Date & Time: May 5, 2022 – August 18, 2022 7:00pm – 9:00pm
Location: Virtual

This 15 week integrative course includes a mix of live synchronous learning lectures, readings, and assignments focused on issues related to eating disorders (ED), for the client and for those close to the client. It is estimated that in addition to the two hours of weekly class time, there will be an average of an additional hour of reading and response work throughout the duration of the program.


Given that at least 30 million people of all ages and genders in the United States struggle with an eating disorder at some point in their lives, social workers will surely encounter clients with eating disordered issues and need to be aware of the latest diagnostic and treatment options for this population.

In addition, the course will offer an overview of eating disorders using a biopsychosocial lens as criteria for diagnosis will be identified and approaches to treatment within the social work relationship will be explored. The overview will explore eating disorders from a DSM V perspective, with a thorough review of the diagnostic criteria, enabling the social work student to be able to identify the specifics of each eating disorder that a client may be experiencing. Detailed discussion of treatment options will be offered for the client and the family, as needed. When a younger client has an eating disorder, often the family needs to be and will be engaged in the care of the client. Because of the family component, strategies for management of the family as they relate to the ED client will be explored as well.

Learning Objectives

Upon completion of this course, participants will be able to:

  • Recognize the complexity of issues that comprise the diagnosis of an eating disorder.
  • Identify eating disorders as per the current literature with an understanding of the diagnostic indicators (as per the DSM V).
  • Identify the etiology and impact of the eating disorder illness on the individual and family from a person-in-environment perspective.
  • explain the most current perspectives on engagement and assessment of the eating disordered client.
  • Identify and be able to apply clinical skills and theoretical orientations needed to work effectively with the eating disordered client/family.
  • Apply cultural awareness of eating disorders within a variety of cohorts.
  • Identify awareness of the impact of social media and societal influences as they create and foster eating disorders.

Required Texts
Cohen, Mary Anne (2020). Treating the Eating Disorder Self – A Comprehensive Model for the Social Work Therapist. Washington, DC, NASW Press. To be purchased.

Faculty Bio

Joan Beder, DSW

Joan Beder, DSW is Professor Emeritus at the Wurzweiler School of Social Work of Yeshiva University and is Associate Clinical Professor at Stony Brook School of Social Welfare. She teaches a variety of practice courses including courses on death and dying and loss. She has been a practicing clinical social worker for over 30 years. She is the author of several books including Voices of Bereavement (Routledge). Her other research, teaching and writing has focused on caring for the military.


$1845 – Regular Registration
$1476 – Alumni, FI, FFL, Adjunct
$1107 – VET Discount

Payment Plan

$600 Deposit due at registration
$415 due by April 1
$415 due by May 13
$415 due by June 10
*Certificates of Completion (CEs) will not be sent out until final payment is made*

Course Schedule

The following sessions are held from 7:00pm – 9:00pm.

Date Topic
May 5, Session 1 Introduction to the Course: Stigmas
May 12, Session 2 History of Eating Disorders
May 19, Session 3 Behavioral Signs and Symptoms
May 26, Session 4 Anorexia Nervosa & Bulimia Nervosa
June 2, Session 5 Binge Eating Disorder and Avoidant Restrictive Food Intake
June 9, Session 6 Therapeutic Relationship – Dynamics, Underpinnings, Assessment
June 16, Session 7 The therapeutic relationship, continued
June 23, Session 8 Treatment Approaches
June 30, Session 9 Treatment Approaches Cont.
July 7, Session 10 Family Issues
July 14, Session 11 Family Issues Continued
July 21, Session 12 Multicultural Perspectives
July 28, Session 13 Prevention
August 4, Session 14 Media and Society – Impact
August 18, Session 15 Now what? (Last Class)

Continuing Education Credits

This program has been approved for the following continuing education credits:

  • NYSED Social Workers
  • OASAS CASAC Renewal
  • APA Psychology

Successful completion for the award of approved continuing education credits requires attendance at the entire training/workshop and submission of a completed evaluation form. See full credentialing information and CEUs New York State Office of the Professions (NYSED) regulations require that participants must be present for the entire approved educational activity in order to receive a certificate for continuing education hours. There is no accommodation in the State regulations for late arrival, late return from lunch or breaks, or early departure. According to NYSED, in order to award social work CEs; “When you offer a multi-day or multi-part course/educational activity, the learner must complete all parts in order to earn the certificate for contact hours, in the same way that a student must complete a semester-long course to receive college credit. You may not award partial credit for a program, even a one-day program, if the learner does not complete all requirements at that time.”

Cancellation Policy

No refund can be made for cancellation seven or fewer working days before the onset of the postgraduate certificate program. Cancellations occurring more than seven working days before the onset of the program will result in a refund less the amount of the deposit. Requests for refunds must be received in writing.

Disclaimer: The University reserves the right to cancel this or any program due to insufficient enrollment. Registrants will be notified and full refunds will be issued.

Accessibility Statement

The Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) and Adelphi University require that all events be accessible. To request a reasonable accommodation, please contact the event host identified on the event webpage; please allow for a reasonable time frame. The event host, when necessary, will collaborate with the Student Access Office.

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