20th Annual Columbia River Eating Disorder Network Conference Schedule
2017 Conference Schedule
8 a.m. - Check-in and Walk-in Registration Opens
9-9:15 a.m. - Conference Welcome and Opening
9:15-11 a.m. - Conference Keynote
Using Social Signaling to Target Emotional Loneliness in Anorexia Nervosa and
Other Disorders of Over-control | Thomas Lynch, PhD
Radically Open Dialectical Behavior Therapy (RO-DBT) conceptualizes Anorexia Nervosa as a prototypical over-controlled disorder, characterized by low receptivity and openness, low flexible control, pervasive inhibited emotional expressiveness, low emotional awareness, and low social connectedness and intimacy with others. As a result, individuals with Anorexia Nervosa often report high levels of emotional loneliness. RO-DBT, a new evidence-based treatment, and its underlying neuroregulatory theory, offer a novel way of understanding how self-starvation and social signaling deficits are used as maladaptive regulation strategies to reduce negative affect.
RO-DBT proposes that rather than trying to be ‘emotionally regulated’ or achieving equanimity, long-term psychological well-being is achieved to increasing a sense of social connectedness and feeling part of a tribe. RO-DBT teaches skills using body postures, gestures, and facial expressions to activate brain regions that increase social safety responses, which function to increase emotional expressiveness and openness, crucial for successfully becoming part of a tribe.
Following this workshop, participants will be able to explain a new biosocial theory for over-control, describe a novel treatment mechanism positing open expression = trust = social connectedness, and identify the four core deficits and most common indirect social signaling styles of over-control. Presentation Slides (PDF)
11 a.m. - Break and Refreshments
11:10 a.m.-12:20 p.m. - Using Social Signaling to Target Emotional Loneliness in Anorexia Nervosa and Other Disorders of Over-control (continued) | Thomas Lynch, PhD
12:20-1:20 p.m. - Lunch
1:20-2:30 p.m. - Q&A with Thomas Lynch, PhD
2:30-2:45 p.m. - Break and Refreshments
2:45-4:00 p.m. - Breakout Sessions
Option 1: Dialectical Behavior Therapy
for Complex Eating Disorders:
The First Sessions
Option 2: The Complicated Intersection of Digestive Health and Eating Disorders
|Charlotte Thomas, LCSW, Manager of the Path To Mindful Eating Program, Portland DBT Institute||Valerie Edwards, MS, RD, LD, Outpatient Dietitian, Providence Portland Medical Center|
Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT) is an evidence based treatment for complex multi-diagnostic individuals with pervasive emotion dysregulation and high risk suicidal behavior.
For over two and a half decades, research has consistently demonstrated DBT as being effective for patients with a variety of complex problems–such eating disorders and substance abuse disorders–where emotion dyscontrol is at the core of the patient’s issues and often interferes with treatment and long-term maintenance of the therapeutic progress.
This presentation will use a session–to–session birds eye view of the DBT implementation with complex eating disorders, demonstrating the use of DBT principles and skills in a concrete, “real world” manner.
Upon completion of this presentation,
Many clients who seek treatment for eating disorders also struggle with co-occurring digestive problems, and it’s often hard to know which came first.
The refeeding process for some clients can exacerbate or improve digestive symptoms, but it can also be difficult to determine how and when to intervene.
We are in the midst of learning and re-learning a lot of important information about digestive health, and the field of functional medicine is growing rapidly in an attempt to help patients find symptom relief.
This presentation will include discussion on such questions as: