An eating disorder-informed discussion on religious and spiritual fasting

 a free Webinar, hosted by NEDIC 


Ary Maharaj
National Eating Disorder Information Centre (NEDIC) 
416-340-4800 ext 2660 


Friday, July 24th, 2020
from 11:00 AM to 12:00 PM EDT 

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Webinar: Attend online from wherever you are! When you register you'll be sent complete details on how to access the webinar from your computer.  You will need a high speed internet connection and speakers (or a headset.)



In this webinar, join our panelists in a nuanced discussion about religious and spiritual fasting and its intersection with eating disorders. We'll engage in conversation about the differences between various types of fasts, learn about ways to navigate conversations with clients who are in treatment about fasting, and explore practices that can help service providers take a stance of cultural humility on this issue.  

Joy Ssebikindu, LPC graduated from Vanderbilt University with not only her BA in Sociology and Child Development, but also her MEd in Clinical Mental Health counseling. Joy comes with over a decade of experience in working with children, adolescents, adults and their families. As a Licensed Professional Counselor, she specializes in working with individuals, couples, and families who have issues with communication, family transitions including divorce, trauma, depression, anxiety, and disordered eating/eating disorders. Joy also maintains an outpatient private practice in Atlanta, GA and works as a Treatment Placement Specialist with Acadia Healthcare.  To date, Joy is often sought out by advocacy groups and mental health treatment centers/hospitals to consult on multi-cultural cases due to her personal and professional experience in managing issues related to diversity, inclusion and other issues related to ethnic sensitivities at all levels of care within behavioral health. Joy has served as an Honorary Board member, Education Chair and now serves on the Executive Committee as Treasurer in iaedp, Atlanta Chapter. 

Malak Saddy RD, LD, CEDRD-S, is a dietitian in private practice in Dallas, TX seeing clients both locally and virtually. She is a certified intuitive eating counselor, body positive facilitator, and a non-diet advocate. She is well versed in the treatment of eating disorders in children, adolescents, and adults in both females and males. Malak enjoys speaking at conferences, and universities, addressing eating disorder treatment in culturally diverse groups, nutrition basics, and intuitive eating. She uses her own personal experiences of growing up in an American Lebanese Muslim household and attributes her career to her cultural background. She is passionate about providing individualized nutritional care and counseling support to clients and their families while being compassionate and empathetic to their needs. 

Aaron Flores, RDN, has over 10 years of experience working with clients affected with an eating disorder. In addition to operating a private practice in Calabasas, CA, he also works at Center for Discovery as Senior Coordinator for Weight-Inclusive Care. He uses Intuitive Eating and Health at Every Size® in his work to help individuals learn how to make peace with food and their bodies. He is a Certified Body Trust® provider and he also the co-host of the popular podcast, Dietitians Unplugged. 



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Please note:

  • The webinar is free of charge and open to the public. You will need a computer with a high speed internet connection and speakers (or headphones).
  • If you have several colleagues who wish to view the webinar, consider reserving a place for yourself and inviting them to join you at your workstation or in a conference room with an internet-enabled large screen.
  • Do you have questions for the presenters?  Please include suggested questions on your registration form. You can also send them to Ary Maharaj before the live broadcast or have them addressed during the webinar via online chat.

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