SOCW6090: Discussion – The Complexity of Eating Disorder Recovery in the Digital Age (wk8)


Through this week’s Learning Resources, you become aware not only of the prevalence of factors involved in the treatment of eating disorders, but also the societal, medical, and cultural influences that help individuals develop and sustain the unhealthy behaviors related to an eating disorder. These behaviors have drastic impacts on health. In clinical practice, social workers need to know about the resources available to clients living with an eating disorder and be comfortable developing interdisciplinary, individualized treatment plans for recovery that incorporate medical and other specialists.

For this Discussion, you focus on guiding clients through treatment and recovery.

To prepare: Due Monday 1/14/19

  • Review the Learning Resources on experiences of living with an eating disorder, as well as social and cultural influences on the disorder.
  • Imagine a client you may encounter who has an eating disorder.

Post a 300- to 500-word response in which you address the following: (Be very detailed in description giving examples, (Use 3 APA references and use sub-headings for response while using the specified disorder of binge-eating disorder.

  • Choose one of the diagnoses under consideration: anorexia nervosa, bulimia nervosa, or binge-eating disorder. Provide the full DSM-5 diagnosis of the client you imagine encountering. Remember, a full diagnosis should include the name of the disorder, ICD-10-CM code, specifiers, severity, and the Z codes (other conditions that may be a focus of clinical attention).
  • Explain why it is important to use an interprofessional approach in treatment. Identity specific professionals you would recommend for the team, and describe how you might best utilize or focus their services.
  • Explain how you would use the client’s family to support recovery. Include specific behavioral examples.
  • Select and explain an evidence-based, focused treatment approach that you might use in your part of the overall treatment plan.
  • Explain how culture and diversity influence these disorders. Consider how gender, age, socioeconomic status, sexual orientation, and/or ethnicity/race affect the experience of living with an eating disorder.


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