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Foundation of Working with Eating Disorders and Body Image in the LGBTQ Community is a Course

Foundation of Working with Eating Disorders and Body Image in the LGBTQ Community


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Course Instructors

Heidi J. Dalzell, PsyD & Kayti Protos, MSW, LCSW

Course Description


Course Overview

Eating disorders, disordered eating and body image concerns are common among many client populations, and this is especially true within the LGBTQ community. This workshop will increase clinical knowledge and competency in working with people with eating disorders, and discuss why eating disorders occur so frequently within the LGBTQ population. We will look at a range of identity factors including sexual orientation and gender identity, focusing on the interconnections between these factors and minority stress and trauma. An important aspect of this work involves adopting an open and affirming approach of working with people of all body types. This approach will validate clients’ experiences while promoting body and identity acceptance. The presenters will provide case examples and concrete activities clinicians can apply to their work.

Course Objectives

  • Discuss the clinical presentation of eating disorders including anorexia, bulimia, binge eating, and other specified feeding and eating disorder (OSFED)
  • Describe terminology connected with the LGBTQ umbrella (gender identity, sex, gender expression, sexual orientation, etc.)
  • Explain the interaction between identity factors, gender and sexual minority stressors, trauma, and body image
  • Conduct a self-assessment of privilege and how this may impact the therapeutic relationship
  • Identify and explain the assessment and treatment planning process for LGBTQ clients with eating disorders and/or body dissatisfaction?
  • Adapt an approach to traditional therapeutic practices for working with clients with eating disorders to support gender and sexually diverse clients