Parent-Based Prevention: Empowering and Guiding Parents with Eating Pathology
Eating disorders are highly heritable and affected by environmental factors. Parents with histories of eating psychopathology and weight concerns are especially worried about their children’s weight trajectories and these concerns might lead to more stressful feeding interactions. Many parents with eating disorders also feel that their own history hinders their knowledge, skills, and self-efficacy in developing healthy habits in their children, potentially precipitating future problems. The goal of this webinar is to bridge the research-practice gap regarding parents with eating disorders and provide the healthcare providers (psychologists, nutritionists, physicians, and other clinicians) working with these families strategies to communicate with concerned parents in a validating, engaging, and empirically-supported way. This webinar will offer important information, ideas, and skills for professionals working with families in which a parent struggles with body image and/or eating concerns. Parent-Based Prevention will be discussed, including guidelines to determine which parents may benefit from a focused parenting program and techniques to increased engagement and adherence.
Speaker: Shiri Sadeh-Sharvit, PhD is the Associate Director for Training at Palo Alto University Center for m2Health, California. She has previously worked at Stanford University Eating Disorders Research Program for four years. Dr. Sadeh-Sharvit’s clinical and research interests include eating disorders (from infancy throughout the life cycle), family-based interventions, incorporating technology in mental healthcare, and clinical training. Her book, co-authored with James Lock, MD, PhD “Parents with Eating Disorders: A Treatment Guide”, was recently published by Routledge.