Understanding Eating Disorders
Eating disorders are serious, life-threatening conditions that require appropriate care and management by a team of mental health and medical professionals. This session will provide a basic level of understanding of the multidimensional nature of eating disorder development and maintenance, challenges related to recovery, and communication techniques to help approach someone you are worried may struggling with an eating disorder. The session will also address the diverse range of people that eating disorders can impact and how personalized treatment is an effective in managing individuals’ specific needs.
Keri Clifton is the Community Outreach Coordinator at The Emily Program. She helps in efforts to raise awareness about eating disorders and related issues in the community through the coordination of The Emily Program’s community education and outreach efforts. She has extensive public speaking experience and presents to schools, health care professionals, and anyone who wants to learn more about eating disorders. Most notably, Keri has presented 2 years in a row at the Minnesota Social Service Association Annual Conference, as a Keynote Speaker for St. Olaf’s Eating Disorder Awareness Week Program, and as a guest lecturer at the University of Minnesota. She also coordinates The Emily Program Foundation’s volunteer program. She has a bachelor’s in Sociology and a minor in Women’s Studies from the University of Wisconsin, Madison.