Please join Eating Disorders Recovery Support (EDRS) for our annual conference weekend: Stepping Out of Our Comfort Zone: Integrating Creativity, Research and Technology to Cultivate Connection. This year's conference will focus on treatment access for marginalized folks, blending evidence-based treatment with creativity and clinical intuition, emerging technologies in eating disorder treatment, and more. The festivities begin with an EDRS Hall of Fame Awards Reception on Friday, January 26 featuring our honorees, heavy hors d'oeuvres and wine, live music, and dancing. All events will be hosted at the Embassy Suites in San Rafael. The all-day conference will follow on Saturday, January 27 with six CEUs.

EDRS 2018 Conference - January 26 & 27 2018


Friday, January 26, 2018
6:00–9:00 pm : EDRS Hall of Fame Awards Reception

Saturday, January 27, 2018
8:00–9:00 am: Registration & Continental Breakfast
9:00–9:30 am: EDRS Welcoming Remarks
9:30–10:30 am: Keynote by Gloria Lucas: Historical Trauma and Modern Day Oppression: How Does This Relate to Eating Disorders?
10:30–10:45 am: Morning Break
10:45 am–12:15 pm: Breakout Sessions #1&2
A. Sand Chang, PhD: Transgender, Gender Affirming Care and Eating Disorder Treatment
B. Maria-Christina Stewart, PhD: Evidence-Based Treatment Integration with Clinical Intuition
12:15–1:15 pm: Lunch
1:15–2:45 pm: Breakout Sessions #3&4
A. DaLene Forester, PhD, LMFT, LPCC: ED, Trauma and EMDR
B. Jenna Tregarthen: Tech Panel - Ethical and Evidence-Based Implications of Emerging Technology in Eating Disorder Treatment
2:45–3:00 pm: Afternoon Break
3:00–4:30 pm: Breakout Session #5&6
A. Ed Hamlin, PhD: Neurofeedback and Eeating Disorder
B. Rachel Liger, MS, RD: Blending Nutrition with Therapy: The Coached Family Meal and Individual Meal Support
4:30–5:00 pm: Closing Remarks
5:00 pm: Conference Adjourns

EVENT PRICING (Click on the green TICKETS button above to purchase)
Awards Reception: $50
Early Bird Conference (deadline December 13, 2017): $170* (includes 6 CEUs)
Conference (after December 13, 2017): $195* (includes 6 CEUs)
Student/Intern/Resident Conference: $50*
*Conference tickets include six CEUs


For funding our events so we can dedicate all funds from the conference registration to the EDRS Treatment and Prevention Scholarship Funds.

EDRS has a limited number of hotel rooms reserved at a special rate for conference attendees at Embassy Suites San Rafael. Booking deadline December 28, 2017. To purchase your discounted room in the group block, please call 415-479-8800 or visit:
All proceeds for the 2018 EDRS Reception & Conference will go towards EDRS Treatment scholarship funds which help those in need of financial assistance for outpatient treatment.


  • ~ Advocacy: Deb Burgard, PhD, FAED ~

  • Deb Burgard, PhD, FAED* is a psychologist and activist from the San Francisco Bay Area specializing in concerns about body image, eating, weight stigma, and relationships. She is also one of the founders of the Health at Every Size(r) model, the original BodyPositive.com website, and the Show Me the Data listserv, building communities where people can find each other and the resources to resist weight stigma, especially in medical and psychological treatment. Her activism includes working with healthcare providers to integrate an understanding of the social determinants of health and creating interventions that address structural oppression and support stigma resistance. She can be found at conferences sparking impromptu dance parties in the pool.

  • ~ Research: Kathleen Kara Fitzpatrick, PhD ~

  • Dr. Kathleen "Kara" Fitzpatrick works at Stanford University/LPCH's Eating Disorders and Bariatric Surgery Clinics where she works in the Department of Psychiatry. Her research work focuses on clinical treatment evaluations for eating disorders, including treatment development, training, and dissemination. Currently, her research focus is on neuropsychological functioning associated with eating disorders, malnourishment and changes in weight.

    Clinically, Dr. Fitzpatrick's work evaluates treatments for children and adolescents including Family-Based Therapy (FBT or "Maudsley"), Cognitive Remediation Therapy (CRT), preparing for weight loss surgery and novel treatments for extreme picky-eating and medical feeding concerns.

  • ~ Medicine: Pamela Carlton, MD ~

  • Pamela Carlton, MD is an adolescent medicine specialist who worked with adolescents and adults with eating disorders from 2000 until she retired from clinical medicine in May 2016. She was very active in physician education related to eating disorders and disordered eating and worked extensively with families to increase their understanding of eating disorder treatment and compiling appropriate treatment teams.

    Dr. Carlton received her medical degree from the University of Southern California and did her Pediatric residency and Adolescent Medicine fellowship at Children’s Hospital Los Angeles. She founded The Carlton Clinic for Eating Related Disorders in 2007 and ran it until her retirement in 2016. Prior to founding the Carlton Clinic Dr. Carlton was clinical faculty in the Division of Adolescent Medicine at Lucile Packard Children’s Hospital at Stanford where she developed and directed their Adolescent Eating Disorder Parent Education and Support Program. She is also the author of “Take Charge of your Child’s Eating Disorder: a parent’s step ¬by ¬step guide to defeating anorexia and bulimia”.

    Since retiring from clinical medicine Dr. Carlton has been working on an organic farm doing environmental education and large animal care. In her work with kids on the farm she often uses the animals as a platform to discuss the principles of HAES and the importance of nourishing and nurturing your body.

  • ~ Psychotherapy: Jackie Holmes, M.Ed., LMFT ~

  • Jackie Holmes, M.Ed., LMFT is the founder and director of Casa Serena Eating Disorders Program, an Intensive Outpatient Program in Concord, CA just 30 minutes west of San Francisco. The program treats teens 13-17 and adults 18 and older, females and males. She got her Master’s in Clinical Psychology from Lewis and Clark College in her home town of Portland, Oregon. Jackie has been working in the field for over 39 years and was the Clinical Director of an Inpatient Unit at John Muir/ Mt Diablo Hospital and while there developed a PHP/ IOP program and Outpatient clinic. After leaving there in 1991 she went into private practice offering groups and workshops along with individual and family sessions. Then finding a lack of services for a continuum of care in the area she started Casa Serena in 2006. She also continues to work in her Outpatient Clinic in the same location. She is on the advisory board for EDRS and helped with registration for over 10 years. She helped develop and teaches in the Eating Disorder Certificate program at JFK university and is one of the key presenters working to train therapists to work in the field. She recently started teaching at UC Berkeley’s Eating Disorder Certificate program as well. Recovered herself from Bulimia she brings a passion for helping clients and their families to heal and recover. She is also writing a book at the stages of recovery pulling from her vast experience working with this population, hoping to retire soon to get it done.

  • ~ Nutrition: Stephanie Brooks, MPH, RD, CEDRD ~

  • Stephanie Brooks, MS, RD, CEDRD founded Bay Area Nutrition, LLC in 1999 to provide individuals, families and groups with evidence based and user friendly nutrition therapy and consultation. Stephanie has been practicing since 1991 and earned her BS in nutrition and clinical dietetics from UC Berkeley, her MS in nutrition and food science from San Jose State University, and a certificate in eating disorders from John F. Kennedy University. Additionally, Stephanie is FBT (Family Based Therapy) trained and a Certified Eating Disorders Registered Dietitian from IAEDP. Stephanie is a nationally recognized expert in the field of disordered eating and pediatric feeding problems. In addition to her work with individuals, groups and families, she provides training and supervision for dietitians and other professionals regarding eating disorders, various nutrition topics and business development. Stephanie is passionate about her work and loves to see the 'ah-ha' moments when clients start to feel better, have more energy, improve health and relationship with food and body. She practices a "Health at Every Size" philosophy and utilizes an Intuitive Eating approach to eating, activity and life balance when appropriate.

We are honored to celebrate their hard work and dedication!




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Dear Friends of EDRS,

As many of you know, over the last 10 years, EDRS has grown by leaps and bounds. Our conferences have evolved from local gatherings to nationally recognized events.

Our goal is to provide ongoing education, as well as opportunities for professional collaboration and outreach, in order to better address the needs of our local and regional communities. We hope to create opportunities to collaborate as a community and welcome your input and participation as we chart this new direction.

We are excited to announce our new Board: [See our new board members]

We are also excited to return to our full-scale annual conference in 2018!

Hope you can join us at our upcoming events,

Marcella M Raimondo, PhD, MPH (PSY#27037)
EDRS President

EDRS, Inc.

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