How the Healing Happens: Diagnosing, Conceptualizing, and Designing Interventions for Individuals, Couples, and Families in Eating Disorder Treatment


Dr. Samantha DeCaro, PsyD (she/her)

Monday, March 28, 2022

1:00 pm to 4:00 pm ET

Location: Online via Zoom Videoconferencing

3 CE Credits Available for Psychologists, PA/NJ/DE LPCs and LMFTs, and PA/DE Social Workers

Registrants will receive the Zoom link to attend the workshop 1-2 days prior to the event date.

Council for Relationships is continuing to offer professional development workshops. All of our workshops will be held online until further notice. Earn CE credits from home.

Our workshops are intimate and, due to the nature of the content, active participation is expected.  It is expected that all attendees keep their camera on for the duration of the workshop. If you have questions about our expectations or require accommodations, please contact Abby Bronstein, Professional Development Manager.


Workshop Description:

This presentation will provide a review of the DSM-5 Criteria for all Eating Disorder Diagnoses, including disordered behavioral trends not yet included in the DSM-V, less obvious warning signs and symptoms, and increased risk associated with marginalized, intersecting identities. Participants will examine the various intrapersonal and interpersonal functions of eating disorder symptoms, including the micro and macro systems that perpetuate ED pathology. Concrete interventions will be shared to help your clients build emotional tolerance, decrease avoidance strategies, and increase connection to food, self, and others. Levels of care will be defined, and APA criteria for higher level of care will be presented. Resources for further learning will be shared.


Level of Difficulty: Intermediate

Target Audience: Psychologists, MFTs, LSWs, LPCs, mental health interns/students, Dieticians, Psychiatrists, Psychiatric RNs


Learning Objectives:

  1. Participants will review DSM-5 criteria for the diagnosis of eating disorders, including common comorbid conditions and lesser-known eating pathology.
  2. Participants will be able to identify 2-3 examples of compounded ED risk among populations with intersecting, marginalized identities.
  3. Participants will be able to identify 3-5 examples of ways ED symptomology functions within and is maintained by both the family system and caregiver styles.
  4. Participants will be able to list 3-5 ways to improve communication between client and family, friends, or partners.



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Monterubio, GE, Fitzsimmons-Craft, EE, Balantekin, KN, et al. (2020). Eating disorder symptomatology, clinical impairment, and comorbid psychopathology in racially and ethnically diverse college women with eating disorders. International Journal of Eating Disorders, 53, pp. 1868–1874.

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About the Presenter:

Samantha DeCaro, PsyD (she/her) is the Director of Clinical Outreach and Education at The Renfrew Center and a licensed psychologist in the state of Pennsylvania. Dr. DeCaro received her undergraduate degree in Psychology at LaSalle University, and her Doctoral degree in Clinical Psychology at the California School of Professional Psychology in San Diego, CA. She has been with Renfrew since 2012, completing her post-doctoral residency at The Renfrew Center Philadelphia – Spring Lane, then holding the position of Primary Therapist, and most recently serving as Assistant Clinical Director. As Renfrew’s national spokesperson, Dr. DeCaro has been featured in the media as an eating disorder expert on various television shows, radio programs, podcasts, and online magazines. She is a frequent lecturer and serves as the alumni representative for The Renfrew Center of Philadelphia.


Workshop Details:

Monday, March 28, 2022

1:00 pm – 4:00 pm ET

Council for Relationships

Location: Online via Zoom Videoconferencing

Registrants will receive the Zoom link to attend the workshop 1-2 days prior to the event date.


3 CE Credits Available for Psychologists, PA/NJ/DE LPCs and LMFTs, and PA/DE Social Workers

Council for Relationships is approved by the American Psychological Association (APA) to sponsor continuing education for psychologists. Council for Relationships maintains responsibility for this program and its content.

The following entities accept continuing education credits provided by APA-approved sponsors: the Pennsylvania State Board of Social Workers, Marriage and Family Therapists, and Professional Counselors; the New Jersey State Board of Marriage and Family Examiners; the Delaware State Board of Professional Counselors of Mental Health and Chemical Dependency Professionals; the Delaware State Board of Social Work Examiners.

In other jurisdictions, please confirm the acceptance of APA credits with your licensing board.

*This program meets the requirements of the American Association of Sexuality Educators, Counselors, and Therapists (AASECT) and is approved for CE credits. These CE credits may be applied toward AASECT certification and renewal of certification. Completion of this program does not ensure or guarantee ASSECT certification. For further information about certification, please contact

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Register for How the Healing Happens: Diagnosing, Conceptualizing, and Designing Interventions for Individuals, Couples, and Families in Eating Disorder Treatment:

Event Details

Date: March 28, 2022

Start time: 01:00 p.m. EST

End time: 04:00 p.m. EST

Venue: Online via Zoom Videoconferencing


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