Treating the Body Image Experience: Mirror, Mirror...

Presented By Cheryl E. Musick

Provided by RiverMend Health Institute

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Event date: December 11, 2015 3:00PM Eastern Standard Time

Valid through: December 11, 2017

Specialty: Eating Disorders

Topic: eating disorders, body image distortions, treating body image issues

Media: Internet

Estimated Time to Complete Activity: 60 minutes

Program Overview

People suffering from eating disorders often struggle with low self esteem, boundary issues and difficulties with interpersonal communication and emotion regulation. Coupled with societal and cultural messages, this frequently results in self loathing and body blaming. Patients standing in front of a full length mirror often cannot distinguish reality from distortion; rather they may perceive a much larger or flawed image of self than what others are seeing. Patients may feel they are so hideous that others cannot bear to look at them or that people are staring when they enter a room.

Body image is difficult to treat and is often the 'last thing to go' in the recovery process. When discharging from their treatment program, the patient re-enters the exact environment that he or she departed from upon entering treatment. Television commercials, magazine ads, billboards, manikins and fashion graphics continue to be in full view to taunt people with low self esteem and body image issues. This webinar will address the issues surrounding negative body image, pressures to conform to society standards and techniques to treat people suffering with body image issues.

Learning Objectives

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

  1. Compile information such as society and cultural standards as well as other issues discussed to analyze the origins of a patient's self esteem and level of body image issues.
  2. Utilize information provided; assess patients for negative body image and low self esteem to aid in designing a patient care plan for body image issues.
  3. Utilize information and provide techniques for patients to improve self esteem and body image.

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


Cheryl E. Musick

Cheryl E. Musick

Cheryl E. Musick, EAGALA Advanced Certified is Group Specialist/Activities Coordinator and Body Image Specialist at Rosewood Centers for Eating Disorders. Cheryl is currently active with CREED (C-Creating, R-Remarkable E-Experiences E-Every D-Day), a team of caring individuals at Rosewood devoted to creating an enjoyable culture for patients and staff alike. Cheryl manages the Animal Assisted Therapy Program, and Ropes Course, coordinates activities, special events, holidays and facilitates groups that include: Recreation Therapy, Art Therapy, Body Image, Canine Therapy, Equine Therapy, and Spirituality. Cheryl, a published author and presenter, facilitated her original Equine Assisted Psychotherapy workshops nationally and also abroad in Kilmarnock, Scotland. Cheryl has been married for 36 years, has 6 children, 11 grandchildren, 1 horse, 4 dogs, 4 cats, 1 parakeet and a pond of Koi fish.

Disclosures of Conflicts of Interest

Cheryl E. Musick
  • 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.