Be the Change, Not the System: Clinicians as Allies in Dismantling Systemic Racism in the Treatment of Eating Disorders
PRESENTER: Norman H. Kim, Ph.D., Co-Founder and Principal of Institute of Antiracism and Equity in
Mental Health, Deputy Director of Ayana Therapy, Co-Founder and National Director of Reasons Eating Disorder Center
DETAILS: Systemic racism has pervasive impacts on those suffering from eating disorders as well as
those engaged in trying to alleviate that suffering. We explore authentic allyship that focuses on actions over rhetoric and discuss the importance of social justice approaches in our clinical work to both elevate and deepen our work with ameliorating the impacts of eating disorders, and will focus on
applying an antiracism framework to addressing injustices in our clinical practice and acting as allies
and advocates for those struggling with EDs.
1. Identify the roles which providers’ own racial consciousness play in their work with clients (across all
2. Report the impact of racial trauma on clients with eating disorders.
3. Discuss two ways in which providers can actively engage as authentic allies and advocates to improve their practices.
MEET THE SPEAKER
Norman H. Kim, Ph.D., Co-Founder and Principal of Institute of Antiracism and Equity in Mental Health, Deputy Director of Ayana Therapy, Co-Founder and National Director of Reasons Eating Disorder Center
Norman is the co-founder and principal of the Institute for Antiracism and Equity, a social justice focused consultancy, and the Deputy Director of Ayana Therapy, an app startup focused on providing culturally intelligent, adapted, and accessible care to marginalized communities. He completed his B.A.at Yale and his Ph.D. in Psychology at UCLA. His research and clinical interests include the social development of people with autism, the developmental course of bipolar disorder, and anxiety disorders. In conjunction Norman has developed an expertise in psychiatrically complex populations, and his primary areas of interest are the application of a transdiagnostic framework for eating disorders, taking an evolutionary approach to shame and anxiety, and minority mental health. He is a regular national and international speaker, educator, and passionate advocate with a particular focus on minority status and barriers to mental health care in marginalized communities. He is the founding co-chair of the Black, Indigenous, and People of Color Committee of IAEDP, on the inaugural Behavioral Health Taskforce for the Gay and Lesbian Medical Association, former board member of the Eating Disorders Coalition, the past co-chair of the Transcultural SIG for the Academy of Eating Disorders, and serves on numerous advisory boards. Norman was the co-founder of Reasons Eating Disorder Center.