Eating Disorders: Assessment and Treatment (3.5 CE’s)

Presented by Kara Christensen, Ph.D.
July 13th, 2022
8:30 am – 12:00 pm

Instructional Level

Intermediate — Builds upon the learner’s foundational knowledge, familiarity with the literature and/or experience in a content area. Programming at this level includes more depth than at a beginning level program. It could also serve as a refresher course for individuals who have background in a content area and are interested in learning more contemporary applications.

Course Description and Target Audience

This presentation will focus on diagnostic criteria for eating disorders and best practices for assessing eating behaviors. We will discuss the use of semi-structured interview measures for eating disorders. Participants will receive a chance to practice assessing common eating behavior disorders, such as restriction, bingeing, excessive exercise, and purging. Materials will be drawn from validated semi-structured interview measures for eating disorder assessment and Dr. Christensen’s clinical experience. Limitations to eating disorder assessment includes a lack of data on validity of measures in diverse populations. Most eating disorder measures were written and validated using samples of White, non-Hispanic women, therefore there remain questions about their validity in populations such as men and racial and ethnic minorities. There are no known risks associated with this presentation.

The target audience is mental health providers (advanced doctoral level psychology trainees, psychologists in practice, master’s level clinicians etc).

Learning Objectives

  • Participants will be able to describe the diagnostic criteria for eating disorders.
  • Participants will be able to demonstrate techniques for assessing eating behaviors.
  • Participants will be able to describe semi-structured, questionnaire, and other approaches for assessing eating disorders.

Presenter Information

Dr. Christensen is an incoming Assistant Professor at University of Nevada, Las Vegas. She completed her Ph.D. in clinical psychology with a quantitative minor at the Ohio State University and doctoral internship at the Medical University of South Carolina. She is experienced in treating eating disorders using Family-Based Treatment, CBT-Enhanced (a transdiagnostic treatment), and ACT at the outpatient, intensive outpatient, and partial hospitalization levels of care. Additionally, She is trained in using evidence-based therapies to treat mood, anxiety, sleep, and trauma disorders across the lifespan. Dr. Christensen provides guided self-help CBT with a mobile application in a randomized controlled trial (Forbush et al., in prep) and is running the first trial of an insomnia intervention for people with eating disorders (Christensen et al., 2020).

Location and Costs

$62.50 - Regular registration fee
$46.88 - Consortium Affiliate
No Charge - NPTC Director or Supervisor

*Credit card charges are subject to an additional fee.
** Group rates may be available; contact Katherine Dixon to request consideration.

This presentation will be offered via Zoom.

*National Psychology Training Consortium (NPTC) is approved by the American Psychological Association to sponsor continuing education for psychologists. NPTC maintains responsibility for this program and its content.