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Virtual CE

Lunch and Learn

Join EDCI for a 

July 26th, 2024

12:00pm - 1:00pm CT

Virtual Webinar

Understanding Eating Disorders After a Traumatic Event 

Registration Details:

Registration is free for professional members! A discount code will be emailed to members periodically during the registration season. Or, feel free to email to receive your discount code for free attendance. 

For all others, cost of attendance for those seeking CE is $20. For community members not seeking CE, attendance is also free!

Instructions and the link to the presentation will be sent out closer to the date of the presentation. 

For any questions please contact Suzanne Hull at

Event Description: 

There are common misconceptions that eating disorders are solely about food or a drive for thinness. Knowing the underlying cause of eating disorders such as anorexia, bulimia, binge eating disorder, and other related disorders is critical to developing an effective treatment plan. In many cases, untreated and unresolved trauma can lead to the development of an eating disorder. When traumatic life events occur, individuals often turn to eating disorder behaviors or other addictions as a way to manage and control their difficult emotions. There are many types of trauma associated with eating disorders including neglect, sexual assault, sexual harassment, physical abuse and assault, emotional abuse, emotional and physical neglect (including food deprivation), teasing, and bullying (Brewerton 2007). In fact, children and adolescents who experience emotional, physical, or sexual abuse are more likely to develop psychological issues, including body image issues and eating disorders. This presentation will provide an overview of eating disorders, how a history of neglect, trauma, or abuse can lead to the development and maintenance of an eating disorder, and why seeking professional treatment that addresses both the trauma and the eating disorder matters.    

Learning Objectives:

  1. Describe the intersection of eating disorders and trauma. 

  2. Recognize how traumatic experiences, especially in adolescences, can contribute to the development of eating disorders. 

  3. Identify various challenges associated with treating trauma associated eating disorders.  

  4. Discuss appropriate tools, methods, and strategies for treating trauma associated eating disorders.  

About the Speaker:

Denisa Larreau Mettler, MS, LIMHP  

Program Manager, EDCare Omaha 

Denisa Larreau is a Licensed Mental Health Practitioner.  She received her Bachelor of Science Degree in Psychology from the University of Nebraska at Omaha in 2011.  She went on to receive her Masters of Science in Clinical Counseling at the University of Nebraska at Omaha in 2013. She has been in private practice since 2014, and working with EDCare since 2018.   Denisa has been active in the eating disorder community, and has served as President for the Nebraska Eating Disorder Network Executive Committee (NEDN).  She is also a member of the Association for Private Practice Therapists (APPT). 


Denisa’s clinical career includes experience across a variety of levels of care ranging from outpatient therapy to partial hospitalization. From there Denisa transitioned into private practice in Omaha, Nebraska in 2014, and joined EDCare in 2018. She has focused on building her practice around the treatment and prevention of eating disorders.  Denisa is currently the owner of Infinite Hope Counseling, LLC, in Omaha, NE, and the Program Manager of the EDCare Omaha location. Denisa oversees the Evening Intensive Outpatient Program, the BED IOP program, and the outpatient services. Denisa is most passionate about helping those clients who struggle with eating disorders, body-image self-esteem, anxiety, and obsessive-compulsive disorders. 

Continuing Education:

A Certificate of Attendance for one (1) clock hour will be issued to all qualified participants who attend this virtual event. Full attendance of the live event is required to receive CE credits. No partial credit will be awarded. Participants are responsible for contacting their respective state and discipline licensing boards to confirm acceptance of CE credits.  


EDCare has been approved by NBCC as an Approved Continuing Education Provider, ACEP No.7113. Programs that do not qualify for NBCC credit are clearly identified. EDCare is solely responsible for all aspects of the programs.  


EDCare is approved by the American Psychological Association to sponsor continuing education for psychologists. EDCare maintains responsibility for this program and its content.

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