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Thursday, May 20, 2021

Focus­ing on Emo­tions: Trans­di­ag­nos­tic Approach to Treat­ing Com­plex Eat­ing Disorders

Men­tal Health Pro­fes­sion­als, join KYC’s Clin­i­cal Train­ing Com­mit­tee in a train­ing oppor­tu­ni­ty about treat­ing com­plex eat­ing disorders. 

This work­shop will high­light ways to iden­ti­fy under­ly­ing dis­or­dered eat­ing con­cerns that may sur­face in clients with oth­er pre­sent­ing diag­noses. We will exam­ine the psy­cho­log­i­cal com­plex­i­ty of eat­ing dis­or­ders and explore the ben­e­fits of a cut­ting edge, evi­dence-based trans­di­ag­nos­tic treat­ment which focus­es on emo­tion­al aware­ness and exposure.

There is now grow­ing evi­dence that emo­tion­al avoid­ance is a main­tain­ing fac­tor for eat­ing dis­or­ders as well as co-mor­bid con­di­tions such as anx­i­ety, depres­sion, sub­stance abuse, and trau­ma response. Treat­ment which specif­i­cal­ly focus­es on tar­get­ing emo­tion­al avoid­ance, while devel­op­ing emo­tion­al aware­ness, tol­er­ance and accep­tance, can pro­vide an inte­grat­ed, uni­fied approach to resolve the myr­i­ad of symp­toms which are often asso­ci­at­ed with the com­plex eat­ing dis­or­der client. 

The work­shop will apply con­cepts from David Barlow’s Uni­fied Pro­to­col for the Trans­di­ag­nos­tic Treat­ment of Emo­tion­al Dis­or­ders to the treat­ment of com­plex eat­ing dis­or­der patients. Dis­cus­sion will focus on appro­pri­ate assess­ment strat­e­gy, and when a high­er lev­el of refer­ral may be necessary. 

Learn­ing Objectives

Par­tic­i­pants will be able to:

  • Iden­ti­fy under­ly­ing dis­or­dered eat­ing con­cerns in com­plex patients.
  • List at least two key con­cepts to incor­po­rate into eat­ing dis­or­der assess­ment strat­e­gy for all patients.
  • Describe at least two fac­tors that con­tribute to dif­fi­cul­ties in treat­ing com­plex eat­ing disorders. 
  • Iden­ti­fy three ben­e­fits of using a trans­di­ag­nos­tic approach to treat eat­ing disorders.
  • Describe three com­po­nents of an emo­tion­al tolerance. 

About the Speaker

Ash­ley Moser, LMFT, is a Region­al Assis­tant Vice Pres­i­dent at The Ren­frew Cen­ters. Ms. Moser over­sees the clin­i­cal and admin­is­tra­tive oper­a­tions of the Chica­go, IL; Mount Lau­rel, NJ; and the Char­lotte, NC loca­tion, where she also serves as Site Direc­tor. She received her Bachelor’s degree in Psy­chol­o­gy from the Uni­ver­si­ty of Illi­nois Urbana-Cham­paign and her Master’s degree in Mar­riage and Fam­i­ly Ther­a­py from North­west­ern Uni­ver­si­ty. Ms. Moser has exten­sive expe­ri­ence in pro­vid­ing fam­i­ly ther­a­py and clin­i­cal super­vi­sion, with a focus in the treat­ment of eat­ing dis­or­ders and co-occur­ring mood dis­or­ders. She is a fre­quent speak­er on the top­ics of body image, evi­dence-based treat­ment of eat­ing dis­or­ders, and engag­ing fam­i­lies in the treat­ment process.

Event Infor­ma­tion

2 CEU’s avail­able for LCPC/LPC, LCSW/LSW, LMFT/LFT, & CADC

Date: May 202021

Time: 9:00 AM to 11:00 AM

Loca­tion: Vir­tu­al, host­ed by Ken­neth Young Cen­ter. Meet­ing infor­ma­tion will be sent to reg­is­tered participants.

RSVP: Men­tal Health Pro­fes­sion­als and KYC staff are wel­come to join. There is no cost to attend this train­ing event. Please con­tact Luke to RSVP or with ques­tions. Please include your licen­sure in your RSVP email for effi­cient pro­cess­ing of your CEU cred­its, as well as your pre­ferred email address to receive the link to the train­ing session.


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