According to the National Institute of Mental Health:

There is a commonly held misconception that eating disorders are a lifestyle choice. Eating disorders are actually serious and often fatal illnesses that are associated with severe disturbances in people’s eating behaviors and related thoughts and emotions. Preoccupation with food, body weight, and shape may also signal an eating disorder. Common eating disorders include anorexia nervosa, bulimia nervosa, and binge-eating disorder.

This workshop will educate the participants on the methods of recognizing and working with eating disorders and negative body image to help them understand the effects on a family system that an eating disorder diagnosis has.

2 CE’s MFT Pending

The participants will learn how to recognize disorders in clients and their families

The participants will learn specific skills to work with the clients.

The participants will learn specific skills to work with the families of clients


Vanessa Sovine is an alumna of Adler Graduate School and a licensed Marriage and Family Therapist. She earned her PhD from the Chicago School of Professional Psychology with an emphasis on international psychology and trauma. Her doctoral thesis was written on cross cultural body image development. She spent part of her career working at the Emily Program working with clients with eating disorders.