Eating Disorders in Vulnerable Youth and Teens: Understanding Current Risk Factors
When: Friday, December 10 - 12:00 PM
Duration: 1 hours
Mental health providers, hospitals, and treatment centers are recognizing a dramatic increase in referrals of children and teens struggling with their food and bodies during the pandemic. Causes of this exponential rise in cases are not yet known, but those working in this field have started to develop correlations about the increase in pediatric and adolescent eating disorders during the COVID-19 pandemic. These hypotheses, along with researched risk factors for the development of eating disorders, will be discussed. Mental health providers will learn how to properly assess and find warning signs, some of which are lesser known, for eating disorders in today's vulnerable youth. Recommendations will be highlighted in order to support and manage urgent crisis level clients.
About the Presenter:
Dr. Cassandra Lenza, LCSW, CEDS is a clinician and leading eating disorder expert with over 10 years of experience working as a family therapist. Dr. Lenza has and currently works with adults, adolescents, and families who are struggling with disordered eating, depression, anxiety, trauma, and body image concerns. Now the owner of Healing on Hudson, LLC, Dr. Lenza was previously the Clinical Director of BALANCE, a leading eating disorder treatment center in NYC.