Our Annual CoP Networking & Education Days is coming!

The Eating Disorders CoP Networking Days is where you'll have the opportunity to learn, exchange knowledge, make connections, and share experiences about eating disorders practice in BC.

Want to be a presenter?  It's a great way for the CoP to put a 'face to a name' and hear more about your program! Sign-up before all spots are taken! Deadline September 28th! 
Sign-up here: bit.ly/coptalks 

Virtual Reality Shows Promise in Treating Eating Disorders

Eating disorders can be some of the most difficult mental conditions to treat. Unlike other anxiety or compulsion disorders, the main trigger for an eating disorder—food—is unavoidable. But a new paper suggests that visual exposure in virtual reality (VR) might help patients battle their eating disorder in a physician-controlled environment, complemented with traditional cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT).

Comorbid medical complications were common among adults admitted with EDs.

The importance of medical complications in ED is well recognized within the ED treatment community, but a comprehensive view of their frequency has been lacking. Now, a team of researchers has found “a substantial and troubling presence of medical complications” in the largest single-site study thus far of medical conditions reported among adults being admitted for eating disorders treatment. The study included 1026 adult inpatients and residential care patients admitted to the Eating Recovery Center in Denver from October 2012 to July 2015. Dr.

Caring for Transition Age Youth Using a new form of family-based therapy for a young age group.

Transition age youth (TAY), are teens and young adults from 16 to 25 years of age who, while seeking independence, still live with their family and/or receive substantial emotional and financial support, particularly when being treated for an eating disorder like AN. This is particularly true during treatment for AN. To better address this group’s needs and to improve treatment outcomes, Dr. Gina Dimitropoulos and colleagues conducted a multi-center study open trial of family-based treatment for TAY (J Canad Acad Child Adolesc Psychiatry.

Parent-child interventions most effective to reduce BMI in children with obesity

An intervention for childhood obesity that included both children and their parents, rather than the parents only, improved the children’s BMI standard deviation scores, according to results from a study conducted in Israel.

5 Things Seasoned Therapists Wish They'd Known

Whether they’ve been practicing for three months or three decades, therapists are continuously honing their craft. But much of what we learn through trial and error, and hours upon hours sitting across from clients, we were never taught in grad school. So we asked some seasoned therapists to pass on the lessons they wish someone had told them when they were first starting out.

1) Getting “ghosted” by clients

Four Steps for Therapists to Staying Present in Sessions

**Remember: you are a human with a human brain doing the best you can.


Being a therapist is hard work that requires an incredible amount of mindfulness, whether you have a formal practice or not. We are trained to be good listeners, space holders, unconditional validators, growth-facilitators, case managers, and sometimes entire support systems, all at once.

For some of our patients, the time they spend with us is the only time they have ever been seen, heard, and validated for being exactly who they are. It’s a big responsibility.

The Connections Between the Brain and Urges to Binge and Purge

“I did it again. And again! I can’t seem to control my bingeing no matter how hard I try. What is wrong with me?” Listening to a client who wants to recover from bulimia or binge eating disorder tell you the same thing shared in the last session can feel discouraging for both of you. The desire to recover is strong but the body and brain seem to be resisting.

Family-Based Treatment of Teen Eating Disorders Helpful

Treatment outcomes for adolescents with eating disorders seem to correlate with family reports of perceived helpfulness of the family-based treatment approach, according to a study published online April 10 in the International Journal of Eating Disorders.  Findings based on mothers' and teens' perception of helpfulness and outcomes of family-based treatment.

Feeding Releases Endogenous Opioids in Humans


Eating both bland (left panel) and delicious (right panel) meals triggered significant opioid release in the brain.

Finnish researchers have revealed how eating stimulates brain's endogenous opioid system to signal pleasure and satiety.

Findings based on mothers' and teens' perception of helpfulness and outcomes of family-based treatment

Treatment outcomes for adolescents with eating disorders seem to correlate with family reports of perceived helpfulness of the family-based treatment (FBT) approach, according to a study published online April 10 in the International Journal of Eating Disorders.

Simar Singh, from the University of California, San Francisco, and colleagues examined families' perspectives on FBT and remission markers associated with increased treatment satisfaction across 43 caregivers and 40 adolescents who received outpatient FBT for an eating disorder.

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