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We Have to Talk: Difficult Conversations that Further Recovery

Tabitha Limotte, MFT (Primary Presenter), Sarah Chipps, PsyD (Co-Presenter)

Difficult conversations are a necessary part of treatment. This presentation explores difficult topics that arise in the treatment of eating disorders. Through sharing stories of successes and fumbles experienced by ourselves and our colleagues, we seek to help providers tackle these awkward moments with confidence, humility and therapeutic efficacy.

Bringing Men to the Table: Reaching and Training Male Loved Ones to Support Treatment and Recovery

Pamela Carlton, MD (Primary Presenter), Joe F. Kelly, BS (Co-Presenter)

Evidence indicates that competent involvement of clients’ male loved ones (MLOs) improves outcomes and increases treatment efficiency. However, MLOs remain under-utilized or untapped natural resources for professionals. Professionals and programs will get evidence-based strategies to reduce barriers to healthy MLO involvement in treatment--including barriers unintentionally erected by professionals themselves.

Effective Aftercare for Bariatric Patients: The Importance of Nutritional and Psychological Counseling following Weight Loss Surgery

Kelly Broadwater, MA, LPA, LPC, NCC, CEDS (Primary Presenter), Chaundra Evans, RD, LDN, CEDRD (Co-Presenter)

Bariatric surgery requires comprehensive aftercare to optimize outcomes. Therapists and dietitians need to implement best practices with weight loss surgery patients in order to prevent relapse with eating disorder behaviors and other complications. Non-compliance, self-sabotage, body image, nutritional deficiencies, weight re-gain, addiction transfer, and post-operative eating disorders will be addressed.

Minding the Mind. Training the Brain: How Therapists and Dietitians Can Bring Neuroscience and Mindfulness Research in the Practice Setting.

Anita Johnston, PhD, CEDS (Primary Presenter), Pamela C. Kelle, RD, CEDRD, LDN (Co-Presenter)

There is much to gain from research on brain and mind interface. This presentation explores neuroscience research, the gut-brain axis, and how research supports the use of mindfulness/body awareness. Clear meaningful techniques will be provided to guide the therapist and dietitian in teaching clients to utilize these discoveries towards recovery.

The Therapeutic Lynchpin: Managing the Relational and Emotional World of The Eating Disordered, Self-Injurying, Traumatized Client

John Levitt, PhD (Primary Presenter)

The emotional world of the eating disordered, traumatized client poses particular challenges to professionals. This challenge is experienced directly through the therapeutic relationship. This workshop presents a model of treatment that provides a guide for organizing the therapeutic relationship which assists the client to manage difficult emotional experiences.

The Road Less Traveled; Walking Through The Eating Experience With Our Clients

Alice Baker, RD (Primary Presenter), Debra Landau-West, MS, RD (Co-Presenter), Patty A. Fahlstrom, MS, RD, LD (Co-Presenter), Joann ZumBrunnen, LCSW (Co-Presenter)

The client with an eating disorder often uses food as a communication tool. The clinician must sort through the behaviors to decode the silent message. Food experientials are often necessary to break through deep-seated eating patterns. Come and experience food from your client’s perspective with this psychoeducational and experiential workshop.

Utilizing Exposure Therapy for Anorexia in an Outpatient Setting: How Treatment for OCD Informs and Integrates with ED Treatment

Ken Littlefield, PsyD (Primary Presenter), Samuel A. Lample, MA, LPC, CEDS (Co-Presenter)

This presentation will inform how to utilize Exposure Therapy in the treatment of Anorexia in an outpatient setting. The presentation will describe theory, research, and case presentations to illustrate the implementation of relevant concepts in practice and compare and contrast their use in Obsessive Compulsive Disorder.

Practitioner's Guide to Understanding Weight Loss Drugs

Ralph E. Carson, RD, PhD (Primary Presenter), Kevin Richard Wandler, MD (Co-Presenter)

Binge eaters differ from overeaters because they do not have control over their behavior. It is not simply overindulging, or an addiction problem, but binge eaters are compelled to overeat. This presentation will explore many of the "weight loss" medications that are on the market, most of which are ineffective.

Evidence-based Nutrition Practice for Eating Disorders: Promoting the Capacity to Recover

Leah L. Graves, RD, LD, FAED (Primary Presenter)

Improvement in nutritional status is cornerstone in the treatment of any eating disorder. This presentation will review the rationale for inclusion of nutrition therapy in the treatment process, provide insight into evidence-based nutrition care and suggest direction for needed future research to further define and improve nutrition intervention for ED.

Creative Experiential Techniques to Tell the Story of Trauma

Mary Bellofatto, MA, LMHC, CEDS, NCC, TEP (Primary Presenter)

Emotions are the barometer of credibility and authenticity. Some have locked a whole set of emotions into a closet, to be forgotten by themselves, which often form a mob of feelings demanding attention. Psychodrama is a useful tool in the healing of emotions and finding new possibilities beyond the trauma.

A Fine Line: The Intersection of Mental Health and Medical Treatment of Eating Disorders

Joel Jahraus, MD, FAED, CEDS (Primary Presenter), Lauren Burr Ozbolt, MD (Co-Presenter)

Perhaps no illness is more indicative of the need for dual medical and mental health treatment than eating disorders. The potential for true physiological problems with emotional overlay makes diagnosis and treatment particularly challenging. Physical symptoms may be true manifestations of physical illness, psychosomatic symptoms or other associated mental illness.

The Web of Experiential Avoidance

Emmett R. Bishop Jr., MD, FAED, CEDS (Primary Presenter), Jennifer Lombardi, MFT (Co-Presenter)

Role of experiential avoidance(EA) as the number one maintaining factor for eating disorders. EA is the reluctance or unwillingness to remain in contact with mental events, such as thoughts and feelings,and taking measures to alter the form or frequency of those events or the contexts that give rise to them.

Binge Eating Disorder: Practical Strategies for Patient Assessment and Treatment

Laura J. Clauss, APRN, NP-C, CEDS, F-iaedp (Primary Presenter)

This presentation will address the diagnostic criteria of Binge Eating Disorder, medical considerations, factors contributing to its development, and pharmacological and non-pharmacological treatment. Several case studies will be presented. Night Eating Syndrome will also be discussed.

Eating Disorders in Middle-Aged Women

Seda Ebrahimi, PhD (Primary Presenter)

This presentation will discuss the phenomenon of eating disorders among women who are 25 and older. It will review the prevalence rates, clinical presentation, co-morbidities and contributing factors in the development of the eating disorder. Challenges regarding seeking help and treatment options will also be discussed.

From a Pea to a Pumpkin: A Prenatal Psychotherapy Group for Women with Eating Disorders

Angela Wurtzel, MA, MFT, CEDS (Primary Presenter)

Pregnancy is a unique experience for each woman. This presentation will address the conscious and unconscious expectations of pregnancy and motherhood paying specific attention to women who struggle or have dealt with an eating disorder. The significance and curative effects of talking about one's pregnancy experience will be the focus.

Incorporating Body-Based Strategies to Shift Away from ED Behaviors: New Applications of Mindfulness from the Bottom-Up

Kimberli McCallum, MD, CEDS, FAPA (Primary Presenter), Mary Laffey Adams, RN, MSN (Co-Presenter)

Eating disorder behaviors serve physiologic, psychological, and emotional purpose, affecting cognitive processes and emotional regulation, causing metabolic and physical injury. This workshop builds on mindfulness meditations and exploration of embodied cognitions to introduce body based substitute strategies, engaging the client from the “bottom-up".

Hope Brokers: Clinicians as Agents of Change in Eating Disorder Recovery

Nicole Siegfried, PhD, CEDS (Primary Presenter), Mary Bartlett, PhD (Co-Presenter)

Hope has been identified as an influential variable in recovery for many mental health disorders, including eating disorders. Clinicians can convey hope through the therapeutic relationship and build hope through therapeutic interventions. This workshop will provide participants with evidence-based and practical techniques for instilling hope in treatment of eating disorders.

Novel Adaptations of FBT: Involving Families at All Levels of Care

Walter Kaye, MD (Primary Presenter), Roxanne E. Rockwell, PhD (Co-Presenter), Anne Clarkin, LCSW (Co-Presenter)

This presentation will provide an overview of FBT across levels of care, including how to preserve the role of parents within a treatment team of professionals on an inpatient medical unit, residential treatment center, and a partial hospitalization or intensive outpatient setting. A number of innovative interventions will be discussed.

Trends, Truths and Travesties: The Real Scoop on Food Allergies and Intolerances

Megan A. Kniskern, MS, RD, CEDRD (Primary Presenter), Miriam K. Anand, MD, FACAAI, FAAAAI (Co-Presenter)

Inaccurate food allergy myths blur the understanding of the critical differences between food allergies and intolerances. We review evidence based approaches to diagnosing and managing food allergies/intolerances, and how to best approach an eating disorder patient who reports food aversions or previously diagnosed food allergies that need to be re-explored.

Sensorimotor Psychotherapy: 101

Holly A. Finlay, MA, LPCC, CEDS, CSP (Primary Presenter)

Eating disordered clients often articulate feelings in terms of bodily sensations including, “fat, bloated, and weighed down.” Therapists who intervene using only cognitive and emotional methods miss actual physical sensations. Sensorimotor Psychotherapy(SP) invites the body into treatment. This workshop provides SP basics and experiential exercises for immediate use with clients.

Elusive Answers: Difficult Cases That Pose Clinical and Ethical Challenges

Karen Sue Beerbower, MS, RD, LD, CEDRD (Presenter), Amy Boyers, PhD (Co-Presenter), Bryan Gusdal, MA (Co-Presenter), Edward P. Tyson, MD (Co-Presenter), Jennifer L. Guadiani, MD, CEDS (Co-Presenter)

The diagnosis of an eating disorder can be challenging due to the complexity of medical and psychological symptoms. A multidisciplinary panel will decode case studies that present with a “zebra diagnosis” and offer explanations as to what makes ED patients clinically and ethically complex.

Acceptance and Commitment Therapy for the CBT Therapist: The Integration of ACT into Your Existing Practice

Jennifer Tolman, PhD (Primary Presenter), Tera L. Lensegrav-Benson, PhD (Co-Presenter)

Presenters will discuss the application of Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) in the treatment of eating disorders and present strategies for the integration of ACT principles with traditional CBT. Comparisons and contrasts will be drawn between ACT and CBT. Strategies for practitioner self-care, consistent with values-based living, will be identified.

From Buddha to Brain Scans: The Integration of Science, Psychotherapy, and Spirituality

Carolyn Costin, MFt, MA, MEd, CEDS (Presenter), Joan Borysenko, PhD (Co-Presenter)

Neuroscience is the new buzz word in the world of psychotherapy, yet how does one distinguish between true innovation and mere speculation? Bringing years of experience, a wealth of knowledge, and engaging presence Carolyn Costin and Joan Borysenko will share their insights on the integration of science, psychotherapy and spirituality.

Critter Brain Trumps Neocortex, “Don’t Touch that Dial!”: New Neuro-Patterning Methods to Decode and Unlock Stuck Eating Disorder Behaviors, Beliefs, and Identities

Barbara J. Birsinger, ThD, MPH, RD, CEDRD (Primary Presenter)

ED clients experience a threat to sense of self - relinquishing the lifeline for tough times. The critter brain fires off survival signals, compelling behaviors, because that feels better (safer) than what came before. Learn to decode, re-pattern, and help clients Self-Discover new strategies, uniquely theirs, transforming behaviors, beliefs and identities.

Eating Disorders, Substance Use Disorders and Addictions: An Overview of Integrated Treatment Principles and Strategies

Timothy Brewerton, MD, DFAPA, FAED, DFAACAP (Primary Presenter), Amy Baker Dennis, PhD (Co-Presenter), Therese Kathleen Killeen, PhD, APRN (Co-Presenter)

This workshop will review the guiding principles behind integrated, evidence-based treatments that can be adapted for ED patients with co-occurring SUD, including: 1) Motivational Interventions; 2) Family therapy; 3) Cognitive behavioral therapy; 4) Mindfulness based approaches, e.g., DBT, ACT, and; 5) Self-help and support group interventions.

Ethical Issues in Eating Disorder Treatment

John Dolores, JD, PhD (Primary Presenter)

Ethical Issues in Eating Disorder Treatment will provide a practical approach to common ethical issues across disciplines, including confidentiality, informed consent, documentation requirements, use of technology, and termination of treatment. Current ethical codes will be reviewed from a variety of disciplines. Relevant law will be explored as well.

Lunch Presentation - Expressing Disorder: Journey to Recovery

Susan Kleinman, MA, BC-DMT, NCC, CEDS (Presenter), Carol Dietrich, RN, LMFT, RDT (Co-Presenter), Anita Johnston, PhD, CEDS (Co-Presenter)

This powerful documentary about dance/movement therapy and drama therapy features the wisdom and expertise of the workshop leaders. Infused with inspiration and hope, the gripping vignettes demonstrate the depths to which we must take our clients to heal. Presenters will be available for questions following the film screening.

Good Enough Mama: Exploring Body Image, Identity Shifting and Depression in Pregnancy and the Postpartum Period

Linda Shanti McCabe, MA, (1998), PsyD, (2009) (Primary Presenter)

The desire to have children can be a motivating factor in eating disorder recovery, yet pregnancy and the postpartum period can mirror difficulties experienced in early recovery. This presentation will explore risk factors for relapse, postpartum depression, body image distress, as well as recovery hope for new and expectant mothers.

Innovative Strategies For Challenging Cases

Emmett R. Bishop Jr., MD, FAED, CEDS (Primary Presenter), Bonnie Brennan, MA, LPC, CEDS (Co-Presenter)

Two experienced professionals in the field of eating disorders discuss new strategies for treating those cases we all feel uncomfortable with. To increase effectiveness with challenging cases, Bishop and Brennan will introduce innovative concepts from Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), Relational Frame Theory (RFT) and Cognitive Remediation Therapy (CRT).

Is it Our Fault Complex Patients Aren’t Making “Progress?”: When Definitions of Recovery Hinder the Process

Angela P. Derrick, PhD (Primary Presenter), Ashley Solomon, PsyD (Co-Presenter)

In working with individuals with complex eating disorders who have shown minimal symptom improvement despite significant efforts, it behooves clinicians to re-conceptualize the definition of progress. The presenters offer an alternative definition based on relational and developmental markers. Case examples are discussed and implications of this approach are explored.

Malnutrition and Suicide: Understanding Suicide Risk in Adolescent and Adults with Eating Disorders

James Greenblatt, MD (Primary Presenter)

This presentation will provide an overview of the physiological factors that contribute to the increased risk of suicide in patients with eating disorders. Topics discussed will include multiple biological risk factors, including antidepressant medications and nutritional deficiencies in essential nutrients including essential fatty acids, lithium, and vitamin B12.

Practical Neurobiology for Clinicians

Scott E. Moseman, MD (Primary Presenter)

This presentation explores how neuroscience can help clinicians have a deeper understanding of those they treat. Learning the history of how eating disorders have been diagnosed and theories of how neuroarchitecture could inform behavior and response to treatment are vital pieces of information to help close the research-practice gap.

New Models, Assessments, and Treatments for Food Addictions

Nicole M. Avena, PhD (Primary Presenter)

This presentation will discuss the growing clinical and laboratory animal evidence regarding the concept of food addiction. Additional topics to be discussed include the psychometric tools designed to assess the presence of addiction-like behaviors regarding food as well as potential avenues for treatment.

Physical Activity: Should it be Exorcised or Exercised in Eating Disorder Treatment?

Kimberli McCallum, MD, CEDS, FAPA (Primary Presenter), Ron A. Thompson, PhD, FAED (Co-Presenter)

Physical activity/exercise is often extolled for its physical and psychological health benefits. Nevertheless, unhealthy physical activity is common among eating disorder patients. If patients have inappropriate/unhealthy exercise as their symptom complex, should it be treated? Contrary to "conventional wisdom", literature on exercise suggests physical activity is safe and beneficial.

Mindfulness Meditation for Clinicians to Prevent Compassion Fatigue

Elise Curry, PSYD (Primary Presenter)

This workshop will provide the opportunity for clinicians to experience mindfulness meditations and practices which reduce stress and increase compassion for self and others. The theory of mindfulness will be presented and research on the benefits for clinicians and their clients will be discussed. Most appropriate for advanced clinicians.

Stand Like A Mountain; Flow Like A River: From Meal Plans to Mindfulness.

Pamela C. Kelle, RD, CEDRD, LDN (Primary Presenter), Tammy Beasley, RDN, CEDRD, LD, CSSD (Co-Presenter)

Clients struggling with eating disorder behaviors from Binge Eating Disorder (BED) to Anorexia Nervosa (AN) benefit from extensive nutrition therapy. Using traditional meal plans has been the hallmark of nutrition therapy. Bridging meal planning with mindfulness techniques can help clients move forward in recovery, providing autonomy and self-efficacy.

“Ta Da” Nurturing the Potential for Transcendent Moments in the Treatment of Eating Disorders: Part Two”

Margo Maine, PhD, FAED, CEDS (Primary Presenter), Michael Berrett, PhD (Co-Presenter), Beth McGilley, PhD, FAED, CEDS (Co-Presenter), Adrienne Ressler, LMSW, CEDS (Co-Presenter)

This experiential workshop explores those unique transcendent moments in the treatment of eating disordered clients, the life changing “Ta Das” experienced by both client and clinician. Although we cannot insert transcendence into a treatment plan, clinicians can learn how to create situations that deliver “pregnant possibilities” and biopsychospiritual transformation.

The Darker Side of Eating Disorder Treatment: The Intersection of Eating Disorders, Self-Harm, and Trauma

John L. Levitt, PhD (Primary Presenter)

Eating disorder treatment is complex and difficult. When trauma and self-harm are present, treatment often becomes engaged in working with a patient's more insidious processes such as dissociation, intense self-loathing, anger and hatred. This workshop describes an approach for working with the complex symptoms these patients present.

The Intersection of Neuroscience and Recovery from an Eating Disorder: Putting Perfectionism, Obsessiveness, and Anxiety to Work for Better, not Worse

Jillian Lampert, PhD, RD, LD, MPH, FAED (Presenter), Walter H. Kaye, MD (Co-Presenter), Mark J. Warren, MD, MPH (Co-Presenter)

This workshop presents an overview of neuroscience research related to eating disorder onset, maintenance, and recovery, and provides new understandings about strategies and skills that can be used to make constructive use of temperament to promote recovery. Presenters will share clinical and personal experiences of utilizing these traits in recovery.

The Power of Poo

Helena L. Rouhe, MA, LMFT (Primary Presenter)

Managing the literal and figurative "poo" in our lives, as clinicians, is of critical importance in order to maintain our effectiveness. The challenge of working with any client is not getting caught up in their pathology. As a clinician, the best defense is ongoing self awareness/examination of "our stuff".

The Role of Family Therapy and Education in the Treatment of Eating Disorders

Craig L. Johnson, PHD, FAED, CEDS (Primary Presenter), Cindy Pikus, PhD (Co-Presenter)

“The Role of Family Therapy and Education in the Treatment of Eating Disorders” will highlight the novel treatments and educational formats for families that have produced some of the most interesting advances over the last decade in the field of eating disorders.

The Very Young Child with Anorexia Nervosa: How are They Different?

Julie O'Toole, MD, MPH (Primary Presenter)

Small children aged 7 to 12 get anorexia nervosa, too. They can present with the adult form of the disease (e.g. body image concerns and distortions) or just with food refusal and behaviors that sabotage all attempts to re-feed them. The new DSM-5 recognizes these age-related differences, do you?

To Medicate or Not to Medicate: Psychopharmacologic Interventions for Eating Disorders

Ovidio Bermudez, MD, FAAP, FSAHM, FAED, CEDS (Primary Presenter), Anna Vinter, MD (Co-Presenter)

Currently, psychopharmacologic treatments for eating disorders require as much art as science. In this workshop, the science and art of managing medication use in patients with eating disorders will be presented, including review of the evidence base and discussion of strategies for addressing the pharmacologic opportunities in eating disorders.

Validation: How to Help Families Help Their Loved One

Jennifer R. Henretty, PhD, CEDS (Primary Presenter), Jamie Atkins, RD (Co-Presenter)

By the time families of someone with an eating disorder find their way to treatment professionals, they often are feeling scared, exasperated, and powerless. Teaching families the communication technique of validation gives them an important tool to reconnect with their loved one and disentangle themselves from fruitless power struggles.

The Moving Target: A Discussion of Psychopathology, Psychopharmacology and Nutrition in the Adolescent and Young Adult Brain

Scott E. Moseman, MD, CEDS and Leah L. Graves, RD, LD, FAED, CEDRD

Though eating disorders occur throughout life cycles, they generally begin during the period of rapid brain changes during adolescence. Understanding how brains respond to therapy, nutrition and medication can be complicated with a paucity of devoted research to this subject. This session explores challenges and opportunities present in developing brains.

A Closer Look at Affect Regulation and ACT

Emmett R. Bishop Jr., MD, FAED, CEDS and Bonnie Brennan, MA, LPC, CEDS

Emmett Bishop and Bonnie Brennan will take a closer look at affect regulation in the treatment of eating disorders. Understanding and using strategies to target emotion dysregulation will be shared using the Acceptance and Commitment Therapy model. Experiential exercises and skills for all levels of care will be included.

Binge Eating Disorder and the Brain: Clinical Implications for the Treatment of BED as A Neurobehavioral Disorder

Jennifer O'Connor , PhD and Lesley Williams , MD, CEDS

This presentation will conceptualize BED as a neurobehavioral disorder, and will apply behavioral therapies that have long been used to treat obsessive compulsive spectrum disorders, to this unique population. A behavioral approach to BED treatment using exposure therapy, habit reversal training, and mindfulness will be demonstrated using case examples.

The Use of Creative Techniques to Challenge Clients Fear of Change

Susan Kleinman, MA, BC-DMT, NCC, CEDS and Rebecca F. Berman, LCSW-C, MLSP

Incorporating creative techniques into therapeutic process can stimulate motivation for clients to actively participate in their recovery. Attendees will acquire experiential skills, based primarily on the principles of rhythmic synchrony, kinesthetic awareness and kinesthetic empathy, to enhance clients’ engagement with their authentic self. Teaching methods will be didactic and experiential

Disentangling the Complexity of the Suicidal Client: Best Practices for Assessment and Treatment

Nicole Siegfried, PhD, CEDS and Mary Bartlett, PhD

Clients with eating disorders are at high risk for suicide. Clinicians who treat eating disorders require repeated, high-level training in suicide assessment and intervention to achieve competence in this area. This dynamic didactic/experiential workshop will provide the latest advances in best-practice interventions for suicidality in eating disorder clients.

Essential Nutritional Biochemistry for the Eating Disorder Practitioner

April N. Winslow, MS, RDN, CEDRD

Food is the foundational substrate of the human body and serves as the primary method of communication for emotional distress among individuals with Eating Disorders. This session will examine essential nutritional truths that enhance physiological and emotional restoration, while offering practical tools to break the dysfunctional attachment to food.

From Worst Attendants to Partners in Recovery: Empowering Parents as Agents of Change for Children and Adolescents with Eating Disorders

Lauren Muhlheim, Psy.D., CEDS and Therese Waterhous, PhD, RDN

Traditionally parents were not involved in their child’s eating disorder treatment. Recent research on Family-Based Treatment for Eating Disorders has demonstrated that parents can be a powerful support in recovery. In this workshop a therapist, a dietitian, and a parent will discuss strategies for engaging and collaborating with families.

Getting Unstuck: Treating Somatic Symptoms in Eating Disorders

Ashley Solomon, PsyD and Anne Marie O'Melia, MS, MD

Somatic symptoms in eating disorders often leave providers anxious and stuck, and can make nutritional rehabilitation and utilization of evidenced-based treatment difficult. Presenters will offer a model and treatment approach, strategies for working with medical providers and managing impact on patient milieu, and considerations of cultural and trauma-related factors.

Hit the Road ED! Innovative Applications and Considerations for the Inclusion of Music Therapy in Treatment for Eating Disorders and the Recovery Process

Danielle E. Shelton, MM, MT-BC, CEDCAT

Music Therapy fosters self expression, increases self awareness and insight, decreases anxiety levels, elevates mood, and increases motivation. This presentation offers experiential learning opportunities for clinicians, insight into current music therapy research and practices, and demonstrates why music therapy is an essential component to treatment for your facility or practice.

How to Be on Your Clients Side without Taking Their Side: Dealing with Schemas, Ambivalence, and Projection in the Treatment of Eating Disorders

Linda Paulk Buchanan, PhD

Pathological Ambivalence and its common forms will be described and strategies for resolving ambivalence to improve therapeutic outcome will be taught. Also presented will be strategies for assessing scripts and avoiding common pitfalls such as prematurely discounting client beliefs, and unknowingly participating in, or becoming the target of, the projections.

Leaning Into Emotions: A Cutting Edge Treatment for Complex Eating Disorders

Gayle Brooks, PhD and Melanie T. Smith, LMHC

This workshop examines the psychological complexity of eating disorders and explores the benefits of a cutting edge transdiagnostic treatment that emphasizes emotional exposure. Though experiential demonstration this workshop will apply concepts from David Barlow’s Unified Protocol for the Transdiagnostic Treatment of Emotional Disorders to the treatment of complex eating disorders.

Renewing Your Passion: Protection from Burn-Out and Compassion Fatigue

Mary Bellofatto, MA, LMHC, CEDS, NCC, TEP

Clinicians in the field of eating disorders know our clients are complex, and the healing journey is challenging and long. What we often forget is the impact it has on us emotionally, physically, mentally and spiritually. This workshop is for you, time to take inventory, readjust, and renew your passion!

Neurobioloigcal Approach to Art Therapy for the Treatment of Anorexia Nervosa

Eileen M. Misluk, MPS, ATR-BC, LPC, LMHC

The presentation uses current brain and hormone research to gain a deeper understanding of the neurobiological aspects of Anorexia Nervosa. With that understanding, the presenter connects the bipolar hierarchy of the Expressive Therapies Continuum to the renewed functions of the brain through the refeeding process as a treatment model.

Orthorexia Comes of Age: Past, Present and Future of the Most Controversial Eating Disorder

Steven A. Bratman, MD, MPH and Jessica Setnick, MS, RD, CEDRD and Amanda Mellowspring, MS, RD, CEDRD

Orthorexia Comes of Age: Past, Present and Future of the Most Controversial Eating Disorder

Advocating for Patients in the Current Legal and Regulatory Landscape

Lisa Kantor

This presentation will explain the fine print of Mental Health Parity Laws (including the Final Rules), and guide clinicians in addressing parity violations/insurance denials. In addition, this presentation will clarify the relationship between MHPAEA and the ACA, including how to best advocate for patients under the most recent legal updates.

Reuniting Soma & Psyche: The Body/Mind Connection in the Treatment of Eating Disorders

Anita Johnston, PhD, CEDS and Paula Scatoloni, LCSW, CEDS, SEP

Individuals with eating disorders are dissociated from their bodies, internal needs, and relational desires. This experiential presentation will demonstrate how to use metaphor and physical sensation to bring together cognitive (psyche) and somatic (body) processes to help clients identify relational needs, strengthen boundaries, and develop communication skills essential for recovery. This workshop will provide the theoretical underpinnings that support the use of right brain approaches in the treatment of eating disorders. As an experiential presentation it will demonstrate the use metaphor and sensation to bring together cognitive (psyche) and somatic (body) processes in order to help clients identify and track implicit relational needs, establish and set boundaries in an embodied way, and develop communication skills essential for recovery.

To Abstain or Not to Abstain, That Is the Question: What to Do When Eating Is Out of Control

Ralph E. Carson, RD, PhD

This presentation will focus on genetic evidence, brain imaging, neurological similarities. cross addiction, DSM-V, and animal studies to elucidate whether or not food is addictive. The emphasis will be on how to design therapeutic guidelines that will not only stop the binge eating, but also demonstrate long term relapse prevention.

Eating Disorders Through The Lens Of The Polyvagal Theory

Stephen Porges, PhD

Polyvagal Theory explains how ingestive behaviors, similar to social behaviors, regulate autonomic state. From a Polyvagal perspective ingestive behaviors may supplement or replace social behavior as a strategy to regulate state and eating disorders could be viewed as a dependence on ingestive (and not social) behaviors to regulate state.

Its Time to Talk About It: Invisible Women: Treating Eating Disorders At Midlife and Beyond

Karen Samuels, PhD, Mary Tantillo, PhD, PMHCNS-BC, FAED, Ibbits Newhall, BA and Margo Maine, PhD, FAED, CEDS

Age does not immunize women from eating disorders. More women at midlife and beyond are seeking treatment and its time we talk about it. Ibbits Newhall assumes the role of talk-show host, interviewing leading voices in the field to bring these invisible women out of the shadows.

Working Implicitly in Psychotherapy: What Decades of Neuroscience Study has Taught Me about Being a Psychotherapist

Francine Lapides, MFT

While the overwhelming bias in western psychotherapy has been taught as a top-down primarily left-brain model of conscious cognition (verbal insights, interpretations, etc.) neuroscience is increasingly inspiring us as clinicians to add more bottom-up approaches to our work (affective, experiential, & embodied) that can access early, even pre-verbal material.

Mission Impossible: Remaining Hopeful When the Case is Not

S. Roy Erlichman, PhD, CAP, CEDS, FIAEDP

Panel discussion will present cases that exemplify a variety of challenges among the ED spectrum. Causing frustration and uncertainty, they also illustrate multiple therapeutic approaches to the physical, emotional, and social parameters of this illness. Walk away with renewed confidence, resilience, and perspective to embrace the complexity of best practice.

We Have to Talk: Difficult Conversations that Further Recovery

Tabitha Limotte, MFT (Primary Presenter), Sarah Chipps, PsyD (Co-Presenter)

Difficult conversations are a necessary part of treatment. This presentation explores difficult topics that arise in the treatment of eating disorders. Through sharing stories of successes and fumbles experienced by ourselves and our colleagues, we seek to help providers tackle these awkward moments with confidence, humility and therapeutic efficacy.

Bringing Men to the Table: Reaching and Training Male Loved Ones to Support Treatment and Recovery

Pamela Carlton, MD (Primary Presenter), Joe F. Kelly, BS (Co-Presenter)

Evidence indicates that competent involvement of clients’ male loved ones (MLOs) improves outcomes and increases treatment efficiency. However, MLOs remain under-utilized or untapped natural resources for professionals. Professionals and programs will get evidence-based strategies to reduce barriers to healthy MLO involvement in treatment--including barriers unintentionally erected by professionals themselves.

Effective Aftercare for Bariatric Patients: The Importance of Nutritional and Psychological Counseling following Weight Loss Surgery

Kelly Broadwater, MA, LPA, LPC, NCC, CEDS (Primary Presenter), Chaundra Evans, RD, LDN, CEDRD (Co-Presenter)

Bariatric surgery requires comprehensive aftercare to optimize outcomes. Therapists and dietitians need to implement best practices with weight loss surgery patients in order to prevent relapse with eating disorder behaviors and other complications. Non-compliance, self-sabotage, body image, nutritional deficiencies, weight re-gain, addiction transfer, and post-operative eating disorders will be addressed.

Minding the Mind. Training the Brain: How Therapists and Dietitians Can Bring Neuroscience and Mindfulness Research in the Practice Setting.

Anita Johnston, PhD, CEDS (Primary Presenter), Pamela C. Kelle, RD, CEDRD, LDN (Co-Presenter)

There is much to gain from research on brain and mind interface. This presentation explores neuroscience research, the gut-brain axis, and how research supports the use of mindfulness/body awareness. Clear meaningful techniques will be provided to guide the therapist and dietitian in teaching clients to utilize these discoveries towards recovery.

The Therapeutic Lynchpin: Managing the Relational and Emotional World of The Eating Disordered, Self-Injurying, Traumatized Client

John Levitt, PhD (Primary Presenter)

The emotional world of the eating disordered, traumatized client poses particular challenges to professionals. This challenge is experienced directly through the therapeutic relationship. This workshop presents a model of treatment that provides a guide for organizing the therapeutic relationship which assists the client to manage difficult emotional experiences.