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AASW Webinar Recording | Understanding Eating Disorders 'Fat is not a feeling - Language Matters'

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Date: Ongoing
Venue: Online
CPD hrs: 48 min
CPD Category: 2 - Skills and Knowledge

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Understanding Eating Disorders
Fat is not a feeling - Language Matters

Presented by Maria Ganci and Chantel Kleiner.

The words we use in treating someone with an eating disorder can have a powerful effect on the way in which they perceive their illness and often, themselves as an individual. This webinar recording will explore the nuances of language within the field of eating disorders, and how people with an eating disorder often interpret and misinterpret words they hear from those around them. We will also explore how to use language in order to encourage a more recovery-focussed approach to treating the illness.

Learning Objectives

1. Explore ways language can help or hinder in the treatment of eating disorders
2. Develop a more recovery-focussed narrative that can be used when talking to someone with an eating disorder.



Maria Ganci is an Accredited Mental Health Social Worker with a Masters in Child and Adolescent Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy and has over 30 years clinical experience working with children and adolescents.

The past 16 years have been devoted to specialising in Adolescent Eating Disorders both in the public and private sector. Maria currently works at the Royal Children’s Hospital Specialist Eating Disorder Clinic and holds the "Parent Education and Training" portfolio and is also a Faculty Member of The Training Institute for child & Adolescent Eating Disorders USA (

Maria is a Director of APT Therapeutic Solutions that provides treatment, resources, training, supervision and consultation on a national and international level in Adolescent and Parent Treatments for eating disorders.

Chantel Kleiner is an Accredited Mental Health Social Worker and Clinical Family Therapist. She is currently working in private practice at the Hope Family Clinic, and also within the public sector with the Monash Health Child and Adolescent Mental Health service, where she works with children and adolescents with acute psychiatric concerns, including eating disorders. Her experience in the field of eating disorders has spanned over the course of 10 years, where she has worked with both adults and adolescents, in various settings including inpatient, outpatient, and Day Programs.

Chantel commenced her career with a Bachelor of Education and spent 5 years working as a primary and secondary school teacher. This was followed by her Bachelor of Social Work where she worked in Youth and Family Services and Disability Services prior to embarking on a career in Child & Adolescent mental health services, and following her passion to work in the field of eating disorders.
Chantel is committed to bringing a family sensitive approach to her work by drawing on evidence-based treatments in an empathic way, and in collaboration with parents, carers and siblings.

Method of delivery

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This webinar recording goes for 48 minutes


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Members $45 (incl GST)
New Graduates, Retired and Student Members $22.50 (incl GST)
Non-members $60 (incl GST)

'Understanding Eating Disorders' webinar series

This webinar forms part of a series of four sessions looking at different aspects of understanding eating disorders.

Webinar 1: Does my client have an eating disorder?
Webinar 2: Therapeutic interventions in working with eating disorders
Webinar 3: At school with an eating disorder
Webinar 4: Fat is not a feeling - language matters

Cost (full series of 4 webinars)

Members $153 (incl GST)
New Graduates, Retired and Student Members $76.50 (incl GST)
Non-members $204 (incl GST)

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