Friday August 21, 2015 from 9:00 AM to 2:30 PM PDT
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Pomona Valley Health Center at Claremont 
1601 N Monte Vista Ave
Suite 105
Claremont, CA 91711

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Alyson Merchant 



Reasons Eating Disorder Center and Bright Road Recovery Present 

The Full Continuum: Managing the Complexities of Eating Disorder Patients 



8:30am ~  Registration Begins 
9:00am ~ Levels of Care and Levels of Support: Helping Clients Understand   Treatment Recommendations
10:00am ~ Medical Management in the Outpatient Setting 
11:00am ~ Attachment Insecurity and Eating Disorders: From Etiology to  Intervention 
12:00pm ~  Lunch Provided 
12:30pm ~ Exposure and Response Prevention Based Dietary and Therapeutic Programming in Residential and Inpatient Eating Disorder Treatment 

5 CEs offered 
5 Continuing Education Credits provided by BHC Alhambra Hospital for MFT, LCSW, RN, RD, PhD, and PsyD.*

$20 per person
(If paying at door, please pay with cash or check)


Working with clients who have eating disorders in the outpatient or private practice setting can be difficult due to many factors:  resistance to treatment recommendations, misconceptions about the disorder itself, comorbid disturbances in relational functioning, finding a treatment team familiar with eating disorders, and more.

The lectures presented in this event provide key skills and understanding about working with eating disorders in the outpatient setting, as well as, how to utilize higher levels of care when necessary. 
  • Understanding levels of care in terms of the kinds of support each provides for treatment and recovery, criteria for each level and ways to help educate clients and their families so they can collaborate with their treatment providers.
  • Looking at how attachment insecurity can be a contributing factor to eating disorders --- and a new and innovative therapeutic intervention designed to help.
  • How physicians can best manage eating disorders in the outpatient setting, including collaboration with the outpatient treatment team and referring to higher levels of care.
  • Understanding the value and benefit of using exposure based dietary and therapeutic programming in treating complex eating disorders in higher levels of care.
Attendees will gain a fuller understanding of levels of care, the collaborative and inclusive treatment of eating disorders in the outpatient setting from the perspective of treatment planning, helpful therapeutic interventions, competent outpatient medical management, the rationale and implementation of exposure based treatments and the engagement of higher levels of care.


~Levels of Care and Levels of Support: Helping Clients Understand Treatment Recommendations

Presented By: Tamson Overholtzer, MS MFT is the Executive Director of Bright Road Recovery, an outpatient eating disorder recovery program in Claremont, CA. She has been helping clients with eating disorders and their families for over ten years in the intensive outpatient setting as well as her private practice. Tamson is committed to increasing the availability, support and understanding of eating disorder recovery in our community. With her highly collaborative and treatment team-oriented approach, Tamson connects clients and their families to competent eating disorder treatment professionals. Through educational programs and outreach like this event, Tamson and Bright Road Recovery also seek to strengthen the professional community by sharing expertise and connecting professionals to each other.

In this talk Tamson will be discussing how an eating disorder diagnosis can be disorienting for clients and their families. Many are unfamiliar with the implications of the diagnosis beyond basic labels such as anorexia or bulimia.  While the adjusting to the fact of the diagnosis is often hard enough, hearing the treatment recommendations can lead to resistance---higher levels of care, additional treatment team members, more sessions and appointments may all feel overwhelming or perhaps even an overreaction by the treating professionals.

In this presentation we discuss not only the different levels of care, but also the symptom criteria for each of the levels.  We describe how to help clients and their families understand the symptom profile and treatment recommendations as levels of support for recovery, and provide a structured approach to engage the family and the client to collaboratively develop a personalized treatment plan to meet the needs of their unique situation.

~Medical Management in the Outpatient Setting 

Presented by:  Craig Endo, MD earned his medical degree at the University of Southern California.  He completed his family medicine residency in 2000 at nearby Pomona Valley Medical Center.  Dr. Endo is a board-certified in Family Medicine and has been in private practice alongside his wife, Dr. Tiffany Endo, for the past 15 years. He has become known in the local area as a trusted primary care physician for patients with eating disorders. His understanding of eating disorders, his firm, but gentle and respectful style have garnered the esteem of his patients and treatment professionals alike. For over ten years, Dr. Endo has worked with numerous patients and their treatment teams to effectively manage eating disorder recovery on an outpatient basis. Dr. Endo  practices full-spectrum family medicine at Grace Medical Group in Pomona, CA.

~Attachment Insecurity and Eating Disorders: From Etiology to Intervention 

 Presented By: Jessie Borelli, PhD recieved her Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology from Yale University. She completed her Predoctoral Clinical Internship at UCLA Semel Institute for Neuroscience and Human Behavior and was a NIH-funded Postdoctoral Fellowship at University of Arizona. Currently she is an Associate Professor of Psychology at Pomona College and Licensed Psychologist, specializing in Parent-Child Relationships, Emotion, and Psychopathology.

In this talk Dr. Borelli will provide a brief overview of the attachment theoretical framework, with a focus on implications for individuals with eating disorders. She will describe the ways in which the treatment of eating pathology may be complicated by underlying attachment-related issues and will introduce and describe a novel, easy to administer, theoretically-informed, validated method for improving interpersonal functioning.

 ~Exposure and Response Prevention Based Dietary and Therapeutic Programming in Residential and Inpatient Eating Disorder Treatment:  Using In Vivo and Imaginal Techniques to Cultivate Safety in the Midst of Fear.

Presented by: Lisa Arroyas, R.D. and Norman Kim, Ph.D. 
Lisa is a registered dietitian practicing in many areas of dietetics including eating disorders, chemical dependency, diabetes, PCOS and weight management. She graduated from California State University, Long Beach and has extensive experience working with female and male adolescents and adults with disordered eating and with issues related to weight management.  She also has a background as a personal trainer, which allows her to use an approach that meets the unique needs of individuals struggling with poor body image and disordered eating. Lisa’s focus is on nutrition therapy using a non-diet approach, providing nutrition counseling and exercise education. She specializes in Athletes and Compulsive Exercisers, Food Addiction, Binge Eating Disorder, Obesity, Compulsive Overeating and Body Dysmorphic Disorder (BDD).  Lisa has been working with adolescents and adults with eating disorders for over 10 years in both inpatient and outpatient settings.  She is the co-founder of the Reasons Eating Disorder Center and served as the Director of Nutrition for a multi-site substance abuse and dual-diagnosis program. She is extremely passionate and dedicated to helping individuals struggling with food and body issues.

Norman completed his B.A. at Yale University where he studied music and psychology, and was the recipient of a Mellon Fellowship for Research.  He completed his Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology at UCLA, where he was the recipient of an individual National Research Service Award from the National Institutes of Health. His research and clinical interests and experience include the neurobiology and social development of people with autism and Asperger’s syndrome, the diagnosis and developmental course of childhood bipolar disorder, and the diagnosis and treatment of anxiety disorders.  In conjunction with these interests, Norman has developed an expertise in treating and teaching about psychiatrically complex populations, multi-modal treatment, and diagnostic assessment with a particular focus on Eating Disorders, Trauma, and Bipolar Disorder.  While rooted firmly in empirically supported approaches, he has incorporated practices emphasizing somatosensory integration that draw from eastern and traditional medicine.  He is a regular national speaker, educator, and advocate for eating disorder awareness, and has endeavored to develop a clinical approach that focuses on the exploration of meaning as a path to healing and that honors an individuals’ own narrative and journey.  Norman is the co-founder of the Reasons Eating Disorder Center and is the National Director for Program Development for Reasons Eating Disorder Center and Center for Change in UT.

In this talk Lisa and Norman will be explaining the significant overlap in the phenomenology and our growing understanding of the neurobiology of Eating Disorders and Anxiety.  Exposure and Response Prevention (ERP) is an empirically validated treatment approach based on classical conditioning and learning theory that targets learned fear responses that result in avoidant and compensatory behaviors. ERP is predicated upon learning through experience that feared consequences do not occur, and developing new non-fear associations. Using graded exposures to feared stimuli, exposures are designed to elicit emotional responses in the moment without allowing compensatory behaviors.  We will present techniques for developing and using in vivo and imaginal exposures in dietary and therapeutic programming, with a particular focus on residential and inpatient treatment settings, to help patients confront and habituate to feared situations in the safety of planned and structured exposures. We will review how to apply our understanding of neuropsychological and physiologic functioning in eating disorders and anxiety in the service of providing safety and healing in the midst of threat. 



*BHC Alhambra Hospital is approved by the California Psychological Association to provide continuing professional education for psychologists and maintains responsibility for this program and its content.