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What Men Bring to Therapy: Gender Sensitive Psychotherapy of Men with Eating Disorders

April 4, 2017 @ 12:00 pm - 1:30 pm

What Men Bring to Therapy: Gender Sensitive Psychotherapy of Men with Eating Disorders

By Doug Bunnell, PhD, FAED, CEDS


Chief Clinical Officer

Monte Nido & Affiliates


Summary of Presentation:

Most of what we know about eating disorder is based on the experiences of women with eating disorders. This workshop explores some of the gendered aspects of eating disorders in men, including the ways in which male development and socialization affect symptom presentations, motivation, and treatment engagement. Clinicians working with male clients also need to develop an awareness of the ways in which their own gendered beliefs and attitudes can affect the psychotherapy process. The workshop will conclude with a review of steps clinicians can take to identify, monitor and communicate their awareness of gendered issues in their psychotherapy work.

Learning Objectives:

  1. Participants will learn 5 ways in which the presentation of symptoms and behaviors of men with with eating disorders differ from the presentation of women with eating disorders.
  2. Participants will be able to identify ways in which their own personal beliefs about gender influence the way in which they conduct psychotherapy with their male clients.
  3. Participants will learn three specific clinical techniques for improving psychotherapeutic engagement with their male clients with eating disorders.


Doug Bunnell is an expert clinician and leader in the eating disorder field. He brings over three decades of experience and a wealth of knowledge to his role as Chief Clinical Officer at Monte Nido & Affiliates. A graduate of Yale University, Doug did his doctoral training at Northwestern University. He is a former board chair of the National Eating Disorders Association, a fellow of the Academy for Eating Disorders, author and frequent presenter at national and international conferences. He is passionate about research and the latest advancements in the field, and equally committed to individualized client care. Doug’s ability to put the latest scientific research into practice creates a successful program and a milieu that fosters trust and respect from both staff and clients alike.


April 4, 2017
12:00 pm - 1:30 pm