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The Weight of (My) Race – Black Women and Eating Disorders

The Weight of (My) Race – Black Women and Eating Disorders

Friday, June 11, 2021 • 8:45 am - 11:00 am (CDT)

Free | Live Interactive Training
2 CE
Note: This online seminar is open to professionals residing in Alabama, Georgia and Mississippi only.

Presented by: Paula Edwards-Gayfield, LCMHCS, LPC, CEDS-S, Regional Assistant Vice President, The Renfrew Center

Held online (a Zoom link will be emailed out prior to the event)

Attendees will need access to wi-fi, and a device with a camera, microphone and audio capabilities.
Offering 2 CE Credits/Contact Hours.

Awareness that eating disorders (ED) do not discriminate in race, age group, socioeconomic status, size, and gender continues to increase. However, many individuals still go undiagnosed and untreated, particularly individuals of color. Is this a result of the lack of disclosure amongst people of color or the failure of providers to recognize and diagnose eating disorders in these populations? There are numerous factors that may be influential in the development of eating disorders, including trauma, stressors, and adverse childhood experiences. Discrimination, racism, colorism, and microaggressions are toxic stressors that women of color experience. Black women experience repeated exposure to messages and life stressors, often resulting from societal, cultural, economic, or familial occurrences. Many of these messages convey African Americans must work twice as hard to receive half as much – the weight of this message is heaviest for Black women. 

This virtual 2 CE presentation will discuss unique factors associated with this diverse population and address the stigma associated with EDs in this largely untreated population. We will also explore evidence-based interventions that will assist providers in creating the therapeutic “space” for people of color to share what they are experiencing.  


The Renfrew Center Foundation has been approved by NBCC as an Approved Continuing Education Provider, ACEP No. 5852. Programs that do not qualify for NBCC credit are clearly identified. The Renfrew Center Foundation is solely responsible for all aspects of the programs.

The Renfrew Center Foundation is approved by the American Psychological Association to sponsor continuing education for psychologists. The Renfrew Center Foundation maintains responsibility for the program and its content.

Continuing Education Credits for registered dietitians are approved by the Commission on Dietetic Registration.

This program is Approved by the National Association of Social Workers (Approval # 886357583-4341) for 2 continuing education contact hours.

CE credit/contact hour certificates will be sent via email within two weeks after the online seminar evaluation has been completed.

For questions, please contact Kaitlin McFadden at [email protected].


About the Instructor

Paula Edwards-Gayfield, LCMHCS, LPC, CEDS-S, is a Regional Assistant Vice President at The Renfrew Center, overseeing clinical and administrative operations at the Atlanta, GA; Los Angeles, CA; Orlando, FL; Paramus, NJ; and West Palm Beach, FL locations. Additionally, she also serves as Co-Chair for Renfrew’s Diversity and Inclusion Task Force. A Licensed Professional Counselor in Oklahoma and LPC Supervisor in North Carolina, she received her Master’s degree in Counseling from the UNC at Charlotte. Ms. Edwards-Gayfield has extensive experience working with adolescents, adults and families, with special interest in the treatment of eating disorders, women’s issues, relationship concern, mood and anxiety disorders, and life adjustments. A National Certified Counselor, she is a member of the American Counseling Association, the Oklahoma Counseling Association, Oklahoma Eating Disorder Association, and certified with the International Association of Eating Disorder Professionals (iaedp). Ms. Edwards-Gayfield is a frequent presenter at local and national conferences, primarily discussing eating disorders and diversity.

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