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Course: 8 Keys to Recovery from An Eating Disorder
by Carolyn Costin and Gwen Schubert Grabb

CE Credit Hours: 11
Fee: $54

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If you work with clients who restrict their eating, binge, purge, excessively diet or weigh themselves, exercise compulsively, or engage routinely and obsessively in any other food or weight related behaviors, this book is for you.

The two authors have their own histories of battling eating disorders. Interweaving personal narrative with the perspective of their own therapist-client relationship, their insights bring an unparalleled depth of awareness into just what it takes to successfully beat this challenging and seemingly intractable clinical issue.

With great compassion and clinical expertise, Costin and Grabb walk readers through the ins and outs of the recovery process, describing what therapy entails, clarifying the commonly associated emotions such as fear, guilt, and shame. Most of all, they provide motivation to seek help if clients feel discouraged, resistant, or afraid.

While not a substitute for formal therapeutic care, this book offers a penetrating and unique look at what it means to really overcome an eating disorder, how the authors did, how they have helped thousands of others do it, and now they hope to help other clinicians and their clients too.

Educational Objectives

Upon completion of this course, the clinician will be able to:

  • Discuss the etiology of eating disorders
  • Demonstrate practical exercises which promote recovery to accompany traditional therapy
  • Teach others the skills required to work with eating disorder clients
  • Describe an evidence based framework for treatment
  • Identify ambivalence and resistance and able to display improved skills for dealing with them
  • Implement techniques to make client journaling maximally therapeutic
  • Explain to clients when 'it's not about the food' and when 'it is about the food'
  • Prepare clients for the long road ahead and how to ask for help

Syllabus / Course Instructions

  • This course is suitable for CE for beginning, intermediate and advanced level clinicians.
  • The Course consists of reading the selected book, successfully completing an online posttest and filling out a course evaluation.
  • The printed book or ebook is not included. It must be purchased separately. We have supplied a link to for your convenience.
  • Purchasing your course will give you access to both a printable copy of the test and an online version of the test. Print the test to use as a companion as you read the book and answer the questions.
  • You cannot exit the online test once you begin, so have your answers available.
Additional Resources On This Site for CE

Additional Resources Not On This Site

  • Drug Abuse Treatment Through Collaboration: Practice and Research Partnerships That Work, Edited by James L. Sorenson, Richard A. Rawson, Joseph Guydish, and Joan E. Zweben 2003. 325 pgs. APA, Washington DC
  • Trauma and Drug Abuse: Causes, Consequences, and Treatment of Comorbid Disorders, Edited by Paige Ouimette and Pamela J. Brown 2003. 315 pages APA, Washington DC
  • Drug Abuse: Origins and Interventions, Edited by Meyer D. Glantz and Christine R. Hartel 1999 492 pages APA, Washington DC
  • Hanley Center
    5200 East Avenue, West Palm Beach, FL 33407-2374
    Phone: 561-841-1000
  • Information, Resources and Tools for Patients and Families to Overcome Addiction and to Lead a Lifelong Recovery

Bio: Carolyn Costin, MA, MEd

Carolyn Costin, MA, MEd, MFT, is the Founder and Executive Director of Monte Nido and Affiliates. While maintaining her outpatient services at The Eating Disorder Center of California, She developed and directed 4 inpatient and 2 residential eating disorder programs.

In 1996, she opened a unique, six-bed residential program in Malibu, CA for individuals suffering from eating disorders and exercise addiction. She named it after the local neighborhood, "Monte Nido", which meant "Mountain Nest" to the Indians who once inhabited the area.

She has gone on to open affiliate residential programs RainRock, outside of Eugene, OR and Monte Nido Vista in Agoura Hills, CA. She continues to educate and train professionals on the treatment and prevention of eating disorders both nationally and internationally.

Bio: Gwen Schubert Grabb, MA, MFT

Gwen Schubert Brabb, MA, MFT, is a psychotherapist in private practice in Palos Verdes Estates, CA specializing in all facets of eating disorder treatment and recovery. She is a licensed Marriage and Family Therapist (MFT) and works with individuals, couples and families. She addresses relationship problems, anxiety, depression, eating disorders and other behavioral issues.

Ms. Schubert Brabb has therapeutic experience in several mental health clinics and in eating disorder treatment centers. She is a graduate of Antioch University specializing in psychodynamic, solution-focused and cognitive behavioral therapy. She is currently working with a broad spectrum of clients. Her work is highly interactive, direct and solution-focused.