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Monday, November 6, 2023

Eating Disorders 101

Date: Monday, November 6, 2023

Time: 11a-1pm (Program)

Type: Live Webinar

Credits: 2 CEUs (NY​S LMSWs, LCSWs, LMHCs, LMFTs, Psychologists)

Location: Zoom

Instructor: Samantha DeCaro, PsyD

Cost: $60pp, $40 Early Bird (register by 10/30/23), 

$30 5+ Group (per person. same organization), $20 Grad Students 


This presentation will provide a review of the DSM-5 Criteria for all Eating Disorder Diagnoses, including the less obvious 

warning signs and symptoms; biological, socio-cultural, psychological risk factors; evidenced based treatments; levels of care; 

as well as an overview of Renfrew’s Unified Treatment Model (UT). 

Preventative tips and resources will be provided to help prevent disordered eating and support those with eating disorders.


1.Participants will review DSM-5 criteria for the treatment of eating disorders, including common comorbid conditions.

2.Participants will be able to identify 3-5 biological, cultural, and psychological risk factors that contribute to the etiology and maintenance of eating disorder symptoms.

3.Participants will be able to identify four levels of care of eating disorder treatment (RES, PHP, IOP, and OP) including APA criteria for each level.

4.An overview of Renfrew’s Unified Treatment Model (UT) for the treatment of eating disorders will be presented.

Time Line:

First Half: ED diagnostic criteria- including disordered behavioral trends not yet included in the DSM-V. Signs and symptoms of AN, BN, BED, ARFID, Diabulimia, Orthorexia, and OSFED will be reviewed. Biological, cultural, and psychological factors will be discussed, including supporting research. The functions of an eating disorder, including the reinforcing nature of emotional avoidance, will be highlighted and conceptualized as a maintaining factor in ED symptomology.

Second Half: Treatment considerations: traditional treatments, and rationale for mindfulness based interventions. Observing three emotional components, as well as identifying antecedents, emotional responses, and consequences of eating disorder behaviors. In vivo, imaginal and interoceptive exposures will be reviewed. Levels of care will be defined, and APA criteria for higher level of care will be presented (i.e. medical status, suicidality, weights/vitals, motivation, co-occurring diagnoses, etc.) Resources for further learning will be shared (e.g., books, online resources, hotlines). 


Samantha DeCaro, PsyD

Dr. Samantha DeCaro, PsyD, is the Director of Clinical Outreach and Education at The Renfrew Center. Dr. DeCaro received her undergraduate degree in Psychology at LaSalle University, and her Doctoral degree in Clinical Psychology at the California School of Professional Psychology in San Diego, CA. She has been with Renfrew since 2012, doing her post-doctoral residency at The Renfrew Center Philadelphia – Spring Lane, then holding the position of Primary Therapist, and most recently serving as Assistant Clinical Director. As Renfrew’s national spokesperson, she has been featured in the media as an eating disorder expert on various television shows, radio programs, podcasts, and online magazines. She is a frequent lecturer, a member of the International Association of Eating Disorders (iaedp), and serves as the alumni representative for The Renfrew Center of Philadelphia – Spring Lane.

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