Waltham Patch
August 2015

Walden Center for Education and Research is planning hold its third annual day-long conference, “Advances in the Treatment of Eating Disorders: Integrating Research with Clinical Practice” at Bentley College, according to an announcement.

The conference takes place on Thursday, Oct. 29, in the LaCava Center from 8 a.m. to 4:45 p.m.

After opening remarks, Amy Banks, M.D., creator of the C.A.R.E. Program, opens the conference with “Four Ways to Click: Rewire Your Brain for Stronger, More Rewarding Relationships.” Her presentation will be based on the book of the same title that she co-wrote, which she describes as “an easy to use, practical guide that helps clinicians and laypeople assess the quality of their relationships and strengthen their neural pathways for connection.”

James M. Greenblatt, M.D., chief medical officer at Walden Behavioral Care, then presents, “Overcoming Roadblocks to Change: Integrative Strategies for Hope and Recovery, said an announcement.

The author of three books, including “Answers to Appetite Control,” his presentation will “explore the complex interactions between genetics, epigenetics and dietary choices, and how it affects neurotransmitter synthesis.” He will explain how nutritional supplements can support lasting recovery.

John J. Ratey, M.D. will present, “Exercise as a Tool, or Not, For Eating Disorders,” at 1:30 p.m. He will discuss the effect of exercise on the brain, and will examine interventions in populations with eating disorders and how exercise may improve a range of outcomes in patients with eating disorders. He will discuss how to incorporate exercise into treatment in a healthy way and when exercise many not be healthful.

Dr. Ratey is an associate clinical professor of psychiatry at Harvard Medical School, an internationally recognized expert in neuropsychiatry and the author of eight books.

Bessel van der Kolk, M.D. will close the conference with, “The Body Keeps the Score,” beginning at 3:15 p.m., a presentation based on his New York Times best-selling book, The Body Keeps the Score: Brain, Mind and Body in the Healing of Trauma. Having served as medical director of The Trauma Center in Boston for the past 30 years, Dr. Kolk is a professor of psychiatry at Boston University Medical School and serves as director of the National Center for Child Traumatic Stress Complex Trauma Network.

Registration will take place from 8 to 8:45 a.m. Breakfast and lunch will be served.

The cost to attend the conference is $100, plus $30 for those seeking continuing education credits (CEUs), including dietitians, marriage and family therapists, licensed mental health counselors (LMHC), licensed professional counselors (LPCs), nurses, psychologists and social workers.

Those who wish to attend can register online or by contacting Kristin Brawn at KBrawn@waldenbehavioralcare.com.