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Friday, October 13, 2023

Orthorexia in a World of Wellness Fads: 

Helping Teens and Young Adults Who Are Struggling

Date: Friday, October 13, 2023

Time: 11:30am-1:30pm (Program)

Location: Live Webinar

Instructor: Jaclynn Wise, PsyD

Credits: 2 CEUs (NYS LMSW/LCSWs, LMHCs, LMFTs, Psychologists)

Cost: $60pp, $40 Early Bird (register by 10/1/23)

$25 5+ Group (per person; same organization), $20 Graduate Students (unlicensed)


“Orthorexia Nervosa” is best defined as a set of extremely rigid and obsessive eating behaviors, often aligned with a focus on health. A clinical term that has not officially made its way into the DSM as a psychiatric diagnosis, Orthorexia may have significant implications for adolescents/young adults and their families [often manifesting in malnourishment, loss of relationships, and poorer quality of life].

This presentation will take attendees through the disordered eating continuum and examine the position of Orthorexia, where “clean eating” goes too far. The training will explore the impacts of social media, pervasive “wellness trends”, and family and school cultures’ effects on adolescents'/young adults' understandings of health and nutrition. Attendees will learn to be aware of, and able to identify, when an  adolescent/young adult presents with concerning food beliefs and othorexic tendencies. 

Tools that professionals can utilize, including new research from Renfrew’s Unified Treatment Model, will be provided 

so that attendees can provide evidence-based support to adolescents and young adults facing these concerns. 


1.Participants will be able to identify 3 warning signs of Orthorexia Nervosa among adolescents and young adults.

2.Participants will be able to name 5 “wellness” trends or ideas that may have adverse effects on adolescents’ and young adults'  beliefs around food.

3.Participants will be able to name and use 3 tools to address concerns with an adolescent or young adult presenting with Orthorexic behaviors. 


First Half: Orthorexia Nervosa behavioral trends including signs and symptoms as well as biological, cultural, and psychological factors will be discussed. Exploring the impacts of social media, pervasive “wellness trends”, and family and school cultures’ effects on adolescents' and young adults' understandings of health and nutrition will be discussed.

Second Half: 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. Tools will be presented that professionals can utilize to provide evidence-based support for those struggling with orthorexia.


Jaclynn Wise, PsyD, is a Licensed Psychologist and Clinical Education Specialist at The Renfrew Center. Prior to this role, she served 

as the Team Leader at The Renfrew Center of Pittsburgh. She received her Doctoral degree in Clinical Psychology at the University of 

Denver Graduate School of Professional Psychology and completed her specialization in Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT). 

She completed her Doctoral Internship training at the University of Pittsburgh Counseling Center with an area of concentration in 

sexual assault recovery. Since joining Renfrew in 2017, Dr. Wise has supported Renfrew Center of Pittsburgh staff in delivering 

evidence-based practice via The Renfrew Center Unified Treatment Model for Eating Disorders® while integrating 

Relational Cultural Theory, which promotes growth-fostering relationships.

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