This four-session training will review the Embodied Approach to Treating Eating Disorders (EAT-ED) that is detailed in Dr. Cook-Cottone’s book: Embodiment and the treatment of eating disorders: The body as a resource in recovery (W. W. Norton). She will detail the embodied self model and what it means to be embodied.
As the EAT-ED elucidates, eating disorders represent disrupted embodiment. Rather than being attuned, in service of one’s daily functioning and larger pursuit of meaning and contentment, the body (including its needs and experiences) becomes a target of the mind. Authentic lived experiences are avoided and engagement with the body is harsh, controlling, and invalidating.

This event will cover:

  • Be able to define embodiment, disorder embodiment, the concept of the hungry ghost and how they relate to disordered eating.
  • Learn the components of the Embodied Approach to Treating Eating disorders (EAT-ED).
  • Learn how to create a foundation for recovery with mindful self-care and development of a sense of meaning and purpose with thei
  • Learn tools to work with sensations, physiological states, and feeling/emotions in treatment with hands-on, practical activities
  • Learn polyvagal theory basics as they relate to the treatment of eating disorders.
  • Learn the basics for working with community settings, especially those centred on working out and other physical activities that


  • Dr Catherine Cook-Cottone (Psychologist) — University of Buffalo

Eligibility criteria

Mental health clinicians providing treatment for people experiencing eating disorders. Prior training in, and clinical practice experience in provision of evidence-based treatment of eating disorders is assumed.

Categories: Therapeutic theory & practice
Disciplines: Allied Health, Lived Experience Workforce, Other
Levels: Introductory, Intermediate, Advanced
Lifespans: Adolescent, Youth, Adult, Older Persons

Thursday 21 September 2023
09:00 to 12:00
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Friday 22 September 2023
09:00 to 16:00
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Thursday 5 October 2023
09:00 to 12:00
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Friday 6 October 2023
09:00 to 12:00
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Specific location and venue confirmed by provider upon registration.

$225 Vic Mental Health Clinicians, $425 Others

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Provided by The Victorian Centre of Excellence in Eating Disorders (CEED)
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