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Spring Speaker Series: Innovative Eating Disorder Education

Join us for anexciting lineup of continuing education events for professionals this spring! We will be offering presentations throughout MA and CT.

CEs will be available for Social Workers, LMHCs, LMFTs (in select locations), LPCs, Psychologists and Nurses. Dietitians will receive a certificate of attendance. Please note that CEs are pending for certain presentations.

For more information on CEs through Commonwealth Seminars, please click here.

Solving Picky Eating: How Family – Based Treatment Can Transform Your Client’s Eating Habits

Friday, April 6, 2018: Networking: 11:00 – 11:30 p.m. Presentation: 11:30 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.
Location: Peabody, Mass–2 Corporation Way
Presenter(s): Amanda Smith, LICSW, Assistant Program Director – Peabody Clinic
Description: This presentation will discuss the relatively new eating disorder diagnosis, ARFID (Avoidant-Restrictive Food Intake Disorder) and how it differs from normal latency picky eating tendencies. Strategies adopted from Family-Based Treatment for eating disorders will be introduced as a helpful intervention. Attendees will also learn ways with which they can support and encourage a healthy relationship with food for their child/adolescent.

Borderline Personality Disorder and Eating Disorders

Friday, April 13, 2018; Networking: 11:00 – 11:30 p.m. Presentation: 11:30 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.
Location: Braintree, Mass – 150 Grossman Dr. Suite 404
Presenter: Becky Bernat, LICSW, Program Director – Residential Programs, Waltham
Description:Borderline Personality Disorder (BPD) is a cluster – B personality disorder, the essential feature of which is a pattern of marked impulsivity and instability of affect, interpersonal relationships and self-image. The pattern is present by early adulthood and occurs across a variety of situations and contexts. Frequently, patients presenting with an eating disorder can also present with a co-morbid diagnosis of BPD, resulting from a variety of differing circumstances. This presentation will discuss the conjunction between these two diagnoses and the best practices for treating this population.

A Multi-Disciplinary Approach to Eating Disorder Treatment

Thursday, April 19, 2018; Networking: 11:00 – 11:30 p.m. Presentation: 11:30 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.
Location: Amherst, Mass – 100 University Dr.
Presenter: Joanna Imse, LICSW, Assistant Program Director – Amherst Clinic
Description:This presentation will focus on the varying disciplines that are involved in the treatment of eating disorders. A panel of eating disorder specialists including adult and adolescent clinicians, a dietitian and a medical prescriber will each inform attendees of their role within the treatment team and how they collaborate with other members of the treatment team both within Walden Behavioral Care and with external outpatient providers. Following this brief presentation, we will open up discussion for members of the audience to consult with our specialists regarding specific cases within their own practices.

Solving Picky Eating: How Family – Based Treatment Can Transform Your Client’s Eating Habits

Wednesday, April 25, 2018; Networking: 11:00 – 11:30 p.m. Presentation: 11:30 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.
Location: Milford, Mass – 229 E. Main St. Suite 201
Presenter: Amanda Smith, LICSW, Assistant Program Director – Peabody Clinic
Description:This presentation will discuss the relatively new eating disorder diagnosis, ARFID (Avoidant-Restrictive Food Intake Disorder) and how it differs from normal latency picky eating tendencies. Strategies adopted from Family-Based Treatment for eating disorders will be introduced as a helpful intervention. Attendees will also learn ways with which they can support and encourage a healthy relationship with food for their child/adolescent.

Psychological and Nutrition Counseling for Binge Eating Disorder: Clinical Perspectives

Friday, April 27, 2018; Networking: 11:30 – 12:00 p.m. Presentation: 12 p.m. – 1:30 p.m.
Location: Waltham, Mass – 69 Hickory Dr. Suite 2000
Presenter: Kate Craigen, Ph.D., Clinical Director, Binge Eating and Bariatric Support Services and Katie Gustamacchio, RD, LDN, Clinical Dietitian – Waltham Clinic
Description: Since its inclusion in the most recent version of the psychiatric diagnostic manual (DSM-5), Binge Eating Disorder (BED) has emerged as the most prevalent of the eating disorder diagnoses. Therapeutic and dietetic management of binge eating disorder has similarities and differences to the treatment of other eating disorder diagnoses. Although there is strong research for the therapeutic interventions there is limited research on best practices for the nutritional interventions with this population. We review the clinical considerations that are important in the therapeutic and dietetic management of BED. While we recommend collaborative care across disciplines, it’s not unusual for patients to have only one outpatient provider managing their eating disorder. This presentation aims to provide education essential for anyone working with this population.

Psychological and Medical Considerations of Eating Disorders: Symptoms, Diagnosis and Treatment

Friday, May 4, 2018; Networking: 11:00 – 11:30 p.m. Presentation: 11:30 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.
Location: Hyannis, Mass – Fairfeld Inn & Suites by Marriot 867 Iyannough Rd.
Presenter: Rachel Drummey, NP, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner – Braintree and Hyannis Clinics
Description: Eating disorders are psychologically complicated illnesses. While most understand the devastating effects that these conditions can have on the brain and psyche, many are unaware of the myriad of medical consequences experienced by those living with eating disorders. Individuals may exhibit a wide array of behavioral and physical symptoms which will be important in the diagnosis, monitoring and treatment of these conditions. This presentation will focus on evidence-based interventions and medications that have been proven effective with this population and discuss the importance of treating both the medical and psychological components of this disorder concurrently.

Solving Picky Eating: How Family – Based Treatment Can Transform Your Client’s Eating Habits

Thursday, May 10, 2018; Networking: 11:00 – 11:30 p.m. Presentation: 11:30 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.
Location: Amherst, Mass – 100 University Dr.
Presenter: Amanda Smith, LICSW, Assistant Program Director – Peabody Clinic
Description: This presentation will discuss the relatively new eating disorder diagnosis, ARFID (Avoidant-Restrictive Food Intake Disorder) and how it differs from normal latency picky eating tendencies. Strategies adopted from Family-Based Treatment for eating disorders will be introduced as a helpful intervention. Attendees will also learn ways with which they can support and encourage a healthy relationship with food for their child/adolescent.

Substance Use Disorders and Eating Disorders

Friday, May 11, 2018; Networking: 11:00 – 11:30 p.m. Presentation: 11:30 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.
Location: Peabody, Mass – 2 Corporation Way, Suite 260
Presenter: Becky Bernat, LICSW, Program Director – Residential Programs, Waltham
Description: Substance Use Disorders (SUDs) and Eating Disorders occur together frequently. Commonalities include impulsivity and use of poor coping skills which lend to difficulty in reaching the core function of the addiction and behaviors that come from both disorders. Recommendations for treatment of patients with a SUD and eating disorder and the importance of provider collaboration throughout care will be presented.

Solving Picky Eating: How Family – Based Treatment Can Transform Your Client’s Eating Habits

Friday, May 18, 2018; Networking: 11:00 – 11:30 p.m. Presentation: 11:30 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.
Location: Braintree, Mass – 150 Grossman Dr. Suite 404
Presenter: Amanda Smith, LICSW, Assistant Program Director – Peabody Clinic
Description: This presentation will discuss the relatively new eating disorder diagnosis, ARFID (Avoidant-Restrictive Food Intake Disorder) and how it differs from normal latency picky eating tendencies. Strategies adopted from Family-Based Treatment for eating disorders will be introduced as a helpful intervention. Attendees will also learn ways with which they can support and encourage a healthy relationship with food for their child/adolescent.

Trauma and Eating Disorders: Accelerated Resolution Therapy and other Trauma – Informed Interventions

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Thursday, May 24, 2018; 11:30 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.
Location: South Windsor, CT – 2600 Tamarack Ave. Suite 203
Presenters: Rebekah Bardwell Doweyko, LPC, CEDS, AVP, Clinical Operations – CT Region and Brooke Lombardo, LMSW, Clinician – Guilford Clinic
Description: What we now know about co-occurring trauma and eating disorders is that it is most effective to treat both concurrently. For those in short-term treatment for these conditions, it can be difficult to delve into intense trauma work while also focusing on treatment for their life-threatening eating disorder. Accelerated Resolution Therapy (ART) is being used at Walden for those in short-term treatment as it has been proven to achieve benefits much quicker than traditional trauma therapies. This presentation will discuss how to use ART within the constructs of short-term eating disorder treatment and how to complement this intervention with the use of other Trauma-informed therapies.

Solving Picky Eating: How Family – Based Treatment Can Transform Your Client’s Eating Habits

Friday, June 8, 2018; Networking: 11:00 – 11:30 p.m. Presentation: 11:30 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.
Location: Hyannis, Mass – Fairfeld Inn & Suites by Marriot 867 Iyannough Rd.
Presenter: Amanda Smith, LICSW, Assistant Program Director – Peabody Clinic
Description: This presentation will discuss the relatively new eating disorder diagnosis, ARFID (Avoidant-Restrictive Food Intake Disorder) and how it differs from normal latency picky eating tendencies. Strategies adopted from Family-Based Treatment for eating disorders will be introduced as a helpful intervention. Attendees will also learn ways with which they can support and encourage a healthy relationship with food for their child/adolescent.

Treating Transitional – Aged Clients (18-22)

Friday, June 15, 2018; Networking: 11:00 – 11:30 p.m. Presentation: 11:30 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.
Location: Peabody, Mass – 2 Corporation Way
Presenter: Joanna Imse, LICSW, Assistant Program Director – Amherst Clinic
Description: This presentation will include current challenges that transitional-age clients face and provide information about current best practice eating disorder interventions that have been effective with this population. Case studies will be utilized to better prepare attendees to incorporate skills learned into their own practices.