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Cultural adaptations to treating eating disorders in BIPOC communities

Attend a virtual lunch-and-learn on March 13 and earn continuing education credit!

Join Magellan as we welcome Melodie Simmons, DHA, LPC, CEDS-C and clinical instructor with Equip Health, for our first lunch-and-learn session of 2024.

In this session, you will:

  • Gain additional understanding of the different eating disorder clinical presentations.
  • Discuss the impact of cultural factors on the development and manifestations of eating disorders.
  • Learn to recognize the unique challenges faced by Black, Indigenous and People of Color (BIPOC) seeking help for eating disorders.
  • Explore culturally informed adaptations of evidence-based practices.
  • Gain insight about the role professionals play in advocating for inclusivity and breaking down barriers in support of those with eating disorders.

Title: Nourishing Our Black Roots: Cultural Adaptations to Treating Eating Disorders in BIPOC Communities

Date: Wednesday, March 13, 2024

Time: 10-11 a.m. PT; noon-1p.m. CT; 1-2 p.m. ET

Register today! 

The webinar is offered at no cost to providers, but make sure to reserve your spot

Everyone in the provider community may attend, which means you are welcome to invite a friend, even if they don’t participate with Magellan! 

Continuing education credit

One hour of continuing education credit will be offered to qualified attendees at no cost by Equip. CEUs will be credited from the American Psychological Association (APA) and Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME).

We hope you can attend this live event via Zoom.

About the presenter

Melodie Simmons, DHA, LPC, CED-C, is a clinical instructor with Equip Health. She holds a doctorate in health administration and is a licensed professional counselor and registered supervisor in Arizona.

Dr. Simmons’ career began in 2008 as an in-home therapist serving marginalized communities. She is a former runway and high fashion model, which piqued her interest in the field of eating disorders. Over the past decade, she has specialized in treating eating disorders and holds the Certified Eating Disorder Specialist-Consultant credential.

Dr. Simmons served as President of the International Association of Eating Disorder Professionals (IAEDP), Phoenix Chapter in 2023 and as an advisor to the IAEDP curriculum subcommittee in 2022-2023. Currently, she is the Early Careerist Chair for the Arizona Healthcare Executives. Her extensive experience, leadership, and dedication to evidence-based care make her a respected leader who positively impacts the lives of others.

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