Supporting Young People with Eating Disorders

  • On-Demand Webinar
  • Recorded on Thursday, September 28, 2023
  • 1.5 hour training
  • FREE for YIPA members
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Learners' Own Words

"I learned so many interesting things. I didn't realize there was such a variety of disorders, concerns, and symptoms."

"Very informative!"

"Great take away information that can be used with youth."

Your Training Description

Eating disorders are on the rise. They can affect anyone but adolescence is a common age of onset. You don’t need to become an expert in eating disorders but should know how to recognize warning signs of common types of eating disorders. Learning how to refer a young person for an eating disorder assessment could save their life. Learn about the different types of eating disorders, intervention strategies, and current treatment approaches available. Gain knowledge and skill to support a young person struggling with an eating disorder.

Your Learning Objectives

  • Recognize the warning signs and symptoms of eating disorders (EDs)
  • Learn how to know if you should refer someone for an ED assessment
  • Explore current intervention strategies and treatments for EDs
  • Gain strategies to support young people who may be struggling with an eating disorder
  • Examine your potential biases about body weight and who is affected by EDs

Your Trainer


Heather Gallivan (she/her), PsyD, LP, is the Clinical Director at Melrose Center. She joined Melrose in 2004 and has worked with eating disorder patients in all levels of care from outpatient to residential treatment settings. She obtained her doctoral degree in Clinical Psychology from the Minnesota School of Professional Psychology. Prior to joining Melrose Center, Dr. Gallivan served 5 years in the United States Navy as an active-duty psychologist. She is a passionate leader and teacher concerning the prevention and treatment of eating disorders, and how societal messages impact our beliefs and attitudes about food, weight, and body image.

Your Competency Focus Area


Each of YIPA’s trainings are designed around a broad framework of eight youth work competencies. The competency focus of this training is: MENTAL HEALTH BASICS.

Build your understanding of prevalent mental health issues among youth today, learn how to connect youth with appropriate mental health resources, and practice good self-care strategies.

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This training will count as 1.5 CE hours for most boards. Please contact your board directly with questions on submitting. You are encouraged to print or save this training information as a PDF for your records.