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It Takes a Village: Integrating Community Groups in the Treatment of Eating Disorders

Course Description

Community groups for eating disorders are sources of support. Eating disorders is associated with suicide risk. While providers may have the training to address suicidality in the clinical setting, community groups are public. A therapist acting as a facilitator has a unique role in community groups. We will review the clinical and ethical issues that arise and share our experience cofacilitating a longstanding group. Specifically, along with members we cocreated guidelines for addressing suicide risk.

Learning Objectives

  1. Become knowledgeable of the clinical and ethical issues surrounding suicidality in community support groups for eating disorders
  2. Learn specific strategies for addressing concerns with group members
  3. Develop policies that can be cocreated among therapists and group members

Madeline Altabe

Dr. Madeline received her B.A. at New College and Ph.D. from the University of South Florida. Herinterest in eating disorders began in college. She has been researching, teaching and treating eating disorders for the past 25 years. She has coauthored articles and professional books. She was an associate professor at the Florida School of Professional Psychology and is currently a Visiting Lecturer at Georgia State University. She has collaborated with community partners for eating disorders prevention and recently relocated to Atlanta and began working with Eating Disorders Information Network. She works with private clients at Radiance Counseling and Consulting PL in Atlanta and via telehealth.

Page Love, RDN, LD

Page Love, RDN, LD, is a registered dietitian and nutrition therapist and has a private practice specializing in eating disorders and sports nutrition in Atlanta. She served as a clinical dietitian for Atlanta Center for Eating Disorders for more than 20 years and has served as a consultant to The Renfrew Center, Veritas, and ERC. She has developed materials NEDA, Renfrew Center. She currently serves as the Vice President of the board for EDIN. She also serves as a consultant for the International Women’s Professional Tennis Tour (WTA) and the Atlanta Ballet and formerly the Atlanta Braves.