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18th Annual Columbia River Eating Disorder Network Conference Schedule


Conference Schedule

9:00-9:15 a.m.  
Welcome and Introduction

9:15-10:40 a.m.
Keynote Presentation

If It Walks Like A Duck?….Is It an Eating Disorder or Not?
Edward P. Tyson, M.D.
Dr. Tyson will present a series of case histories that differentially distinguish eating disorders from other complex medical conditions that may mimic eating disorder symptomatology. Audience members will be invited to participate as Dr. Tyson navigates through diagnostic considerations of treating the medical complications of eating disorders. This presentation is appropriate for all types of practitioners working in this field.

10:40-11:00 a.m.  

11:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m.
Keynote Presentation       

First, Do No Harm: Essential Considerations in the Treatment of BED
Chevese Turner and Amy Pershing, LMSW, ACSW
Most common of all the eating disorders, Binge Eating Disorder (BED) presents a unique set of challenges in the therapeutic milieu. If not addressed skillfully and directly, these challenges make sustained recovery elusive. This talk will provide a brief overview of the etiology and current research on BED, as well as address critical underpinnings for successful treatment. Essential for working with BED, the impact of trauma, weight stigma, and the importance of a strengths-based perspective will be outlined.

12:00-1:15 p.m.  

1:15-2:30 p.m. 
Breakout Sessions 

Running into Trouble: Athletes and Eating Disorders 
Edward P. Tyson, M.D.   
Dr. Tyson will explore and address the medical and nutritional complications among athletes with eating disorders.

Body of Knowledge: Using Intuitive Eating and Movement in BED Treatment 
Amy Pershing, LMSW, ACSW   
We know from both clinical wisdom and a growing body of research that dieting and weight-loss focused interventions are contraindicated in the treatment of BED. In fact, it is often essential for clients to learn to incorporate somatic awareness as part of sustained recovery, especially for clients with histories of trauma. This workshop will provide a step-by-step process for the integration of intuitive eating and movement into the clinical milieu, and discuss the validation of core challenges in recovery that this model provides.

2:30-2:50 p.m.

2:50-4:00 p.m.
Breakout Sessions 

Weight Stigma and Its Impact within the Field of Eating Disorders: Facing Evidence-Based Facts in Treatment and Advocacy 
Chevese Turner     
The eating disorders community has long been the stewards of body-image research and movements to improve body-image in those with eating disorders and in the general public. And yet, the subject of stigmatizing individuals based on their size has been discussed very little if at all until recent years. This talk will include an overview of what the evidence tells us about the connection between weight stigma and eating disorders, and why the eating disorders community must begin to address it in both treatment and advocacy.

Family Interventions: What Are We Talking About? 
Amy Stoeber, Ph.D. 
A multi-disciplinary approach that includes family therapy has been shown to prevent relapse in teenagers with eating disorders. Utilizing family therapy, families can prevent relapses and continue maintenance in a healthier way. Family systems are the complex structure to which adolescents belong and Dr. Stoeber will discuss this critical component of treatment. Participants will learn the role of a family therapist in treating eating disorders, how to create a collaborative effort in working with complex families, and a greater understanding of how a family therapist works in the context of eating disorder treatment. 

Presentation slides (PDF)

When Nutrition Impacts a Medical Condition: How to Help Clients Address Eating Without Becoming Disordered
Jacqueline Abbott, Dr.PH, RD, LD and Gretchen Newmark
Many medical conditions benefit from nutritional modification. Diabetes is epidemic. Heart disease is still the primary killer of both women and men. When we recognize the need, how do we support people in their quest to gain optimal wellness without doing harm? This session will provide screening tools, strategies and handouts to help clients create mindfulness-based, sustainable change.