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Tuesday, May 14, 2024

Neurodivergence & Eating Disorders: Considerations for Care

Time: 9:30AM-10:30AM

Location: Live Webinar

Credits: 1 CEUs (NYS LMSWs, LCSWs, LMHCs, LMFTs, Psychologists)

Instructor: Samantha DeCaro, PsyD 

Cost: $40 Individual Rate, $25 Early Bird (by 5/1/24), $25 Group Rate (5+, Same Org.)    




No two brains function in the same way – as a result, eating disorder treatment should be a collaborative and highly individualized process for everyone, especially for neurodivergent individuals.

This webinar will provide an overview of recent research, unique challenges, and treatment considerations when supporting neurodivergent individuals in eating disorder recovery. This presentation will clarify the meaning of the term ‘neurodiversity’ and identify the various conditions that can co-occur for those with an eating disorder diagnosis. Participants will discover methods to make sessions and mealtimes a more supportive, healing and validating space for their neurodivergent clients.



  1. Participants will be able to define and differentiate between the terms ‘neurodiverse’, ‘neurotypical’, and ‘neurodivergent’.

  2. Participants will be able to implement 3-5 strategies to distinguish between eating disorder behaviors and sensory needs of neurodivergent clients.  

  3. Participants will be able to identify 7-10 ways to provide accommodations for neurodivergent clients in eating disorder treatment.


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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