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How to Help Your Child Recover From an Eating Disorder

A data-driven overview to help you outsmart your child's eating disorder and promote recovery.
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4,002 students enrolled
Last updated 7/2013
  • 3 hours on-demand video
  • Full lifetime access
  • Access on mobile and TV
  • Certificate of Completion
What Will I Learn?
In this course, you will learn about eating disorder symptoms, causes, and treatments. In addition, you will learn about how to support your child's recovery, improve family communication, and ensure that your child stays on track.
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  • A printer for worksheets and slides; pen or pencil.

This course, based on the latest research in the field as well as my extensive clinical experience, will help you understand what eating disorders are, why they develop, and which treatments work best. The course is divided into 6 lectures, which range in length from 15 to 40 minutes. All lectures contain Power Point slides to reinforce key points; some include worksheets to help you evaluate your child's functioning and gain clarity about how to effectively intervene.

"This is a great resource for any parent interested in empowering their child to protect and sustain their sense of resilience, self-esteem, and body image. " -Jane Shure, PhD, LCSW, author of Inside/Outside Self-Discovery for Teens: Strategies to Promote Resilience, Relationships, & Positive Body Image and Co-editor of Effective Clinical Practice in the Treatment of Eating Disorders: The Heart of the Matter

Who is the target audience?
  • This course is intended for parents and other family members who are concerned about a loved one with an eating disorder. The content is varied, and will be valuable to those just starting to learn about eating disorders, as well as more seasoned family members who are wondering why their loved ones have not yet been successful in defeating an eating disorder.
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Curriculum For This Course
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Getting Started
3 Lectures 49:13

In this brief introductory lecture, you'll learn about why Dr. Udall-Weiner created this course, and what you, as a concerned parent or family member, can expect to learn from it.

A Crash Course in Eating Disorders

In this lecture, you'll learn the five things you need to know in order to begin the process of helping your child. I'll go over why eating disorders develop, what treatment looks like, why relapse can occur, and what role parents should play in recovery. In addition, you'll get much-needed information about how normal adolescent development can complicate an eating disorder.

This lecture will be particularly useful if:

  • -You know that your child is struggling with food, body image, or a full-blown eating disorder, but you don't know why
  • -You've tried to talk to your child about her difficulty with food, but she's either unable or unwilling to explain things to you
  • -You'd like to find out what you can do to increase the odds that your child will be able to defeat her eating disorder
Ready, Set Help: An Introduction to Eating Disorders

In this lecture, you'll learn about the signs and symptoms of eating disorders, as well as why they often go unrecognized by teens and their parents. In addition, I'll teach you a four-step process so that you can better understand your child's struggles, determine whether an eating disorder exists, and get her the help she deserves.

This lecture will be particularly helpful if:

-You're concerned about your child's relationship with food, exercise, or her own body

-You suspect your child might have an eating disorder, but you're not sure how to find out

-You'd like to learn more about the topic of eating disorders before you broach the topic with your child

This lecture includes a worksheet, which will help you assess how your child is doing, what you're most concerned about, and what steps you need to take.

Could Your Child Have an Eating Disorder? A Four-Step Approach to Finding Out
Getting Treatment
3 Lectures 01:37:54

In this lecture, you'll learn about the various settings in which treatment occurs, and about which methods produce the best results. In addition, I'll explain why findings from research studies don't always translate into clinical practice, so that you can maintain realistic expectations and make well-informed decisions regarding your own child's care.

This lecture will be particularly helpful if:

  • -You're looking for a comprehensive, empirically-based overview of eating disorder treatment
  • -You need fast, accurate information to help you make a decision about your child's care
  • -You're wondering whether your child might require a different form of treatment

This lecture includes a worksheet which will help you better understand how your child's treatment is going, and whether your expectations are realistic.

The Nuts and Bolts of Treatment: What the Research Means for Your Child

In this lecture, you'll learn all about Family-Based Treatment—where it came from, how it works, and what the research says about whether it's useful. In addition, I'll go over the pros and cons of FBT, and describe situations in which FBT is probably not the treatment of choice.

This lecture will be particularly helpful if:

  • -You're wondering about what FBT really looks like, and when it's most effective
  • -You're dissatisfied with your child's treatment, and intrigued by the prospect of FBT
  • -You'd like to learn how to evaluate whether FBT would work for your family

This lecture includes a worksheet, which will help you assess whether FBT is a good choice for your family.

Family-Based Treatment (the Maudsley Method): Is It Right for Your Child?

In this lecture, you'll learn about the physiological, psychiatric, therapeutic and environmental factors that can hinder treatment. You'll also gain an overview about the treatment process, and complete a worksheet to help you assess whether your own expectations are realistic. And finally, I'll teach you specific strategies about what to do if you're dissatisfied with your child's treatment.

This lecture will be particularly helpful if:

  • -You're wondering whether your child's treatment is working
  • -You'd like to understand why your child doesn't seem to be getting better
  • -You'd like to learn whether you might be negatively impacting your child's recovery
When Treatment Stalls or Fails: Why Your Child May Not Be Getting Better
The Internet and Eating Disorders
1 Lecture 38:25

In this lecture, you'll learn about the latest research findings regarding social media—including Facebook—and how spending time online can impact mood, self-esteem, and body image. In addition, I'll teach you my method, Supervision without Suffocation, so that you'll be able to effectively communicate with your child and establish healthy family patterns for using technology.

This lecture will be particularly helpful if:

  • -You're concerned about your child's internet use
  • -You'd like to learn how to protect your child from the internet's potentially harmful effects
  • -You feel like technology--cell phones, the internet, and texting--is taking over family life
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About the Instructor
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Licensed Psychologist

As a psychologist with nearly two decades of experience in the field of eating disorders, I often hear parents say that they'd like to help their child recover, but they're not sure where to get started. And that's why I created this course. Think of it as a crash course on eating disorders--everything you need to know about diagnosis, treatment, and recovery. The lectures are based on the latest research in the field of eating disorders, as well as my extensive clinical experience working in residential and outpatient settings.

I have a PhD from the University of Southern California and studied psychology as an undergraduate at Wellesley and Scripps Colleges. In addition to my Psychotherapy practice in Santa Fe, NM, I am a Senior Staff Psychologist at the Eating Disorders Treatment Center in Albuquerque, NM. I also consult with families who wish to learn more about how to help their child recover through ED Educate, my consultation practice.

Recovering from an eating disorder is no easy task. But with the extensive information in this course, you'll be ready to help your child take on the fight.

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