Course Summary

Practice Level: Intermediate

This course presents an evidence-based focal psychodynamic approach for the outpatient treatment of adults with anorexia nervosa, which has been shown to produce lasting changes for patients. The reader first gains a thorough understanding of the general models and theories of anorexia nervosa. The book then describes in detail a three-phase treatment using focal psychodynamic psychotherapy. It provides extensive hands-on tips, including precise assessment of psychodynamic themes and structures using the Operationalized Psychodynamic Diagnosis (DPD) system, real-life case studies, and clinical pearls. Clinicians also learn how to identify and treat typical ego structural deficits in the areas of affect experience and differentiation, impulse control, self-worth regulation, and body perception. Detailed case vignettes provide deepened insight into the therapeutic process. A final chapter explores the extensive empirical studies on which this manual is based, in particular the renowned multicenter ANTOP study. Printable tools in the appendices can be used in daily practice.

Course Format

This course is based on a book that can be purchased here and a posttest. When you’re ready, purchase the test by clicking the “Add To Cart” or “Enroll” button. This will let you take the test and receive your certificate for CE credits.

Learning Objectives

  • Define anorexia nervosa.
  • Describe the epidemiology, predisposing factors, course and prognosis of anorexia nervosa.
  • Discuss theories and models of anorexia nervosa.
  • Identify components of operationalized psychodynamic diagnosis.
  • Explain treatment for anorexia nervosa using a psychodynamic approach.

Course Syllabus

  • Description of the Disorder
  • Theories and Models
  • Diagnosis of Anorexia Nervosa
  • Treatment of Anorexia Nervosa
  • Case Examples
  • Efficacy


Hans-Christoph Friederich, PhD

Hans-Christoph Friederich, PhD, Clinical Institute of Psychosomatic Medicine and Psychotherapy, University Hospital Düsseldorf, Düsseldorf, Germany.

Beate Wild, PhD

Beate Wild, PhD, General Internal and Psychosomatic Medicine, Heidelberg University Hospital, Heidelberg, Germany.

Stephan Zipfel, PhD

Stephan Zipfel, PhD, Psychosomatic Medicine and Psychotherapy, University Hospital Tübingen, Tübingen, Germany.

Henning Schauenburg, PhD

Henning Schauenburg, PhD, General Internal and Psychosomatic Medicine, Heidelberg University Hospital, Heidelberg, Germany.

Wolfgang Herzog, PhD

Wolfgang Herzog, PhD, General Internal and Psychosomatic Medicine, Heidelberg University Hospital, Heidelberg, Germany.

Accreditation Approval Statements

This course does not qualify for NBCC credit is approved by the American Psychological Association to sponsor continuing education for psychologists. maintains responsibility for this program and its content., provider #1115, is approved as an ACE provider to offer social work continuing education by the Association of Social Work Boards (ASWB) Approved Continuing Education (ACE) program. Regulatory boards are the final authority on courses accepted for continuing education credit. ACE provider approval period: 08/08/21-08/08/24. Social workers completing this course receive 5 clinical continuing education credits.

Courses have been approved by, as a NAADAC Approved Education Provider, for educational credits. NAADAC Provider #91345 is responsible for all aspects of the programming.

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