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19th Annual Columbia River Eating Disorder Network Conference Schedule


2016 Conference Schedule

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

9:15 a.m. - 11 a.m. - Keynote Presentation
Males and Eating Disorders: Experience, Diagnosis and Treatment
Mark Warren, M.D., M.P.H., FAED
We will look at what it is like to be a man with an Eating Disorder and examine the clinically based and population based prevalence studies.  We will learn about what is the same and what are the differences in presentation and treatment for men and women.  Importantly, at a time where issues of gender fluidity are impacting our field, we will discuss what it means that men do indeed have eating disorders and how better understanding of this helps us to be better clinicians for all out clients.

11:10 a.m. - 12:20 p.m. - Keynote Presentation
Giving Voice: Reflections from a Recovered Athlete
Kara Bazzi, LMFT, CEDS
The presentation will give clinicians tools and insight into working more effectively with those who are currently competitive athletes or whom have a sports background. Kara will share from her experience as a collegiate athlete and a licensed marriage and family therapist specializing in work with athletes and eating disorders.

12:20 - 1:20 p.m. -  Lunch

1:20 p.m. - 2:35 p.m. - Breakout Sessions
Moving from Weight-based Stigma to Patient Empowerment in Obesity Treatment
Kasey Goodpaster, Ph.D.
Obesity stigma is considered one of the last socially acceptable bastions of discrimination in our culture.  Unfortunately, people with obesity face stigmatization in healthcare, even from well-meaning professionals specializing in obesity treatment. This presentation will cover the far-reaching consequences of obesity stigma on patients’ emotional and physical health, prompt providers to self-reflect about any personal biases that could affect their patient care, and discuss how to give patients a different and better experience in obesity treatment by intervening in an accepting, motivating and sensitive manner. Further, this presentation will include discussion about how to empower patients to respond to obesity stigma and ideas for advocacy on a broader level.

Gender Dysphoria:  What Clinicians Need to Know
Jacki Abbott, RD, Ph.D., Sara Becker, M.D.
It is becoming more common that eating disordered clinicians and nutritionists see transgendered clients in their practices, therefore it is important that we have a good baseline of knowledge so that we can provide the best individualized care possible. The goal of this presentation is to understand the difference between sex and gender, basic principles and the process of transition so that all clinicians can provide supportive environments and resources for clients. Dr. Becker is unable to join us in person so her longtime colleague, Jacki Abbott, RD, Ph.D., will present Dr. Becker’s talk with Dr. Becker appearing remotely for Q&A afterwards.

2:45 p.m. - 4 p.m. - Breakout Sessions
Hunger, Hope & Healing: A Yoga Approach to Reclaiming Your Relationship to Your Body and Food
Sarahjoy Marsh, M.A.
Though its more commonly known for its presence in athletic clubs or studios, yoga, as a therapeutic approach to recovery from eating disorders, includes physiological, psychological and spiritual tools. Sarahjoy will outline the methodology of a yoga-based recovery, including the stages of recovery from self-nurturing discipline to self-empathy to self-forgiveness, along with the essential life skills of yoga, Getting in the GAP, Getting Comfortable Feeling Uncomfortable, Moving from Love not Shame, and Personal Buoyancy. These skills will be taught through mindfulness, breathing, and asana exercises, all of which will be delivered in a safe, accessible, and trauma-sensitive manner. Sarahjoy will outline the neuroscience behind yoga and the therapeutic alliance yoga can help us to cultivate with our clients and recovery community.

Intervening on the Front Lines: Seeing Past the Diet Mentality and Cultural Norms in Adolescents
Karen Petermeyer RDN, CD
When the words “eating disorder” are spoken, people have a variety of different responses that come to mind, both factual and fictional. Additionally, our culture tends to glaze over most eating disorder behaviors; identifying them as acceptable or part of the cultural norm. This presentation will provide an overview of eating disorders specifically in adolescents. It will debunk myths around this disorder within the adolescent age group as well as help navigate the five W’s; Who, what, when, where, and why, in order to identify, intervene, and support adolescents, their families, and the adults who care about them, in a compassionate and collaborative manner.