The Importance of Specialized Resources for Eating Disorder Professionals

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The International Association of Eating Disorder Professionals (iaedp) recently conducted their annual conference as part of their mission to provide education and training standards to healthcare treatment providers in the eating disorder community.

Held in Las Vegas, Nevada, the 2017 iaedp Symposium touched on a variety of topics intended for the international and multidisciplinary group of clinicians present under the overarching theme of “Improving the Odds: Clinical Competency in Eating Disorders Treatment.”

This conference is one of many specialized trainings offered to eating disorder professionals in support of their work with clients, families, and loved ones.

Resources for Eating Disorder Professionals

Eating disorder professionals, including practitioners, researchers, clinicians, and advocates, are fundamental to a community working to improve treatment and prevention efforts. Access to training, research, knowledge, and treatment practices for eating disorders is fundamental to advancing professionals as they work toward these goals in the eating disorder community.

Woman feeling fullEstablished in 1985, iaedp is an organization that works to provide quality training and education for professionals who treat the full spectrum of eating disorders and related issues [1].

Thus, the iaedp annual symposium was created as an extension of its mission and with the intention of providing training and support to the eating disorder professional.
Eating disorders are complex psychiatric illnesses that are influenced by multiple factors, including psycho-social, environmental, and biological components.

Given the complexities of these diseases, eating disorder professionals benefit from a collaborative approach, often working across disciplines to ensure quality of care for eating disorder sufferers.

Iaedp supports this cause through the trainings and competencies that are offered through the organization, including the yearly symposium and certification for professionals.

Because of the unique factors and demographics involved in eating disorder treatment, eating disorder professionals may be faced with certain challenges that could potentially contribute to job burnout.

Research has demonstrated that emotional exhaustion is the most common aspect of burnout experienced by eating disorder treatment providers, highlighting a need for community and collaboration among these professionals [1].

Involvement in a professional eating disorder organization, like iaedp or the Academy of Eating Disorders (AED), can help professionals better face some of the unique challenges encountered in practice.

Connecting to Support

Eating Disorders in South AfricaAs an eating disorder professional, it is important to determine what resources can best support one’s growth and advancement, allowing for optimal developing in a field that is constantly evolving.

Connecting to memberships that are included in professional organizations, like iaedp, and participating in trainings can be an invaluable tool for both maturation as a professional and needed support.

At Eating Disorder Hope, we are also proud to offer a membership for eating disorder professionals, which allows for specialized trainings and unique opportunities to be involved in the community.


Crystal Headshot 2About the Author: Crystal is a Masters-level Registered Dietitian Nutritionist (RDN) with a specialty focus in eating disorders, maternal/child health and wellness, and intuitive eating. Combining clinical experience with a love of social media and writing, Crystal serves as the Director of Content and Social Media for Eating Disorder Hope/Addiction Hope, where her passion to help others find recovery and healing is integrated into each part of her work.

As a Certified Intuitive Eating Counselor, Crystal has dedicated her career to helping others establish a healthy relationship with food and body through her work with EDH/AH and nutrition private practice.


[1]: Warren CS, et al. Demographic and work-related correlates of job burnout in professional eating disorder treatment providers. Psychotherapy (Chic). 2013 Dec;50(4):553-64.

The opinions and views of our guest contributors are shared to provide a broad perspective of eating disorders. These are not necessarily the views of Eating Disorder Hope, but an effort to offer discussion of various issues by different concerned individuals.

We at Eating Disorder Hope understand that eating disorders result from a combination of environmental and genetic factors. If you or a loved one are suffering from an eating disorder, please know that there is hope for you, and seek immediate professional help.

Published on April 18, 2017.
Reviewed By: Jacquelyn Ekern, MS, LPC on April 18, 2017
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