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Not just a Girl’s Disease: Treating Boys with Eating Disorders from a Psychological and Dietary Perspective

April 3, 2018 @ 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm

Not just a Girl’s Disease:  Treating Boys with Eating Disorders from a Psychological and Dietary Perspective
Dena Cabrera, Psy.D., CEDS & Jill Sechi, MS,  RDN, CEDRD-S, LD

Sponsored by Rosewood Ranch


Working with children and teens pose challenging problems for professionals given the wide range of disordered eating presentations and co-morbid disorders. Studies, research, trainings, and material are primarily female focused.  However, boys do get eating disorders and have different clinical and nutritional needs.  This workshop will address issues related to presentation, assessments, clinical and nutritional management and interventions specific to working with adolescent boys.   Topics will include prevalence of diagnosis, obstacles to treatment, socio-cultural influences, peer relationships, nutrition management, body image issues, developmental issues, and family components such as father hunger issues as it relates to working with males.  Use will be made of clinical examples, as well as group discussion and participation.

Learning Objectives: 

At the end of this presentation participants will be able to:

  1. Identify three differences treating boys with eating disorders compared to girls.
  2. Identify three medical / nutritional management issues specific to working with boys with eating disorders.
  3. Describe three interventions specifically designed to meet the needs of boys who suffer from anorexia, bulimia, and binge eating disorder and co-morbid issues.

About Dena Cabrera, PsyD. CEDS:

Dr. Cabrera is the Executive Clinical Director at Rosewood Centers for Eating Disorders where she oversees the clinical aspects of patient care, program development, staff training, and supervision throughout the Rosewood system.  Dr. Cabrera has spent her entire career passionate about working with those with eating disorders.  She has personally treated hundreds of individuals with eating and body image issues. Dr. Cabrera is a well-known specialist, speaker and author in the field.  She is the author of The Mom in the Mirror: Body Image, Beauty and Life After Pregnancy.  Dr. Cabrera is currently serving as the President-Elect of iaedp and is committed to the quality of training and treatment in the field of eating disorders.

About Jill Sechi, MS, RDN, CEDRD-S, LD:

Jill has been extensively trained in wellness coaching and has been a Registered and Licensed Dietitian since 1996.  She is the only dietitian in Houston who is board certified as an Eating Disorders Specialist  Dietitian (CEDRD), and currently supervises other CEDRD candidates. She obtained a Bachelor of Science degree in nutritional science from Texas A&M University. She also obtained a Master of Science degree in nutrition and food management from The University of Central Oklahoma.

Jill has gained experience in most areas of Medical Nutrition Therapy and has worked at various hospitals as a clinical dietitian. Her primary focus the last decade has been disordered eating, eating disorders, and weight concerns. For 5 years, she worked at The Methodist Hospital’s Weight Management Center facilitating groups and providing individual nutrition therapy. Additionally, Jill works with eating disorder clients providing nutrition therapy through her private practice and run 2 binge eating groups as well as an anorexia and bulima online group covering the 8 keys with Meredith Riddick, LPC, CEDS-S through A Collaborative Approach.  She has also worked with Houston Eating Disorders Center, now ERC – Houston, providing medical nutrition therapy for the Partial Hospitalization Program (PHP) and Intensive Outpatient Program (IOP) clients.

Location: Seasons 52 at 842 West Sam Houston Pkwy, Houston, TX 77024



April 3, 2018
6:30 pm - 8:00 pm