Eating Disorders: A Look Inside a Virtual Treatment Center
Eating Disorders: A Look Inside a Virtual Treatment Center
On March 17, 2020, Walden Behavioral Care began providing telehealth treatment for ambulatory clients, in an unprecedented attempt to avoid disruption of treatment of eating disorders during the COVID-19 crisis. This course is an introduction to eating disorders, diagnosis, assessment and interventions, and summarizes what Walden has learned over the past year of providing ambulatory care for people with eating disorders via telehealth.
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- Differentiate between multiple DSM V feeding and eating disorders in adolescents and adults.
- Identify four common co-occurring disorders and four risk factors in patients suffering from eating disorder.
- Explain the family-based approach to the treatment of adolescents with eating disorders.
- Identify five medical consequences of eating disorders.
- Describe the challenges of treating eating disorders virtually.
Rebekah Bardwell Doweyko, LPC, CEDS-S
Rebekah Bardwell Doweyko is Assistant Vice President of Clinical Operations at Walden Behavioral Care. Under her direction, Walden’s clinics have developed and implemented specialized treatment tracks and programming including trauma, substance use and LGBTQ+. She is responsible for program development and clinical, administrative and fiscal oversight of Walden’s virtual programs and ambulatory clinics in Connecticut; Amherst and Peabody, Massachusetts; and its residential and ambulatory programs in Georgia.
Prior to joining Walden, Ms. Doweyko was Intensive Care Manager at the Connecticut Behavioral Health Partnership (Value Options, Inc.). She also founded and directed the Intuitive Eating Program at Hollywood Pavilion Hospital in Hollywood, Florida. She wrote the foreword to “Maintaining Recovery from Eating Disorders,” by Naomi Feigenbaum, and was featured in the Emmy Nominated HBO Documentary, “THIN.” Ms. Doweyko earned her MA in Mental Health Counseling from Florida Atlantic University and is a Licensed Professional Counselor in Connecticut and a Certified Eating Disorder Specialist and Approved IAEDP Supervisor.
Dr. Michael Chiumiento, Psy.D
Michael Chiumiento is currently Director of Adolescent & Family Services at Walden Behavioral Care. He leads clinical training in the therapeutic modalities and evidence-based curricula delivered to adolescents and families across Walden’s treatment continuum, and assists in development and analysis of measures examining program efficacy. Dr. Chiumiento has received advanced intensive training in Family-Based Treatment; FBT-TAY; DBT for Adolescents & Families (DBT-A); and the DBT prolonged exposure protocol for PTSD (DBT-PE). He presents on FBT/ DBT to clinical and educational staff and medical residents, both in and outside of the Walden system, including IAEDP, The Alliance for Eating Disorders and Tufts Medical School. As part of his role at Walden, Dr. Chiumiento maintains relationships and regular procedural reviews with local and national professionals to support continuity of care and to assess the feasibility, consistency and effectiveness of eating disorder treatment interventions. He is a member of the Walden Training and Outcomes Committees.
Dr. Kate Craigen, Ph.D
Kate Craigen is a clinical psychologist and the Director of Clinical Integrity and Innovation at Walden Behavioral Care. Dr. Craigen’s responsibilities include training, supervision, and data driven program development. Before joining Walden, Dr. Craigen completed her postdoctoral fellowship and was a clinical instructor at the Eating and Weight Disorders Program at the Mount Sinai School of Medicine in New York. She completed her clinical internship at the New Jersey VA and received her doctorate from Fairleigh Dickinson University. Her clinical and research interests include the intersection of gender, trauma, substance use and eating disorders.
Rachel Egan, PMHNP
Rachel D. Egan is a nurse practitioner trained to treat mental health disorders in clients of all ages. She specializes in the treatment of eating disorders, ADHD and PTSD, and works with clients with numerous other diagnoses, including anxiety and depression.
Ms. Egan earned her BA from the University of Massachusetts at Amherst, and earned her BSN and MSN through Massachusetts General’s Institute of Health Professions’ direct entry program. She was granted the Harriet Towle Excellence in Clinical Nursing Practice award upon completion of the program. In addition to her outpatient work, Rachel is Associate Medical Director of Ambulatory Programming at Walden Behavioral Care. She is also enrolled in the Psychiatry Redefined Fellowship Program.
In support of improving patient care, the National Committee for Quality Assurance is jointly accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME), the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education (ACPE), the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC), the American Academy of Physician Assistants (AAPA), the American Psychological Association (APA), and the Association of Social Work Boards (ASWB) to provide Interprofessional Continuing Education for the healthcare team.
This educational activity is approved for a maximum of 1.5 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™.
This educational activity is approved for 1.5 nursing contact hours.*
This live course grants 2.0 Continuing Education Unit (CEU) points for PCMH Certified Content Experts.
* Please note – You must attend the entire program to be eligible for total number of contact hours.
Disclosure of Relevant Financial Relationships
The National Committee for Quality Assurance (NCQA) endorses the Standards of the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education which specify that sponsors of continuing medical education activities and presenters at and planners for these activities disclose any relevant financial relationships either party might have with commercial companies whose products or services are discussed in educational presentations.
For sponsors, relevant financial relationships include large research grants, institutional agreements for joint initiatives, substantial gifts, or other relationships that benefit the institution. For presenters or planning committee members, relevant financial relationships include the receipt of research grants from a commercial company, consultancies, honoraria, travel, or other benefits, or having a self-managed equity interest in a company; or having an immediate family member or partner with such a relationship.
Disclosure of a relationship is not intended to suggest or condone bias in any presentation but is made to provide participants with information that might be of potential importance to their evaluation of a presentation.
Relevant financial relationships exist with the following companies/organizations:
Rebekah Bardwell Doweyko: None
Michael Chiumiento: None
Kate Craigen: None
Rachel Egan: None
Additional Planning Committee Members:
Osman Ahmed: None
Crissy Crittenden: None
This program was developed in part by NCQA staff.
This program received no commercial support.
- 1.50 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™
- 1.50 ANCC
- 1.00 Participation
- 2.00 PCMH CCE