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Eating Disorders in Military Populations: Trauma and the Tape

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Andrew Walen, LCSW-C, LICSW, CEDS-S
1 Hour
Nov 14, 2022
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Risk factors for eating disorders are pervasive in military service – from the heightened emphasis on weight and size, to constant demands for physical fitness and stamina, to repeated exposure to potentially traumatizing experiences. This recorded session will give you the skills you need so that you can assess for eating disorders and create effective treatment plans in the context of your clients’ military culture. 


Planning Committee Disclosure - No relevant relationships

All members of the PESI, Inc. planning committee have provided disclosures of financial relationships with ineligible organizations and any relevant non-financial relationships prior to planning content for this activity. None of the committee members had relevant financial relationships with ineligible companies or other potentially biasing relationships to disclose to learners.  For speaker disclosures, please see the faculty biography.


This online program is worth 1.0 hours CPD.



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Andrew Walen, LCSW-C, LICSW, CEDS-S, is the founder of DUDE Mental Health, psychotherapist, and Certified Eating Disorder Specialist and Supervisor with a specific focus on males with eating disorders. He was the founder of The Body Image Therapy Center and Vice President of Eating Disorders Treatment for Refresh Mental Health. Andrew has appeared on The Today Show, featured in The New York Times, USA Today, Men's Health, and many other national and local media outlets as an expert in the field of eating disorders and body image. In addition, he has authored numerous articles and presented workshops at national and international eating disorder conferences. He authored Man Up to Eating Disorders, which is a memoir and self-help book directed at males with eating disorders. Andrew is the immediate past-President of the National Association for Males with Eating Disorders (NAMED), which merged with the National Eating Disorders Association (NEDA) in November 2019. He currently serves as NEDA's Senior Advisor on Males with Eating Disorders and as the Certification Chair for the Baltimore chapter of the International Association of Eating Disorder Professionals (iaedp). He is also a past founding board member of the Binge Eating Disorder Association (BEDA).

Speaker Disclosures:
Financial: Andrew Walen is the founder of D.U.D.E Mental Health and receives royalties as a published author. He receives a speaking honorarium and recording royalties from PESI, Inc. He has no relevant financial relationships with ineligible organizations.
Non-financial: Andrew Walen serves as Baltimore chapter certification chair for the International Association of Eating Disorder Professionals and as senior advisor for the National Eating Disorders Association.


  1. Appraise the impact of military culture on the development of eating disorders. 
  2. Assess eating disordered behaviour among military servicemembers and veterans. 
  3. Utilize exposure and response prevention tools to help clients face fears about returning to “normal eating”.


  • Risk factors for eating disorders in military and veteran populations 
  • How to deal with clients’ fear of persecution by peers and leadership 
  • Issues with access to care 
  • Key assessment questions and instruments to screen for eating disorders 
  • Evidence-based interventions for disordered eating 
  • Limitations of the research and potential risks

Target Audience

  • Counselors 
  • Social Workers 
  • Psychologists 
  • Psychiatrists 
  • Marriage & Family Therapists 
  • Addiction Counselors 
  • Nurses 
  • Other mental health professionals


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