You’ve probably been taught in your Masters program that eating disorders are one of the more complex presentations you will see. While there are certainly some complexities and specific skills that you will need to develop, you will find that the skills you have learnt in your Masters training are a great foundation to working with patients in eating disorders.
Some of the core principles of helping someone with an eating disorder that you will likely already know:
- How to develop a therapeutic relationship
- How to use motivational interviewing to help with ambivalence
- Strategies to help deal with affect regulation
- Ways to help people change their relationship to their thinking, and how to help people change their behaviour
- Risk assessment and management
Many are worried by the medical risk that may be present when working with eating disorders. However, as you are not a medical professional, this is not your responsibility in the multidisciplinary team. An important part of the Registrar Pathway is learning how to engage and educate medical providers. This means that they can effectively manage the medical risk and you can focus on therapy.
The benefit of completing your Registrar training at an established practice such as Redleaf is that we are connected with many other leading treatment providers and have psychiatrists on our team, which can help make your training experience feel contained and safe.