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Continuing Education

20th Annual Columbia River Eating Disorder Network Conference


Saturday, February 25, 2017, Lewis & Clark College
Templeton Student Center, Stamm

Looking At Temperament: Evidence-Based Treatments for Disorders of Over and Under Control


CREDN is pleased to welcome 2017 Keynote Speaker, Thomas Lynch, PhD!

Dr. Lynch is the founder and developer of Radically Open Dialectical Behavior Therapy (RO-DBT).

RO-DBT is an evidence-based, transdiagnostic treatment for patients who suffer from emotional and behavioral over-control. RO-DBT has been researched over the past 20 years for patients with chronic depression or Anorexia Nervosa. Research results suggest that it is effective in these, and other, more complex groups that can be difficult to treat, such as Autism Spectrum Disorders and Obsessive Compulsive Personality Disorder. Visit our ‘schedule’ page to learn more about Lynch’s keynote presentation, Using Social Signaling to Target Emotional Loneliness in Anorexia Nervosa and Other Disorders of Over-control.

While RO-DBT provides interventions to relax inflexible and inhibited patterns of coping, other clients benefit from interventions that help with under-controlled behavior and emotions. To address this population, Charlotte Thomas, LCSW, Program Manager of the Portland DBT Institute’s Path to Mindful Eating Program will present Dialectical Behavior Therapy for Complex Eating Disorders: The First Sessions, discussing the use of standard DBT in the treatment of eating disorders.  

Valerie Edwards, MS, RD, LD, Clinical Dietitian at Providence Portland Medical Center, will present The Complicated Intersection of Digestive Health and Eating Disorders, speaking on the topic of food allergies, intolerances, Small Intestinal Bacterial Overgrowth (SIBO) and their relationship to eating disorders. These issues relate to the broad theme of over-controlled behavior, as many clinicians see overlap between medical and behavioral issues related to food and self-feeding.

Attendees will leave with a good understanding of how the transaction of temperament and environment can lead to different styles of maladaptive coping. This conference will provide interventions to address these different coping styles that will enhance and deepen their clinical work. 

The Columbia River Eating Disorder Network (CREDN) is a non-profit organization composed of treatment professionals dedicated to the prevention and treatment of eating disorders. We promote community awareness of eating, weight and body-image concerns, and provide referral information for those seeking treatment. Membership is $50 per year.

For more information about CREDN and to become a member, visit


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