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Eating Disorders - It is not about the food


Eating Disorders often go unnoticed by those around the individual who has one, partly due to secrecy and social stereotypes about the individuals who have them.  The social isolation that we have all experienced in the past year and half has caused a rise in individuals who are struggling with eating disorders, so it is important for those working in the public to understand them and know what to look for in their clients. There are many myths and misconceptions surrounding the behaviors and symptoms of eating disorders.  This class will provide participants with an understanding of anorexia nervosa, bulimia nervosa, and binge eating disorder.  It will cover behaviors that are common, common mistakes those that are working with individuals who have an eating disorder make that can cause harm, and ways to treat eating disorders that are empirically based.

Learning Objectives

  • Participants will have a broad understanding of the different eating disorder diagnosis

  • Participants will be able to recognize symptoms of an eating disorder

  • Participants will learn how various mental health difficulties can co-occur with individuals with an eating disorder

  • Participants will understand underlying experiences that can lead to an eating disorder

  • Participants will learn various things to do and not do when working with a person who has an eating disorder

  • Participants will learn about the latest empirically validated treatments for individuals with an eating disorder

Guest Instructor Info

Cheri Kuhn, Psy. D., LP, LPCC

Cheri is a Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor and Licensed Psychologist, Psy. D., LP, LPCC, in Minnesota and is a member of the American Psychological Association. Cheri has previous experience working with individuals who experience addiction and mental health struggles, eating disorders, individuals in transition, grief and loss, divorce, domestic violence survivors and perpetrators. She has worked in integrated care with eating disorders and consulted with doctors, nurses and dieticians. In addition, Cheri has experience working with CPS, probation and the court system in helping individuals heal and meet expectations from these different agencies.

Cheri has spent time providing presentations and guest lectures on eating disorders, addiction, and trauma, as well as how these interact and overlap each other. She has done presentations with the Addiction division of the American Psychological Association and the Minnesota Psychological Association, and has guest lectured at the University of Minnesota’s program for integrated health for the past three years.

Board Accreditation

MN Board of Social Work
     3.0 CEUs   (CEP-275)

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