Eating and Appetite Disorders Masterclass

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Eating disorders are tricky. They are psychological and also physiological so we need to have a deep understanding of these issues to effect good patient outcomes. And good outcomes are needed. These are serious and often life-threatening conditions. In many areas, the incidence is increasing and the age at which eating disorders are occurring is decreasing.

This Eating and Appetite Disorders Masterclass has been developed to give you a deep understanding of the complexities of:

  • Anorexia nervosa
  • Bulimia nervosa
  • Binge eating disorder
  • Food addiction
  • Emotional eating
  • Reward deficiency syndrome

Led by Dr Carolyn Ross and her expert team of associates, this program is a thorough overview of these conditions and will give you considerable skills in recognising and assisting those with eating and appetite disorders. See the full program and presenters bios below.

Diagnosing eating disorders can be difficult. A common issue with these patients is that they tend to deny and/or conceal their illness to avoid professional help. Not all patients will be detected by their clinicians and so few receive specialist care despite the severe risks.

People with eating disorders have higher levels of mental disorders and also higher morbidity and mortality. The incidence of diagnosed eating disorders is relatively low in the population but there is a major long-term burden in morbidity and mortality to these individuals.

Registered Incidence of Anorexia Nervosa

There is a great deal we can do to stop these people from slipping through the cracks. And we have many reliable tools and therapies to get them back on track living a healthy life and eating appropriately.


  • Know when you have someone that may have a problem with food, eating or appetite
  • Learn the characteristic features and diagnostic criteria of someone with an eating disorder
  • Understand food addiction and emotional eating
  • Learn how trauma can impact a person’s self-image and eating perceptions
  • Have lots of nutritional and emotional tools to assist these patients
  • Receive clear protocols on how to approach the diverse range of eating disorders
  • Achieve much better clinical outcomes for these people who have complex presentations and otherwise poor prognosis


  • Clear protocol explanations
  • Clinical pearls for improved practice results
  • Access to audio and video recordings
  • A PDF of the presenter’s slides
  • Links to all referenced research papers and useful clinical handouts
  • Your exclusive invitation to our alumni hub to ask questions


WEBINAR ONE: Identifying and Diagnosing Anorexia, Bulimia and Binge Eating Disorder

Presenter: Carolyn Ross MD MPH CEDS

  • You don’t have to be an expert to know if your patient has an eating disorder.
  • Diagnostic criteria, presentation and distinguishing features of eating disorders
  • Integrative therapies for eating disorders

WEBINAR TWO: Other Disordered Eating Issues

Presenter: Carolyn Ross MD MPH CEDS

  • Food addiction
    • Research using the Yale Food Addiction Scale
    • Comparison to binge eating disorder/obesity
    • Food addiction manifesto
  • Emotional eating
    • Impulsivity and compulsivity
  • Reward deficiency syndrome

WEBINAR THREE: The Neurobiology of Co-occurring Eating Disorders and Addictions

Presenter: Carolyn Ross MD MPH CEDS

  • Trauma and its effect on neurodevelopment
  • Attachment – beyond bonding
  • Prenatal and early childhood toxic stress
  • Epigenetic memory

WEBINAR FOUR: Nutrition Therapy Approach in the Treatment of Eating Disorders

Presenter: Courtney Phifer MS, RD, LDN

  • Evidenced-based, non-diet practices for the nutritional treatment of anorexia, bulimia, and binge eating disorders
  • General nutrition recommendations for normalising eating patterns
  • Eating stages of recovery
    • Refeeding
    • Mechanical
    • Mindful
    • Intuitive
  • Promoting food permission vs. restriction

WEBINAR FIVE: Trauma-Informed Care for Patients with Disordered Eating

Presenter: Leslie Binch LPC

  • How trauma impacts thoughts, feelings and increases somatic distress
  • How trauma translates in working with clients who have disordered eating and negative body image
  • Psychoeducation and conceptualising patients from a holistic approach connecting both mind and body

WEBINAR SIX: Practical Concepts of Nutrition Therapy in the Treatment of Eating Disorders

Presenter: Courtney Phifer MS, RD, LDN

  • What to look for with secondary eating disorder behaviours
    • Food rules
    • Food rituals
    • Exercise misuse
    • What triggers these
  • Reconnecting to natural body cues in recovery from an eating disorder (hunger and fullness)
  • Promoting body acceptance and joyful movement in recovery

WEBINAR SEVEN: The Sociopolitical, Spiritual and Cultural Aspects of the Drive for Thinness

Presenter: Michelle Lelwica ThD and Carolyn Ross MD, MPH, CEDS

  • Religion of thinness
    • The drive for thinness as an unmet spiritual need
    • The false promises of thinness
    • Media literacy
  • Eating disorders and ethnicity/culture
  • Provider biases
  • Trauma and race
  • Cultural ideals of body size/shape


Presenter: Carolyn Ross MD, MPH, CEDS and Julie Duffy, RD

  • Understanding the research on health and weight
  • Reframing our dialogues with clients to reduce medical weight stigma
  • Understanding the health at every size model
  • Polycystic ovarian syndrome and insulin resistance
  • PCOS has reproductive, metabolic, and psychological consequences
  • Primary treatment

WEBINAR NINE: Emerging Trends in Eating Disorders and Body Image

Presenter: Carolyn Ross MD, MPH, CEDS and Kate Martin M.Ed., LPC-MHSP

  • The beauty myth
  • The evolution of body image
    • Body love/body neutrality
    • Body positivity
    • Body liberation
  • Body liberation and its impact on those with eating disorders
  • Body discrimination
    • Males vs. females
    • Effects in people of colour


Dr Carolyn Coker Ross MD, MPH, CEDS is an internationally known author, speaker, expert and pioneer in the use of Integrative Medicine for the treatment of eating disorders and addictions. She is a graduate of Andrew Weil’s Fellowship Program in Integrative Medicine.

Dr Ross is the CEO of The Anchor Program, an online coaching program for binge eating disorder, emotional eating and food addiction. She is the former head of the eating disorder program at internationally renowned Sierra Tucson and has served as medical director at two other programs.

Dr Ross is a consultant for treatment centres around the US who want to include her unique integrative medicine approach to help clients recovering from eating disorders and addictions. She is the author of three books, the most recent of which is The Food Addiction Recovery Workbook.

Leslie Binch is a full-time private practice therapist in Nashville, Tennesee. Prior to this, she worked as a Primary Therapist at the Recovery Ranch and at Integrative Life Center where she specialized in treating eating disorders, addiction and trauma.

Leslie has studied and completed advanced training in  Comprehensive Resource Model therapy, Level I, and II Brainspotting, as well as training in DBT, CBT, and in Neuro-Affective Relational Model therapy – all helpful in treating trauma. She went back to graduate school to become a therapist after seeing first-hand what an experience committing to therapy with a skilled therapist did for her own life.

Courtney Phifer MS, RD, LDN is a registered dietitian who provides individual nutrition counselling and education to adults and adolescents for a variety of issues, including eating disorders, disordered eating patterns, emotional eating, medical diagnoses, weight management, meal planning, etc. She helps clients develop a healthy relationship with food by practising a non-diet approach of balance and moderation, teaching permission vs. restriction.

She prides herself on being a nutrition myth-buster. Courtney has worked in behavioural health for over ten years, specializing in eating disorders and addictions. She uses a small-step goal-oriented client-driven approach incorporating body-positive, mindfulness, connection to body cues practices and more.

Michelle Lelwica is Professor of Religion at Concordia College in Moorhead, Minnesota, where she teaches courses on the intersection of religion, gender, culture, and the body. She did her graduate work at Harvard Divinity School, where she received a Masters of Theological Studies in Christianity and Culture (1989) and a Doctorate of Theology in Religion Gender and Culture (1996).

She is the author of Shameful Bodies: Religion and the Culture of Physical Improvement (Bloomsbury, 2017), The Religion of Thinness: Satisfying the Spiritual Hungers Behind Women’s Obsession with Food and Weight (Gürze Press, 2009), and Starving for Salvation: The Spiritual Dimensions of Eating Problems among American Girls and Women (Oxford University Press, 1999), as well as scholarly articles and popular blogs that explore women’s conflicted relationships with their bodies.

She has also published articles and taught courses that focus on mindfulness practice and social justice. She has two teenage boys whose endless activities and strong spirits challenge her to continue growing as a whole person.

Kate Martin M.Ed., LPC-MHSP is a Licensed Professional Counselor and Mental Health Service Provider in the State of Tennessee. She has a Masters degree in Counseling from Vanderbilt University and have worked extensively in inpatient treatment settings, outpatient clinics, school settings, and private practice settings.

Kate began her counseling career as the primary girls’ therapist at a residential school for youth in state custody before transitioning into the role of primary therapist for the Eating Disorders program at a residential treatment center. She then worked with children and families struggling with mood disorders, psych disorders, eating disorders, and trauma in an outpatient clinic.

She has had training in EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing,) TF-CBT (Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy,) DBT (Dialectical Behavioral Therapy,) Experiential Therapy, and Art Therapy. Kate is a member of the Tennessee Licensed Professional Counselors Association, the American Counseling Association, and the National Board for Certified Counselors. She has a special interest in working with addictions, eating disorders, trauma, GLBT issues, and women’s issues.

Julie Duffy Dillon is a Registered Dietitian, Eating Disorder Specialist, and Food Behavior Expert specializing in PCOS.

She is trained as a mental health counsellor and supervises dietitians and other health professionals to use weight inclusive and attuned eating strategies to promote health and recover from disordered eating.

Julie has seen clients since 2005 in her Greensboro NC private practice and the voice behind the weekly podcast, Love Food.


Research on natural medicine is increasing fast. You will get the very latest research and practical direction in assisting the large number of patients seeking natural health care. With every course, you receive the links to all papers referenced.


As a graduate of any of our Masterclass events, you will receive an exclusive invitation to our locked and highly valuable alumni hub where we share ideas, case studies, ask questions of fellow graduates and all keep in touch.


We present high-level, unbiased, post-graduate education. We have no financial connection to any suppliers of supplements or other goods to natural healthcare providers. All presentations are high level, unbiased, and noncommercial.


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