Eating Disorder Masterclass

New! Filmed Spring 2020

Presented by Carolyn Coker Ross MD, MPH, CEDS & Colleagues

On-Demand | Available Now


12 Hours |  Pre-approved for 12 CEUs


This is an On Demand course. Participants can watch, pause, and re-watch the sessions at their convenience.

All course content (quiz, certificate, videos) will be available until April 1, 2021. Extensions cannot be granted under any circumstances. 

Registration will close on March 1, 2021. 

Join Dr. Carolyn Coker Ross, internationally known author, speaker, expert and pioneer in the use of Integrative Medicine for the treatment of Eating Disorders, Obesity and Addictions in this 12 hour Eating Disorder Masterclass. With colleagues Courtney Phifer, MS, RD, LDN, Leslie Binch, LPC, Kate Martin, M.Ed., LPC, MHSP, and Christina Veselak Dr. Carolyn Coker Ross will teach participants essential strategies for treating clients with eating disorders.

Eating disorders have one of the highest mortality rates of any psychiatric disorder.  Anorexia, bulimia and binge eating disorder are complicated disorders that actually are not about food.  This webinar will discuss the differences and similarities between these well-known but poorly understood disorders and enable clinicians to understand the underlying root causes of eating disorders and why they are so prevalent.

Much has been learned in recent years regarding how the brain makes decisions and the interplay between various parts of the brain that result in unwanted behaviors.  Nationwide, approximately 20-30% of all individuals with anorexia and 40-70% of people with bulimia or binge eating disorder have co-morbid substance use disorder.  As well, up to one-third of females with alcohol use disorder may have undiagnosed eating disorders.  The element of cross-addiction speaks to the fact that for many individuals, there may be common underlying etiological factors, including a family history of SUD, trauma, attachment disorders and major depression that promote the development and maintenance of both SUD and ED.  This shared etiology and its’ impact on the brain is the subject of this workshop.

Women, in particular, and increasingly more men are being diagnosed as either overweight or obese.  Historically research has shown a strong link between weight and health.  Current research is questioning the focus on weight as an indicator of health and shines a light on the bias in research and in society against people of size.

Registered dietitian and eating disorders specialist Courtney Phifer will discuss evidenced-based non-diet practices for the nutrition treatment of anorexia, bulimia, and binge eating disorders. This will include general nutrition recommendations for normalizing eating patterns, the eating stages of recovery, and the importance of promoting food permission vs. restriction.

Over-exercise can be a behavior of Eating Disorders to manipulate and manage weight. Complications of energy deficiency cause systemic problems and increase risk for injury. It’s imperative to separate exercising to manage body weight, body shape, and body image. This presentation examines the promotion of exercise as a coping skill and life worth living, and, how to incorporate exercise into Eating Disorder treatment, focusing on the roles of Registered Dietitians and Therapists.

People from ethnic minority groups and the LGBTQ community struggling with eating disorders often grapple with additional stigma and marginalization. Among other risk factors, a history of macro- and micro-aggressions, discrimination and marginalization, and the well-documented confluence of stressors associated with minority status puts people from these communities at particularly high risk for the development of disordered eating behaviors and their attendant consequences. Disparities in access to services reflect a need for culturally competent assessment and treatment services. This workshop will facilitate providers’ cultural knowledge and competencies to work with clients from marginalized populations.

Food addiction is one of the most commonly searched terms on google and yet it is not considered part of the spectrum of eating disorders at this time.  This webinar will discuss the age old questions about whether food can be addictive, the more recent research studies on food addiction and whether or not food addiction is similar or different from other eating disorders.

This webinar will cover topics that are relevant to the treatment of disordered eating including eating disorders in males, diabulimia, orthorexia, emotional eating and eating disorders in people of color.   Eating disorders in men and boys is increasing in incidence.  The reasons why men may delay seeking treatment, the way eating disorders present in men and how body image issues are perceived by men are discussed.  Diabulimia, orthorexia and emotional eating are ones that clinicians will face in working with their clients and may not be aware of.  Treatment strategies are also discussed.

In this unique webinar, 5 eating disorder specialists will discuss a complex case of a patient with an eating disorder and substance use disorder.  This webinar will enable viewers to experience and understand the roles that different members of a team play in diagnosing and treating eating disorders.

Specific techniques used in treating eating disorder clients are demonstrated.  Each technique also embodies the philosophical underpinnings of what is needed to enable individuals with eating disorders to put an end to behaviors, be able to increase their awareness of emotional aspects of their behaviors, identify core beliefs that may be driving their behaviors and identify patterns of behavior and how these important and common lived experiences of individuals with an eating disorder can be addressed in therapy.

Online Course Format

  • Presented by Carolyn Coker Ross MD MPH CEDS & Courtney Phifer MS, RD, LDN & Leslie Binch LPC & Kate Martin M.Ed., LPC-MHSP & Christina Veselak
  • 12 Session Online Training
  • 12 CEUs
  • Non-Interactive – registrants will have access to lectures, PowerPoint presentation, demonstrations, video clips, and experiential exercises.


Class #1:  Identifying and Diagnosing Anorexia, Bulimia and Binge Eating Disorder

  1. What is one health consequence that people with anorexia may suffer
  2. List 2 criteria needed for the diagnosis of bulimia nervosa..
  3. Describe 2 ways in which bulimia and binge eating disorder are alike.

Presenter Carolyn Ross MD MPH CEDS


Class #2:  The Neurobiology of Co-occurring Eating Disorders and Addictions

  1. List 2 ways in which trauma affects neurodevelopment.
  2. Discuss the impact of attachment insecurity on
  3. List 2 ways in which prenatal and early childhood toxic stress affects neurodevelopment

Presenter Carolyn Ross, MD, MPH, CEDS


Class #3:  Obesity

  1. List 2 ways in which the research on health and weighthas been biased
  2. List the top 2 causes of weight stigma.
  3. Discuss the purpose and benefits of the health at every size model

Presenter Carolyn Ross, MD, MPH, CEDS


Class #4:  Nutrition Therapy Approach in the Treatment of Eating Disorders

Registered dietitian and eating disorders specialist Courtney Phifer will discuss evidenced-based non-diet practices for the nutrition treatment of anorexia, bulimia, and binge eating disorders. This will include general nutrition recommendations for normalizing eating patterns, the eating stages of recovery, and the importance of promoting food permission vs. restriction.

  1. Describe the role of the dietician in treating eating disorders.
  2. Discuss 2 ways in which a dietician helps “normalize” food for eating disorder clients.
  3. List the 4 eating stages of recovery.

Presenter Courtney Phifer MS, RD, LDN


Class #5:  Trauma-Informed Care for Patients with Disordered Eating

  1. How trauma impacts thoughts, feelings and increases somatic distress
  2. How trauma translates in working with clients who have disordered eating and negative body image
  3. Psychoeducation and conceptualisingpatients from a holistic approach connecting both mind and body

Presenter Leslie Binch LPC


Class #6  The role of exercise in treating eating disorders

  1. Describe health consequences of over-exercise
  2. Identify signs of over-exercise
  3. Understand treatment strategies for over-exercise

Presenter Krissy Lines, RD


Class #7  Eating Disorders in Marginalized Communities

  1. Improve sensitivity of providers to their own cultural values and biases so that they might better understand how their own cultural beliefs might impact upon the provision of culturally competent assessment and treatment.
  2. Develop skills for better using cultural knowledge to understand the possible impact of eating disorder clients’ culture, including sexual/gender minority status, country of origin, immigrant or ethnic minority status, gender roles, and class issues.
  3. Practice forming and testing hypotheses about whether the behaviors, attitudes, and beliefs of clients are influenced by culture or by other factors, and how to incorporate that understanding into cultural conceptualization and culturally informed treatment planning.

Presenter Norman Kim, PhD


Class #8  The Truth About Food Addiction

  1. Identify components of food that contribute to its addictive qualities?
  2. Describe how the approach to treatment for food addiction similar to that for eating disorders?
  3. List 3 criteria used in the Yale Food Addiction Scale for the diagnosis of food addiction?

Presenter Carolyn Ross, MD, MPH, CEDS


Class #9 Body Liberation

  1. Understand the beauty myth
  2. Discuss the evolution of body image
  3. Body love/body neutrality
  4. Body positivity
  5. Body liberation
  6. Body liberation and its impact on those with eating disorders

Presenter Kate Martin M.Ed., LPC-MHSP
Class #10  Special Topics in Eating Disorder Treatment

  1. Define diabulimia.
  2. List 2 behaviors associated with diabulimia.
  3. Define orthorexia.
  4. List two factors that are unique in dealing with people of color who have an eating disorder.
  5. Identify 3 reasons why men delay seeking treatment for an eating disorder.

Presenter Carolyn Ross, MD, MPH, CEDS


Class #11 Attend a Virtual Case Conference

  1. Understand how a team of providers work together to treat eating disorders
  2. Identify the role of each clinician on an eating disorders team
  3. Be able to diagnose the patient’s eating disorder as presented in the case.

Presenter Carolyn Ross, MD, MPH, CEDS


Class #12  Therapy Techniques for the Treatment of Eating Disorders

  1. Describe the Pain Ball technique.
  2. Be able to discuss a typical behavior chain analysis.
  3. List 3 advantages of a non-diet approach to eating disorders.

Presenter Carolyn Ross, MD, MPH, CEDS


Clinical Professionals: All mental health professionals including, but not limited to Clinical Counsellors, Psychologists, Psychotherapists, Social Workers, Nurses, Occupational Therapists, Hospice and Palliative Care Workers, Youth Workers, Mental Health Workers, Addiction Specialists, Probation Officers, Police Officers, Speech Language Pathologists, Vocational Rehabilitation Consultants and all professionals looking to enhance their therapeutic skills.

Carolyn Coker Ross, MD, MPH, CEDS is an internationally known author, speaker, expert and pioneer in the use of Integrative Medicine for the treatment of eating disorders and addictions.  She is a graduate of Andrew Weil’s Fellowship Program in Integrative Medicine. Dr. Ross is the CEO of The Anchor Program™, an online coaching program for binge eating disorder, emotional eating and food addiction.  She is the former head of the eating disorder program at internationally renowned Sierra Tucson and has served as medical director at two other programs.  Dr. Ross is a consultant for treatment centers around the US who want to include her unique integrative medicine approach to help clients recovering from eating disorders and addictions.  She is the author of three books, the most recent of which is The Food Addiction Recovery Workbook.  You can reach Dr. Ross at or


Kate Martin, M.Ed., LPC-MHSP is a mental health therapist in private practice in Nashville, Tennessee. She has spent her career helping clients heal from eating disorders. An avid Intuitive Eating practitioner in her personal and professional life, Kate believes in body liberation for everyone, not just those suffering from eating disorders. Kate has a perfect four year old son who shows her every day that we are born with the ability to eat intuitively, and that life should be fun.


Christina Veselak, MS, LMFT, CN is the founder and director of the Academy for Addiction and Mental Health Nutrition and Garden Gate Counseling and Consulting/Relapse Prevention Services in Wayne, WV. Christina has been a licensed psychotherapist for over 30 years, and specializes in individual counseling, addiction recovery and Mental Health Nutrition. She has spent most of her career becoming highly trained in the use of diet and supplements in improving mental health and addiction recovery outcomes in diverse communities. She has consulted for supplement companies, IV detox programs and residential addiction treatment, helping them integrate nutritional approaches into their programs and curriculum.  She is an experienced public speaker, and has presented at conferences and trainings around the country. Christina is also a founding member and former Executive Director of The Alliance for Addiction Solutions, a non-profit organization which promotes the use of nutritional and other natural modalities to support repair of the addicted brain.   Christina is committed to staying abreast of the rapidly growing science of orthomolecular psychiatry, functional nutrition and biochemistry support for optimal mental and behavioral health. She is passionate about sharing this life-saving knowledge with both the general public and treatment professionals.


Leslie Binch is a full-time private practice therapist in Nashville, TN.   Prior to this she worked as a Primary Therapist at the Recovery Ranch and at Integrative Life Center where she specialized in treating eating disorders, addiction and trauma. Leslie has studied and completed advanced trainings in  Comprehensive Resource Model therapy, Level I, and II Brainspotting, as well as trainings in DBT, CBT, and in Neuro-Affective Relational Model therapy – all helpful in treating trauma.  She went back to graduate school to become a therapist after seeing first-hand what an experience committing to therapy with a skilled therapist did for her own life. Website:


Courtney Phifer, MS, RD, LDN is a registered dietitian who provides individual nutrition counseling and education to adults and adolescents for a variety of issues, including eating disorders, disordered eating patterns, emotional eating, medical diagnoses, weight management, meal planning, etc. She helps clients develop a healthy relationship with food by practicing a non-diet approach of balance and moderation, teaching permission vs. restriction. She prides herself on being a nutrition myth-buster. Courtney has worked in behavioral health for over ten years, specializing in eating disorders and addictions. She uses a small-step goal-oriented client-driven approach incorporating body positive, mindfulness, connection to body cues practices and more.

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