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21st Annual Columbia River Eating Disorder Network Conference Schedule

2018 Conference Schedule

 

8-9 a.m.  |  Registrant check-in and walk-in registration opens

8-9 a.m.  |  Breakfast

9 a.m.  |  Conference Welcome

9 a.m.  |  An Evidence-Based Sociocultural Approach to Eating Disorders Prevention in the Age of Neurobiology: 10 Principles for a Bolder Model, Michael P. Levine, PhD, Emeritus Professor of Psychology at Kenyon College 

This presentation examines the prevention of eating disorders from the perspective of a feminist sociocultural theory that extends the Bolder Model of Prevention developed in the late 1990s by Lori Irving and Michael Levine. Topics include (a) the rationale for prevention; (b) the relationships between prevention and risk factor research; (c) types of prevention along a spectrum of mental health interventions; (d) what a sociocultural theory does and does not do, particularly in comparison to the prominent bio-psychiatric and neuro-scientific model of eating disorders; (e) the empirical foundations of the claim that prevention can be “effective”; and (f) obstacles, including controversies, that must be acknowledged and overcome if prevention is to succeed. As a framework for this presentation, the audience is invited to engage in a critical evaluation of 10 principles that are the foundation for application of this newer version of The Bolder Model, which integrates the professional (e.g., clinical, research), the personal, and the political aspects of prevention work.

Following this presentation, participants will be able to list 3-5 fundamental assumptions of the Sociocultural Paradigm, list 4 implications of the Sociocultural Paradigm for clinical work, prevention, and advocacy, and be able to give 2 reasons why prevention is absolutely necessary for significantly reducing the number of eating disorders, and to describe the distinctions between universal, selective, and indicated prevention. 

10:30-10:45 a.m.  |  Coffee Break

10:45-11:45 a.m.  |  An Evidence-Based Sociocultural Approach to Eating Disorders Prevention in the Age of Neurobiology: 10 Principles for a Bolder Model (continued)Michael P. Levine, PhD, Emeritus Professor of Psychology at Kenyon College 

11:45 a.m. -1 p.m.  |  Lunch

1-2:30 p.m.  |  Beyond the Basics: Medical Topics Important for Special Populations with Eating Disorders, Jennifer L. Gaudiani, MD, CEDS, FAED, Founder and Medical Director of the Gaudiani Clinic

In this presentation, Dr. Gaudiani will take attendees through a detailed discussion of cases that highlight important, and often less talked-about, medical problems that occur in those with eating disorders. Drawing from her outpatient clinic setting, she will review presentations that are familiar to clinicians, as well as going beyond the basics of medical complications of eating disorders. Most patients with eating disorders receive underwhelming medical care, but certain populations in particular can be missed. This talk will address patients who may need palliative or hospice care, patients with atypical anorexia nervosa, patients with outpatient-specific issues, patients with binge eating disorder (with discussion of social justice and weight stigma implications), patients around issues of fertility and pregnancy, and patients who have complicated overlaps between medical and psychological presentations. Unmeasurable medical comorbidities like irritable bowel syndrome, pelvic floor dysfunction, mast cell activation, and postural orthostatic tachycardia syndrome will be detailed. Attendees will be left with a clear sense of diagnostic methods, communication strategies, and medical management, so that practice can be affected immediately. We can advocate best for our patients when we understand them holistically…medically, psychologically, nutritionally, and within the context of their social setting.

Following this presentation participants will have ave a much stronger understanding of the unmeasurable medical problems experienced by those with eating disorders, recognize when a patient may be appropriate for a palliative care approach, and feel more confident managing a variety of outpatient presentations medically, and communicating with patients, families, and other providers accordingly.

2:30-2:45 p.m.  |  Break

2:45-3:45 p.m.  |  Beyond the Basics: Medical Topics Important for Special Populations with Eating Disorders (continued), Jennifer L. Gaudiani, MD, CEDS, FAED, Founder and Medical Director of the Gaudiani Clinic

3:45-4:45 pm  |  Audience Q&A with Dr. Levine and Dr. Gaudiani