Wednesday July 22, 2015 from 8:00 AM to 4:00 PM EDT
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Doubletree Hotel 
1726 Reisterstown Rd
Pikesville, MD 21208

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Sharon R Peterson, LCSW-C 
Eating Disorder Network of Maryland 

2015 SUMMER SCHOOL FOR PROFESSIONALS-                                     (Earn 6 CEU's!) 


                                                       Join us for our                                                                             2nd Annual Summer School Session for Professionals!   

                Collabotation & Challenges in the Field of Eating Disorder                                       Treatment: How to Effectively Provide integrated Care

                      Wednesday, July 22nd, Doubletree Hotel in Pikesville, MD 6 CEU's ($130.00)

Here you will be able to take a break from your busy summer schedule and catch up on CEU credits while learning up-to-date information about eating disorders so you can continue helping families, parents, students, and clients as they travel their path towards recovery.


 Margaret Najib, PhD (Timberline Knolls)                                                                                

 "Intoxicating Cycles of Shame: The Missing Link in the Treatment of Co-Occurring Eating and Substance Abuse Disorders"

Description of workshop:  A deep sense of shame often underlies and drives eating disorders (ED) and substance abuse (SA).  When these two disorders co-occur, the level of shame intensifies.  The special challenges of treating these co-occurring disorders will be discussed and this presentation highlights shame as a key force underlying and perpetuating the cyclical nature of these disorders.  Clinicians will learn how to identify and help individuals break the patterns of shame that drive their destructive behaviors. 

 Three objectives & outcomes

  1. Participants will be able to articulate and identify the special challenges in diagnosing and treating co-occurring ED and SA.

2. Participants will be able to articulate and identify the cyclical role that shame plays in the precipitation and perpetuation of these disorders.

 3. Participants will be able to identify and articulate practical ways to help individuals break cycles of shame and destructive behaviors in ED and SA.


 Norman Kim, PhD (Center for Change & Reasons Eating Disorder Center)

"The Body Remembers; the Brain Reacts: Clinical Applications of Current Research on the Underlying Connections Between Eating Disorders and Trauma"

Description of workshop

 Eating disorders and Trauma are among the most challenging clinical entities to treat because they result in significant disruptions in almost every aspect of one's life, in large part because of how they impact so pervasively upon the very way in which we perceive ourselves and the world around us.  Over millions of years of evolution, during which time our primary function was survival, we have all been hard-wired for fear and threat-recognition, and it is this very hard-wiring and propensity for fear-based responses that is the evolutionary underpinning of the neurobiological pathways that appear to be involved in the development of eating disorders and of trauma.  

 Both eating disorders and trauma can be seen as pathological expressions of otherwise innate instincts wherein the connections among sensation, perception and emotion become entangled, distorting the emotional valence that becomes attached to events and life experiences.  The affected see and feel extreme threat even when none exists, and the intensity of that fear results in equally extreme responses, such as restriction or purging, even in the face of dire consequences.  When these responses become pathological, they can become entrenched and any attempts to change those responses can, in and of themselves, be perceived as threatening.  

 The connection between eating disorders and trauma is more than just diagnostic overlap.  

When they co-occur, this challenge becomes magnified and represents a marked impediment to treatment.  The nature of how emotional memories are processed also impact upon the pervasiveness of the underlying pain and anxiety of eating disorders and trauma.

 I will be presenting a summary of our understanding about the underlying connections among sensation, perception, and emotion, with a particular focus on the emerging role of memory reconsolidation, and how to apply this understanding in the service of providing safety and healing in the midst of all this threat.


 Three objectives & outcomes

  1. Participants will be able to identify the mechanisms and purpose of fear, anxiety, and avoidance present in eating disorders and trauma. 
  1. Participants will be able to better understand the role of emotional memory and memory reconsolidation. 
3. Participants will be able to better identify how to use this understanding to help patients understand, recognize, and utilize somatic indicators of emotions and distress and improve treatment outcomes.


         Adina Fradkin, RD, LDN & Carolyn Karoll,  LCSW-C

(Renfrew Center)                                                  

"A Collaborative Effort: How Dietitians and Therapists Can Empower Supports"

    Description of workshop

 This workshop will teach treatments providers to utilize effective assessment techniques in order to assess baseline knowledge, attitudes, and investment of supports in their loved one’s illness and recovery process. The workshop will present key information that caregivers need to know about nutrition and psychology. It will also identify ways to address ingrained patterns that maintain illness, misinformation, and lack of apparent investment and/or caregiver burnout.

 Three objectives & outcomes

  1.  Provide techniques that providers can use to better involve supports in the treatment process
  1. Attendees will increase comfort level explaining key concepts of nutrition and psychology regardless of their discipline
  1. Enhance understanding and empathy of the complexity of being a support to someone with an eating disorder and techniques to empower supports.


 Heather Baker, LCSW (Prosperity)    

"Professionals, Families, and Clients: How to Motivate, Perserve and Have Hope"

Description of workshop

This workshop will discuss the research shown in the process of treating eating disorders and the long-term care that must be provided. During this care, how a provider can learn to practice self-care, self-motivation and perseverance in one’s work and how to also then teach the families and clients on how to maintain hope in a full recovery, maintain motivation for change and how to persevere with the length of time for a full recovery and the relapses that may occur.

Three objectives & outcomes

  1.  Providers will be able to describe in detail what “comprehensive treatment” entails in treating someone with an eating disorder
  1.  Providers will be able to list 5 ways to ensure self-care, reduce “burn out” and increase their own motivation for treating eating disorders
  1. Providers will be able to describe 5 useful techniques to help their clients remain hopeful and motivated for a full recovery.  

Continuing Education Credits:

Professional Counselors and Therapists
This CE Program has been approved by the Maryland Board of Professional Counselors and Therapists for Category A CEUs.  A certificate for 6.00 CEUs will be awarded upon completion of this workshop.

Eating Disorder Network of Maryland is authorized by the Maryland State Board of Examiners of Psychologists as a provider of continuing education. A certificate for 6.00 CEUs will be awarded upon completion of this workshop.

Social Workers
The Maryland Board of Social Work Examiners certifies that this program meets the criteria for 6.00 credit hours of Category 1 or 6.-- CEUs of continuing education for social workers and associates licensed in Maryland. Eating Disorder Network of Maryland is an approved sponsor of the Maryland Board of Social Work Examiners for continuing education credits for licensed social workers in Maryland. A certificate for 6.00 CEUs will be awarded upon completion of this workshop.

Registered Dieticians
This workshop is eligible for 6.00 CPEUs with the Commission on Dietetic Registration. A certificate for 6.00 CEUs will be awarded upon completion of this workshop.

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