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The Ethics of a Collaborative Eating Disorder Treatment Team

September 14 @ 9:00 am - 10:00 am PDT

Eating disorders are complex illnesses causing changes to both the brain and the body. It is for this reason a specialized team of professionals is necessary for successful treatment outcomes. How effectively this team communicates can dramatically influence the quality of treatment provided by the team and the outcomes for individual clients. Unfortunately, there is no standard on how communication is performed between the treatment team, though a team approach is considered best practices by the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics for treating eating disorders. Additionally, both dietitians and therapists lack education on collaboration through their respective programs and often a team approach is not taken for other diagnoses. Therefore, we have found this area lacking and hope to support individuals in learning the importance of effective team communication and options for how to approach this communication.

Learning Objectives:

Attendees will:
  1. Provide an overview of the importance, ethics, and team members of collaboration
  2. Identify how to assess your client’s needs and make appropriate referrals
  3. Learn the keys to communicating as a team
  4. Evaluate client\’s resistance to a team approach and how to navigate these barriers
  5. Explore the impact of a treatment team approach via case study

Neathery Thurmond Bio:

Neathery Thurmond (she/her/hers), LCSW-S, CGP is a clinical social worker, certified group psychotherapist, board-approved supervisor, certified meditation teacher, and owner of a group private practice in Austin, TX. With strong roots in Health at Every Size and social justice, she specializes in eating disorders, body image, LGBTQ+, trauma, and substance use. She strongly believes in the healing power of relationships and takes a relational and attachment-based approach to her work with special consideration of somatic theories and neurobiology. Neathery runs a process group for adults with food and body image struggles and runs a training group for clinicians wanting to specialize in working with food and body image issues. When not working, Neathery enjoys yoga and meditation, being outdoors, listening to live music, checking out the best coffee shops in town, and starting and never finishing books. For more about Neathery and her practice, visit www.neatherythurmond.com.

Gina Mateer Bio:

Gina Mateer, RD, LD, CEDRD-S, RYT200 is a certified intuitive eating counselor with a virtual private practice, Nom-Nomaste, LLC. She has 10 years of experience in the eating disorder field working at the PHP, IOP, and outpatient levels of care. She is the vice president of Central Texas Eating Disorder Specialists, a non-profit organization committed to helping educate providers in the local community and connect colleagues in the field of eating disorders. This year, Gina co-founded Texas Eating Disorder Dietitians with colleague Tina Laboy to offer virtual supervision groups and future trainings on treating eating disorders from intuitive eating and HAES® lens. After having her first child in 2019, she took her Austin-based practice fully virtual to allow for time to do the work she loves helping individuals heal their relationships with food and chase an active baby.  In addition to nutrition training, Gina has been trained in Dialectical Behavior Therapy and trauma-informed care which allows her to work with clients experiencing co-occurring conditions in an educated and compassionate way. She loves the human body and its ability to feel emotions and has completed her RYT 200 and 200 hr meditation training to further this passion and brings this body connectedness into her practice and work with both clients and clinicians.


September 14
9:00 am - 10:00 am
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