MEREDITH — The Sixth Eating Disorders Conference, “Untangling the Web of Weight Disorders,” hosted by PSU’s nationally recognized Eating Disorders Institute and the Hilda and Preston Davis Foundation, is providing health, mental health and school professionals the latest information on disordered eating and weight disorders, tools, strategies and the organization and training of eating disorder treatment. The conference, northern New England’s largest, will be held September 25-26 at Church Landing at the Inn at Mill Falls. Institute founder, Dr. Mardie Burckes-Miller, said the conference will feature three tracks of discussion, Clinical Issues, Education and Advocacy and Diversity/Integrative Therapies.
“This year we have leading eating disorder speakers from the top treatment centers in the country sharing their expertise,” said Burkes-Miller. “It is important for health care and education professionals to increase and update their knowledge and skills in order to be able to effectively manage clients and to conduct sound educational programs. There will be more than 20 sessions in three focus areas, clinical issues, education/advocacy and diversity and integrative therapies.”
The conference features two keynote speakers, Dr. James Greenblatt of Walden Behavioral Healthcare on Food Addiction and Margaret Nagib, Timberline Recovery Center on Co-Occurring Eating Disorders and Substance Abuse Disorders. Specific issues to be discussed with a team of experts include tele-mental health counseling, insurance coverage for family members, males and eating disorders, bridging the gap: young adolescents to older women, eating disorder teams and prevention in schools, prevention programs, acceptance commitment therapy and motivational interviewing for professionals.
The conference is tailored for mental health, public health, and health professionals and educators; eating disorder survivors; and anyone who is interested in eating disorder prevention, treatment, or education and outreach programs for individuals, schools, and communities. Continuing Education Units will be available for a variety of professionals, and participants may also register for graduate credit.
“Many health, mental health, and school professionals have little or no academic training in this area and do not recognize the seriousness of eating disorders, and the link between eating disorders and obesity,” Burckes-Miller noted. “Anorexia nervosa, a brain disease, has the highest death rate of any mental illness. Binge eating disorder effects 1 of every 35 adults and effects more than 30 million in the U.S.”
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