Lucene Wisniewski, PhD, FAED

Psychotherapists in general practice struggle treating eating disorders (EDs) due to clients' co-occurring medical complications, psychiatric conditions, and ambivalence toward recovery. Ideally, early diagnosis and prompt intervention, based on a developmentally appropriate and evidence-based multidisciplinary team approach would be the standard of care.  Yet many of us find ourselves called upon as the front line without the needed skills to be as helpful as we would like.

In this practical course, you will:

  • learn the core competencies needed to conduct the first six sessions of a generalist's approach to disordered eating
  • discover elements drawn from evidence-based protocols to help you identify and assess disordered eating, and decide on an appropriate treatment approach and level of care.
  • complete assigned readings from Dr. Chris Fairburn's Cognitive Behavior Therapy and Eating Disorders to learn didactic material (this text is suggested as required reading for the course).
  • watch Dr. Wisniewski model how to apply core concepts and interventions.
  • be invited to learn many strategies from the inside-out by trying exercises personally. This will allow you to generalize your experiential learning to work with clients.

In Sessions 1-2, you will:

  • learn how to identify and diagnose an ED in adults and adolescents
  • decide upon the appropriate level of care (outpatient, intensive outpatient, partial hospital, residential and inpatient)
  • discover treatment approaches based on diagnosis, case conceptualization and available resources. 
  • learn how to assign and review initial assessment questionnaires and a food log, orient to weekly weighing
  • learn to provide psychoeducation that creates the rationale for changing disordered eating.

In Sessions 3-4, you will learn behavioral strategies needed to treat binge-eating disorder and modify medically non-severe binge and purge behaviors, and for addressing weight and shape concerns.

In Session 5, you will learn to evaluate whether the treatment is effective and what to do if it is not, exploring how to assemble a multidisciplinary treatment team and seek more training if you desire to become more specialized in your skills.

Learning Objectives

By the end of the course, participants will be able to:

  • Diagnose and assess a client with an eating disorder.
  • Describe the core competencies of a generalist's approach to disordered eating
  • Identify factors involved in determining the appropriate level of care for a client
  • Use initial assessment measures and psychoeducation to create a rationale and treatment plan for changing eating behaviors
  • Describe and apply behavioral strategies for treatment of disordered eating behaviors
  • Select a multidisciplinary treatment team and assess whether treatment is effective

Cost:   $150

Technical Requirements: You will need a computer with high-speed internet access and either a telephone or speakers/headset for audio.  Check out our Frequently Asked Questions for more information.

Instructor: Lucene Wisniewski, PhD, FAED is a clinician, trainer, researcher and consultant whose interests center around using empirically founded treatments to inform clinical practice.  Lucene, an Adjunct Assistant Professor of Psychological Sciences at Case Western Reserve University, has taught hundreds of workshops, lectures and presentations on Cognitive Behavioral and Dialectical Behavior Therapies internationally and has over 40 publications in peer reviewed journals and invited book chapters.  From 2006-2014, Lucene was Clinical Director and co-founder of the Cleveland Center for Eating Disorders, a comprehensive eating disorder treatment program offering evidenced based care. Lucene has been elected fellow, has served on the board of directors, and as the co-chair of the Borderline Personality Disorder special interest group of the Academy for Eating Disorders (AED).  In 2013, the AED awarded Lucene the Outstanding Clinician Award to acknowledge her contribution to the field of eating disorder treatment.

APA Approved Sponsor

CE Credit: The Evidence-Based Practice Institute is approved by the American Psychological Association to offer continuing education for psychologists. The Evidence-Based Practice Institute maintains responsibility for the program and its content.  The Evidence-Based Practice Institute has allocated 5 CE Credits within APA guidelines for the course.  After attending the webinar and completing a course evaluation form, a CE certificate will be emailed to the attendee.

Please note: If you are unable to attend a session live, you will be able to listen to the recording and take a brief post-test afterward to still obtain CE credit.  However, you must earn credit for all 5 sessions in order to receive a CE certificate. We are unable to award partial credit.




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Registration closes September 12th