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Digital Seminar

Every Body Counts: Culturally-Attuned Care for Marginalized Individuals Struggling with Disordered Eating and Body Image

Sand C. Chang, PhD
1 Hour 02 Minutes
Audio and Video
Feb 24, 2022
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Eating disorders do not discriminate, yet related assessment and treatment approaches are typically geared toward what has long been considered a “typical” client with an eating disorder: white, heterosexual, cisgender, college-educated, affluent, able-bodied, thin women. These narrow parameters do not include every body. This session will show you how to break down barriers in your practice. You will learn to support inclusion by recognizing the spectrum of body image concerns and related disordered eating in a culturally-attuned manner that takes systems of oppression and marginalization into account.



PESI Australia, in collaboration with PESI in the USA, offers quality online continuing professional development events from the leaders in the field at a standard recognized by professional associations including psychology, social work, occupational therapy, alcohol and drug professionals, counselling and psychotherapy. On completion of the training, a Professional Development Certificate is issued after the individual has answered and submitted a quiz and course evaluation. This program is worth 1.25 hours CPD for points calculation by your association.



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Sand Chang, PhD, (they/them/their), is a Chinese American, genderfluid, nonbinary psychologist and trauma-informed Diversity Equity and Inclusion consultant based in Oakland, CA. They are a Certified Body Trust provider, Certified IFS Therapist, and Certified EMDR Therapist. Their career has been dedicated to body liberation, specifically with regard to trans health, eating disorders, and trauma. Outside of work, Sand is a dancer, punoff competitor, and smoosh-faced dog enthusiast.

Speaker Disclosures:
Financial: Dr. Sand Chang has an employment relationship with Shifting Center, Inc. They receive royalties as a published author. Dr. Chang receives a speaking honorarium from PESI, Inc. They have no relevant financial relationships with ineligible organizations.
Non-financial: Dr. Sand Chang is a member of the Professional Advisory Council of the Sexual and Gender Minority Health Equity Initiative at Harvard Medical School, The Gender Affirming Letter Access Project, and the World Professional Association for Transgender Health. They are a board member of Trans Bodies, Trans Selves and an advisory board member for the United States Joint Statement (USJS) Warning against Conversion Therapy, Kaiser Permanente Pride, and the National Queer and Trans Therapist of Color Network.


  1. Differentiate between a syndrome-based and symptom-based approach to conceptualizing disordered eating.
  2. Apply culturally sensitive, trauma-informed, and respectful language in discussing bodies and weight.
  3. Appraise ways that traditional eating disorders assessment may underdetect people in marginalized communities.


  • DEFINING EATING DISORDERS - DSM Diagnostic Categories / Symptoms versus Syndromes / Limitations of current models
  • ETIOLOGIES / ASSESSMENT - Who suffers? What we know about incidence, prevalence / Cultural Considerations/Perspectives / Limitations in assessment with marginalized populations / Diet Culture, fatphobia, and weight stigma
  • MULTIMODAL MODELS: TREATMENT AND CULTURE SHIFTING - Rethinking/redefining “evidence” / Health At Every Size (HAES), Body Trust, body positive movements
  • THE TREATMENT RELATIONSHIP(S) - Culturally responsive care: language and bias / Clinician bias and countertransference

Target Audience

  • Counselors
  • Social Workers
  • Psychologists
  • Psychiatrists
  • Marriage & Family Therapists
  • Addiction Counselors
  • Registered Dietitians & Dietetic Technicians
  • Nurses
  • Other mental health professionals

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