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The 2012 Symposium ~ CED welcomes five distinguished treatment experts from around the world

The Center for Eating Disorders at Sheppard Pratt is proud to present Eating Disorders: State of the Art Treatment, on April 21st, 2012 in Baltimore, Maryland.  This is an exciting opportunity for phsyicians, psychologists, social workers, counselors, nurses, dietitians  and other treatment professionals looking to expand and deepen their knowledge and expertise in the treatment of individuals  with eating disorders.  You can learn more about the 2012 distinguished panel of speakers below.

We hope you’re planning to join us in Baltimore on April 21st.  


2012 Speaker Bios


Kelly G. Wilson, Ph.D.  ~ Dr. Wilson is an Associate Professor of psychology at the University at Mississippi. He is Past President of the Association for Contextual Behavioral Science, Representative-at-Large of the Society for a Science of Clinical Psychology, and is one of the co-developers of Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT). He is a devoted teacher and winner of the University of Mississippi Elsie M. Hood Outstanding Teaching Award. Wilson has devoted himself to the development and dissemination of ACT and its underlying theory and philosophy for the past 22 years, and has published numerous articles and chapters, as well as 10 books including Acceptance and Commitment Therapy: The Process and Practice of Mindful Change and his newest books Mindfulness for Two, and The Wisdom to Know the Difference: An Acceptance and Commitment Therapy Workbook for Overcoming Substance Abuse. He has central interests in the application of behavioral principles to understanding topics such as purpose, meaning and values, therapeutic relationship, and mindfulness. Wilson is the founder of Onelife Education and Training, LLC and has presented workshops and provided consultancy in 26 countries, and has participated in a wide range of research projects in the U.S., Sweden, Spain, and the United Kingdom.  At the upcoming Symposium, Dr. Wilson will be presenting two talks, including Acceptance & Commitment Therapy for Eating Disorders and Body Image Disturbance as well as a breakout session aimed at helping clinicians to utilize ACT with their most difficult cases.

Timothy Brewerton, M.D.  ~ Dr. Brewerton is Clinical Professor of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences at the Medical University of South Carolina in Charleston, where he founded and directed the Eating Disorders Program (1987-2001) and was Medical Consultant at the National Crime Victims Research and Treatment Center (1996-2001). Dr.Brewerton is triple board certified in general psychiatry, child/adolescent psychiatry and forensic psychiatry, and is currently in private practice in Mt. Pleasant. He is Distinguished Fellow of the American Psychiatric Association and Founding Fellow of the Academy of Eating Disorders (AED). He served on the AED Board of Directors and is Past-President of the Eating Disorders Research Society and the South Carolina Council for Child-Adolescent Psychiatry. He is also currently President-elect of the South Carolina Psychiatric Association. Dr. Brewerton has published over 120 articles and book chapters, and is Editor of the text, Clinical Handbook of Eating Disorders: An Integrated Approach(2004). Dr. Brewerton serves on the Editorial Boards of the International Journal of Eating Disorders, Eating Disorders: The Journal of Treatment and Prevention, and Current Nutrition and Food Science. He is a well-recognized expert in eating and related disorders, having presented well over 300 lectures, workshops and symposia in the U.S. and around the world. Most recently, Dr. Brewerton’s work with trauma and eating disorders and his substantial contributions to the field were honored as he was awarded as IAEDP’s 2012 Honorary CEDS (Certified Eating Disorders Specialist).  At CED’s upcoming symposium, Dr. Brewerton will be presenting a keynote presentation entitled Trauma and Eating Disorders: Updates and Advances in Managing the Complex Comorbidity as well as a breakout session for clinicians who work heavily with this patient population.  Hear more about Dr. Brewerton’s research in this Q & A about the intersection of eating disorders & trauma.

Joanne Dolhanty, Ph.D. ~ Dr. Joanne Dolhanty has worked in the field of eating disorders for over 20 years. She completed her doctoral studies in Clinical Psychology at York University, and trained and worked in the Toronto General Hospital Eating Disorder Program for 15 years. She currently works as a psychologist in the Eating Disorder Clinic at the Credit Valley Hospital, and at the Mt. Pleasant Therapy Centre, in Toronto. For the past several years she has been working with Dr. Les Greenberg to develop the application of Emotion-Focused Therapy (EFT)to eating disorders and is committed to training other professionals in this approach.  Dr. Dolhanty has facilitated a number of professional workshops on EFT across Canada and the U.S., including presentations for the Academy for Eating Disorders’ International Conference, the World Congress of Behavioral and Cognitive Therapies, and the Eating Disorders Research Society.  At the April 21, 2012 symposium, Dr. Dolhanty will be providing presentation entitled, Fat Is a Feeling: Emotion-Focused Therapy in the Treatment of Body Image Disparagement, as well as a breakout session for clinicians looking  for an Introduction to Skill-Development in Using EFT in the Treatment of Eating Disorders.

B. Timothy Walsh, M.D.  ~ Dr. Walsh is a graduate of Princeton University and of Harvard Medical School, joined the staff of Columbia University Medical Center in 1979 and established the Eating Disorders Research Unit at New York State Psychiatric Institute. Dr. Walsh is currently the Ruane Professor of Pediatric Psychopharmacology in the Department of Psychiatry at the College of Physicians & Surgeons, Columbia University, and Director of the Division of Clinical Therapeutics at New York State Psychiatric Institute. Dr. Walsh’s research group has examined biological and psychological abnormalities which contribute to the development and perpetuation of disturbances in eating behavior, and investigated both psychological and pharmacological treatments for Anorexia Nervosa, Bulimia Nervosa and Binge Eating Disorder. Dr. Walsh is a member of the DSM-V Task Force and chairs the Eating Disorders Workgroup for DSM-V. He is a past president of the Academy for Eating Disorders, and of the Eating Disorders Research Society.  On April 21st, Dr. Walsh will be discussing the important topic of Eating Disorders in the DSM-V: Why the Criteria Have Changed and What it Means for You and Your Practice.  He will also facilitate a breakout session focused on Enhancing Recovery from Anorexia Nervosa.

Janet Treasure, Ph.D., FRCPsych  ~ Professor Janet Treasure is Director of the Eating Disorder Unit and Professor of Psychiatry at University College London. She has more than 25 years experience in the treatment and study of eating disorders and is currently director of the Eating Disorders Service. Professor Treasure is also Chief Medical advisor for BEAT and a fellow for the Academy of Eating Disorders. During her career, she has edited seven academic texts on eating disorders and authored multiple books for individuals, families and clinicians, including The Clinician’s Guide to Collaborative Caring in Eating Disorders: The New Maudsley Method. Professor Treasure has been active in research and has over 150 peer reviewed papers in print. Among the numerous awards she has received for her work, are the 1984 Gaskell medal from the Royal College of Psychiatrists and the 2004  Leadership Award in Research from AED. In addition to her considerable research into eating disorders, Professor Treasure has been highly involved in treatment trials for type 1 diabetes through CBT and motivational interviewing. Professor Treasure has trained over 20 PhD students in research on eating disorders and is one of the most highly decorated academics in this branch of research. We are excited to have her as part of the 2012 Symposium where she will present:  Accentuating the Positive and Enhancing Motivation to Change: Essential Tools to Help Patients with Eating Disorders Engage in Treatment.  Dr. Treasure will also conduct a breakout session entitled, Collaborative Care and Skills Sharing with Families to Facilitate Motivation to Change.

There are still a few spots left for the upcoming professional symposium, Eating Disorders: State of the Art Treatment, on April 21, 2012 in Baltimore, MD.  If you’d like to attend, please download the program brochure for details and complete your online registration here.

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