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HEDS 2013 Conference: The Journey of Hope

February 23, 2013 @ 8:00 am - 4:30 pm

Eating disorders can lead to feelings of hopelessness, but recovery is possible. Join us for a day of education and hope building as we explore the latest advances in eating disorders care with local and national experts. This conference will benefit anyone wanting more information about these treatable illnesses, including students, professionals, and those affected by eating disorders. Seating is limited. Early registration is recommended. Breakfast, lunch, and snack provided with CEU’s available for counselors, psychologists, social workers, and dietitians.

Time Description
8:00 – 8:30 Registration and Breakfast
8:30 – 8:45 Welcome and Conference Orientation – Jana Rosenbaum, LCSW and Theresa Fassihi, PhD, CEDS
8:45 – 10:00 Keynote Session:
New Developments in the Understanding and Treatment of Eating Disorders – Craig Johnson, PhD, FAED, CEDS (1.0 CEU)

Dr. Craig Johnson is a leading mind in the research, development and implementation of eating disorders treatment.This presentation will explore the latest developments in the eating disorders evidence base, including cutting-edge interventions addressing anorexia nervosa, bulimia nervosa and binge eating disorder, and strategies for applying emerging therapeutic techniques in an outpatient treatment setting.

Participants will gain an understanding of the eating disorders evidence base, including bio-psycho-social elements, predisposing factors and co-morbid disorders; precipitating factors and perpetuating factors associated with the development and maintenance of eating disorders; research supporting evidence-based interventions, including Family-Based Treatment (FBT), Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) and Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT); and practical applications of these interventions in the outpatient treatment environment.

10:00 – 10:15 Break/ Sponsor Booths
10:15 – 11:15 Breakout Session 1
Room A Hope and Empowerment for Families and Friends: Helping the loved ones of individuals with eating disorders know what to do and say for support in the recovery process – Meredith Cook, LPC (1.0 CEU)

Meredith Cook, LPC, is a counselor in private practice in the Galleria area of Houston and specializes in eating disorders.Eating disorders are complex and often difficult to understand for family members and close friends.Participants will learn practical strategies for supporting a loved one with an eating disorder such as setting appropriate boundaries, understanding the importance of empathy and validation and providing a nonjudgmental atmosphere for the healthy expression of emotions.Room B Follow The Yellow Brick Road: The Spiritual Path to Hope – Laura Laine, MEd, RD, LD (1.0 CEU for RDs)

Laura Laine, MEd, RD, LD, Spiritual Director, is the owner of Sophia Grace Center for Nutrition, Health, and Spirituality located in Sugar Land and has been a registered dietician for over 30 years.

Spirituality is an important element in the eating disorder recovery process. Fairy tales are humble helpers, enhancing the process of deepening self-awareness. Using the Wizard of Oz as a backdrop, this presentation will cover the spiritual journey of hope, importance of telling one’s story, and use of imagination, dreams, and metaphor in spiritual direction in the treatment of eating disorders.

Room C The Brain, Eating Disorders and You: Neuroscience 101 for clinical practice – Carolyn Costin, MEd, LMFT, CEDS (1.0 CEU)

Carolyn Costin, MEd, LMFT, CEDS is the Founder and Executive Director of Monte Nido and Affiliates, internationally renowned author and presenter, has been treating eating disorders since 1978.

This presentation will convey complex ideas in an entertaining way and provide clinicians with specific protocols and practices for using the science to help facilitate change in the treatment of eating disorders. Information derived from the most relevant research currently available, regarding neuroscience, including brain scans and fMRI studies, will be broken down into interesting and easily understandable concepts.

11:30 – 12:30 Lunch and Panel Discussion: Shern-Min Chow, KHOU 11 News, will lead a panel discussion entitled “Stories of Hope.” Four individuals who have experienced various eating disorders first-hand will share their own powerful and courageous stories of their journey to recovery.
12:45 – 1:45 Breakout Session 2 Room A Creative Ideas to Engage Clients in Various Perspectives of Body Image – Debbie Grammas, PhD and Chris Webb, CPRP, MT-BC (1.0 CEU)

Debbie Grammas is a licensed clinical psychologist in private practice in Houston and Clear Lake, specializing in eating disorders and body image. Chris Webb is a Rehabilitation Practitioner/Music Therapist who specializes in eating disorders and body image, and works at Menninger Clinic in Houston.

Many things play into how body image is developed in Western Society, and researchers since the 1990’s have considered variables such as age, gender, culture, sexual orientation, and many others in the development of what creates a negative body image. Prior to the 1990’s, research had been focused on the neurological approach, but the new research looks at a more multidisciplinary perspective. Body image and eating disorders are correlated. This presentation will show a greater understanding of this basic idea and the way it impacts human behavior and development.

Room B Updates in Refeeding Practices for Adolescents with Anorexia in the Inpatient Setting – Ovidio Bermudez, MD, FAAP, FSAHM, FAED, CEDS (1.0 CEU)

Ovidio Bermudez, MD, is the Chief Medical Officer and Medical Director of Child and Adolescent Services at Eating Recovery Center in Denver, Colorado. He holds academic appointments as Clinical Professor of Psychiatry and Pediatrics at the University of Oklahoma College of Medicine. He is Board certified in Pediatrics and Adolescent Medicine and has lectured nationally and internationally on eating disorders.

This presentation will review the research and clinical aspects of refeeding practices for adolescents with anorexia. The effects of malnutrition on developing brains will be addressed, as will weight restoration, discussion of metabolism, and refeeding options, including refeeding safety practices, adaptations, complications and refeeding syndrome, and practical suggestions for implementing refeeding in treatment with the eating disorder patient population.

Room C Eating Disorders in The Age of Anti-Aging: Implications for Treatment and Hope for Recovery in Women Midlife and Beyond – Deborah Michel, PhD, CEDS and Kathy Veath, RD, LD, BSN (1.0 CEU)

Deborah Michel, PhD, CEDS, is a clinical psychologist and Director of The Woodlands Eating Disorders Center in The Woodlands, Texas. Kathy Veath, RD, LD, BSN, is a registered dietitian and Director of Nutrition Services at The Woodlands Eating Disorders Center.

In recent years, there has been a surge of females in midlife and beyond who present for treatment of an eating disorder. The aim of this presentation is to examine age-related factors which contribute to the development and/or maintenance of eating disorders and body image disturbances in adult females during these stages of life. Specifically, the impact of sociocultural influences emphasizing youthful appearance and perfection will be examined including societal messages as well as pressures to conform to these standards in the midst of naturally occurring physiological changes during these years.

1:45 – 2:00 Break/ Sponsor Booths
2:00 – 3:00 Breakout Session 3

Room A Medications for Eating Disorders: A Reason for Hope? – Aaron Fink, MD (1.0 CEU)

Aaron H. Fink, M.D. is a board certified child, adolescent and adult psychiatrist in private practice in Houston, with extensive experience with athletes, people with ADHD and eating disorders.Medications can play an important, but limited role in the treatment of eating disorders. While no medications have been FDA approved to treat anorexia nervosa, and only Fluoxetine has been approved for the treatment of bulimia nervosa, there is good clinical research and experience to guide the judicious use of other medications in these disorders. Psychological issues will also be addressed.

Room B Supporting Recovery with Nutritional Rehabilitation: Utilizing an Interdisciplinary Approach – Brandi Powell, MS, RD, LD and Jill Sechi, MS, RD, LD (1.0 CEU for RDs)Brandi Powell is a Registered Dietitian in private practice in Houston, and works at the Houston Eating Disorders Center. She specializes in eating disorders. Jill Sechi is a Registered Dietitian in private practice in the Houston and Katy areas. She also works with the Houston Eating Disorders Center. She specializes in eating disorders and medical nutrition therapy.

Normalizing one’s eating is an important step in recovery from an eating disorder, but can prove daunting. It requires a solid foundation of nutrition education as well as a way to process feelings about eating and food. Support, collaboration, and coordination between the client and the entire treatment team are essential during this phase of recovery.

Room C What is Mentalizing and Why Eating Disorders Patients Should Do It: How Mentalizing Based Treatment Can Strengthen Recovery from Eating Disorders – Theresa Fassihi, PhD, CEDS and Heather Murphy, MA (1.0 CEU)

Dr. Fassihi, Founder and Executive Director of Houston Eating Disorders Center, is a licensed clinical psychologist with extensive experience in treating eating disorders in in-patient and out-patient settings. Heather Murphy, LPC Intern, is a primary therapist at the Houston Eating Disorders Center and specializes in eating disorders.

Mentalizing, a concept based in psychodynamic theory, is a skill that naturally develops in early attachment relationships, but can be impeded due to problems during these early stages. However, research has demonstrated that these skills can be strengthened within a supportive, therapeutic environment. This presentation will both describe and demonstrate how mentalizing works in our program.

3:00 – 3:30 Snack Break and Sponsor Tables
3:30 – 4:30 Breakout Session 4

Room A Daddy’s Little Girl: Dads, Daughters & Disorders – Keesha Broome, LMFT, Mike Polan, Father, & Don Blackwell, Father (1.0 CEU)Keesha Broome is a licensed marriage and family therapist specializing in the treatment of eating disorders. She is the Assistant Clinical Director of the Monte Nido Treatment Center in California and also sees clients in an outpatient setting. Mike Polan and Don Blackwell are fathers of children in recovery who share their experiences to help other fathers through their own process.

With increasing knowledge about the family’s role in treatment, there is little information about the role of fathers. In this workshop, a clinician and a two fathers together provide practical guidelines for involving fathers in treatment and teaching them how to support their own daughters in the recovery process. Having recovered from her own eating disorder, the main presenter gives the unique perspective of her father in her treatment. The second presenters will share their struggles to support their own daughter in recovery. Strategies for communication, connection, support and education will be discussed.

Room B It’s Not About Food or Weight: Combining Traditional and Non-traditional/Eclectic Approaches for the Treatment of Eating Disorders – Caryn Honig, MEd, RD, LD and Amy Waldner, LCSW (1.0 CEU)

Caryn Honig, MEd RD LD, is a Houston-area dietitian in private practice and has specialized in the treatment of eating disorders for over 15 years. Amy Waldner is a licensed clinical social worker in private practice in Houston and specializes in addiction, codependency, depression, eating disorders, family of origin issues, relationship issues, and substance abuse.

There are many ways professionals can work to help patients reach recovery and nutritional goals. Jointly led by a psychotherapist and nutritionist, this presentation will explore using an eclectic approach to treatment by combining many aspects of different approaches and by using both traditional and non-traditional activities. Professionals will learn how the patient’s expressions in experiential activities, whether it is in writing, painting, eating, drawing, or body movement, can be integrated into the recovery process.

Room C From Disordered to Recovered: Taking a Client Through 8 Keys to Recovery – Carolyn Costin, MEd, LMFT, CEDS (1.0 CEU)

Carolyn Costin is the Founder and Executive Director of Monte Nido and Affiliates, an internationally renowned author and presenter, and has been treating eating disorders since 1978.

Carolyn Costin’s book “8 Keys to Recovery from an Eating Disorder” is being widely used by clients, parents and therapists. In this presentation the techniques and strategies discussed in the book are presented using an actual case study. The presenter will provide useful strategies through video excerpts of sessions on how to help a client make the journey from “disordered to recovered.” Participants will gain knowledge and skills for using the 8 Keys to Recovery as well as ideas for helping clients explore not just what they are recovering from, but what they are recovering to.



February 23, 2013
8:00 am - 4:30 pm
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