Beyond the Surface: Understanding and Addressing Eating Disorders

USD $129.99

This course offers a comprehensive exploration of eating disorders, merging theoretical understanding with practical skills derived from family-based models for treatment. Beginning with an overview of DSM-5TR classifications and clinical variations, such as Orthorexia, it addresses common misconceptions and treatment gaps for BIPOC individuals and males. Participants will delve into the Biopsychosocial model, emphasizing the underlying functions of eating disorder symptoms as adaptive mechanisms. The course underscores the significance of parental involvement and imparts two immediately applicable skills. The first, Emotion Coaching, aids in processing resistance and distress, while the second focuses on Boundaries and Boundary Styles, assisting clinicians in supporting parents to establish healthy, flexible, and firm boundaries for their child's recovery.


Beyond the Surface: Understanding and Addressing Eating Disorders

This course will combine conceptual knowledge of eating disorders and two practical skills from family-based models for the treatment of eating disorders. This course will begin by reviewing the DSM-5TR classifications of eating disorder and clinical variations such as Orthorexia and disordered eating. Common misunderstandings related to eating disorders and gaps in treatment for BIPOC individuals and males with eating disorders will be elucidated. Participants will become familiar with the Biopsychosocial model of the etiology of eating disorders. Emphasis will be placed on understanding the deeper underlying functions of eating disorder symptoms, viewed as mechanisms of adaptation. Finally, the instructors will highlight the importance of parental involvement in the treatment of eating disorders and teach two practical skills that clinicians will be able to apply to their practice immediately. The first skill, Emotion coaching, originates from the Emotion-Focused Family Therapy model and focuses on supporting individuals with eating disorders to process resistance, stress, and distress related to the implementation of behavioral interventions (symptom interruption) as well as to target underlying emotion processing deficits fueling symptoms. The second skill relates to Boundaries and Boundary Styles and is from the Emotion-Focused Skills Training model. This skill will help clinicians support parents to recognize how boundary styles within their family unit may be at odds with recovery and how to set healthy, flexible and firm boundaries to support their child’s recovery. 


  • Understand the DSM-5TR classification of eating disorders and the etiology of eating disorders
  • Become knowledgeable about the research supporting the involvement and empowerment of parents in the treatment of eating disorder
  • Understand and utilize the skill of emotion coaching in your practice when working with eating disorders
  • Be able to identify different types of boundary styles and support healthy boundaries for parents of children with eating disorders 


  • PROFESSIONAL GUIDANCE: Offered by  experts in the field of child psychology
  • CERTIFICATE OF COMPLETION: Endorsed by the Canadian Counselling and Psychotherapy Association.
  • RESOURCES: Access a comprehensive list of mental health resources
  • LIFETIME ACCESS: As long as the course is hosted on our platform it will be available to you.
  • SELF PACED STUDY: No timeline for completion of the course.


This training is aimed at introducing mental health professionals to key concepts involved in understanding and addressing eating disorders.


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Instructor Information

Dr. Amanda Stillar, Registered Psychologist; Monica Arnold, Registered Psychologist; Dr. Michelle Emmerling, Registered Psychologist

Dr. Stillar specializes in working with eating disorders across the lifespan. She aims to help clients achieve life long recovery through addressing the underlying issues of their symptoms while also helping them gain insight into their struggles and develop alternative healthy coping strategies. Monica specializes in working with adolescents and adults struggling with eating disorders, body image concerns, self-esteem, and the underlying shame that is often associated with these experiences. She also has a special interest in working with caregivers who are supporting their loved ones through recovery. Monica primarily uses Emotion-Focused Therapy (EFT) and EMDR. She is also trained in and uses Emotion Focused Skills Training in her work with parents and caregivers. Dr. Emmerling's professional training and experience includes working with individuals (adults and adolescents), couples, and families struggling with eating disorders, body image concerns, self-esteem, anxiety, depression, obsessive compulsive disorder and more. Among other techniques, Dr. Emmerling utilizes Emotion-Focused Therapy (EFT), Emotion-Focused Skills Training (EFST), and Somatic Experiencing and Body-based Skills.