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Carol Peterson, Ph.D., Chief Training Officer, The Emily Program
Ongoing learning is a fascinating aspect of our work as eating disorder clinicians and professionals. Sometimes, learning is required in the context of formal training requirements for professional licensure. Other times, our employers and supervisors provide educational materials related to our work. Most commonly, our learning pursuits are prompted by our own questions and curiosity in the context of our professional endeavors. These learning experiences help us strengthen our skills and stay up-to-date with knowledge about best practices and scientific advances. What types of educational options are available to professionals in the eating disorders field? Several types of learning opportunities can be pursued, depending on resources, time, continuing education needs, and training goals.
1. Professional Conferences
Several conferences that focus on eating disorders are held regularly in the United States and internationally. These types of conferences typically include speakers, workshops, poster sessions, and other training experiences. Content may focus on research findings, clinical techniques, advocacy, personal recovery, or some combination of topics. Examples include annual eating disorder conferences hosted by the Academy of Eating Disorders, the National Eating Disorders Association, The Renfrew Center Foundation, and the International Association of Eating Disorders Professionals Foundation, as well as the London Eating Disorders Conference (which is held every two years). Regional and local conferences that focus on eating disorders topics are also available.
Books can be an extremely valuable resource for eating disorder professionals. Some books provide specific information and treatment techniques that are useful for both professionals and clients, including Overcoming Binge Eating (second edition) by Christopher Fairburn (Guilford, 2013). Other books are designed specifically for professionals and include scientific information and/or clinical techniques. Some books focus on one specific topic and other books, including edited editions, include book chapters written by different authors. Book resources for eating disorder professionals include Gurze, ED Referral.com, and the Academy of Eating Disorders.
3. Scientific Journal Articles
Articles from scientific journals include the most recent research findings in the eating disorders field. These types of articles include treatment outcome studies as well as summaries of other types of research investigations related to eating disorders. The International Journal of Eating Disorders, Eating Disorders: The Journal of Treatment and Prevention, European Eating Disorders Review and The Journal of Eating Disorders are examples of scientific journals that specifically focus on eating disorders (although article abstract summaries are often available, full articles may be available to subscribers only). For a broader journal selection, PubMed and PsychInfo can be useful for article searches as well as specialty journals in dietetics and medicine. For eating disorder professionals who are interested in regular summaries of recent research, Eating Disorders Review is a particularly helpful and time-efficient resource.
4. Online Resources
Some scientific organizations offer online resources at no cost, including information about enhanced cognitive-behavioral therapy and assessment measures from Oxford and self-help materials from the Centre for Clinical Interventions. Conferences and continuing education events sometimes provide online information including webinars and taped sessions that can be viewed afterwards. The TED Talks website can be searched for presentations related to eating disorders and body image. Other resources that can be accessed online include courses (e.g. https://www.iaedp.com) podcasts, blogs, websites (e.g., http://www.eatingdisorderscoalition.org), clinical research trials (e.g. https://www.clinicaltrials.gov/), treatment guidelines (e.g. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/books/NBK49304), and online screening tools (https://www.nationaleatingdisorders.org/online-eating-disorder-screening).
In addition to these types of resources, eating disorder professionals often find it helpful to consult with colleagues and other experts when they have questions about eating disorders. Creating a “learning community” with other professionals for case reviews, discussions of books or other readings, and consultation can provide an optimal integration of education and support.
Interested in free CEUs and other continuing education opportunities hosted by The Emily Program? Check out all of our upcoming events here.
Minnesota Women in Psychology and The Emily Program Foundation are hosting a fantastic professional development event on March 30th in St. Paul, MN. See the event page for more information.