SESSION 1: The Decision Tree: Understanding the Complexities of Treating Patients with Eating Disorders

In this presentation, Dr. Ebrahimi, will provide an overview of the various aspects of the diagnosis and treatment process. This will include a discussion of the criteria for decision making regarding medical and psychiatric hospitalizations, residential, partial hospital, intensive outpatient and outpatient services as well as clinical cases. Learning Objectives Identify the decision making process…

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SESSION 1: Advancements in the Treatment and Prevention of Anorexia Nervosa: An Integrative Approach

This workshop will show new research illustration the benefits of nutritional supplementation such as zinc and essential fatty acids to enhance treatment outcomes and support relapse prevention. Learning Objectives: Identify three pharmacological interventions in the treatment of anorexia nervosa Describe how deficiencies in zinc and omega-3 fatty acids influence the development of eating disorders Utilize…

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SESSION 1: Exposure and Response Prevention in Eating Disorder Treatment: Using In Vivo and Imaginal Techniques to Cultivate Safety in the Midst of Fear

Exposure and Response prevention is predicated upon learning through experience that feared consequences do not occur, and developing new non-fear associations. Dr. Kim will present techniques for using in vivo and imaginal exposures in eating disorder treatment to help patients habituate to feared situations in the safety of planned and structured exposures. Learning Objectives Identify…

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SESSION 2: Body Language: The Roles of Exercise and Movement in Eating Disorder Development and Treatment

Exercise and movement recommendations for individuals working on eating disorder recovery are a controversial topic. Is exercise beneficial, or is it a symptom? This presentation will explore the research around exercise and its role in eating disorder development and symptomology, and discuss current movement-based treatment theories in eating disorder recovery. Learning Objectives: To understand the…

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SESSION 2: The Power of Connection: Social Media and Its Impact on Neurobiology in the Adolescent Brain

With a focus on the power of connectivity, this presentation will discuss the impact of technology and social media on adolescent neurobiological development. Attendees will leave with practical suggestions for better understanding technology use in their lives and in their practices. Learning Objectives: Following this presentation, participants will be able to identify, understand, and accurately…

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SESSION 2: Intrapersonal Conflict Resolution: A New Approach in the Treatment of Binge Eating Disorder

Binge eating is a defiant attempt to reclaim autonomy in response to a perceived social pressure to diet. This workshop presents a groundbreaking approach that combines autonomy support and cognitive-behavioral techniques to resolve the conflict between independence and belonging and promote a true sense of autonomous control over food choices. Learning Objectives: Understand how the…

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SESSION 2: Navigating the Road to Recovery: Ethical Issues in the Treatment of Eating Disorders

This presentation will explore the ethical issues the clinician faces in treating eating disorder patients. You will walk away with a better understanding of how to navigate these issues in order to provide the best care for your patients. Learning Objects: Identify relevant ethical principals involved in the treatment of individuals with eating disorders Describe…

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SESSION 2: Targeting Avoidance in Eating Disorders: The Use of Exposure and Behavioral Activation Interventions in a Residential Treatment Program

Although eating disorders (ED) often co-occur with a range of psychiatric disorders, evidence suggests that anxiety and mood disorders are the most common comorbid diagnoses with EDs.  This may be in part due to shared etiological and maintaining mechanisms, including cognitive, emotional, and behavioral avoidance.  Two cognitive behavioral techniques that specifically address avoidance in anxiety…

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SESSION 3: A Heavy Price: The Effect of Subtle Weight Stigma on Our ED Field, Our ED Clients, and ourselves AND What to Do About It

This presentation uses images, anecdotes, and video to highlight the prevalence of subtle, and not so subtle, weight stigma in everyday interactions and even in ED treatment settings. Relevant research on weight stigma, and its consequences and solutions will be presented, especially as related to the “fight against obesity.” Learning Objectives: Identify subtle weight stigma…

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SESSION 3: Radically Open Dialectical Behavior Therapy (RO-DBT): New Applications for the Treatment of Eating Disorders

Radically Open DBT is a treatment approach rooted in neruoscience of emotional expression and social connectedness that has shown strong promise for the treatment of anorexia nervosa. Participants will learn basic familiarity of physiological underpinnings of pathology which will help providers execute treatment in a more effective and non-judgmental way. Learning Objects: Learn differences between…

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SESSION 3: What Comes After Blending Family Based Treatment and Dialectical Behavior Therapy?

This interactive and didactic presentation will explore how DBT and FBT were blended to support weight restoration and stage II DBT was implemented to target high expressed emotions and other secondary targets of DBT. The pros and cons of blending two evidence based treatment approaches will also be assessed with the use of clinical examples.…

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SESSION 3: African-American Women on Predominantly White College Campuses: In the Shadows of Eating Disorders

This workshop focuses on the unique experiences of African-American women on predominantly White college campuses (PWC), that contribute to eating disorder vulnerability and body image conflicts in this population that remains marginalized in the eating disorders literature. Recommendations for effective and culturally sensitive care, assessment and diagnoses are offered. Learning Objectives: Workshop participants will compare…

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SESSION 3: Absolutely Essential: Developing an Evidence-Based Therapeutic Alliance with the Complex Eating Disordered Client

This workshop reviews the evidence-based elements found to be essential for developing an effective therapeutic alliance. This is illustrated through a self-regulation model of relationship development that provides a guide for organizing an effective therapeutic relationship and empowering clients. Case examples will be provided to illustrate the practical development of evidence-based elements of the alliance.…

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