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Self Leads the Way: IFS Interventions for Treating Binge Eating Disorder, Complex Trauma, and Body Shame

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Amy Pershing, LMSW, ACSW
1 Hour 04 Minutes
Feb 25, 2022
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The experience of complex trauma significantly contributes to binge eating disorder (BED) and body dissatisfaction. If you treat trauma, you treat BED. Sadly, few clinicians are trained in dealing with both concerns, which impacts treatment for these clients. In this session, you will learn key questions to ask to uncover whether your client has BED; the impact of complex trauma on the development of BED and related body image concerns; how to look at BED through an IFS lens; and how to avoid harm by using somatic healing and intuitive eating and movement. 



This online program is worth 1.25 hours CPD.



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Center for Eating Disorders

Amy Pershing, LMSW, ACSW, is the Founder of Bodywise, the first binge eating disorder (BED)-specific treatment program in the United States, founded in 1995.  She is the Director of Pershing Consulting, which offers training to clinicians treating BED around the world.  Amy is also the creator of "Hungerwise™," a 9-week program for ending chronic dieting and weight cycling using the Attuned Eating And Movement approach, offered nationally online.  Based on over 30 years of clinical experience, Amy has pioneered a treatment approach for BED that is strengths-based, incorporating Internal Family Systems, somatic trauma techniques, Attuned Eating and Movement, and a Health at Every Size philosophy.  Amy lectures internationally and writes extensively on the treatment of BED and her own recovery journey for both professional and lay communities.  She has been featured on radio, podcast, and television speaking about BED treatment and recovery, relapse prevention, weight stigma, and attuned eating and movement.  She is a founding member and Past Chair of the Binge Eating Disorder Association (BEDA), and is the winner of BEDA's Pioneer in Clinical Advocacy award.  She is the author of the book Binge Eating Disorder: The Journey to Recovery and Beyond as well as many articles and chapters about BED treatment and advocacy.

Speaker Disclosures:

Financial: Amy Pershing is the founding director of Bodywise and the Vice President of The Center for Eating Disorders. She is an author with Routledge Publishing and Receives royalties. Ms. Pershing receives a speaking honorarium, book royalties, and recording royalties from PESI, Inc. She has no relevant financial relationships with ineligible organizations.

Non-financial: Amy Pershing is a member of the National Association of Social Workers, the Academy for Eating Disorders, and the Academy of Certified Social Workers. She is a founding board member of the Eating Disorders Action Network and is the membership chair for the Eating Disorders Professional League of Michigan.

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  1. Evaluate common myths that lead to missing or mis-applying a BED diagnosis.
  2. Investigate critical connections between complex relational trauma, binge eating behaviors, and body image concerns.
  3. Apply a trauma-informed framework to BED treatment, including IFS, somatic, and Health At Every Size strategies.


  • Clients Living with BED
    • Experience
    • Diagnosis
    • Myths and Missteps
  • The Power of Self
    • ​​​​​​​Healing the internal ecosystem with compassion, curiosity and fierceness
  • Body as Ally
    • ​​​​​​​Relearning the Magic of Body Wisdom
  • Limitations of the research and potential risks

Target Audience

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


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