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“Did I Cause This?”: Understanding Genetics & Environmental Risk Factors in Eating Disorder Treatment

“Did I Cause This?”: Understanding Genetics & Environmental Risk Factors in Eating Disorder Treatment

Wednesday, September 20, 2023 • 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm (ET)

Free | Professional Webinar
12:00 pm - 1:00 pm (ET)

Presented by: Samantha DeCaro, PsyD - Director of Clinical Outreach and Education, The Renfrew Center

Held Online

Eating disorders are complex psychiatric disorders and genome wide studies suggest their onset seems to occur due to a complex interaction between genetics and environment.

This webinar will review recent genetic research and provide practical, engaging ways to break down these scientific findings in your sessions. Participants will learn how to help clients and their families understand the complex role of various risk factors as a powerful strategy to reduce shame, promote change in the home environment, and navigate the recovery process with patience and compassion.

About the Presenter

Samantha DeCaro, PsyD, is the Director of Clinical Outreach and Education for The Renfrew Center. She received her Bachelor’s degree in Psychology at LaSalle University, and her Doctoral degree in Clinical Psychology at the California School of Professional Psychology in San Diego, CA. She has been with Renfrew since 2012, completing her post-doctoral residency at The Renfrew Center Philadelphia – Spring Lane, then holding the position of Primary Therapist, and most recently serving as Assistant Clinical Director. As Renfrew’s national spokesperson, Dr. DeCaro has been featured in the media as an eating disorder expert on various television shows, radio programs, podcasts, and online magazines. She is a frequent lecturer and serves as the Alumni Representative for The Renfrew Center of Philadelphia.

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