Southern Smash is thrilled and honored to partner with the National Center of Excellence for Eating Disorders (NCEED). NCEED is changing the conversation around eating disorders by providing training and education for clinicians, loved ones and even those struggling - Check out their guest blog post below for more information!
As many readers of this blog are aware, one of the real challenges people with eating disorders face is finding a healthcare provider who is knowledgeable and trained in treating these conditions. There are countless stories of people unable to find a trained provider in their area and/or having negative experiences in their doctor’s offices. Unfortunately, these stories are not uncommon and can contribute to people feeling frustrated or, even worse, unwilling to seek eating disorders care. Fortunately, there have been some recent developments to help overcome this challenge within the field!
In September 2018, the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Administration (a division of the Department of Health and Human Services) awarded a first-of-its-kind grant to the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill to establish the first center of excellence focused on eating disorders. Led by Dr. Christine Peat, the National Center of Excellence for Eating Disorders (NCEED) is designed to serve as the centralized hub dedicated to education and training on eating disorders for both healthcare providers AND the general public. We’ll be offering a full suite of resources including: webinars, online self-paced trainings, a comprehensive resource library, and toolkits. Even better: all of these resources will be audience-specific (so we’ll have stuff specifically for parents, or specifically for primary care docs etc.). In doing so, the long-term goal is to prevent people with eating disorders from “slipping through the cracks,” and ensure that they are identified and referred to evidence-based treatment as early as possible. Although NCEED will not be directly providing treatment or clinical services, we will be training and educating the people that do!
So how will NCEED go about achieving this goal? First and foremost, NCEED relies on the expertise of clinicians, researchers, and advocates who specialize in eating disorders. This highly-qualified group will help NCEED develop online trainings, curate a rich resource library, and craft materials that are timely and applicable. We also recognize that eating disorders do not discriminate, so we’re collaborating with folks who have expertise in eating disorders as they present in various racial, ethnic, sexual and gender minorities as well as in folks who live in larger bodies. We’re also working with committees and task forces that specifically focus on these groups to make sure we’re meeting needs appropriately and being as inclusive as possible.
Secondly, NCEED is taking advantage of leading-edge web technology to make the entire center available online. That means that whether you’re in New York City or a rural town in Idaho, everyone will have access to the various educational and training opportunities without having to a) fly to a major metro city for training and/or b) spend hours hunting down information online without knowing its accuracy.
We’ve also tried to ensure that the NCEED website is easy to navigate and understand whether you’re a seasoned professional or if you’re just now learning about eating disorders. If you visit our site (www.nceedus.org), you’ll see that there are several different “doors” through which you can access information. These “doors” will help tailor your experience based on your role (e.g., if you’re a healthcare provider versus a patient or parent).
Eventually, NCEED will be a dynamic and interactive platform that will serve everyone in the eating disorders community, but be patient with us as we’re still rolling out the various forms of content! Right now, visiting NCEED will give you access to a limited number of resources in the Resource Library, but know that there’s a lot more coming down the pipeline. While we’re busy at work developing the content, you can stay informed by signing up for our newsletter online or by following our social media accounts.
NCEED also wants to hear from YOU! Are there resources or educational trainings that you thought were really great (or maybe not so great)? What types of information do you think would be important to include at NCEED? Send us your thoughts and feedback, whether you have personal experience with an eating disorder, have cared for a loved one, or are a treatment provider.
So come and check us out online or via social media, and sign up for updates so you can stay on top of all our upcoming developments. We’re thrilled to be developing this important center and can’t wait to show you what’s in store!
NCEED can be reached via email at firstname.lastname@example.org or by phone (919)695-3860.