The Introduction to Embodied Recovery for Eating Disorders (ERED) course presents the foundational principles, maps and models of the ERED approach to treatment.
Introduction to Embodied Recovery for Eating Disorders (ERED) Online is a hybrid on-demand and live virtual training that offers participants the following:
- Overview of the 4 foundational principles, developmental maps and neurologically based models of the ERED approach to treatment.
- Integration of scientific and theoretical models to explain how neurological regulation and embodiment provide bottom-up support for “normative eating”.
- Experiential exploration of somatic experiences that impact neurological regulation and capacity for Normative Eating.
- Scientific rationale, based on Polyvagal Theory, for expanding the multidisciplinary treatment team to include specialists in Trauma, Sensory Processing, Embodied Movement and Complementary and Alternative Medicine (CAM).
- Opportunities for self-reflection of the provider’s own embodiment which impacts capacity for co-regulation and therapeutic effectiveness.
This course it intended to introduce and orient clinicians and program administrators to the maps, concepts, and embodiment practices of the ERED approach. This course is just the beginning. Clinical and programmatic implementation of ERED is addressed in Tier II and III trainings and ongoing consultation with ERED faculty.
Please, note: This training covers topics of trauma and attachment injury. While lectures and activities encourage personal exploration and can be evocative, the class is not designed to provide therapy. Please engage your personal and professional resources to support you during this experience.
The Introduction to Embodied Recovery for Eating Disorders (ERED) on-line training is offered several times a year. Each training cohort will be organized into sub-cohorts of 6-12 people during virtual Q and A sessions to allow for individualized and experiential exploration of questions about course content. The Introduction to Embodied Recovery for Eating Disorders on-line training includes the following:
- A live introductory webinar. During this time you will get a chance to meet your instructors and fellow cohort members. Your instructors will orient you to the asynchronous/on-demand course platform, give you instructions for submitting questions prior to the Q and A sessions and answer questions you have about navigating the class.
- Asynchronous/on-demand course. You will have at total of 4 months access to approximately 13 hours of online class content. Access begins directly following the introductory webinar. PLEASE NOTE: The first 3 months of access are supported by Q and A groups described below. We strongly encourage that you complete the course by the 3rd month. The extra month access is designed to support review of the material as you begin to integrate ERED into your work with clients. This class combines video lectures, slide-show presentations, guided experiential activities and journal prompts to facilitate and embodied learning experience.
- Five live 2-hour virtual Q and A discussion groups with your instructor(s). During these meetings, your instructors will clarify any questions that you have about the content of assigned chapters in the on-demand course. Q and A sessions focus on questions about the class material. Alumni of this course are eligible to enroll in our Alumni Consultation Groups where we discuss questions about clients and case presentations.
NOTE: Completion of the course requires attendance at all live virtual meetings and completion of all the on-demand class lessons. We understand that life can be unpredictable. If events arise that make you unable to attend these virtual consultation groups, you must notify the Embodied Recovery Institute at firstname.lastname@example.org. You will be given information on how to schedule a make-up session with an instructor. There will be an additional charge for these make-up sessions that is payable directly to the instructor.
The following describes the content included the on-demand course and the approximate duration of video lessons. Please note: The time needed to complete the course will vary depending on your learning style. We encourage participants to allow ample time to stop videos for engaging in experiential activities, note taking, reflection and breaks.
Chapter 1: Introductions and Principles of ERED (32 minutes)
Chapter 2: Expanding the Role of the Body in the Bio-psycho-social model (75 minutes)
- Polyvagal Theory and Eating Disorders
- The Window of Tolerance and Eating Disorders
- The Impact of Attachment Injury, Trauma and Sensory Processing Disorder on Window of Tolerance and Ventral Vagal Engagement
Chapter 3: Embodiment (56 minutes)
- Definition and indicators of Embodiment
- Building Embodiment with Mindfulness-expanding object of awareness
- Building Embodiment through Full Body-mind-expanding seat of awareness
- What interferes with Embodiment?
Experiential Activity-Ventral Vagal Self-massage for increasing regulation: (5.0 minutes)
Chapter 4: The Body Speaks: The Language of Movement (66 minutes)
- Basic Skills for Working with the Body: Observing and Tracking
- Basic Skills for Working with the Body: Making Verbal Contact
- Movement as the language of relationship-The Relational Cycle of Developmental Movement, Yield, Push, Reach, Grasp, Pull
Chapter 5: The Body Speaks: Eating as Effective Action (19.5 minutes)
- The Action Cycle and Normative Eating
- The Relational Cycle and the Action Cycle- How Attachment Supports Normative Eating
- Eating Disorders as Expressions of Barriers to Action and Attachment Injury
Chapter 6: The Body Speaks about the Insight Barrier (43 minutes)
- Exploration of the movement patterns, attachment injuries and strategies, and incomplete development tasks associated with Insight Barrier to Effective Action
- Eating disorder behaviors as expression of the Insight Barrier to Effective Action
- Body-based interventions to reduce the Insight Barrier and associated eating disorders behaviors.
Chapter 7: The Body Speaks about the Response Barrier to Effective Action (35 minutes)
- Exploration of the movement patterns, attachment injuries and strategies, and incomplete development tasks associated with Response Barrier to Effective Action
- Eating disorder behaviors as expression of the Response Barrier to Effective Action
- Body-based interventions to reduce the Response Barrier and associated eating disorders behaviors.
Chapter 8: The Body Speaks about the Nourishment Barrier to Effective Action (32 minutes)
- Exploration of the movement patterns, attachment injuries and strategies, and incomplete development tasks associated with Nourishment Barrier to Effective Action
- Eating disorder behaviors as expression of the Nourishment Barrier to Effective Action
- Body-based interventions to reduce the Nourishment Barrier and associated eating disorders behaviors.
Chapter 9: The Body Speaks about the Completion Barrier to Effective Action (27 minutes)
- Exploration of the movement patterns, attachment injuries and strategies, and incomplete development tasks associated with Completion Barrier to Effective Action
- Eating disorder behaviors as expression of the Completion Barrier to Effective Action
- Body-based interventions to reduce the Completion Barrier and associated eating disorders behaviors.
- Chapter 10: The Body Speaks: Defense and Trauma (73 minutes) Definition of Trauma
- Actions of Defense and the Defense Response Cycle
- Eating Disorders behaviors as expressions of Defensive Actions
- Body-based interventions to resource clients and increase neurological and emotional regulation
- Case Study
- Considerations for Developmental and Complex Trauma
Experiential Activity-Mindful Movement for increased regulation: (4.0 minutes)
Chapter 11: The Body Speaks: Sensory Processing (78 minutes)
- Definition of Sensory Processing Disorder
- Definition of Far Senses
- Exploration of Olfaction/Smell-development, use as a resource and how processing issues impact eating behaviors. a
- Exploration of Tactility/Touch-development, use as a resource and how processing issues impact eating behaviors.
- Exploration of Audition/Hearing-development, use as a resource and how processing issues impact eating behaviors.·
- Exploration of Gustation/Taste-development, use as a resource and how processing issues impact eating behaviors.
- Exploration of Vision/Sight-development, use as a resource and how processing issues impact eating behaviors.·
- Definition of Near Senses
- Exploration of Proprioception-development, use as a resource and how processing issues impact eating behaviors.
- Exploration of Vestibular Function-development, use as a resource and how processing issues impact eating behaviors.
- Exploration of Interoception-development, use as a resource and how processing issues impact eating behaviors.
- Body Dysmorphia and Sensory Processing Disorder pairing near and far senses
- Indicators of and Interventions for Sensory Processing Disorders
Chapter 12: Resourcing the Body and the Body as a Resource (15.5 minutes)
- Expanding the treatment team to include evidence-based interventions that increase regulation
Chapter 13: Weaving it together (19 minutes)
- New questions for Eating Disorders assessment
- Take Aways
- Course Evaluation
Upon completion of this course, participants will be able to:
- List the four principles of the Embodied Recovery Model.
- Describe the role of bottom-up processing in eating disorders treatment and recovery.
- Explain the physiological connection between attachment, trauma, sensory processing and digestion.
- Describe eating disorders behaviors through the lens of Polyvagal Theory and the Window of Tolerance.
- Explain the limitations to traditional approaches to mindfulness when working with body phobic clients.
- Demonstrate how to facilitate embodiment with the use of mindfulness of anatomy and sensation.
- Name and demonstrate three skills to use when making contact and working with the body.
- Describe and demonstrate the five developmental movement patterns of the Relational Cycle which support healthy attachment.
- Explain how relational developmental tasks of safety in existence, having basic needs met, autonomy, expression of will, intimacy, and belonging are reflected in and supported by the movement patterns of the Relational Cycle.
- Demonstrate one body-based interventions to increase the embodiment of the developmental movement pattern of pushing.
- Demonstrate one body-based interventions to increase the embodiment of the developmental movement pattern of reaching.
- Demonstrate one body-based interventions to increase the embodiment of the developmental movement pattern of grasping.
- Demonstrate one body-based interventions to increase the embodiment of the developmental movement pattern of pulling.
- Demonstrate one body-based interventions to increase the embodiment of the developmental movement pattern of yielding.
- Define ‘normative eating’ through the four stages of the Action Cycle.
- Explain how healthy attachment supports capacity for effective action and ‘normative eating’.
- Identify Barriers to Action which impede ‘normative eating’ and present as eating disorders behaviors.
- Explain the defense-response cycle and how trauma impacts capacity for regulation and normative eating.
- Demonstrate three interventions to increase physiological regulation in clients with co-occuring PTSD.
- Identify eating disorders behaviors which may be expressions of Sensory Processing Disorder.
- Identify therapist’s own embodiment of attachment strategies and the corresponding impact it has on therapeutic presence and effectiveness.
- Demonstrate three skills to increase therapist’s capacity to offer corrective co-regulating experiences.
The training is appropriate for all members of multidisciplinary eating disorders treatment teams including mental health professionals (Psychologist, Social Workers, Counselors, Marriage and Family Therapists, Creative Art Therapists), medical providers (MD’s, Psychiatrists, Nurses), Dietitians, Occupational Therapists, treatment program staff and adjunct providers such as yoga therapist. This training is also applicable for the same professionals who work with common co-occuring disorders such as addiction, mood disorders and trauma which arise from the same mind/body/spirit constellation that gives rise to eating disorders.
There are no pre-requisites for or required reading prior to this course. However, experience with somatic practices or body-based therapy is helpful. For those who wish to familiarize with bottom-up approaches to therapy please go to “Resources” at the menu at the top of the page. You will find several podcast, article and books that you may find helpful.
Tuition and Refund Policy
See the individual cohort listing for tuition fees.
NOTE: there is an additional cost of $53.73 to obtain CE’s for this course. Please see the Continuing Education section below.
BIPOC/LGBTQ AND STUDENT SCHOLARSHIPS : We reserve select slots in each training for reduced rate scholarships. If you would like to request a scholarship, please contact Jenn at email@example.com.
REFUND: Please note all sales are non-refundable. However, for cancellations made up to 2 weeks prior to the Introduction Webinar, ERI will issue you a credit that can be applied to a future training. If you need to cancel your registration, please, contact Jenn at firstname.lastname@example.org
If events arise that make you unable to attend required virtual consultation groups, please notify the Embodied Recovery Institute at email@example.com
You will be given information on how to schedule a make-up session with an instructor. There will be an additional charge for these make-up sessions that is payable to the instructor.
Upon completion of the Introduction to ERED-Online course, participants will receive instruction to purchase 9 CE’s provided for a fee of $53.73. For more information go to:https://www.ce-credit.com/courses/103098/introduction-to-embodied-recovery-for-eating-disorders-ered-online
Handouts and supporting resources are available to download as part of the on-demand class. In addition there are several items you will need to have on-hand to participate in the experiential exercises that are a unique and essential part of all the Embodied Recovery for Eating Disorders curricula. Most of these are items you can easily find around your home or office.
- Something beautiful you can look at.
- 6 bites of food. We recommend pretzels, chips, apple slices.
- An object in the room that you can both see and touch.
- An object that has a texture or tactile quality that you can hold in your hand.
- Something that you can see in the room that has a visual appeal.
- Something you can press your hand against that is substantial but soft, such as a tennis ball, stuffed animal or pillow.
- Something you could press your hand against that is prickly, such as a pinecone or fork tines.
- 4-5 inflated balloons.
- 1 deflated balloon.
- 3 objects which you can hold in your hand, one of which can represent something that you want.
- A yoga strap, sturdy scarf or length of rope.
- An object which you can hold in your hands that can represent something you are fond of and feel close to.
- A piece of paper and something to write with.