You are invited to “Black Women with Eating Disorders: Clinical Implications and Best Practices for Treatment” presented by Dr. Charlynn Small, PhD, LCP, CEDS-S and co-sponsored by EQUIP, Center for Discovery, Reasons Eating Disorder Center, Alsana, and SF Bay Area iaedp™ Chapter.  This event will be presented online.

This presentation will discuss clinical implications and best practices for treatment when working with black women with eating disorders.


Race is a powerful demographic, encompassing everything from social groups to cultural symbols and traditions. Absent from the literature are uniform recommendations for critically leveraging identity during counseling. In this presentation, you will learn about cultural and risk factors unique to Black persons in the treatment sphere, as well as understand critical issues that clinicians must be aware of to effectively treat and care for Black persons with eating disorders.

Learning Objectives

Following this presentation, participants will be able to:

1. Identify three risk factors unique to Black persons and explain how they can influence the development of eating disorders. Participants will also be able to apply the information to facilitate assessment and for diagnostic decision-making.

2. Recognize that Black women are less likely than their White peers to receive referrals or to self-refer for treatment on the basis of current diagnostic criteria and explain why obtaining additional information regarding cultural factors for use with these measures is recommended.

3. Explain why therapists should not ignore, marginalize, or minimize racial differences for fear of being offensive or perceived as prejudice, because issues relating to racial differences do impact eating disorder onset, diagnosis and course of treatment.


Presenter Bio

Charlynn Small, PhD, LCP, CEDS-S is Assistant Director for Health Promotions at the University of Richmond’s Counseling and Psychological Services in Virginia. She received her PhD from Howard University’s School of Education. Dr. Small is a member of the board of directors of the International Association of Eating Disorders Professionals Foundation (iaedpTM) and is a certified member and Approved Supervisor (CEDS-S) of iaedpTM. She co-founded the Foundation’s African-American Eating Disorders Professionals (AAEDP) Committee and has also served on the advisory board for the National Association of Anorexia Nervosa and Associated Disorders (ANAD). She is a frequent speaker at National and International conferences on the treatment of eating disorders in college populations. Dr. Small is co-founder of the Institute for Antiracism and Equity and also is the co-editor of Treating Black Women with Eating Disorders: A Clinician’s Guide, Routledge, Taylor & Francis (July 2021).

NOTE: Registration requested in advance.  You will receive an email the morning of the event with Zoom log-in information and meeting ID.  Your fee will include the presentation, 2 CEs, and a recorded copy sent via email following the live stream within 1 month of the event.  Please Mute your Audio upon entry, and Unmute for questions.

2 clock hours of continuing education (CE) credits will be provided for this event.  iaedp™ has been approved by NBCC as an Approved Continuing Education Provider, ACEP No. 5912.  Commission of Dietetic Registration #IN004.  Programs that do not qualify for NBCC credit are clearly identified. iaedp™ Foundation is solely responsible for all aspects of the programs.  At this point, we are unable to provide CMEs (Continuing Medical Education units) for medical providers.

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