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Upcoming Webinars

Treating Individuals with Eating Disorders in the Hispanic Community

October 13, 2021 1:00 pm CT | Hispanic Heritage Month

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This webinar is presented with EDCare. Join us to gain practical awareness and effective, culturally sensitive treatment approaches to binge eating disorder in the Hispanic/Latino/Latina/Latinx culture. Improve treatment outcomes by establishing a culturally aware therapeutic relationship and success treating a population that often does not access treatment. This presentation will discuss symptoms of binge eating disorder (BED), cultural approaches, medical aspects to binge eating disorder, and the treatment approaches that have been shown to be effective. Other eating disorders will also be explored as connected to behaviors that may lead to binge eating disorders.


  1. Participants will learn clinical presentations and culturally sensitive treatment approaches to binge eating disorder in the Hispanic/Latino/Latina/Latinx culture
  2. Participants will learn how other eating disorders and their behaviors are connected to and may lead to binge eating disorder.
  3. Participants will gain a better cultural understanding of eating disorders within the Hispanic community, barriers to treatment, and treatment outcomes.


Dolores DeVargas-Schoonover, MA, LPC, CACII, CEDS/Approved Supervisor

Dolores DeVargas-Schoonover is a bilingual professional counselor who has extensive experience in working with individuals very resistant to treatment, history of trauma, eating disorders, neglect/abuse, substance abuse, poverty, and homelessness. Ms. De Vargas-Schoonover received her Bachelor of Arts from Regis University in the area of Spanish/Secondary Education, Master of Arts in Counseling Psychology from the University of Colorado/Denver. Dolores believes that the family unit is an important component of the recovery process and incorporates Family Systems Theory. Dolores values meeting the needs of each patient’s individual treatment.

Dolores has worked for 25 years as a therapist. Prior to EDCare she was employed at another local facility for 10+ years treating eating disorders, previous 14 years in Child Protective Services in the unit that supported the reunification of families, ongoing private practice at a limited capacity. Dolores is considered an expert at working with dual-diagnosed individuals.

Her interests outside of providing therapeutic services include baseball-Colorado Rockies, spending time with her husband and pet poodle Charlie, visiting extended family in her native state of New Mexico, exploring turquoise jewelry, reading, and occasionally knits.

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Joyful Movement and Inclusivity as an Antidote to Diet-Culture


Amanda Schlitzer Tierney, MS, CSCS, CEDS

Amanda Schlitzer Tierney is a NSCA Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist and holds her Master’s degree in Sport and Exercise Psychology from Lock Haven University and her Bachelor’s degree in Psychology from Chestnut Hill College. Amanda is the former Co-Chair of the Association for Applied Sports Psychology: Eating Disorder Special Interest Group. Amanda has been working with athletes and non-athletes with eating disorders since 2006. Over the years, Amanda gained a wide range of knowledge for this specialized population and found her true passion: helping individuals incorporate balanced exercise into the recovery environment. Amanda’s goal as a Strength and Conditioning Coach is working with individuals to help identify unhealthy exercise thoughts and behaviors and supporting them in redefining their relationship with fitness. She aims to help her patients find a balance between challenging the body and bringing the fun back to exercise. She encourages listening to one’s body cues and adequate fueling to maintain a healthy body and mind.   Amanda’s target reaches beyond the patient and she strives to educate athletes, teams, coaches, parents, athletic trainers, and sports medicine personnel on how to work with this specialized population.

This webinar is presented in partnership with McCallum Place Eating Disorder Centers. ANAD believes diet culture is dangerous and is leading to eating disorders. As an eating disorder informed and sensitive fitness professional, it’s important to understand this toxic reality, to protect our patients from harmful messaging permeating into our therapeutic environments. Research supports physical activity as part of eating disorder treatment, so this presentation will provide tools to create safe, supportive and inclusive spaces for our clients to explore movement in a joyful and non-judgmental way.


  • Identify frequent challenges and concerns that an individual may encounter when reintegrating movement into their treatment.
  • Contrast a balanced and joyful relationship to movement vs. one driven by diet-culture.
  • Learn how to incorporate the 8 Pillars of the Body Positive Fitness Alliance into the eating disorder treatment and other athletic/movement-based settings.
  • Discuss case studies that demonstrate the healing one can cultivate when safety, inclusivity and sustainability are central to an exercise environment rather than the philosophies that are typically dominant in diet-culture.

How to be Anti-Diet

Part 1, “How to be Anti-Diet”

Part 2, “How to be Anti-Diet”


Claire St John, MPH, RD, CEDRD-S

Claire brings compassion and understanding to her nutritional counseling practice. Claire has worked with men, women and children suffering from eating disorders at all levels of care, leading guided meals, restaurant and snack outings, nutrition groups and multi-family nutrition groups. With a dynamic understanding of eating disorders and how they impact individuals and families, Claire is passionate about repairing broken relationships with food.

Claire holds a Master’s of Public Health Nutrition from Loma Linda University, and after completing her rotations at Eisenhower Medical Center, passed the exam to become a Registered Dietitian. Working with eating disordered clients from the outset, she has developed a method of practice that includes exposure and response therapy, motivational interviewing and compassionate understanding paired with firm encouragement. Helping people reconnect with food and normalize their eating patterns is the most rewarding part of working with eating disordered patients for Claire. Encouraging people to be able to make peace with food, enjoy meals with loved ones and move through the world without fear is why Claire chose the field of eating disorders. Claire enjoys reading, writing, hiking and cooking, and spent seven years as a newspaper reporter, covering the school beat and the City Hall beat. She enjoys learning about her clients’ passions — what they are reading, what they’re studying in school and what their hobbies are, taking a whole-person approach to treatment.

Fiona LaRosa-Waters, BS

Fiona is an experienced behavioral health marketing professional and community relations specialist, and the director of business development for Reasons Eating Disorder Center. She has been working in the eating disorders field since 2011 and has held positions as a professional outreach representative for eating disorder and substance use facilities, a counselor in a treatment center for adult women with eating disorders, and providing outpatient case management and treatment placement services for clients.

About the Webinar

Presented in partnership with Reasons Eating Disorder Center, this webinar provides an overview of the statistics on dieting and weight loss, the cultural implications of weight stigma and the risk factors associated with dieting for the development of eating disorders. Using perspectives and information grounded in nutrition education, feminism and social justice, direct work with clients with eating disorders in a variety of settings, and lived experience, the presenters provide a step-by step guide to moving past diet culture and finding balance and peace with food and how it relates to body weight, shape and size.


  • Name 2-3 ways that dieting can cause harm
  • Identify 2-3 nutrition interventions to support clients in being anti-diet
  • Describe 2-3 ways that being anti-diet aligns with social justice movements
  • Identify 1-2 techniques for cultivating an anti-diet social media feed

The Weight of Stigma in the Treatment of Eating Disorders

Presented by Aaron Flores, RDN, Judith Matz, LCSW, and Lisa Erlanger, MD.

As clinicians, we use our skills to help clients heal from eating disorders. At the same time, we exist in a culture where diet talk is normative and weight stigma prevails. Each of us has an obligation to become aware of our own internalized weight bias because even with the best of intentions, these types of thoughts, behaviors and assumptions impact the way we treat clients. In this plenary panel, you’ll hear from a doctor, therapist and dietitian about the many ways that weight stigma creates obstacles, and even harms people with eating disorders. Through presentations and conversation, you’ll have the opportunity to consider steps to reduce weight stigma in your practice and/or organization as well as beyond the clinical setting.

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A Guide to the Guys: Treating Men with Eating Disorders

Presented by Brad E. R. Smith, MD.

Although thought of as a predominantly “female” problem, eating disorders affect a surprisingly high number of men. The aim of our presentation is to provide clinicians with guidance in the treatment of men with eating disorders throughout the lifespan. We will review the unique features of eating disorder presentations in men compared to women, such as the heightened incidence of binge eating and extreme forms of exercise, that have been recently uncovered in a comprehensive study of over 1000 clients with eating disorders. These unique features of eating disorders in men will be used to describe several evidence-based treatment strategies that have shown to produce significant symptom relief in male clients, such as gradual inclusion of avoided foods into one’s diet as well as progressive reintegration into important life activities (e.g., moderate exercise, increased social connectivity). We will utilize a variety of case examples from our own practice to bring these unique treatment strategies to life.

Gender-Inclusive Residential Treatment: Breaking the Treatment Binary

Presented by Emmy Johnson, MSW, LCSWA

In the past few years, research has started to catch up to what so many folks already knew: transgender individuals are much more likely than cisgender individuals to experience an eating disorder. Despite this, competent care for transgender people remains a challenge to find in the eating disorder field. This presentation will discuss prevalence of eating disorders across diagnoses and the gender spectrum, the unique expressions of eating disorders within the transgender population, what goes into creating an inclusive environment for individuals of all genders and gender presentations, and ways eating disorder treatment needs to move forward. We will also explore some of the most challenging aspects of eating disorder care for transgender individuals, for example: untangling the web of gender dysphoria and body dysmorphia.

Finding Hope in Telling Our Stories: Understanding the Intersection of Discrimination and Shame in the Treatment of Eating Disorders in People of Color and LGBTQ+ Communities

Presented by Norman Kim, PhD

People from ethnic minority groups and those in LGBTQ+ communities suffer from eating disorders at similar or higher rates than in the general population. People from these communities must often also grapple with additional stigma and marginalization, resulting in a multiple dose of shame and reasons for experiencing self-hatred. Among other risk factors, a history of macro- and micro-aggressions, discrimination and marginalization, and the well-documented confluence of stressors associated with minority status puts people from these communities at particularly high risk for the development of disordered eating behaviors and their attendant consequences.

Despite the seriousness and lethal nature of eating disorders for all those affected, there remains a tremendous disparity in mental health services utilization among those from marginalized and minority groups. People from these groups are under-identified by professionals and tend to receive and utilize treatment for eating disorders at significantly lower rates. These disparities reflect a profound need for culturally competent assessment and treatment services for members of marginalized communities who are struggling with eating disorders.

Cultural competency among care providers is crucial in providing effective treatment in both medical and mental health settings, and has particular salience in the context of illnesses as complex and multifaceted as eating disorders. It is essential for therapists, dietitians, physicians, nurses, and other allied professionals to possess cultural knowledge and be able to apply such cultural understanding to assessment and delivery of interventions and therapies as a fundamental aspect of overall clinical competence.

Telehealth Interventions for Eating Disorders: Do They Really Work?

Presented by Casey Tallent, PhD and Jenna Tregarthen

Meeting the needs of a wide patient population requires innovative strategies and service delivery models. Telehealth interventions have shown success in providing high-quality and ethical care to patients with eating disorders. This presentation will review outcomes data from virtual eating disorders treatment services over the past three years. Presenters will discuss research findings & patient and caregiver feedback. Participants will gain valuable perspectives on the efficacy of virtual services and how these services can be delivered and utilized with quality and integrity.

LGBTQ+ Identity & Eating Disorder Recovery

Presented by Dr. Julia Sadusky

This presentation will provide foundational information to those seeking to better understand the experience of LGBTQ+ people who are navigating eating disorder recovery. The presenter will provide information regarding the current trends in eating disorder care for LGBTQ+ people, as well as treatment challenges, and factors to consider in this work. Finally, case studies will be utilized to help individuals appreciate the complexities within this work, and the importance of attending to the intersection of diversity variables and eating disorders.

Use Grit to Achieve Your Goals: An Eating Disorder Pioneer’s Steps to 30+ Years of Full Recovery

Presented by Caroline Miller, MAPP

For three decades, Caroline has been a pioneer with her groundbreaking work in the areas of goal setting, grit, happiness and success. She is recognized as one of the world’s leading positive psychology experts on this research and how it can be applied to one’s life for maximum transformation and growth. Caroline has firsthand experience achieving hard goals—she used “grit” to help overcome her personal battle with bulimia, and today she has more than three decades of unbroken recovery.

In this webinar recording, Caroline draws upon her own experience, as well as her professional research on positive psychology, to share her keys to eating disorder recovery. Through her stories and examples, webinar viewers will learn how to use grit to overcome eating disorder recovery setbacks. Participants will also learn how to use evidence-backed strategies for sustainable eating disorder recovery. Caroline has a Masters of Applied Positive Psychology from the University of Pennsylvania and graduated magna cum laude from Harvard. She is the author of six books, including Positively Caroline (Cogent 2013), Getting Grit (Sounds True 2017) and Creating Your Best Life (Sterling 2009).

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