detailed notes, and exams. When you successfully finish this program (more than 200,000 students have enrolled in a Light University course), you will earn a Certificate of Completion. Continuing Education credits are also available, if needed, for mental health professionals.
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If you feel called by God to make a difference in the lives of others around you, let us help equip and train you through this new course.
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15 Video Lessons on DVD
EDIS 101: Introduction to Eating Disorders: Risk Factors, Etiology and Assessment
Research estimates that up to 24 million people suffer from eating disorders, which have the highest mortality rates among psychiatric diagnoses. This session describes the four categories of eating disorders and the risk factors associated with each. The impact on family dynamics, depression, cultural pressures, and abuse is also addressed.
EDIS 102: Medical Implications and Health Risks of Anorexia and Bulimia
The medical risks and complications of anorexia and bulimia are numerous. Not only can these disorders end in mortality, but individuals can also experience reproductive and gastrointestinal problems, brain abnormalities, kidney damage, weakened muscles, and other physical impairments. Effective interventions and methods of treatment are discussed.
EDIS 103: Eating Disorders in Children and Adolescents
Most eating disorders will first appear in childhood or adolescence. In order to provide effective treatment, it is imperative for counselors to understand the unique challenges that minors experience. This session explains the key components to effective treatment and strategies for the prevention of eating disorders in children and adolescents.
EDIS 104: Eating Disorders in Young Adult and Adult Women
Every stage of life comes with an array of challenges regarding body image, self-esteem, and relationships. Young adults are particularly vulnerable to eating disorders due to the many transitions that occur at this stage of life. This session explores the vulnerabilities of young and adult women and provides recommendations for addressing them.
EDIS 105: Eating Disorders in Males and Mid/Late-Life Females
Traditionally, eating disorders have been considered a problem among younger females. However, as eating disorders continue to permeate the culture, males and older females are finding themselves struggling with many of the same issues and these disparate populations present their own challenges. Statistics and unique treatment features are addressed.
EDIS 106: Eating Disorders and Comorbid Disorders
Eating disorders often coexist with other psychiatric disorders. In order to develop a complete treatment plan, counselors must be able to recognize which comorbid disorders are the most common and the symptoms of each condition. This session reviews how to recognize comorbid disorders and how they affect treatment dynamics.
EDIS 107: Spiritual Foundations for Healing and Recovery: Our Identity in Christ
Eating disorders affect the whole person—body, soul, and spirit. To bring healing and a healthy life balance to those struggling, counselors must address each of these areas. This session discusses the importance of the tripartite nature of man and how this nature relates to the Triune God in order to promote wholeness in clients.
EDIS 108: Effective Models of Treatment
Eating disorder treatment is usually provided by a multidisciplinary team, and research shows that individual, group, family, and adjunctive therapies are effective in managing these disorders. This session covers treatment options, therapeutic strategies, and interventions that have proven to be the most effective with this population.
EDIS 109: Eating Disorders and Whole Person Care
Eating disorders are a complex amalgamation of various factors and should be viewed from a multi-causal perspective, with emotional, relational, physical and spiritual factors involved in both the genesis of the disorder and the path to recovery. An integrated, multi-disciplinary approach is presented, with strategies for long-term recovery, the role of spirituality and nutrition.
EDIS 110: Couples/Family Therapy and Therapy Groups
An individual is comprised of experiences and the influence of many environments throughout his/her life. Family and couple systems have a direct impact on the development and maintenance of an eating disorder. This session identifies the ways that these systems influence clients and explains the effectiveness of couple, family, and group therapies.
EDIS 111: Levels of Care: Assessment and Treatment Options
Eating disorders are complex and multi-dimensional. In order to provide effective treatment, counselors must pay careful attention to clients’ ability to function across several domains. This session focuses on the efficacy of inpatient, residential, and outpatient treatment options available to those with an eating disorder.
EDIS 112: Long-term Recovery and Relapse Prevention
Just as there are a multitude of factors that influence the creation and maintenance of an eating disorder, there are also a multitude of factors that influence long-term recovery and relapse prevention. This session addresses the key components of long-term recovery, effective strategies for relapse prevention and the impact of negative clinician reactions.
EDIS 113: The Obesity Epidemic: Compulsive Overeating and Food Addiction
Research shows that approximately 34% of the United States population is obese. Physiological, emotional, relational and spiritual dynamics are frequently involved in compulsive overeating and food addiction. This session provides a comprehensive understanding on the etiology and assessment of these disorders.
EDIS 114: Effective Treatment of Compulsive Overeating and Food Addiction
Emotional eating, family of origin issues, unresolved trauma and unhealthy thinking patterns can all contribute to compulsive overeating and food addiction. This session describes assessment protocols, effective treatment planning, and practical tools for addressing the common challenges faced by those who compulsively overeat.
EDIS 115: Integrating a Christian Perspective in the Diagnosis and Treatment of Eating Disorders and Food Issues
Part of the problem for many who struggle with an eating disorder is not recognizing spiritual hunger and mistaking and substituting this human need for other things. This session discusses the spiritual issues that need to be addressed with clients, and how the role faith and biblical strategies that can be applied to eating disorder treatment.
|Linda Mintle Ph.D., is a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist, a Licensed Clinical Social Worker, and a national expert on relationships and the psychology of food, weight, and body image. With 30 years of clinical experience working with couples, families and individuals, she brings her common sense approach to people who want to live in positive mental health. Her academic appointment at Eastern Virginia Medical School, Department of Pediatrics, keeps her abreast current research in her areas of expertise.|
|Eric Scalise, Ph.D., is the Vice President for Professional Development with the American Association of Christian Counselors. He is a Licensed Professional Counselor and a Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist with over 32 years of clinical and professional experience in the mental health field. As the former Chair of Counseling Programs at Regent University, Dr. Scalise provides academic oversight as the Vice President for Academic Affairs with Light University Online.|
|MARIAN EBERLY, Ph.D. (Candidate), RN, LCSW, has been practicing the art of Christ-centered counseling for adults, adolescents and children for over 25 years. Marian has served in executive clinical roles for most of her lengthy career, primarily providing clinical organizational leadership, and Christ-centered clinical program development in psychiatric inpatient programs. Her breadth of psychiatric experience spans the multidisciplinary scope of clinical leadership in multiple aspects of care: medical, nutritional, psychological and spiritual; integrating disciplines that benefit the whole person.|
|Kim Dennis, M.D., is a board-certified psychiatrist who specializes in eating disorder treatment, addictions recovery, trauma / PTSD and co-occurring disorders. As CEO & Medical Director at Timberline Knolls Residential Treatment Center, she supervises the medical staff and sets the overall vision and direction for the treatment program.|
|Greg Jantz Ph.D., is an internationally recognized best selling author of 26 books and mental health expert. Dr. Jantz is the Founder of The Center for Counseling and Health Resources, Inc., known as “A Place of Hope,” a leading healthcare facility based in Seattle. The treatment center offers therapy programs for individuals, teens, families, even celebrities, who struggle with addiction, stress, abuse, depression, PTSD, weight loss, unhealthy body image, relationship problems and more.|
|Amy Feigel, M.A., is a Virginia Licensed Professional Counselor and California Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist. Amy received her pre and post graduate education from Liberty University and has over 15 years of experience working with children, adolescents and families.|
Margaret Nagib, Psy.D., is a clinical psychologist specializing in Christian counseling, inner healing and treating eating disorders, trauma, addiction, self-injury and mood disorders. For 15 years, she has provided individual, family and group therapy.
Today, as a key faculty member of Timberline Knolls’ Clinical Development Institute, she travels throughout the country providing clinical training and presentations to professionals.
|Rhona Epstein, Psy.D., is not only a licensed psychologist, certified addictions counselor and marriage and family therapist, she has personally experienced recovery from food addiction. Dr. Epstein received her doctorate in clinical psychology from Chestnut Hill College and has been helping individuals find freedom over food addiction for the past 25 years. Dr. Epstein practices counseling in the western suburbs of Philadelphia. She is a much sought after conference speaker.|