conference
presentations
CE presentations

AUDIENCE

Social workers, Counselors, Nurses, Psychologists, Dietitians, CN’s, APN’s, PA’s

FEES

General Admission is Free. Professionals looking to purchase a full day of CEUs can purchase a full day pass, including breakfast, lunch and snack for $75. Professionals can also purchase our $100 Promo Pass for a full day of CEUs, breakfast, lunch, snack, and conference merchandise. All proceeds go towards supporting eating disorders treatment and awareness in the Quad Cities and greater Iowa regions. Freewill donations will be accepted at the door.

Keynote Speaker Presentation

Trauma, PTSD, and Eating Disorders: A Personal Journey

PRESENTER: Jenni Schaefer
DESCRIPTION: Weaving the latest research with a live case study, this presentation will provide professionals with practical tools and knowledge to enhance their work with PTSD-ED patients.

OBJECTIVES:

At the conclusion of the presentation, attendees should be able to:

  1. Describe the intersection of eating disorders with PTSD and the importance of evidence-based treatment approaches, including a review of concurrent versus sequential treatments.

  2. Explain the major risk factors that are common to both PTSD and eating disorders.

  3. Assess the positive and negative experiences of a patient with a history of an eating disorder who sought treatment from a succession of providers for symptoms indicative of trauma and PTSD. 

CREDITS:

Illinois nurses will be awarded one contact hour at the conclusion of the presentation by UnityPoint Health - Robert Young Center. Illinois Social Workers will be awarded one contact hour at the conclusion of this presentation by UnityPoint Health - Robert Young Center.

Platinum Sponsor Timberline Knolls CEU Presentation

Borderline Personality Disorder and Eating Disorders:
Effective Treatment For a Complex Client

PRESENTER: Melissa O’Neill, LCSW
DESCRIPTION: We now know that along with accompanying mood disorders, adults with borderline personality disorders are more likely to develop an eating disorder at some point.  We also know that those struggling with co-occurring BPD and ED are more likely to experience a different presentation within their ED. Understanding and addressing this complex comorbidity can make treating these clients less overwhelming. Through experiential exercises and case studies we’ll explore how personal biases toward clients with BPD can affect diagnosis, treatment, and outcomes for those with eating disorders, and we’ll focus on a range of evidenced-based practices for treating this complex diagnosis.

OBJECTIVES:

At the conclusion of the presentation, attendees should be able to:

  1. Implement effective strategies for managing impulsivity in BPD clients, including mindfulness and relapse-prevention planning.

  2. Apply elements of Dual Focus Schema Therapy to treatment, such as altering clients’ negative belief systems to help break the cycle of relapse.

  3. Utilize strategies from DBT and ACT for eating and co-occurring disorders, including distress-tolerance skill implementation, and thought diffusion.

  4. Illustrate awareness of personal biases to avoid common traps with BPD clients, such as blaming the client and getting caught in their narrative.

CREDITS:

Illinois nurses will be awarded one contact hour at the conclusion of the presentation by UnityPoint Health - Robert Young Center. Illinois Social Workers will be awarded one contact hour at the conclusion of this presentation by UnityPoint Health - Robert Young Center.

Gold Sponsor McCallum Place CEU Presentation

The Three Chairs; A Clinical Intervention for Reducing Shame and Increasing Insight

PRESENTER: Travis Stewart MATS, LPC, NCC
DESCRIPTION: Eating Disorder behaviors such as bingeing, purging, over-exercising, and restricting can be difficult for both clients and professionals to understand. The same can be said for other compulsive behaviors such as self-harm, sexual impulsivity and video game addictions. This confusion can create shame, self-hatred and a feeling of hopelessness. The Three Chairs intervention identifies three simultaneous (and often competing) motivations clients experience internally and helps put language to this experience thereby reducing shame, decreasing urges, interrupting the cycle of behaviors and increasing clarity and motivation for recovery.

OBJECTIVES:

At the conclusion of the presentation, attendees should be able to:

  1. Compare & contrast the complex thoughts and emotions related to eating disorders and other compulsive urges.

  2. Identify clinical interventions to use in individual or group settings with eating disorder clients​.

  3. Describe how to help clients translate the intervention into daily, practical skills to help with compulsive urges, shame and motivation.

CREDITS:

Illinois nurses will be awarded one contact hour at the conclusion of the presentation by UnityPoint Health - Robert Young Center. Illinois Social Workers will be awarded one contact hour at the conclusion of this presentation by UnityPoint Health - Robert Young Center.

Silver Sponsor Center for Discovery CEU Presentation

It’s Always More than it Appears: Eating Disorders and Dual Diagnoses

PRESENTER: Deandra Christianson, LCPC, COWF, CCMHC
DESCRIPTION: This presentation will cover the assessment and diagnostic criteria for eating disorders and their co-occurring issues and diagnoses. Additionally, the presenter will address complicating factors and treatment strategies for supporting clients with managing these challenging issues.

OBJECTIVES:

At the conclusion of the presentation, attendees should be able to:

  1. Discuss the prevalence of disordered eating, eating disorders, and co-occurring mood and substance abuse issues.

  2. Identify and assess for disordered eating, eating disorders, and co-occurring mood and substance abuse issues.

  3. Discuss complicating treatment factors and treatment approaches when treating eating disorders and co-occurring mood and substance abuse issues.

CREDITS:

Illinois nurses will be awarded one contact hour at the conclusion of the presentation by UnityPoint Health - Robert Young Center. Illinois Social Workers will be awarded one contact hour at the conclusion of this presentation by UnityPoint Health - Robert Young Center.

Silver Sponsor Insight/ERC CEU Presentation

Managing Treatment Fatigue in Caregivers and Clinicians: How to Approach Long Term Eating Disorder Treatment

PRESENTER: Jennifer McAdams, MA, LCPC
DESCRIPTION: In working with eating disorders, it is not uncommon for the caregivers, the treatment team, and client to experience treatment fatigue. This presentation will guide clinicians through principles from DBT, ACT, and EFFT and applying principles with their selves and the families they treat. Clinicians will be able to assist in more effectively supporting caregivers through the eating disorder treatment process from higher levels of care through outpatient.

OBJECTIVES:

At the conclusion of the presentation, attendees should be able to:

  1. Identify techniques utilizing EFFT for caregiver to apply when client is in distress.

  2. Describe ways caregivers can support their loved one in treatment.

  3. Discuss components of DBT and ACT and how to apply to self while managing long term eating disorder cases skills to help with compulsive urges, shame and motivation.

CREDITS:

Illinois nurses will be awarded one contact hour at the conclusion of the presentation by UnityPoint Health - Robert Young Center. Illinois Social Workers will be awarded one contact hour at the conclusion of this presentation by UnityPoint Health - Robert Young Center.

NON-CE Presentations

Bronze Sponsor Selah presents

Compassion and Spirituality in Recovery

PRESENTER: Ashley Hemrich, MA, Regional Director of Clinical Partnerships, Selah House

DESCRIPTION: When suffering through the depths of an Eating Disorder, individuals often lose self-compassion by living in fear and self-destruction. Often times, these individuals forget who they are and Whose they are. By regarding each individual as a spiritual creature on a human journey and providing an atmosphere of openness and acceptance without judgment, we can become key elements of transformation and healing for others, which can ultimately lead to sustainable freedom and recovery.

Bronze Sponsor Rogers Behavioral Health with EDCI presents

Yoga in Eating Disorder Recovery

PRESENTER: Marcy Shrum, MSW, LISW

DESCRIPTION: The presentation will help individuals gain an understanding of how yoga, breath, and movement can benefit the patient as they navigate the recovery process. Yoga can be a useful way to facilitate body acceptance, reframe movement and exercise, and reconnect with body sensations. We will learn about how to incorporate yoga into a personal practice, special considerations of the eating disorder population, and have an opportunity to try a few simple breath to movement exercises. If you have wondered whether yoga could benefit you or someone you support, this would be a great opportunity to hear more about how it can be utilized in any journey toward mental and emotional wellness.

Bronze Sponsor The Emily Program presents

“Vegetarian, Vegan, Gluten-free or Eating Disordered?” The Delicate Navigation of the Eating Part of Eating Disorders

PRESENTER: Hilmar Wagner, MPH, RDN, CD

DESCRIPTION: Individuals seeking treatment for an eating disorder frequently present with a variety of dietary restrictions, some of which can significantly complicate the nutritional rehabilitation process. In this session we will explore the overlap of eating disorders and dietary restrictions, and how to navigate that fine line of supporting client’s personal dietary practices while working to untangle the disordered and distorted knowledge/beliefs that can impede or prevent recovery.

Bronze Sponsor Aloria presents

Embracing Body Diversity

PRESENTERS: Dr. Robyn Welk-Richards, PhD, MSW, LCSW, CEDS; Amanda Pelzek, MS, LPC, NCC; Laura Housel, Certified Therapeutic Recreational Specialist

DESCRIPTION: During this presentation we will engage our audience into an intimate conversation about the intersection of body diversity, holistic wellness, research, and the reality of societal pressures and judgements. Over decades a beauty myth has evolved resulting in an epidemic of body shame and hatred.  We will be exploring this complex societal phenomenon through a lens of acceptance, respect, and inclusivity to move toward a self-empowered, judgement-free definition of beauty and body acceptance.

Local Hero Sponsor Clarahan Consulting presents

Let’s Change the Culture to Liberate All Bodies

PRESENTER: Sue Clarahan, RD, LD, CEDRD

DESCRIPTION: Why do we value one body type over another? How does this current body-focus harm all of us living in thin to fat bodies?  Discover ways to honor all bodies and begin to dismantle the weight stigma that is steeped in the current culture and internalized in each of us.

Local Hero Sponsor McFarland Mental Health Consulting presents

Recover Roots/Strengthen Your Foundation: A Family’s Role in Eating Disorder Recovery and Prevention

PRESENTER: Brandis McFarland MA, LMHC

DESCRIPTION: This session will focus upon the role that family has the ability to play in the role of eating disorder treatment, recovery, and ongoing health. Currently in supervision for certification in Family Based Training, this session will be based on the presenter’s personal experience, recovery, professional work and interactions with clients and families dealing with an eating disorder diagnosis.

UnityPoint Health - Robert Young Center & Amy’s Gift presents

Eating Disorder Support Group Panel

PRESENTER: Amy’s Gift Support Group Facilitators

DESCRIPTION: Local facilitators will discuss what has made our eating disorders support group successful over ten years in the community. Attendees are encouraged to ask questions to learn more about the benefits of attending and how to start a successful support group of their own.

Local Hero Sponsor UnityPoint Health Nutrition Centres presents

Beyond the Meal Plan: Incorporating Mindfulness and Intuitive Eating Techniques 

PRESENTER: Holly Paulsen, RD, LD, CEDRD

DESCRIPTION: Nutrition in eating disorder recovery progresses through stages, with the ultimate goal of achieving a normalized, flexible, and relaxed eating pattern. This session will outline the steps toward that goal, beginning with the development of a structured meal plan in early recovery to provide adequate nutrition and emotional safety.  We’ll outline and discuss the best timing and ways to incorporate the concepts of Intuitive Eating and Mindful Eating, two methods used to reconnect to the internal signals of hunger, fullness and satiety to guide eating.

EDCI presents

Coffee Connection: Caregiver’s Support Group 

DESCRIPTION: This group is for parents, caregivers, and supportive individuals that are impacted by an eating disorder. Ask questions, share your experiences, and get support by attending the Coffee Connections support group. **Please note this group is not a therapy group or intended to be therapeutic in nature.This group is a place where you may find others who are on a similar journey. 

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