Understanding How Eating Disorders Impact Those in the Child Welfare System
It is estimated that up to 70% of children in the child welfare system engage in some form of disordered eating. One-third will then experience chronic, long-term eating disorders at great cost to their personal health and relationships and to the health care system at large. Since the experience of childhood trauma greatly increases the risk for eating disorders in young people, understanding the connection between the trauma response and eating disorders is critical to treatment. Few health care professionals (HCPs) have been formally trained to recognize and treat eating disorders in young people, and many children with Medicaid coverage lack access to eating disorder specialists. Thus, there is a strong need to train HCPs to better understand the needs of children with eating disorders to improve the overall approach to mental health in young people.
This activity will discuss the connection between childhood trauma and eating disorders and how to better assess the risk of young people within the child welfare system developing eating disorders. It also will provide HCPs with guidance regarding improved recognition of the underlying conditions and experiences that must be addressed to successfully treat individuals struggling with disordered eating.
This activity is provided by Optum Health Education and United Healthcare – Community & State.
No commercial support was received for this activity.
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This activity is designed to meet the educational needs of counselors, nurses, nurse practitioners, pharmacists, pharmacy technicians, PAs, physicians, psychologists, social workers, licensed marriage and family therapists and other HCPs who care for the pediatric population.
At the end of this educational activity, participants should be able to:
- Identify three ways in which eating disorders can be used to communicate messages related to a history of trauma.
- Describe at least two ways in which interaction with the child welfare system can complicate standard evidence-based practices for eating disorders or level-of-care considerations.
- Discuss increased risks for eating disorders in young people within the child welfare system.
- Examine personal beliefs related to attachment, trauma, weight, size, shape, communication, family and resilience.
Heidi L. Strickler, PhD, LCSW-S, CEDS-S, CART, CTLS
Director of Product Strategy & Design – Community & State, Medicaid Populations
Elizabeth Albert, MD
Clinical Activity Manager
Optum Health Education
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The presenter and planner have no financial relationships to disclose.
Method for calculating CE credit
CE credit was calculated by the complexity of content.
In support of improving patient care, this activity has been planned and implemented by Optum Health Education and United Healthcare – Community & State. Optum Health Education is jointly accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME), the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education (ACPE) and the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC), to provide continuing education for the health care team.
Credit designation statements
This activity was planned by and for the health care team, and learners will receive 1.50 Interprofessional Continuing Education (IPCE) credits for learning and change.
The participant will be awarded up to 1.50 contact hour(s) of credit for attendance and completion of supplemental materials.
The American Academy of Nurse Practitioners Certification Program (AANPCP) accepts credit from organizations accredited by the ACCME and ANCC.
This activity is approved for 1.50 contact hour(s) ([0.15] CEU) in states that recognize ACPE.
Attending the full program will earn 1.50 contact hour(s).
Unique Activity Number(s): JA0007123-9999-23-039-H99-P/T
Optum Health Education designates this enduring activity for a maximum of 1.50 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s)™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.
The American Academy of Physician Assistants (AAPA) accepts credit from organizations accredited by the ACCME.
Optum Health Education is approved by the American Psychological Association (APA) to offer continuing education for psychologists. OptumHealth Education maintains responsibility for this program. 1.50 CE hour.
As a Jointly Accredited Organization, Optum Health Education is approved to offer social work continuing education by the Association of Social Work Boards (ASWB) Approved Continuing Education (ACE) program. Organizations, not individual courses, are approved under this program. State and provincial regulatory boards have the final authority to determine whether an individual course may be accepted for continuing education credit. Optum Health Education maintains responsibility for this course. Social workers completing this course receive 1.50 continuing education credits.
Counselors and/or marriage and family therapists
CA: The Board of Behavioral Sciences has deferred CE course approvals to APA and ASWB for its licensees. See those approvals under Psychologists and Social Workers.
Other States: If your state is not specifically listed, nearly all state Counselor and MFT boards accept either APA or ASWB approval, or are reciprocal with other state licensing board approvals, such as those listed above. Check with your board to be sure.
A certificate of attendance will be provided to learners upon completion of activity requirements, enabling participants to register with licensing boards or associations that have not been preapproved for credits. To apply for credit types not listed above, participants should use the procedure established by the specific organization from which they wish to obtain credit.
- 1.50 ACPE - Pharmacists
- 1.50 ACPE - Pharmacy Technicians
- 1.50 AMA - Physicians
- 1.50 ANCC - Nurses
- 1.50 APA - Psychologists
- 1.50 Attendance - General Attendance
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