Understanding Binge Eating Disorder and the 12-Step Model Of Recovery

Date: 06/03/2014, 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm
Maggiano's Restaurant (click venue name for map)

Understanding Binge Eating Disorder and the 12-Step Model of Recovery
Presenter: Kimberly Dennis, MD
CEO & Medical Director of
Timberline Knolls Residential Treatment Center

“It is exquisitely healthy to practice gratitude and acceptance of where we are at any given moment on the journey. Real and lasting change comes from the experience of awareness, acceptance and then action.”

Dr. Kim Dennis is a board-certified psychiatrist who specializes in eating disorder treatment, addictions recovery, trauma / PTSD and co-occurring disorders. As CEO & Medical Director at Timberline Knolls Residential Treatment Center, she supervises the medical staff and sets the overall vision and direction for the treatment program. Dr. Dennis maintains a holistic perspective in the practice of psychiatry. She incorporates biological, psycho-social and spiritual approaches into the individually tailored treatment plan for each resident.

Dr. Dennis is published in the areas of gender differences in the development of psychopathology, co-occurring eating disorders and self-injury, and the use of medication with family-based therapy for adolescents with anorexia nervosa. She is also on the editorial board of Eating Disorders: the Journal of Treatment and Prevention. Dr. Dennis contributes regularly to news networks, such as ABC News and CNN, other national press such as the Huffington Post, Chicago Tribune, Boston Globe and WebMD, and professional magazines such as Addiction Professional and Behavioral Healthcare. She contributes a monthly column to Daily Strength. She has been featured on the Dr. Phil Show, TLC Discovery Channel’s “My Strange Addiction” and ABC’s “20/20.” In 2011, she was featured in NORMAL in Schools’ DVD “ED 101” and in the documentary “America the Beautiful 2: The Thin Commandments.”

Dr. Dennis received her undergraduate degree from the University of Chicago. She obtained her medical degree from the University Of Chicago Pritzker School Of Medicine and completed her psychiatry residency training at the University of Chicago Hospitals, where she served as chief resident. During her training, she was part of the multi-disciplinary eating disorders team specializing in treating adolescents with anorexia nervosa and bulimia nervosa and their families. She also conducted research with Daniel Le Grange who directed the unit.

 Learning objectives:

Following the presentation, participants will be able to:

  1. Understand Binge Eating Disorder and the neurological similarities and differences to other addictions.
  2. Explain what the 12 Steps of Recovery are and are not, and how they incorporate common eating disorder recovery strategies such as CBT.
  3. Utilize tangible ways the 12-steps can support clients and help their patients/clients connect to those resources.

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