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Live Webinar April 19 - Are You Overlooking Eating Disorders in Your Clients? Moving Beyond the Eating Disorder Stereotype to Reduce Diagnostic Error, Improve Ethical Practice, and Enhance Care with Dr. Carolyn Black Becker  
Friday, April 19, 2024 11:00 AM Eastern Time Zone (ET) - 12:30 PM Eastern Time Zone (ET)

Friday, April 19, 2024

11:00 AM- 12:30 PM Eastern/ 10:00 AM – 11:30 AM Central/ 9:00 AM – 10:30 AM Mountain/ 8:00 AM – 9:30 AM Pacific

1.5 CE Credits Awarded

$15 Student ABCT Members / $25 ABCT Members / $35 Non-Members

All prices listed in US currency


Eating disorders have been long stereotyped as disorders associated with thinness, whiteness, affluence, female gender, and youth. Although compelling data indicate that this stereotype is inaccurate and that eating disorders affect many who do not conform to the stereotype, the stereotype both persists and is often believed by health providers and laypersons alike. Importantly, research indicates that individuals who defy the eating disorder stereotype are less likely to be correctly diagnosed by providers and less likely to self-identify as having an eating disorder.

The treatment of eating disorders also is commonly viewed as an area of clinical specialty; as such, many CBT practitioners, particularly those who work with populations that defy the eating disorder stereotype, obtain little if any training in the treatment and assessment of eating disorders. Combined, these factors (i.e., powerful inaccurate stereotype and lack of training) set the stage for significant diagnostic error, in particular, overlooked eating disorder diagnoses. Missed eating disorder diagnoses are problematic for numerous reasons. First, research indicates that early identification improves eating disorder clinical outcome. Second, eating disorders are associated with elevated mortality and significant medical morbidity, and failure to diagnose them can worsen medical sequelae and contribute to inappropriate medical treatment. Third, failure to diagnose an existing eating disorder can lead to incomplete and faulty clinical conceptualization and treatment planning. Finally, diagnostic accuracy is linked to the ethical principles of beneficence, non-maleficence, justice, and autonomy. 

The primary aim of this training is to help clinicians who have minimal eating disorders background understand why clients who they may think are at low risk for an eating disorder (e.g., those who are racially and ethnically minoritized, live in a higher weight body, identify as male, are of older age, are of lower income, identify as LGBTQIA+ etc…) are, in fact, very much potentially at risk. This webinar is also appropriate for those who have eating disorders training and can acknowledge that they, like so many in the eating disorders field, still feel the pull of the stereotype. 

Presenter Biography:

Carolyn Black Becker, Ph.D. is a Professor of Psychology and licensed clinical psychologist who specializes in the treatment of eating disorders, PTSD, and anxiety-based disorders. She is board certified in behavioral and cognitive therapy. Dr. Becker has published numerous peer-reviewed papers, and she co-authored Exposure for Eating Disorders and Eating without Fear: Harnessing Science to Confront and Overcome Your Eating Disorder published by Oxford University Press and Cognitive Behavior Therapy for PTSD: A Case Formulation Approach by Guilford Press. She also is considered a leader in the delivery of peer-led body image programs, and conducted seminal research into the association of eating disorders and food insecurity. Dr. Becker is a fellow of the Academy for Eating Disorders, the Association for Behavioral and Cognitive Therapies (ABCT), and the Association for Psychological Science. She is past president of the Society for a Science of Clinical Psychology and the Academy for Eating Disorders. She also served as Representative at Large for Membership on the Board of ABCT. Dr. Becker has received numerous awards including the 2009 Lori Irving Award for Excellence in Eating Disorders Prevention and Awareness granted by the National Eating Disorders Association, a 2011-2012 Fellowship at the Center for Advanced Study in the Behavioral Sciences at Stanford University, the 2012 Research-Practice Partnership award from the Academy for Eating Disorders, and a 2017 Piper Professor award from the Minnie Stevens Piper Foundation. 

Learning Objectives:

At the end of this workshop, the learner will be able to:

1. Critique the eating disorder stereotype.

2. Explain why eating disorder diagnostic errors are an ethical issue.

3. Describe evidence supporting the contention that eating disorders affect those who defy the eating disorders stereotype

4. Adopt a more inclusive perspective regarding client risk for eating disorders

Recommended Readings:

1. Burke, N. L., Hazzard, V. M., Schaefer, L. M., Simone, M., O'Flynn, J. L., & Rodgers, R. F. (2023). Socioeconomic status and eating disorder prevalence: at the intersections of gender identity, sexual orientation, and race/ethnicity. Psychological Medicine, 53(9), 4255-4265.

2. Burke, N. L., Schaefer, L. M., Hazzard, V. M., & Rodgers, R. F. (2020). Where identities converge: The importance of intersectionality in eating disorders research. International Journal of Eating Disorders, 53(10), 1605-1609.

3. Bryant, E., Spielman, K., Le, A., Marks, P., Touyz, S., & Maguire, S. (2022). Screening, assessment and diagnosis in the eating disorders: findings from a rapid review. Journal of Eating Disorders, 10(1), 78.

4. Harrop, E. N., Hutcheson, R., Harner, V., Mensinger, J. L., & Lindhorst, T. (2023). “You Don’t Look Anorexic”: Atypical anorexia patient experiences of weight stigma in medical care. Body Image, 46, 48-61.

5. Harrop, E. N., Mensinger, J. L., Moore, M., & Lindhorst, T. (2021). Restrictive eating disorders in higher weight persons: A systematic review of atypical anorexia nervosa prevalence and consecutive admission literature. International Journal of Eating Disorders, 54(8), 1328-1357.

6. Kilpela, L. S., Marshall, V. B., Keel, P. K., LaCroix, A. Z., Espinoza, S. E., Hooper, S. C., & Musi, N. (2022). The clinical significance of binge eating among older adult women: an investigation into health correlates, psychological wellbeing, and quality of life. Journal of Eating Disorders, 10(1), 97.

7. Sonneville, K. R., & Lipson, S. K. (2018). Disparities in eating disorder diagnosis and treatment according to weight status, race/ethnicity, socioeconomic background, and sex among college students. International Journal of Eating Disorders, 51(6), 518-526.


All attendees will receive a certificate of completion when the course requirements are satisfied. Certificate of completion is included in the cost of the webinar

The Association for Behavioral and Cognitive Therapies incurs significant administrative cost related to your registration before a webinar.  Therefore, there are no refunds for live webinars. If you unable to attend a webinar, we will provide you with the recorded version after the live presentation (which is still eligible for CE credit). If you wish to cancel or request to transfer your webinar registration to another webinar please email your request to

ABCT is approved by the American Psychological Association to sponsor continuing education for psychologists. ABCT maintains responsibility for this program and its content

The Association for Behavioral and Cognitive Therapies has been approved by NBCC as an Approved Continuing Education Provider, ACEP No. 5797. Programs that do not qualify for NBCC credit are clearly identified. The Association for Behavioral and Cognitive Therapies is solely responsible for all aspects of the programs

The Association for Behavioral and Cognitive Therapies is recognized by the California Board of Behavioral Sciences for Marriage and Family Therapist (MFT) to offer continuing education as Provider #4600

Association for Behavioral and Cognitive Therapies (ABCT), is recognized by the New York State Education Department’s State Board for Psychology as an approved provider of continuing education for licensed psychologists #PSY-0124


For more information, contact:

Rachel Lamb, ABCT Membership and Marketing Manager
212-647-1890 ext. 209


Contact:    Rachel Lamb
212-647-1890 ext. 209