CE Information – At War with Food: Trauma-informed Clinical Skills for Treating the Spectrum of Eating Disorders – 2023


“At War with Food” is multidisciplinary and trauma focused training, organized according to four phases of a trauma-informed approach: evaluation (assessment), preparation, trauma processing, re-evaluation and integration.
In the first phase, as with any good therapy, a primary emphasis is on the therapeutic relationship and the presence of attachment injury. This phase proceeds to introduce information about eating disorders, myths and facts, as well as medical and nutritional knowledge. The concept of “non-negotiables” (e.g., medical and nutritional monitoring) is stressed at the start, given the physiological threats endemic to EDs.
The primary emphasis, however, is on the impact of trauma on the etiology and exacerbation of EDs. The workshop offers a trauma-informed lens to understand resistance engendered by a loyalty to the eating disorder. Primary skills, such as awareness, breath work and affect management, are frontloaded at the start of treatment, and psychoeducation regarding eating disorders, diets, and trauma is ongoing. Various inventories, which include attachment, eating disorder and trauma histories lead to trauma-informed goals and treatment plan.
Much of Phase 2, the preparation phase, is devoted to stabilization, skills/resource development, as well as symptom reduction and short term successes, including maintaining control in the face of the urge to use ED behaviors. Central to this phase is the exploration of the unconscious motivation for the ED via parts/ego state work, as well as defenses against emotions, particularly anxiety and shame.
Phase 3, the processing phase, utilizes the standard EMDR protocol, as well as two addiction protocols and the flash forward technique. Depending on the client’s presentation and the severity of their ED behaviors, clinical decisions need to be made as to whether to first approach processing of past memories, present triggers or future challenges. The fourth phase, re-evaluation and integration, attends to unfinished processing, as well as how the client is going to integrate a new identity into his/her life.
This training will be highly interactive and utilizes small group practica, as well as videos and case descriptions, to solidify learning.


Upon completion of this advanced course, participants will:

  1. Recall five diagnostic categories of eating disorders (EDs).

  2. Explain at least two common medical risks and associated interventions.
  3. Identify three non-negotiables in treating EDs.
  4. Explain the impact of trauma on the etiology and perpetuation of EDs.
  5. Explain the purpose or function of EDs.
  6. Explain the “village” concept.
  7. Recall the physical, emotional, and social effects of starvation as noted in the Minnesota experiment.
  8. Differentiate between resistance and ambivalence in clients with EDs.
  9. Distinguish three important histories (in addition to the trauma history), which are needed to create a comprehensive case formulation for clients with EDs.
  10. Identify three forms of secondary trauma, which can arise from the eating disorder itself.
  11. Recall three treatment goals in ED treatment.
  12. Recall three skills to be frontloaded at the start of ED treatment.
  13. Identify five common core, negative beliefs found among clients with EDs.
  14. Explain the meaning of the acronym RUG-C in working with ED ego states/parts.

  15. Categorize each of the factors involved in deciding whether to begin with present triggers or past, traumatic events.
  16. Recall three relevant protocols used in the trauma processing phase.
  17. Identify three ED related fears that might be addressed with the Flashforward technique.
  18. Identify three factors in the development and perpetuation of a negative body image.
  19. Analyze how the intolerance of painful emotions can manifest as body image distortion.
  20. Compare three examples of challenges in integrating a post-ED identity into the client’s day to day life.




Course Content:

January 27, 2023 EST

10:00-11:30am Types of EDs; Medical risks and assessment – the non-negotiables; Concurrent mood and personality disorders


11:45am-1:15pm Attachment; ED purpose; client ambivalence about ED


2:00-3:00pm “Village approach”; medical/nutritional video


March 10, 2023 EST

10:00-11:30am Overview of therapeutic components; frontloaded skills


11:45am-1:15pm Histories, assessments, and case formulation


2:00-3:00pm Choosing target memories; 3-pronged lens; goals and treatment planning.


March 24, 2023 EDT

10:00-11:30am Three-part preparation; safety and stability


11:45am-1:15pm Emotional education (shame and anxiety); resources (incl. spirituality)


2:00-3:00pm Dissociation and parts work


April 21, 2023 EDT

10:00-11:30am Addiction protocols; body awareness and acceptance


11:45am-1:15pm Target sequencing and short-term successes


2:00-3:00pm Parts work during processing; parts work and body image distortion


May 19, 2023 EDT

10:00-11:30am Processing and recidivism


11:45am-1:15pm Re-evaluation and life integration


2:00-3:00pm Life without EDs – Self-identity revisited.


Eligibility Requirement:

This course is available for all mental health providers. No EMDR therapy prerequisite

Training level:Beginning level

CE Information

This course is a 20 CE course. It is the participant’s responsibility to check with their individual state boards to verify CE requirements for their state.

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EMDRIA Credits: 20

EMDR Professional Training is an EMDIRA EC Provider (#18023) and this program (#18023-31) is approved for 20 EMDRIA Credits. Eligibility for EMDRIA Credits is restricted to those who have completed an EMDRIA-approved Basic EMDR Training.

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