Training for Professionals

Patient Consultation and Supervision

Patient ConsultationEating disorders are complex and they threaten life and health. Therapists often contact me because they are worried that they are missing important knowledge or skills that are needed to treat eating disorders. The most important contributor to recovery is the therapeutic relationship. I rarely accept a transfer. Instead, I encourage patients to stay with their current therapist and offer consultation as a way to help both patient and therapist feel they are on the right track.

Sometimes one phone call will be enough to “fill in the blanks” and restore confidence in what you as therapist are already doing. In more complex situations, you may want to meet with me for consultation, in an individual or group setting.

Working together in a one-on-one consultation session, I ask for a description of your concerns and relevant patient history. You tell me what you have tried that is effective and not effective with your individual patient. We try to understand your feelings and reactions to the patient as a source of information about what is needed in the therapeutic relationship. I will offer information, insights and skills unique to eating disorders treatment.

Working together in a consultation group of several therapists, we do essentially the same thing: a case presentation followed by a group discussion. This allows you to get the input of several therapists, which I have found to be a rich and productive experience.


Speeches, Classes, and Workshops

I am available to teach health and mental health professionals in a variety of settings — from a formal lecture to an interactive training workshop. I will develop customized training designed to meet the particular needs of your organization.

Sample TopicsTraining for Professionals

  • A Therapist’s View of Weight Loss Surgery
  • Binge Eating Disorder: Diagnosis and Treatment
  • Collaboration Rationale and Process: Individual Therapist, Family Therapist
  • Daughter with Bulimia: Case Study
  • Differential Diagnosis of an Eating Disorder and Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome
  • Difficult Treatment from a Self Psychology Perspective
  • Drawbacks of Eating Disorders Symptom Management
  • Eating Disorders Clinical and Research Update
  • Eating Disorders Symptom Identification
  • Eating Disorders Treatment and Resources
  • I think she has an eating disorder–What do I do now??? – School Counselors’ Workshop
  • The Obesity Epidemic: Myth or Reality?
  • The Relationship Between Overeating and the Home Environment
  • The Story of My Research on Therapists and Fat Prejudice
  • Treating Adolescents with Eating Disorders
  • Twins and Eating Disorders


Group Therapy Leadership

Training Group TherapistsSomething special about education for therapy group leaders is the opportunity for experiential learning as part of a group—through role play or just being yourself. As your trainer/leader, I will model group leadership technique and give you the opportunity to practice what you are learning. As a group member, you can develop empathy with your patients and a better understanding of what works and what doesn’t work.



For groups who prefer a more didactic approach, here are some sample topics:

  • American Group Psychotherapy Association Certification Course: Principles of Group Psychotherapy
  • Healing the Body/Mind Split in Group Psychotherapy
  • Large Group Process
  • Psycho-educational Group Therapy for Women who are Overeating and Gaining Weight
  • What I Learned from Leading the Same Psycho-educational Group 90 Times


Email me to plan your workshop and set a date.