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Treating Compulsive Overeating is a Course

Treating Compulsive Overeating

Started Jul 2, 2021

$60 Enroll

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Course Instructor

Tory Butterworth, LPC, PhD 

Course Description


While most social workers understand that clients may eat as a way to cope with disturbing feelings, many clients’ eating issues are so deeply buried that it can be difficult to bring these issues into conscious awareness. This workshop teaches social workers how to work with their clients’ compulsive eating issues in the context of ongoing treatment.

The STOP Eating Your Feelings approach distinguishes four different patterns of emotional overeating: Sampling and Grazing, Traumatized Overeating, Overworked Overeating, and Picky Overeating. Differentiating these four types helps compulsive eaters to identify the reasons why they binge and to target the particular patterns they need to change in order to move beyond compulsive overeating. The STOP model allows therapists to pinpoint the underlying emotional conflicts their clients face in order to teach them the coping skills necessary to stop eating their feelings.

Course Objectives

  • Participants will be able to identify the readiness of compulsive overeaters to address the emotional issues underlying their eating.
  • Participants will learn tools to address client’s shame around their compulsive overeating.
  • Participants will be able identify the different personality traits, emotional eating patterns and developmental histories of four different types of compulsive overeaters.
  • Participants will understand the connection between post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and emotional overeating.
  • Participants will learn to apply their current treatment style and techniques to address emotional overeating in their clients.