What’s my advice for getting started as an Eating Disorders Dietitian?
When students, interns, and dietitians ask me about what is required to get into the ED profession, I offer a couple of pieces of advice.
The first is that you have to be willing to sacrifice time, energy, and money to specialize in eating disorders. It is a SPECIALTY, and it takes significant resources to become a specialist.
The second is that excellent providers are humble and non-defensive enough to receive feedback.
The flip side of learning is unlearning.
And to provide weight-inclusive care as a dietitian requires just as much (maybe more?!) unlearning than it does learning. And to unlearn, I believe we have to drop our defenses.
For those of you who attended some of the conferences happening this month like FNCE and WIND conferences, which were in Colorado, I invite you to keep an open heart and an open mind. Unlearning can bring untold freedom and joy.
I hope you’ve left these conferences feeling motivated and energized to keep growing, to keep learning, to keep expanding.
And if you didn’t attend them, I encourage you to look at your list of priorities for next year and find a place where you can go to not only network with other providers, but learn and even unlearn strategies, tools, and methods that will help you grow in your profession and career.
One of the greatest gifts of my career has been meeting and learning from people that I otherwise would have never crossed paths except at these conferences. These people, their experience, and their wisdom have fueled my innate curiosity and helped me to become both a better person and provider.
Another event you may not have heard about is Project Heal. They, along with EDRD Pro, are hosting their inaugural virtual education forum on October 20th. I love that they are centering some of the most complex issues facing our profession today in the legal, healthcare, medical, and cultural landscapes.
I will be attending the Project Heal forum and hope you will join me with an open heart and curious mind as I learn from an amazing lineup of panelists. I’m not going to lie, my heart may race when we get to those AAP Guidelines, but I’ll feel better with my friends and colleagues alongside me.
Learning can be uncomfortable, but it’s in our discomfort where we expand our edges and grow.
The Dietitian’s Guide on Where to Go for Eating Disorders Training
And that question is exactly why I wrote this guide, The Dietitian’s Guide on Where to Go for Eating Disorders Training. I want clinicians far and wide to know about the multitude of resources available to help them feel less anxious and more excited about the complex world of eating disorder care.