training session

Eating Disorder Sensitivity Training for Healthcare Workers

Suzanne Dietrich (she/her) and Therese Kenny, MSc (she/her)

Waterloo-Wellington Eating Disorders Coalition

October 6, 4:30pm-6:30pm (EST)



This workshop is open to any health-care professional who may have interactions with individuals who have eating disorders (including those who work in mental health). It is an introductory workshop, so is more targeted to those who have little experience in the field.

For example- nurses, pharmacists, occupational therapist, midwives, dental hygienist, physical therapist, mental healthcare workers, social workers, psychotherapists etc.

Workshop Description:

This interactive training will build participantsā€™ understanding and recognition of eating disorders. In the first part of the workshop, basic eating disorder criteria and statistics will be outlined. Then, the trainers will provide concrete tools for practitioners to use in their practice with clients who have eating disorders. Finally, the training will outline the different types of specialized services for eating disorders. Case studies and examples from those with lived experience will be provided throughout. Participants will be encouraged to collaborate with professionals in different fields during break-out groups to discuss concepts and tools.

Accreditation Information: A pre-accreditation application for continuing education credits has been submitted to the Canadian Counseling and Psychotherapy Association. This training may be used towards professional development credits for social workers in most Canadian provinces.

About the Presenters

Suzanne Dietrich

Suzanne Dietrich (she/her) is the owner of Gut Instincts Nutrition Counselling, operated out of Waterloo & Guelph (at The Wellness Collaborative), Ontario. She is a weight inclusive dietitian and practices from a Health At Every SizeĀ® perspective. She specializes in intuitive eating, eating disorder recovery and gut health. She has been a dietitian for 10 years, working in primary health care for 8 years before committing solely to her own practice. She has a Bachelor of Applied Science in Food and Nutrition from Ryerson University. Before beginning her nutrition career path Suzanne received her BA in Social Development Studies from the University of Waterloo and worked/volunteered in the non-profit sector for 10 years. Suzanne believes that all foods fit and all bodies fit. She helps her clients unfold their own definition of health and to develop a way of eating that takes into account nutrition but just as importantly access, time, life situation/trauma, health conditions, financial ability, food skills, sustainability, preference and pleasure. Suzanne is a member of the Waterloo Wellington Coalition for Eating Disorders.

Therese Kenny, MSc (she/her) is a PhD student in the Clinical Child and Adolescent Psychology program at the University of Guelph. She strives to integrate research, clinical, and lived experience. Therese brings her own lived experience of an eating disorder to her research, which examines how individuals with lived experience experience and describe recovery. She is a member of the Waterloo Wellington Eating Disorder Coalition and volunteer with the Body Project. In addition, Therese is an active student member of the Academy for Eating Disorders.

Therese Kenny