Dr. Muhlheim consults to schools (both internationally and in the US) on eating disorders. Her services to school communities include the following:
Presentations for parent groups on eating disorder awareness and prevention
Healthy Body, Healthy Mind: Fueling your child’s self-esteem and body image. Everything parents should know about eating disorders – appropriate for elementary through high school.
Full staff training on eating disorders, covering prevention, awareness, identification of eating disorders, and working with students with eating disorders.
Trainings for school counselors and school nurses. These more targeted trainings include eating disorder diagnosis and monitoring as well as information about treatment and strategies for working with students with eating disorders and their families.
Review of health curriculum
School obesity prevention programs may inadvertently reinforce behaviors that lead to eating disorders. By contrast, school wellness programs have the opportunity to build in eating disorder prevention. Dr. Muhlheim can help review the current curriculum and make recommendations based on the guidelines established by the Academy for Eating Disorders, the National Eating Disorder Association, and the National Association of Anorexia Nervosa and Associated Disorders. This may include training of health and PE teachers in delivering the new curriculum. An article featuring Dr. Muhlheim’s work at Shanghai American School is available here.
Creation of school guidelines on eating disorders
This entails working with administration to develop guidelines for handling eating disorders in the school setting.
Workshops for student groups (based on a National Eating Disorder-endorsed curriculum) that reduce dieting and promote body image.
Work with student leaders on implementing school-wide campaigns to promote body image and body image diversity.
The following is a list of resources for schools:
Eating Disorder School Resources
- NEDA (www.nationaleatingdisorders.org) provides a toolkit for educators that is available for download from their site.
- ANAD (www.anad.org) publishes school guidelines that they will make available via email (firstname.lastname@example.org).
- Bodywise Handbook: Eating Disorders Information for Middle School Personnel (2005)
- Steiner-Adair, C. & Sjostrom, L. (2006). The School Guide: Full of Ourselves: A Wellness Program to Advance Girl Power, Health, and Leadership.
- Kater, K (2005). Healthy Body Image: Teaching Kids to Eat and Love Their Bodies Too! Second Edition.
- Cook, C. & Scime, M, (2006) The Prevention and Treatment of Eating Disorders: An Overview for School Psychologists NASP Communiqué, Vol. 34, #5
- Treasure, J & Crane, A. (2008) A student counsellor guide to eating disorders