EDAWC 2010

EDAWC 2009
November 25, 2014
EDAWC 2011
November 25, 2014

EDAWC 2010

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February 4th, 5th and 6th ~ 2010
Lucchesi Community Center
320 N. McDowell Blvd. Petaluma, CA 94954

EDRS in collaboration with APTED and Casa Serena IOP presents an Eating Disorders Awareness Fund Raising
Building a Bridge of Compassion: The Heart of Recovery
We are pleased to present an overview of the 2010 two day conference held on February 5th and 6th with a
Pre conference screening of America the Beautiful on February 4th.

The primary focus of the conference is exploring the role of compassion in the recovery process, as it applies to individuals as well as their family members and their treatment providers. This is a fund raising event for the EDRS Treatment Scholarship Fund to benefit individuals who are in need of financial assistance for treatment.

Thursday Evening 6:00pm – 9:00pm

The movie screening of America the Beautiful is followed by a panel discussion moderated by Haleh Kashani, Ph.D. and Michelle Minero, MFT along with college students and other community members discussing ways to empower all of us to fight the negative media messages around our bodies and our selves. This is followed by a social hour.

Friday 9AM – 5PM

9:00 – 9:15 Welcoming and Introductions

9:15 – 10:00 Keynote

Presenter: Haleh Kashani, Ph.D.: The Art and Science of Self Compassion: The Heart of Recovery
This presentation will review the latest discoveries in evolutionary approaches to emotions, discuss the research findings on self-compassion and other positive emotions on psychological well being and introduces tools and techniques for self-compassion training in recovery from eating disorders.

10:00 – 11:15

Exploring an Empowering Approach to Treating Weight and Eating Problems
This workshop will introduce participants to the Body Positive Intuitive Health™ Model which was developed with the intention of helping people of all shapes and sizes achieve a sustainable, healthy lifestyle while creating positive relationships with their bodies, food, and exercise. The Intuitive Health™ Model is based on four core competencies: Exploration, Practice, Mindfulness, and Connection. In this workshop we will explore the core competencies of Mindfulness and Connection. With Mindfulness training, individuals become more aware of their critical voices and begin to cultivate self love and a respectful relationship to their bodies. The final core competency, Connection, reaches the heart. The purpose here is to create communities in which we support one another in choosing to love and honor our unique bodies, therefore expanding our potential to create positive change in our own lives and in the world.

11:15 – 11:30 Break

11:30 – 12:45 Workshop 1

Presenter: Jackie Holmes, MFT, Recovery, Relapse and Recurrence in ED Treatment
The path of healing from eating disorders isn’t a straight line. Every clinician needs to develop a compassionate understanding of the phases of recovery. This presentation will address various definitions of recovery, techniques for helping the client deal with relapsing or “slipping” as well as looking at recurrence as a component of the overall healing process.
The goals of the class are to help professionals and lay people to develop an understanding that recovery includes relapsing as a learning tool and not a sign of failure. A two day conference conducted for professionals working with eating disorders as well as community members. I will also seek to help clarify some of the reasons for recurrence and how to help clients be more compassionate with themselves when they hit these places on their path of healing. Using research information and stories from my own client base I will discuss how recovery, relapse and recurrence are vital aspects of the overall healing process.

11:30 – 12:45 Workshop 2

Presenter: Michelle Minero, MFT: Your body is a Bridge for Healing.
This workshop will introduce the concept and practice of the mindful use of your own body in therapy as an essential component to your client’s ability to access and heal their relationship with their body. As therapists working with eating disordered clients, our biggest challenge after helping them refrain from disordered behaviors, is to engender body love. To facilitate a positive body image, and body love to our clients, we must “practice what we preach” in order to be a bridge for their healing. You are the bridge to self love for your clients.
In this workshop you will experience the healing power of body love, forgiveness, and body gratitude scans. You will leave with a template for a body love practice through the use of writing, visualization, Chi Movement, dialogue with your body, and sharing in a confidential, sacred environment.

These tools and strategies can be taught to your clients in session, and become their body love practice.

12:45 – 1:45 Lunch, on your own

1:45 – 3:15 Workshop 3

Presenter: Barbara Bersinger, THD, MPH, RD: The Intuitive Body: Seven Interactive Steps to Integrate Body, Mind, Soul and Spirit in ED Recovery:
The Seven Steps, each with an experiential learning component, emphasize restoring balance along the full continuum of eating and weight issues, preventing weight cycling or rebounding from one eating and weight concern to another. Decoding the Symbolic Meaning in Hungers, Food Cravings, and Body Talk, a process developed by the presenter, reveals unwanted feelings and unmet intrinsic needs rooted in disordered eating thoughts and behaviors. Through self-discovery, the client quickly learns how to satisfy his/her physical, emotional or spiritual needs. Experiential activities and case studies will be explored.

1:45 – 3:15 Workshop 4

Presenter: Melissa Rocchi, MAAT, LCPC, ATR: Befriending the Body: Using the Creative Process in Regaining a Sense of Self
This experiential workshop will define the creative process. Examples of group activities using the creative process with eating disorder clients will be given. Participants will engage in art and dance/movement experiential exercises focusing on regaining a sense of self, following by verbal processing. The session will conclude with discussion on how to apply the creative process into individual work with eating disordered clients.

3:15 – 3:30 Break

3:30 – 5:00 Workshop 5

Presenter: Patricia Ravitz, MFT: Treating Binge Eating Disorder: what works & what doesn’t In this presentation we will be exploring how somatically oriented expressive arts (movement, meditation, drawing, and writing) can bring forth the body’s self healing. Women in this culture and especially women with eating disorders and body image distortion are subtly and overtly taught to dissociate from and self-objectify their bodies. Cognitive Behavioral psychology stays in the realm of verbal therapy when facilitating recovery, which often does not heal the nonverbal wounding in women who have lost an internal felt-sense of their body. By incorporating somatic felt-sense and expressive art images into healing, women can regain a connection with their body-self that is often bypassed in other psychological orientations.
Traveling through the body (feet, legs, mask/unmask, heart, stomach, pelvis, spine, and full body portrait) with an expressive arts slide show of artwork created by women recovering from eating disorders/body image distortion, we will explore what it means to be aware of the body’s felt-experience, re-image-in-ing its self from the inside out.

Saturday 9:00am – 5:00pm

9:00 – 9:15 Welcoming and Introductions
9:15 – 10:00
Presenter: Haleh Kashani, PhD: The “Healthy Family” model to childhood obesity treatment and prevention: An alternative to weight-focused programs
This presentation will examine the variables that contribute to childhood obesity. We will review the current research on treatment and prevention of childhood obesity and introduce the “Healthy Family” model: a family-based, parent-training program aimed at creating healthy environment for the family as a whole.

10:00 – 11:15

Presenters: Lauralee Roark, MA and Carol Normandi, MFT: Moving Beyond Hunger
Moving beyond hunger is the ability to understand our physical, emotional and spiritual hungers and to satisfy them. This workshop will discuss the 10 principles that define the Beyond Hunger philosophy, which was created to help individuals recover from disordered eating and body hatred. Through interactive discussions and experiential exercises, Carol and Laurelee will explore how to 1)lay the foundation for recovery using compassion and non-judgmental observation; 2) integrate intuitive eating, emotional wisdom and body acceptance into the recovery process and 3) create a framework for the recovery process.
The workshop will explain how to integrate the principles into participants’ personal and professional lives and is beneficial to those struggling with food and body image as well as those working in the professional community.

11:30 – 12:45 Lunch, on your own

Presenter: Veronica Benjamin, Registered Dietitian: The Recovery Journey: A Nutrition Perspective
This workshop will discuss the varying indicators of recovery from a nutrition perspective (including food issues, eating behaviors and body image criteria). We will examine the process of recovery: length of time, the ups and downs of recovery and how one changes their belief system, thought process and behaviors. We will also explore the unique ways a Registered Dietitian/Nutrition Therapist can support the client and their families.

12:45 – 1:45

1:45 – 3:15 Workshop 1

Presenter: Cat Meehan, CIC, MA Candidate: Art Cards and Journey Maps; Creating New Paths to Recovery for Individuals, Parents and Care givers.
Using intuitive art process, guided imagery and your own deep knowing you can find and create a new path toward recovery and reclaiming wellness in Art Cards and Journey Maps, both include simple, enjoyable collage and intuitive writing. Eating Disorders and illness often erode the sense of self of an individual, as well as that of family members and support people. Art as Healing is a useful bridge to deeper understanding and helps to assist traditional therapies and treatment through inclusion of personal reflection, connection, creation, intention and use of powerful imagery. Art is a bridge to compassion and aids in communication for all individuals affected by illness. Sharing ones own vision and witnessing another’s art provides a powerful tool for non-verbal communication and transformation that is invaluable for healing. This is an informational and hands-on creative process workshop.

1:45 – 3:15 Workshop 2 and 3

1:45 – 2:30 Presenter: Doris Smeltzer, M.A., Andrea’s Voice Foundation President: A Mother’s Perspective and What My Daughter Taught ME.
This presentation is an honest testimonial of a mother’s journey and her own awakening during her daughter’s struggle with an eating disorder. This is a very real look at the tragedy of eating disorders and the toll it takes on the family. This presentation also provides a message of hope and possibilities.

2:30 – 3:15 Presenter: Jackie Holmes, MFT: Compassionate Recovery: What I Learned about Myself on the Path
This presentation will explore the path of recovery, which includes, relapsing and recurrence of the eating disorder, as an opportunity for growth and learning. Told from the perspective of a professional person who has struggled with an eating disorder and through the use of compassion practice has been able to heal from bulimia.

3:15 – 3:30 Break

3:30 – 4:30

Conversations on healing and recovery moderated by Jackie Holmes, MFT, Casa Serena IOP Director, Doris Smeltzer, President of Andrea’s Voice Foundation and Deborah Brenner-Liss, Ph.D., APTED President along with individuals in recovery and family members they discuss the value of compassionate connections in the overall healing process.

Conference Information

Thursday 6:00pm – 9:00pm February 4th
Friday 9:00am – 5:00pm February 5th
Saturday 9:00am – 5:00pm February 6th

Lucchesi Community Center 320 N. McDowell Blvd. Petaluma, CA.

This is a donation only event for professionals and the general public. All proceeds go the EDRS Scholarship Fund.

CEU Information
This conference will also provide a total of 15 CEUs for professionals (MFT and LCSW only) at a discounted rate. The fee for Thursday for 3 CEUs is $30 dollars and for Friday and Saturday the fee for 6 CEUs each day is $75 per day. Work scholarships available.

We request Pre-Registration or RSVP. Please Contact Casa Serena IOP at (925) 682-8252 or email directly to: info@casaserenaedp.com