Psychotherapy for Adults and Adolescents with Eating Disorder


Provided by RiverMend Health Institute

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Event Scheduled For: March 18, 2016 at 3pm EDT

Release date: March 18, 2016

Valid through: March 18, 2019

Specialty: Eating Disorders

Topic: Eating Disorders

Media: Internet

Estimated Time to Complete Activity: 60 minutes

Target Audience

This CE activity is intended for all.

Program Overview

Dr. Cabrera and Dr. Garber are on the frontlines working with patients who suffer from eating disorders. They share with the audience recent trends including psychiatric co-morbidities, particularly Asperger’s syndrome. Also covered are the unique considerations required to appropriately treat the transgender population. Recent trends such as an increase in the number of males and the number of athletes who seek treatment constantly change the landscape for treating eating disorders. Of particular interest is the correlation between eating disorders and death. Specifically, eating disorders have the highest mortality rate of any other mental illness. Most alarming is the fact that people who suffer from anorexia nervosa are 57 times more likely to die of suicide than their peers. These statistics highlight the importance of identifying these individuals as early as possible and in order to provide them with the most appropriate treatment. Suicide assessment is one of the most important components of the eating disorder assessment.

Learning Objectives

At the end of this presentation, participants will be able to: 

  1. Identify the current trends in eating disorders.
  2. Identify the common comorbidities that occur with eating disorders.
  3. Recognize the connection between suicide and eating disorders.
  4. Identify the most significant evidence based treatments available for eating disorders
  5. Understand the role of self image in treating eating disorders.

Continuing Education

APA, American Psychological Association

RiverMend Health Institute is approved by the American Psychological Association to sponsor continuing education for psychologists.

APA CE credit Awarded: 1.0 (Expires on 12/31/2018)

ADACGBA, Approved Continuing Education Provider

RiverMend Health Centers, a RiverMend Health LLC entity, maintains responsibility for this program and its content. RiverMend Health LLC is a ADACGBA Approved Continuing Education Provider and may offer ADACBGA approved hours for events that meet ADACBGA requirements. Provider #15-55-03-916.

ADACBGA Continuing Education Units Awarded: 1.0 (Expires on 12/31/2018)

NAADAC, The Association for Addiction Professionals

RiverMend Health Institute is a NAADAC Approved Continuing Education Provider and may offer NAADAC- National Certification Commission approved hours for events that meet NAADAC requirements. Provider # 146437.

NAADAC Continuing Education Units awarded: 1.0 (Expires on 12/31/2018)

NBCC, National Board of Certified Counselors

RiverMend Health is an NBCC-Approved Continuing Education Provider (ACEP™) and may offer NBCC approved clock hours for events that meet NBCC requirements. The ACEP solely is responsible for all aspects of the program. Provider #6781.

NBCC CE credit Awarded: 1.0 (Expires on 12/31/2018)

CBBS, California Board of Behavioral Sciences

This course meets the qualifications for continuing education credit for MFTs, LPCCs, LEPs and/or LCSWs as required by the California Board of Behavioral Sciences. Rosewood Centers for Eating Disorders Provider #4688.

CBBS CE credit awarded: 1.0 (Expires on 12/31/2018)

CDR, Commission on Dietetic Registration

RiverMend Health Institute is a Continuing Professional Education (CPE) Accredited Provider with the Commission on Dietetic Registration (CDR). Registered dietitians (RDs) and dietetic technicians registered (CDR). Registered dietitians (RDs) and dietetic technicians registered (DTRs) will receive continuing professional education units (CPEUs) for the completion of this program. CDR Provider #R1656.

CDR CPEU awarded: 1.0 (Expires on 12/31/2018)

ACCME, Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education

AHC Media is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education to provide continuing medical education for physicians.

AHC Media designates this enduring material for a maximum of 1.0 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™ Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity (Expires on 3/18/2017).

ANCC, American Nurses Credentialing Center's

AHC Media is accredited as a provider of continuing nursing education by the American Nurses Credentialing Center's Commission on Accreditation.

This activity has been approved for 1.0 nursing contact hours using a 60-minute contact hour. Provider approved by the California Board of Registered Nursing, Provider #CEP14749, for 1.0 Contact Hours. Nurses licensed in California should retain this credit letter for four years (Expires on 3/18/2017).




Nicole Garber, MD, is Chief of Pediatric and Adolescent Eating Disorders at Rosewood Centers for Eating Disorders. Dr. Garber is one of the few pediatric and adolescent eating disorders experts who is also a board certified psychiatrist and a board certified child and adolescent psychiatrist. Because of this dual board certification, Dr. Garber provides a comprehensive developmental perspective that enhances her work with patients of all ages.

Dr. Garber received her initial medical training at the Saint Louis University School of Medicine and completed a general psychiatry residency program at Emory University. She then went on to complete a fellowship in child and adolescent psychiatry at Baylor College of Medicine Department of Psychiatry, where she was appointed as chief resident in 2002-2003. After graduating from her Baylor – Menninger fellowship in June 2013, Dr. Garber became the assistant professor of psychiatry at the University of Texas Houston and worked at the Harris County Psychiatric Center where she worked on the juvenile justice unit from July 2013 to December 2013.

Dr. Garber is passionate about psychotherapy and has completed advanced training in trauma with a focus on cognitive behavioral therapy, didactic behavior therapy, acceptance and commitment therapy, and child psychodynamic therapy.




Dena Cabrera, Psy.D., CEDS, is the Clinical Director of the Rosewood Centers for Eating Disorders. Dr. Cabrera oversees all clinical aspects of patient care, leads program development and directs staff training and supervision throughout the Rosewood system. Prior to being appointed as Rosewoods’ Clinical Director, Dr. Cabrera served two years in the role of Clinical Director of Adolescent Services, and Director of The Rosewood Institute.

As a Certified Eating Disorders Specialist, Dr. Cabrera brings to the table a wealth of diverse clinical experience including 19 years treating individuals, families and groups with a range of medical and psychiatric disorders. Her specialized training includes neuropsychological and psychological assessment, dialectical behavior therapy, as well as the cognitive-behavioral treatment for patients with developmental disorders, behavioral problems, depression, anxiety, and eating disorders.

Dr. Cabrera is a nationally recognized eating disorders expert. She has authored numerous articles and publications and is honored by her academic and clinical peers for contributing vital resources to the field of eating disorders.

Disclosures of Conflicts of Interest

  • No financial relationships relevant to this field of study.
  • No financial relationships relevant to this field of study.

Instructions for Participation and Credit

There are no fees for participating and receiving credit for this activity. During the accredited period, participants must read the learning objectives and faculty disclosures; study the educational activity; and complete the post-test and the evaluation form. If you pass the post-test and complete the evaluation, your certificate will be available immediately for download in PDF format.

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Participants have an implied responsibility to use the newly acquired information to enhance patient outcomes and their own professional development. The information presented in this activity is not meant to serve as a guideline for patient management. Any procedures, medications, or other courses of diagnosis or treatment discussed or suggested in this activity should not be used by clinicians without evaluation of their patient’s conditions and possible contraindications and/or dangers in use, review of any applicable manufacturer’s product information, and comparison with recommendations of other authorities.