- Digital Seminar
- Downloadable/Streaming MP4 Video and MP3 Audio with electronic manual and instructions.
- AMY PERSHING, LMSW, ACSW
- PESI Inc.
- CE Available:
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- Articulate the critical role of traumatic experiences in the development of Binge Eating Disorder (BED).
- Teach clients about the neurological impact of binge eating on “fight/flight/freeze” activation.
- Identify the critical steps and strategies of “Attuned Eating and Movement” in BED recovery.
- Provide psychoeducation to help clients understand the role of binge eating from a strengths-based perspective.
- Implement strategies to help clients identify and challenge internalized weight stigma and challenge external body shaming cultural milieu using advocacy and community building.
- Implement clinical strategies for processing entrenched body shame narratives in clients, family systems and in the cultural milieu.
Get to Know Binge Eating Disorder (BED)
Complex Trauma and Binge Eating
- 5 damaging myths about BED and the recovery process
- What makes treatment of BED unique from other eating disorders
- Why treatment often fails
- Current research: Gains, limitations, risks
- Why weight has nothing to do with it
- Is BED an addiction?
- Key tenets of weight-neutral recovery
Assessment & Treatment Planning
- The neurobiological legacy of trauma in binge eating
- Fragmentation of the self: the role of dissociation in BED
- How trauma activates the binge/diet cycle
- Saving “Self”: the role of binge eating in managing danger
- Attachment ruptures, social anxiety and the binge cycle
- A body-shaming culture’s impact on trauma narratives
Clinical Strategies for Processing Trauma and Stopping the Binge Cycle
- 5 must-ask intake questions
- What to look/listen for to identify BED
- DSM-5® criteria
- How to gather food history information
- Ruling out co-occurring medical issues
- Common co-morbidities: depression, anxiety, personality disorders
- Screening for trauma 100% of the time
- Why the initial goal is not to stop bingeing
IFS-Informed Recovery Strategies
- Why a “do-no-harm, strengths-based” approach is critical with BED clients
- Psychoeducation – initially and throughout treatment
- P.O.W.R. process for trauma activation, finding the “window of tolerance”
- The nuanced parallel process of each treatment piece
Attuned Eating and Movement: Stepping into the Body
- Stepping into Self
- Identify fragmented “parts”
- Develop compassionate curiosity toward the “parts”
- Build affect tolerance
Reinventing Body Image: Help Clients Feel at Home in their Bodies
- What the data tells us about behavioral weight loss/dieting
- 5 steps of attuned eating to teach your clients
- The body as a wise ally, not broken or wrong
- Using the body as the best source of information
- Teaching clients to know when the trauma narrative has been triggered
- Attuned movement v. “exercise”
Building Resiliency to Relapse
- The truth about weight and health
- Cultural narrative about weight and worthiness
- The healing power of Health at Every Size (HAES)
- Help clients shift from “body as billboard” to “body as home”
- How the clinician’s body image impacts treatment
- 4 A’s: Awareness, analysis, action, accountability
- Finding community that aligns with your recovery
- Resources for weight-neutral medical/nutritional care
- Collaborative care with prescribers
- Doing your own work: Modeling body acceptance
- Navigating countertransference/bias
- Multicultural considerations – Gender, race/ethnicity, sexual orientation
AMY PERSHING, LMSW, ACSW
Amy Pershing, LMSW, ACSW, founder of the Bodywise® Binge Eating Disorder Recovery Program and Clinical Director of The Center for Eating Disorders in Ann Arbor, MI, has over 30 years of clinical experience and serves as a consultant and trainer for clinicians treating BED nationwide. A founding member and past chair of the Binge Eating Disorder Association (BEDA) and recipient of the association’s 2016 Pioneer in Clinical Advocacy Award, Amy is a sought-after international lecturer, keynote speaker and author. She is the author of Binge Eating Disorder: The Journey to Recovery and Beyond (Routledge/Taylor and Francis, 2018) and has authored several articles, chapters and tv/radio/podcast segments on BED recovery, relapse prevention, weight stigma, and Attuned Eating and Movement (AEM). She is the creator of “Hungerwise™,” a comprehensive outpatient treatment program for ending chronic dieting and weight cycling, offered jointly with St. Joseph Mercy Health System in Michigan and nationally online. In addition, Amy maintains a private practice in Ann Arbor, MI. Based upon her wealth of knowledge and experience, Amy has developed a comprehensive treatment approach for BED that is strengths-based, incorporating Internal Family Systems, somatic trauma techniques, Attuned Eating and Movement (AEM), and a “health at every size” philosophy. In BED recovery herself, Amy offers a compelling perspective to treatment that makes her both accessible and relatable for both professionals and clients alike.
Financial: Amy Pershing is the founder of Bodywise. She is the clinical director of the Center for Eating Disorders. Ms. Pershing receives a speaking honorarium from PESI, Inc.
Non-financial: Amy Pershing has no relevant non-financial relationship to disclose.
Continuing Education Credits
CE Credit is not available for this product.
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