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Trauma-Related Emotional Eating: Effective Interventions for Chronic Overeating and Binge Eating Disorder

Amy Pershing, LMSW, ACSW, CCTP-II
Approx. 6 Hours
Audio and Video
Oct 28, 2022
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Trauma creates fertile ground for issues with food.

When does emotional eating become disordered eating? And when does disordered eating become an eating disorder?

Most clinicians are not aware of the overlap between trauma, emotional eating, and eating disorders, missing key interventions that relieve clients’ suffering.

Your clients may be struggling at mealtimes – and if you aren’t asking about their relationship with food, you may unintentionally be reinforcing their shame.

Really – given the high rates of co-occurrence – if you’re doing trauma work, you likely already have clients with disordered eating, including Binge Eating Disorder (BED), the most common and most underdiagnosed eating disorder.

Not an eating disorders specialist? You can still treat BED! Amy Pershing, LMSW, ACSW, expert BED psychotherapist, will share with you a comprehensive, evidence-based toolkit of successful interventions that will:

  • Transform your client’s relationship with food, weight, and body image
  • Approach trauma and binge eating disorder from an IFS-informed framework, somatic interventions, and more
  • Integrate the crucial strategies of attuned eating and movement
  • Root your practice in the tenets of weight-neutral recovery

Don’t let trauma continue to wreak havoc on your clients’ experience of eating. Purchase now to help your traumatized clients forge a peaceful relationship with food.


Planning Committee Disclosure - No relevant relationships

All members of the PESI, Inc. planning committee have provided disclosures of financial relationships with ineligible organizations and any relevant non-financial relationships prior to planning content for this activity. None of the committee members had relevant financial relationships with ineligible companies or other potentially biasing relationships to disclose to learners.  For speaker disclosures, please see the faculty biography.


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Center for Eating Disorders

Amy Pershing, LMSW, ACSW, CCTP-II, is the Founder of Bodywise, the first binge eating disorder (BED)-specific treatment program in the United States, founded in 1995. She is the Director of Pershing Consulting, which offers training to clinicians treating BED around the world. Amy is also the creator of "Hungerwise™," a 9-week program for ending chronic dieting and weight cycling using the Attuned Eating and Movement approach, offered nationally online. Based on over 30 years of clinical experience, Amy has pioneered a treatment approach for BED that is strengths-based, incorporating Internal Family Systems, somatic trauma techniques, Attuned Eating and Movement, and a Health at Every Size philosophy. Amy lectures internationally and writes extensively on the treatment of BED and her own recovery journey for both professional and lay communities. She has been featured on radio, podcast, and television speaking about BED treatment and recovery, relapse prevention, weight stigma, and attuned eating and movement. She is a founding member and Past Chair of the Binge Eating Disorder Association (BEDA) and is the winner of BEDA's Pioneer in Clinical Advocacy award. She is the author of the book Binge Eating Disorder: The Journey to Recovery and Beyond as well as many articles and chapters about BED treatment and advocacy.

Speaker Disclosures:
Financial: Amy Pershing is the founding director of Bodywise and the Vice President of The Center for Eating Disorders. She receives royalties as a published author. Amy Pershing receives a speaking honorarium, recording, and book royalties from Psychotherapy Networker and PESI, Inc. She has no relevant financial relationships with ineligible organizations.
Non-financial: Amy Pershing is a member of the National Register of Eating Disorders Professionals and the Academy of Certified Social Workers. She is a founding board member of the Eating Disorders Action Network and The Body Freedom Project. She is the membership chair for the Eating Disorders Professional League of Michigan.


  1. Analyze the relationships between stress, trauma, diet culture, weight stigma, and emotional eating.
  2. Utilize trauma-informed assessment questions to gather information about clients’ food history and body image to inform the clinician’s choice of treatment interventions.
  3. Appraise the relationship between weight and health to help clients identify and challenge internalized weight stigma and body shame.
  4. Analyze the role of dissociation and identity fragmentation in BED.
  5. Employ IFS-informed strategies to assist clients with building affect tolerance and developing self-compassion.
  6. Develop two strategies for navigating counter transference and clinician bias.


The Spectrum of Overeating: From Emotional Eating to Binge Eating Disorder (BED)
  • Toxic context of diet culture and weight stigma
  • Key facts about the role of trauma and dissociation
  • Why food addiction is a myth
  • Common triggers to bingeing, including therapy and therapists
  • Client voices – what a binge is really like
Assessment: The Right Questions to Get Underneath Eating-Related Shame
  • 5 must-ask intake questions and how to gather food history information
  • Understand clients’ eating behaviours
  • Assess mental health comorbidities and co-occurring medical issues
  • Connection between binge eating and body image
  • Key tenets of weight-neutral recovery
Clinical Strategies to Address Deprivation Mentality and Stop the Diet-Binge Cycle
  • The truth about the relationship between weight and health
  • Challenge cultural messages regarding weight stigma and fat phobia
  • Integrate Health at Every Size (HAES) into your practice
  • The body as wise ally: Using the body as the best source of information
  • 5 steps of attuned eating
  • Attuned movement versus exercise
Effective Interventions: Why You Can Treat BED, Even If You Are Not An Eating Disorders Specialist
  • Why a do-no-harm, strengths-based approach is critical
  • How threats to foundational safety create core beliefs supporting eating disorders
  • Teach clients to know when the trauma narrative has been triggered
  • Help clients step into “Self” with IFSinformed recovery strategies
  • Work directly with fragmented parts to stop the binge-diet cycle
  • Best practice somatic interventions
  • Reinvent body image to help clients feel at home in their bodies
  • Help clients develop connections that build resilience and align with recovery
Clinical Considerations
  • Impact on treatment of the clinician’s relationship with food and body image
  • Tips for modelling body acceptance, respect, and love in your practice
  • Multicultural issues – gender, race/ethnicity, sexual orientation, socioeconomic status, and more
  • Form collaborative relationships with other treating professionals
  • Resources for weight-neutral medical/nutritional care
  • Limitations of the research and potential risks

Target Audience

  • Counselors
  • Social Workers
  • Psychologists
  • Marriage & Family Therapists
  • Physicians
  • Addiction Counselors
  • Case Managers
  • Registered Dieticians & Dietetic Technicians
  • Physicians
  • Nurses
  • Psychiatric Nurses
  • Other Mental Health Professionals

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