Twice as Hard for Half as Much: Multicultural Stress and Eating Disorders presented by Paula Edwards-Gayfield, LPCS, LPC, CEDS, NCC, Co-Chair of the iaedp™ African-American Eating Disorders Professionals (AAEDP) Committee
Emotional disorders can develop as a response to repeated exposure to messages and life stressors that African American women may experience. These stressors may be the result of societal, cultural, economic or familial messages or occurrences. Many of these messages convey African Americans have to work twice as hard to receive half as much. This presentation will explore the internal monologue that many women have adopted and its influence on the development of eating disorders.
Paula Edwards-Gayfield, LPCS, LPC, CEDS, NCC is the Regional Assistant Vice President at The Renfrew Center, overseeing clinical and administrative operations at several locations. A Licensed Professional Counselor in Oklahoma and LPC Supervisor in North Carolina, she received her Master’s degree in Counseling from the UNC at Charlotte. Ms. Edwards-Gayfield has extensive experience working with adolescents, adults and families, with special interest in the treatment of eating disorders, women’s issues, relationship concern, mood and anxiety disorders, and life adjustments. A National Certified Counselor, she is a member of the American Counseling Association, the Oklahoma Counseling Association, Oklahoma Eating Disorder Association, and is certified with the International Association of Eating Disorder Professionals (iaedp™). Ms. Edwards-Gayfield is a frequent presenter at local and national conferences with a primary focus on eating disorders and diversity.
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