The Role of Behavioral Health In Treating Eating Disorders

The Role of Behavioral Health In Treating Eating Disorders

DATE: February 20, 2020
TIME: 1:00 p.m. to 2:00 p.m. (Pacific)

The majority of those who struggle with eating disorders (EDs) never receive treatment, even though effective treatments for a range of eating disorders are well established (National Institute of Mental Health). there is a need to train primary care and behavioral health providers on how to recognize the signs and symptoms of eating disorders in children, adolescents, and young adults; and to appropriately screen, intervene and treat or refer patients to specialized care in an integrated setting.

This training series will be in collaboration with the National Center of Excellence for Eating Disorders (NCEED), an organization founded in 2018 by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration. The goal of this webinar series is to increase health center capacity to detect and treat eating disorders and to increase public knowledge and awareness of these illnesses. This webinar series will address both adolescent and adult populations and address co-occurring diagnoses with eating disorders, mental health, and substance use disorder. 

The Role of Behavioral Health in Treatment for Patients with Eating Disorders
Eating Disorders are not just physical ailments, they are emotional as well. Health centers with integrated physical and behavioral health departments are positioned to help through motivational interviewing and other therapy modalities to address suicidality, body positivity, motivation to recover (including cooperativeness, insight, and ability to control obsessive thoughts), environmental stress and cognitive behavioral therapy. There are many cognitive-behavioral therapy treatment interventions that can help identify patterns, negative thoughts and the underlying function of eating disorder behavior. This webinar will go over how to help coordinate care with internal primary care departments and referral throughout the health system.


  1. Explore care coordination strategies for bi-directional referrals between primary care and behavioral health;
  2. Review therapy modalities for clients with co-occurring mild to moderate conditions; and,
  3. Identify how to navigate and refer to higher levels of care for severely mentally ill patients.


  • Jean Doak, PhD, Deputy Director, National Center of Excellence for Eating Disorders (NCEED)

Standard registration fees for this webinar series are greatly discounted, due to generous sponsorship provided by Partnership Healthplan of California. 
  • CPCA Members / Community Health Centers: $100 (Entire series)
  • Associates: $112.50 (Entire series)
  • Non Member / Non CHCs: $125 (Entire series)
Special Note: This webinar is the third session in a 4-part series. Registration is available for the entire series only and you can use the link below to register for the series. 
 >> Click here to register for the entire 4-part webinar series. 

Webinar 1: Introduction to Eating Disorders
January 23, 2020 at 1:00 p.m.

Webinar 2: The Role of Primary Care in Treating Eating Disorders
February 6, 2020 at 1:00 p.m.

Webinar 4: Addressing Systemic Care Coordination Between Health Plans
March 5, 2020 at 1:00 p.m.

Disclaimer: The information in this session is intended only to provide a general overview of the topics addressed. This session is not intended to provide legal advice nor substitute for the guidance, counsel, or advice of legal counsel on any matters particular to a specific primary care clinic. CPCA does not endorse companies or products. Advertising and sponsorship revenue support our not-for-profit mission and sponsors will receive your email address in exchange for your discounted or complimentary registration. 
2/20/2020 1:00 PM - 2:00 PM

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