Tackling the Topic of Eating Disorders: Risks, Prevention, Early Detection, and Evidence Based Interventions
Presented by Lindsey Ricciardi, Ph.D.
Friday, March 4th, 2022 9:00am – 4:15pm
6 CE Credits
Due to covid-19 pandemic, this workshop will be presented as a live, virtual presentation via Zoom webinar. Participants will be able to communicate with the presenter in real-time during the course of instruction.
Approved for Nevada Psychologists, LCSWs and MFTs.
NPA is approved by the American Psychological Association to sponsor continuing education for psychologists. NPA maintains responsibility for this program and its content.
About the Workshop:
Eating disorders are commonly misunderstood and often go undetected. Factors such as as the “war on obesity,” diet culture, weight stigma, unrealistic thin ideals, social media and wellness culture have fueled the rise of eating pathology. The global shutdown, food insecurity, isolation and collective trauma due to the COVID-19 pandemic increased eating disorder pathology at unprecedented and alarming rates. Eating disorders wreak havoc on health and quality of life. These illnesses also carry the highest mortality rate of all the psychiatric disorders. Early intervention is important for a positive prognosis, yet most individuals with eating disorders will not be identified or receive professional help. The few who do receive treatment often present when the eating disorder is most severe and debilitating. This continuing education training will provide a thorough overview of the current DSM-V feeding and eating disorders and how these disorders present in general clinical practice. Biopsychosocial, historical, and cultural aspects of eating disorders will be explored. Practical examples of how to assess eating disorder related concerns will be provided. Evidence supported interventions will be reviewed and the primary tenets of these treatments thoroughly explained. Limitations of current research will be discussed. Workshop attendees will be able to identify feeding and eating risks and concerns earlier and intervene more effectively once identified. Attendees will better understand and able to address the myths, societal norms, personal beliefs and biases that maintain and exacerbate eating disorders.
At the end of this workshop, attendees will be able to:
1) Identify their understanding of the DSM-IV eating disorders including signs and symptoms, risks, and common comorbid conditions.
2) Identify risk factors and red flags that may suggest the presence of a potential eating disorder.
3) Describe what to do and what not to do, based on the data, when it comes to eating, feeding, weight and shape concerns.
4) Assess the most important goals in eating disorder treatment and how to move towards these goals using evidence-based practices.
5) Identify potential biases and myths that are barriers to care with males, people in larger bodies, sexual minorities and people of color.
This presentation is intended for psychologists, other licensed mental health providers, and graduate students of psychology.
About the Speaker:
Dr. Lindsey Ricciardi is the owner and director of The Eating Disorder Institute of Las Vegas. Dr. Ricciardi has been involved in eating disorder research, clinical practice, and education for the past 20 years. She earned her doctorate in clinical psychology at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas and completed a specialized internship and fellowship at the University of Chicago Hospitals, Department of Psychiatry, Eating and Weight Disorders Program. Prior to opening the Eating Disorder Institute of Las Vegas, Dr Ricciardi was the clinical director of two multidisciplinary outpatient eating disorder programs, ranging in levels of care from outpatient to a Partial Hospitalization Program. She is a Certified Eating Disorder Specialist (CEDS) through the International Association of Eating Disorder Professionals and a certified Family Based Treatment provider by the Institute for Child and Adolescent Eating Disorders. Dr. Ricciardi has been extensively trained in Dialectical Behavior Therapy and Cognitive Behavior Therapy. A former president of the Nevada Psychological Association, Dr. Ricciardi is passionate about serving and educating the Las Vegas community. As a practicum site supervisor and adjunct instructor through UNLV, Dr. Ricciardi has trained doctoral level practicum students to treat eating disorders for over a decade. Dr. Ricciardi enjoys gardening, cooking, yoga, and spending time with her family and pets.