Research has demonstrated that the most effective way to treat an eating disorder is through a comprehensive team of health professionals that specialize in eating disorders. Since eating disorders are multi-faceted and involve varying complexities, such as nutritional imbalances, medical complications, and psychological issues, it is critical to have a team of professionals that can address each of these concerns. Working together to integrate treatments across disciplines yields the best results for eating disorder recovery.
In order to establish a treatment team for your recovery, it is best to start with a primary care physician or licensed therapist who specializes in eating disorders. These professionals, who are knowledgeable about the process of treatment, can assess individual needs and refer to other health professionals as necessary, such as Registered Dietitians or Psychiatrists. Each specialist will collaborate together in working towards the central goal of healing and recovery from the eating disorder.
Please find below Video from the webinar and handouts from ‘Creating a Collaborative Approach between Therapist Presented’, by Lolly Wool, PLPC, NCC & Chelsea Martin, RD, LD and Dietitian. I really enjoyed the webinar. Nutrition is an integral component of Eating Disorder Recovery Program. It is important to look out for recovery program that uses collaborative approach in the treatment of eating disorders. Specialists in eating disorder treatment, such as licensed therapists and psychologists, will have experience in dealing with the issues that lie behind eating disorders. Professionals who specialize in eating disorders will also have education specific to this field that gives them advance knowledge and understanding over general therapists and counselors.
- Eating Disorder Therapists: These professionals facilitate therapy sessions and may practice various forms of psychotherapy, such as Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Dialectical Behavioral Therapy, Family-Based Therapy, and more. An eating disorder therapist may also treat co-occurring disorders in their practice.
- Registered Dietitians: These professionals specialize in nutrition rehabilitation and work with individuals to create and maintain a balanced meal plan. A Registered Dietitian would also oversee Medical Nutrition Therapy for men and women recovering from eating disorders.
The webinar below is for clinicians, including therapists, social workers, dietitians and nutritionists who work with clients with eating disorders.
The objectives for the presentation:
– Provide clinicians with a variety of tools that will help create a cohesive team between therapist and dietitian in order to better meet the client’s needs.
-Explain a philosophy of treatment that incorporates a team approach
-Discuss tools pertaining to the management of splitting, projection, and other maladaptive attachment strategies
-Explore strategies for co-facilitation of groups.