Perfectly Imperfect: Understanding the Link Between Perfectionism, Shame and Eating Disorders

Presented By Lee Neagle, MA, Executive Director of Rosewood Centers for Eating Disorders

Provided by RiverMend Health Institute

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Event date: November 20, 2015 3:00 pm Central Standard Time (Chicago, GMT-06:00)

Valid through: November 20, 2017

Specialty: Eating Disorders

Topic: Perfectionism, Shame and ED

Media: Internet

Estimated Time to Complete Activity: 60 minutes

Program Overview

We’ve all been told messages such as “practice makes perfect” or “mistakes are not an option” and many take this advice to heart. Eating disorders and perfectionism are a deadly combination in that they both evolve from self-destructive thoughts and behaviors such as self-blame, shame and criticism leading to feelings of hopelessness, helplessness, worthlessness and depression. Yet, it has been identified in genetic studies that perfectionism is a personality trait that puts one at risk for an eating disorder. This presentation will describe the difference between goal oriented individuals and perfectionism. An overview of the sociocultural influences on perfection where individuals are subjected to media images and messages regarding “perfect body types and sizes” will be discussed. This workshop will also examine the underlying core shame stemming from individual and family issues. Clinical strategies and interactive psycho experiential exercises will used during this process.

Learning Objectives

Upon completion of this activity, participants should be better able to:

  1. Identify three differences between goal oriented and perfectionistic individuals.
  2. Describe the three styles of perfectionism and their associated psychological consequences.
  3. Describe the two sociocultural influences on perfectionism putting one at risk for an eating disorder.
  4. Learn four strategies to assist the client in overcoming perfectionistic traits.

Continuing Education

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 # 867.

NAADAC Continuing Education Units awarded: 1.0

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 #6573.

NBCC CE credit Awarded: 1.0

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

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


Lee Neagle, MA, Executive Director of Rosewood Centers for Eating Disorders

Lee Neagle, MA, Executive Director of Rosewood Centers for Eating Disorders

Executive Director
As the executive director, Lee manages the day-to-day activities of the staff and residents at all levels of care. Lee obtained his Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from Lakeland College and his Master of Arts in Clinical Psychology from Cardinal Stritch University. Prior to joining the Rosewood team, Lee worked and trained at Rogers Memorial Hospital in Oconomowoc, Wisconsin where he developed his passion for treating eating disorder clients. In college, he was a member of the Psi Chi national honor society and his thesis “Stress and its effect on meal consumption and composition: a naturalistic study” was accepted with distinction from Cardinal Stritch University. He has also been published in Best practices in Mental Health on the topic "Is Residential Care an Effective Approach to Treat Adolescents with Co-occurring Substance Abuse and Mental Health Diagnoses?" Lee is also a board member of the Residential Eating Disorders Consortium (REDC). He speaks nationally on mental health issues.

Disclosures of Conflicts of Interest

Lee Neagle, MA, Executive Director of Rosewood Centers for Eating Disorders
  • 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.