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Treating the “Modern Family”: Promoting Recovery with an Expanded Circle of Support

February 2, 2016 @ 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm

remuda ranch

Treating the “Modern Family”: Promoting Recovery with an Expanded Circle of Support

Presented by Jessica Setnick, MS, RD, CEDRD of Remuda Ranch

Because eating disorders often thrive in isolation, recovery can be facilitated by attachment and connection. Yet in many cases, those surrounding the individual in recovery have their own wounds, both related and unrelated to the disease, and also deserve the support and resources needed to heal. For many of our patients, “family of origin” or “nuclear family” are unfamiliar concepts that have been replaced by “families of choice” that may include romantic partners, roommates, step-families, foster parents, co-workers,  sponsors, peers, coaches, and others. In this presentation, Jessica will demonstrate the rationale for including the “Modern Family” in every stage of treatment to improve outcomes. She will offer strategies for how to engage the key players in each patient’s larger community and how to enlist them in supporting recovery, even when they are not physically present, and how we as professionals can overcome our own resistance to broaden our scope of treatment.


After this presentation, attendees will be able to:

  1. Adapt treatment models that were developed for use with a nuclear family to the current reality of co-habitants, adult children, step-families, siblings, co-workers, etc.
  2. Address the fears of conflict that motivate us as professionals to resist reaching out to families, and describe how our courage in the face of potential rejection can role-model recovery for our patients.
  3. Describe strategies for working with absent players and improving relationships with individuals who are not physically present.

Jessica Setnick, MS, RD, CEDRD, envisions a world where no one is ashamed to talk about their eating issues. She started her career helping launch the Eating Disorder Program at Children’s Medical Center, and then spent 13 years in private practice in Dallas. During that time she shared the methods she developed to help individuals with eating disorders at conferences worldwide and through The Eating Disorders Clinical Pocket Guide, The American Dietetic Association Pocket Guide to Eating Disorders, and Eating Disorders Boot Camp. In 2011, Jessica co-founded IFEDD, the International Federation of Eating Disorder Dietitians, to provide a voice for dietitians in the field and to provide better access to nutrition counseling for individuals with eating disorders. In 2013, she closed her private practice and began speaking and writing full-time to fulfill her mission of educating health professionals about our current understanding of eating disorders and how best to help those suffering. She obtained the CEDRD credential and is a CEDRD supervisor, and continues to write and publish research on the role of nutrition counseling in eating disorder treatment. In 2014, Jessica joined Remuda Ranch Eating Disorder Treatment Center in Wickenburg, Arizona, as a Senior Fellow. It is through the generous support of Remuda Ranch that Jessica joins the Houston Eating Disorder Specialists at our February event.

Jessica Setnick, MS, RD, CEDRD

Senior Fellow, Remuda Ranch

[email protected]

Location: Maggiano’s 2019 Post Oak Blvd
Time: 6:30-8:00pm


February 2, 2016
6:30 pm - 8:00 pm
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