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A Brave New Ending: August 1st, 2017 HEDS Luncheon

August 1, 2017 @ 12:00 pm - 1:30 pm

Title: A Brave New Ending

Description: Embracing Cultural, Ethnic, Racial, and Religious Diversity in Eating Disorder Treatment


-To be aware of the prevalence of eating disorders across cultural, ethnic, racial, and religious groups.

-To become familiar with core issues of eating disorders in people of various cultural, ethnic, racial, and religious groups.

-To be able to identify risk and protective factors in diverse populations

-To explore how transference and countertransference may be impacted by cultural, ethnic, racial, or religious differences or perceived differences

-To develop strategies for working with individuals from diverse populations

Presented by Allison Marek, LCSW, CDWF

Program Director at Center for Discovery Houston

Allison Marek, LCSW, CDWF has served individuals with eating disorders, mood disorders, anxiety disorders, psychotic disorders, substance abuse issues, and histories of trauma within private practice, intensive outpatient, partial hospitalization, and residential treatment settings.  Allison earned her Bachelor of the Arts degree in Psychology with a minor in Human Development and Family Studies at the University of Houston. During her undergraduate studies, she studied health psychology at the University of Cape Town, South Africa.  She returned to UH to earn her Master of Social Work degree. At UH’s Graduate College of Social Work, she concentrated on trauma-focused clinical practice and studied shame resilience with Brené Brown, PhD, LMSW.  Allison is certified in Dr. Brown’s Daring Way™ method and has facilitated the Daring Way™ with adolescent, young adult, adult, and geriatric populations.

Allison has extensive training and experience in Equine Assisted Psychotherapy and is trained in Trauma Focused Equine Assisted Psychotherapy (TF-EAP™).  She has also completed training in EMDR, an evidence-based trauma treatment, provided by the EMDR International Association (EMDRIA).  Regardless of the treatment modality or setting, compassion is at the heart of Allison’s work with clients and their families.

Allison was awarded Center for Discovery’s Employee of the Year Award in 2016.  Allison serves on the board of the Diabulimia Helpline, a nonprofit organization serving individuals with co-occurring type 1 diabetes and eating disorders.  Allison is a member of Houston Eating Disorders Specialists, Houston Group Psychotherapy Society, and the National Association for Social Workers.

Where: Benjy’s at 5922 Upper Washington Avenue Houston, TX 77007
When: August 1st from 12:00-1:30 pm.


August 1, 2017
12:00 pm - 1:30 pm