Emotional and Binge Eating, Chronic Dieting and Shame: What Clinicians and Educators Need to Know

presented by Judith Matz, LCSW

On Demand | Available Now


6 Hours  |   Pre-approved for CEU’s


This online course is on-demand.

Recorded footage and all course content (certificate, videos, quiz) will be available until May 13, 2023. Extensions cannot be granted under any circumstances. 

Registration will close on May 6, 2023. 

“I’m an emotional eater.” I have to lose weight if I want to be healthy.” I know what I’m supposed to do, but I just don’t do it.” “My eating is out of control.”

These types of comments are common in our culture, and frequently make their way into the clinical setting. While the treatment of eating disorders requires specialized training, it’s important for all therapists to understand the paradigm shift happening in our field when it comes to eating problems and weight concerns. After all, societal norms regarding eating, weight, and health affect every client we work with, regardless of body size.

In this in-depth workshop you’ll discover how recovery from overeating and bingeing is more than a matter of self-control, weight loss, or even understanding the emotional triggers. Judith will teach you how to integrate multiple facets of treatment—including the attuned eating framework, the role of shame and self-compassion, emotional regulation, body image strategies, understanding weight stigma and the Health At Every Size® paradigm—so that clients have the tools necessary to end overeating and develop a healthy relationship with food, their bodies, and themselves.

Judith will address these important topics using a variety of teaching approaches including lively didactic material, experiential exercises and small group interactions.

Understanding the problem

  • Types of Eating Problems
  • Impact of Cultural Messages
  • Why Diets Fail


The Diet Binge-Trap

  • Deprivation, Control, and Overeating
  • The Role of Shame


Empowering Clients Through Attuned Eating

  • The Three Steps of Attuned/Intuitive Eating
  • Common Obstacles


Emotional Eating

  • Food as a Form of Affect Regulation
  • How Self-Compassion Reduces Overeating
  • Mindfulness Practices


Cultivating a Healthy Body Image

  • Understanding Internalized Weight Stigma
  • Body Positive Strategies


Clinicians’ Attitudes Toward Body Size

  • Exploring Views Toward Fat and Thin
  • Impact on Clinical Treatment


Weight and Health

  • Common Myths
  • Impact of Weight Stigma and Social Determinants of Health
  • Wellness Beyond Weight


The Health At Every Size Paradigm Shift

  • 5 Tenets
  • Developing a Weight Inclusive Practice

Participants will be able to describe

  • How the 5 components of the diet-binge cycle result in chronic dieting
  • How to implement the three steps of attuned eating to reduce out of control eating
  • The process of translating emotional issues into eating and weight loss focus that results in shame and techniques to regulate emotional distress without turning to food
  • Strategies to cultivate a positive body image and combat internalized weight stigma
  • The impact of weight stigma and personal bias on clients both within and outside of the treatment setting
  • How understanding the body of research related to weight and health helps clients develop positive, sustainable behaviours to support physical and emotional wellbeing

Education and Clinical Professionals: K–12 Classroom Teachers, School Counsellors/Psychologists, Learning Assistance/ Resource Teachers, School Administrators, School Paraprofessionals including Special Education Assistants, Classroom Assistants and Childcare Workers. All other professionals who support students including but not limited to: Nurses, Social Workers, Psychologists, Clinical Counsellors, Family Therapists, Occupational Therapists, Speech Language Pathologists, Addiction Counsellors, Youth Workers, Mental Health Workers, Probation Officers, and Early Childhood Educators.

Judith Matz, LCSW is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker and has worked in the field of eating problems and weight concerns for the past 30 years. She received her Master’s degree from the University of Michigan in 1980 and completed a post-graduate fellowship at Michael Reese Hospital in 1988 with an emphasis on eating disorders.

Judith is co-author of two books on the topics of eating and weight issues: Beyond a Shadow of a Diet: The Comprehensive Guide to Treating Binge Eating Disorder, Compulsive Eating, and Emotional Overeating (2nd edition, 2014) and The Diet Survivors Handbook: 60 Lessons in Eating, Acceptance and Self-Care (2006), and author of the children’s book Amanda’s Big Dream. She is also co-author of The Body Positivity Card Deck: 53 Strategies for Body Acceptance, Appreciation and Respect, and the forthcoming Making Peace With Food Card Deck.

Judith is a frequent presenter at national and international conferences. Descriptions of her work have appeared in the media including the Psychotherapy NetworkerNew York TimesLA TimesAllureFitnessSelfShapeToday’s DietitianDiabetes Self-ManagementNBC News ChicagoHuffington Post Live, and she appears in the documentary America The Beautiful 2.

Judith has a private practice in Deerfield, IL where she offers counselling services and professional consultation.

RegistrationEarly bird FeeRegular Fee
Individual Enrollment$249.00N/A
Full-Time Student$199.00N/A

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  • Canadian Psychological Association
    The Alberta College of Social Workers (ACSW) and the Newfoundland and Labrador Association of Social Workers (NLASW) accept CPA-approved continuing education credits