Dr. Mary Bartlett and Dr. Nicole Siegfried
Research has demonstrated high suicide rates in eating disorders. In fact, some studies have indicated that the high mortality rate in anorexia is more a function of suicidality than of a compromised medical status. Individuals with eating disorders may be at particular risk for suicide based on their unique experience of the combination of perceived burdensomeness, isolation, and capacity to engage in a lethal act. Despite the high prevalence of suicide in eating disorders, suicidality is under-researched in this population, and consequently, not well understood. The majority of practitioners have had less than two hours of training in suicide, and fifty percent fail to ask about and adequately assess suicidal ideation. Because suicidality is so common in eating disorders, eating disorder professionals need to be better equipped than the general therapist in treating these symptoms and related behaviors. This webinar will provide participants with a journey into the suicidal mind as it pertains to clients with eating disorders. Instruction on suicide risk assessment, suicidal crisis interventions, documentation guidelines, and evidence-based and practical treatments will be discussed.
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