Updates from the National Center of Excellence for Eating Disorders

by: La-Shell Johnson & Courtenay Pierce, Program Coordinators

September 27, 2019

Since our last blog update, NCEED has continued building momentum towards launching the training component of our offerings along with expanding the Resource Library. NCEED has now successfully:

  • Shared its second newsletter that spotlighted the activities of our Content Experts and webinars conducted by a number of NCEED faculty.
  • Created and refined the vetting process for use in determining what resources will be housed on the NCEED website (details regarding this process will be shared on the NCEED website).
  • Identified topics for educational video clips with NCEED Content Experts to share via social media.
  • Continued developing collaborative relationships within the eating disorders field and fostered partnerships with organizations such as the Health and Human Services Center for Faith and Opportunity Initiatives and the National Association of Mental Health Program Directors (NASMHPD).

As you may recall, NCEED collaborated with Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) on June 4th to hold its first educational webinar, “Screening and Referral: Evidence-Based Eating Disorder Treatment in Primary Care Practice.” Drs. Christine Peat and Louise Metz teamed up to discuss evidence-based practices to manage patients with eating disorders in primary care. If you were unable to attend Part I of the series, a recording of the webinar is available at https://www.train.org/main/course/1085996/.

SPOTLIGHT:  On September 11th, NCEED and HRSA teamed up again to offer their second educational webinar titled, “Best Practices for Preventing Eating Disorder Progression in Primary Care.” Dr. Christine Peat and Dr. Martha Perry lent their expertise to deliver a 90-minute presentation that provided primary care providers (PCPs) a more in-depth understanding of managing patients with an eating disorder.

During the webinar, attendees were first introduced to common eating disorders as well as their defining features. The presenters also shared common symptoms and medical complications likely to be encountered when treating a patient with an eating disorder. The webinar explored barriers to detecting an eating disorder: stereotypes about eating disorders, patient’s reluctance to disclose symptoms, and assumptions about patients that fall into the “healthy” BMI range. Drs. Peat and Perry reviewed different treatment levels of care and shared how providers can access full treatment guidelines on the NCEED website. One major takeaway from this webinar is understanding the integral role PCPs can play within a specialty team. Since PCPs provide ongoing management to a patient, communication and consistent messaging is key for effective treatment. If you were unable to attend live, you will be able to access the recording through NCEED’s website (www.nceedus.org). Once again, free Continuing Education (CE) is available!

NCEED looks forward to sharing additional training opportunities and expansion of the Resource Library. We encourage you to stay informed about upcoming events and website developments by signing up at www.nceedus.org.