Intersectional Eating Disorder Treatment for the T/NB/GNC Community: Identification, Considerations, and Patient Centered Treatment

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Through grounding this conversation in an intersectional framework, principles of harm reduction, and exploring case material, we will address eating disorder treatment in primary care settings and outpatient behavioral health settings. Providers will learn basic skills to increase overall comfort in identifying potential red flags, thorough assessment of risk factors, and navigating conversations with t/nb/gnc patients related to food, weight, and body image. We will prioritize strategies for supporting patient’s agency while also understanding the health risks of disordered eating.

Learning objectives

1) Learn foundational knowledge about eating disorder treatment to be able to identifying potential red flags and be able to navigate conversations with trans/non binary/gender non-conforming patients related to food, weight, and body image. 2) Understand how to keep a patient’s healthy self-determination central to treatment while also challenging harmful eating patterns through supporting the agency of our trans/non-binary/gender non-conforming patients while understanding the health risks that come with disordered eating.

About the presenters

Amelia Smith, MSW, LSW

Amelia joined Mazzoni's medical center in 2018 as behavioral health consultant (BHC). Amelia’s work with LGBTQ youth and adults in Minneapolis, MN led them to pursue an MSW at Smith College School for Social Work. They have been working as a BHC and in the field of HIV care since 2016, integrating meaningful behavioral health services into medical care. They bring a background in mindfulness, anti-oppression work, and trauma-sensitive care to providing a therapeutic space for patients.

Laura Whitman

Laura Whitman is a Licensed Professional Counselor, a Nationally Certified Counselor and a Certified School Counselor. Laura specializes in working with eating disorders, disordered eating, and body image issues. At the Renfrew Center, she worked in all levels of care for eating disorder treatment. Both at the Renfrew Center and in her current practice, she has helped to develop and facilitate programming and trainings to better meet the specific needs of the LGBTQ community. Currently she serves as the Assistant Clinical Director of Hornstein, Platt, & Associates.