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ANAD Wellness, Not Weight Eating Disorders Conference

Friday, September 25, 2015

7:45 AM -4:00 PM

Chicago Marriott Naperville

1801 N. Naper Blvd.

Naperville, IL

Michelle May, MD; Chase Bannister, MDiv, MSW, LCSW, CEDS; Jillian Lampert, PhD, MPH, RD, LD, FAED; and other top minds in the eating disorders community will gather to discuss mindful eating, weight bias and stigma, psychiatric co-morbidities, exercise addiction, eating disorders in minority populations, obesity, drama therapy and more at ANAD's annual Wellness, Not Weight Eating Disorder Conference. There will be 6.5 CEUs available for LCSW, LCPC, LMFT and PhD.
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The Renfrew Center Foundation's 2015 Fall Seminar Series for Professionals

Integrating Brain and Body: Mindfulness, Metaphor and Experiential Methods

9:00 AM - 4:00 PM

Lakewood Country Club
1912 Abrams Rd.
Dallas, Texas

Presented by:
Adrienne Ressler, LMSW, CEDS, Fiaedp
Jancey Wickstrom, AM, LCSW

Eating disorders can present treatment challenges for even the most experiences clinician. The entrenched nature of the illness makes for a formidable foe in the therapy room. To add to the complexity of treatment, the physicality of eating disorder symptoms can sometimes hide the less obvious, but equally serious, issue - fusion with thoughts and emotions. A key element in this seminar will be how to facilitate addressing these deeper issues. Mindfulness as a clinical intervention will be explored, discussing both the most recent research on therapeutic mindfulness and what that specifically means for the practicing clinician. The application of mindful awareness to move the client from a position of avoidance of emotion to acceptance of emotion will be demonstrated. Participants will explore how to implement experiential methods designed to circumvent fusion and will learn strategies for decoding spoken words as well as the unspoken language of the body. The power of metaphor and creativity as treatment tools will be taught through film clips, literature/poetry/music, experiential exercises and breakout groups.

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The False Self: The Complexity of Body Image and Identity Issues in the Treatment of Eating Disorders

9:00 AM - 4:00 PM

DoubleTree by Hilton Kansas City

10100 College Blvd.
Overland Park, Kansas

Presented by: Adrienne Ressler, LMSW, CEDS, Fiaedp

Body image is perhaps the least understood and most complex of the core issues associated with eating disorder treatment. As an integral part of the life cycle, body image development shifts and adapts as we age and engage in life experiences. It is ironic that although our clients are focused on and obsessed with their bodies, they remain virtually disconnected from the experiences of living in their bodies.

This seminar will address the intricate interplay between brain, body and beliefs (why we believe what we believe). Repetition of messages and experiences become internalized and influence not only self-perception and self-talk, but the body itself. Negative reinforcement often becomes imprinted in the client's bodymind, feels "true" and serves as the client's identity.

Attendees will learn body-focused strategies designed to help clients reclaim their "authentic" self. Lecture, demonstration/experiential exercises and video clips will be utilized and attendees will be provided with a resource packet.

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The 25th Annual Renfrew Foundation Conference for Professionals

Feminist Perspectives and Beyond: Honoring the Past, Embracing the Future: 25 Years Later

NOVEMBER 13-15, 2015

Philadelphia Airport Marriott

18 CE Credits Offered

Keynote Presentations:

Gloria Steinem
Kathryn Zerbe, MD
Bessel van der Kolk, MD

Leigh Cohn, MAT
Michael Levine, PhD
Catherine Baker-Pitts, PhD
David Barlow, PhD
Heather Thompson-Brenner, PhD

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