Ohio Counseling Association

Event Details

“The Stuff” of Eating Disorders and Relationship with Food Issues: Understanding Emotions in Relation to Sustenance~~~ (no NBCC credit)

  • 01 Dec 2017
  • 8:30 AM - 4:00 PM
  • EHOVE Adult Career Center Milan OH


CEU’s—Counselors and Social Workers (provider #040502) $60.00

Relationship with food issues arise with most of the clients that mental health therapists see, whether these issues are a symptom of and/or occur in conjunction with other disorders such as depression and anxiety. As therapists seeking to work effectively with patients with such issues it is important to be able to assess and determine the severity of the relationship with food issues for each individual and to make appropriate referrals in cases where the severity of the disorder exceeds our level of experience and competence, or requires a higher level of care than we are able to provide in outpatient treatment. In situations where outpatient treatment is appropriate, therapists may utilize skills with which most are already familiar such as Cognitive Behavioral Therapy to address these issues. In such cases a patient’s relationship with food issues can become a window into better understanding our clients and assisting with challenging their more expansive thinking errors that impact their lives beyond their food/feelings experiences. This session will focus on learning to appropriately diagnoses and refer patients in the more severe cases while refreshing the CBT skill set for use with those with mildly to moderately impaired relationships with food.

Objectives: Participants will be able to:

 Learn how to assess and differentiate Eating Disorders vs. relationship with food issues with patients

 Be able to determine when a patient requires a referral to a higher level of care vs. when outpatient treatment is appropriate

 Learn interventions used with patients with relationship with food issues in an outpatient treatment setting

 Refresh their Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) skills and understand how CBT concepts can be applied to patients with relationship with food issues

Presented by: Christine Saladin, PCC-S

Christine ("Chris") Saladin, PCC-S has been working as a mental health therapist working in Huron and Lorain Counties over the past 25 years. She is currently an associate in private practice at Psych and Psych Services in Elyria, Ohio , conducting therapy with pre-teens and adolescents and their families, individual adults, and couples. While working at Firelands Counseling and Recovery Services of Huron County in the past, Ms. Saladin received specialized training in Eating Disorder Assessment and treatment and she has continued to work with non-acute patients with eating disorders in outpatient treatment while working at Psych and Psych. More commonly Ms. Saladin has worked with patients with alternative primary diagnoses (such as mood disorders, anxiety disorders, trauma histories, and/or adjustment issues) who present with symptoms of distorted or dysfunctional relationships with food that impact their lives and their functioning. With a background in Marital and Family Therapy, Ms. Saladin seeks to address relationship with food issues within the context of relationship dynamics as well as an individual's overall mental health.

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