Eating Disorders: Indications and Treatment Approaches

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Event: Eating Disorders: Indications and Treatment Approaches

Date: 5/15/19

Time: 8:30 – 10:30 am

Where: Penn Foundation – Loux Center (Univest Community Room)

Cost: $50.00


About the Course

This interactive workshop is designed to assist the clinical team members in their approach to working with clients with co-occurring eating disorders.

Participants will learn to identify signs and symptoms of the major eating disorders:  anorexia and bulimia nervosa, binge eating disorder and other specified food and eating disorder.  Discussion will include exploration of eating disorder presentation and treatment across a diverse range of client scenarios, including males and LGBTQ clients with eating disorders.  Common co-occurring disorders will be discussed, including substance use disorders, post-traumatic stress disorder, anxiety disorders, and mood disorders.


Course Objectives

  1. Participants will be able to describe the symptoms of anorexia and bulimia nervosa, binge eating disorder, and other specified food and eating disorder.
  2. Participants will be able to recognize similarities and differences between eating disorders and substance use disorders.
  3. Participants will be able to identify and describe three methods of treating clients with eating disorders.
  4. Participants will be able to articulate three challenges:  facing diverse populations with eating disorders, including:  men, lesbian, gay, and bisexual; transgender and gender expansive clients.
  5. Participants will be able to design continuing care plans to support clients with eating disorders after discharge from treatment services.

Target Audience

Target audience includes social workers, professional counselors, marriage and family therapists, recovery coaches, peer specialists, nurses, nurse practitioners, psychiatrists, and substance abuse counselors for this intermediate level of instruction.



  • 2.0 PCB Approved Education Credits
  • 2.0 Continuing Education Credits for Licensed Social Workers, Licensed Professional Counselors, and Licensed Marriage and Family Therapists
  • 2.0 Continuing Education Credits for Registered Nurses (RN) and Licensed Practical Nurses (LPN)


There is no conflict of interest or commercial support for this program.

All attendees must arrive promptly at the beginning of the training and remain the duration of the training to receive continuing education credits.  Please have license number available when signing in.

Persons with disabilities and special needs are encouraged to contact the registrar for further information.


About the Presenter

Kayti Protos, LCSW, is a licensed clinical social worker in Pennsylvania with 15 years of clinical experience.  She is the Clinical Coordinator for Bucks Support Services, which includes three specialty private practice programs:  Bucks LGBTQ Center, Bucks Eating Support Collaborative and Bucks Recovery Center.  She specializes at the intersection of trauma, eating disorder, addiction and LGBTQ+ identities.  Her research interest centers on the unique challenges facing transgender and gender expansive clients with eating disorders.  She earned her BA in Women’s and Gender Studies and Communication Studies from Vanderbilt University in Nashville, Tennessee and her MSW from Tennessee State University.  She is currently pursuing her DSW at the Rutgers School of Social Work.  Additionally, Ms. Protos is an adjunct faculty member at Holy Family University, teaching several courses in their Graduate Counseling Psychology program.


For more information, contact Karen M. Kern at 215.453.5171 or


If you do not receive the professional benefits described in our program materials or you have some other professional complaint, please let us know in writing within 7 days of the training and we will honor your request for a refund.


Current References

Cohan, L.R., Greenfield, S.F., Gordon, S, Killeen, T., Jiang, H., & Hien D. (2010).  Survey of eating disorder symptoms among women in treatment for substance abuse.  The American Journal on Addictions, 19, 245-251.  doi:10.1111/j.1521-0391.2010.00038.x

Griffiths, S., Mond, J.M., Li, Z., Gunatilake, S., Murray, S.B., Sheffield, J., & Touyz, S. (2015).  Self-stigma of seeking treatment and being male predict an increased likelihood of having an undiagnosed eating disorder.  International Journal of Eating Disorders, 48(6), 775-775.  doi:10.1002/eat.22413

Hinz, L.D. (2009).  Drawing from within:  Using art to treat eating disorders.  Philadelphia, PA:  Jessica Kingsley Publishers

Kaye, W.H., Wirenga, C.E., Bailer, U.F., Simmons A.H., Wagner, A., & Bischoff-Grethe, A. (2013).  Does a shared neurobiology for foods and drugs of abuse contribute to extremes of uingestion in anorexia and bulimia nervosa?  Biological Psychiatry, 73, 836-842.

Jacobson-Levy, M. & Foy-Tornay, M. (2010).  Finding your voice through creativity:  The art and journalizing workbook for disordered eating.  Carlsbad GA:  Gurze Books

Nokleby, H. (2012).  Comorbid drug use disorders and eating disorders – review of prevalence studies.  Nordic Studies on Alcohol and Drug, 29(3), 303-314.  doi:10.2478/v10199-012-0024-9


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