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Digital Seminar

Fostering Connection with Specific Interventions: Treating the LGBTQ+ Client Through Their Eating Disorder

Christine Vara, LCSW-C, LICSW, MDiv
1 Hour 09 Minutes
Audio and Video
Feb 25, 2022
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Emerging research suggests that individuals who identify as LGBTQ+ may be at higher risk of experiencing body image concerns and disordered eating alongside barriers to appropriate treatment. This session focuses on understanding the challenges that LGBTQ+ individuals face so that we can create safer spaces that invite them to heal. We will review specific interventions that can help connect LGBTQ+ individuals to recovery in ways that are relevant to their journey. 



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.



  1. Distinguish at least 3 unique challenges experienced by LGBTQ+ individuals and their treatment implications.
  2. Respond to micro and macro aggressions in order to advocate for and create safer spaces for clients.
  3. Employ three family intervention strategies for LGBTQ+ clients with eating disorders to improve treatment outcomes.


  • Cultivating safe and inclusive space for LGBTQ+ clients
    • Integrating inclusive language
    • Identifying and responding to micro aggressions
    • Understanding and validating the impact of their lived experience on their body image, sense of self, and eating disorder(s)
  • Navigate issues of gender identity, gender expression and sexuality with clients and why that’s important to body image concerns and eating disorder recovery
  • Interventions for individual, group, and family work
    • Individual: daily practices (body scans, mindfulness), identifying/externalizing narratives of systemic oppression
    • Group: values identification, finding role models, art/creative strategies
    • Family: address psychological distress of recovery for both client and family; remain aligned around recovery; reinforce and repair family connection

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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