L. Smith, MSS, LCSW
Training, Workshops, Consultation and Program Development
to assist Schools, Universities, Counseling Centers, Hospitals, Clinics, Churches,
Social Service Agencies, Women's and Men's groups, Camps and Community
Eating Disorders are uncommon, historically speaking. Unlike
depression and anxiety, which we can trace throughout history and culture, eating disorders have only
appeared in noticeable numbers a few times in history in a handful of
Once on the scene, as they are today, they are uniquely
prejudicial. While many psychological disorders lean towards particular demographics, none as
overwhelmingly as anorexia and bulimia. Eating disorders are the almost exclusive domain of women.
Anorexia, Bulimia, Binge Eating and Compulsive Overeating are
culturally constructed. The particularities of who gets eating disorders, and that they are getting them
in epidemic proportions in our era, in our country, are our clues to what eating disorders are about. They
hold meaning about our time and place, and speak specifically, given the gender bias of the disorder, to
something about how we define femininity.
Seeing the epidemic of eating disorders, with its overwhelming
demographic of girls and women, as evidence that the societal construction of femininity and current beauty
ideal are dangerous to women, Full Living offers training and education to those seeking to redefine
gender and sexual expression.
Whether it is because you are the first point of contact with those
struggling with eating disorders, body image distress, sexual and gender expression, or as part of your
efforts to provide education and support to your community, let us help you.
We offer presentations and workshops to your community, staff,
students, or clinicians. We can also assist you in designing year-round programming to be implemented by
Full Living, or training your staff for implementation. When working with schools and universities, we
recommend a multi-pronged approach that includes training and education for students, faculty, parents,
coaches and counselors. Our clinicians will assist you in designing a program specific to you and your