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March 1, 2014

Cognitive Behavioral Strategies for Body Image Disturbance: Helping Patients to See Beyond "Ed"

PROFESSIONAL WORKSHOP / Co-Presenters: Jenny Thomas, PhD and Jenni Schaefer

This 2-hour professional education presentation will focus on cognitive-behavioral strategies for body image disturbance. Using evidence-based approaches such as Fairburn’s (2008) Cognitive Behavior Therapy and Eating Disorders as a base, we will draw from Dr. Thomas's research and clinical experience -- and Jenni Schaefer's personal experience of recovery -- to describe how clinicians can breathe life into the manual. Specifically, we will present findings on the cognitive and behavioral features of body image disturbance (e.g., checking, avoidance), and describe the innovative ways that we have engaged reluctant patients—turning exposures into fashion shows, cognitive restructuring into video jeopardy, and tailor-designing all manner of behavioral experiments. Teaching strategies will include lectures, video, role-plays, and group discussions. All registrants will also receive a signed copy of Jenny Thomas and Jenni Schaefer’s book, Almost Anorexic.

Saturday, March 1, 2014
8:00 - 11:00 AM   (8-9am: Registration & Networking Breakfast / 9-11am: Workshop)

The Conference Center at Sheppard Pratt
6501 North Charles Street

Towson, MD 21204

REGISTRATION & FEES:Almost Anorexic book cover

Online Registration is now OPEN.  Click here to REGISTER ONLINE or download the Program Brochure to register by mail or fax.

Registration includes admission to the training, breakfast and refreshments, 2.0 continuing education credits, and a signed copy of the speakers' newest book, Almost Anorexic: Is My (or My Loved One's) Relationship with Food a Problem? (The Almost Effect).

Registration by February 21st……………..$25.00

Registration after February 21st …..………$35.00



This activity is approved for 2.0 clock hours for National Certified Counselors (provider #5098). Upon completion of the program, Social Workers will be awarded 2.0 Category I contact hours. Psychologists will be awarded 2.0 CEU hours.


Jenny Thomas, PhDJennifer J. Thomas, PhD., is an Assistant Professor of Psychology,Department of Psychiatry, Harvard Medical School, Co-Director, Eating Disorders Clinical and Research Program, Massachusetts General Hospital. Her groundbreaking scientific research, which focuses on the development of an eating disorder typology that better reflects clinical reality, has been funded by the National Institute of Mental Health, the Klarman Family Foundation, and the Hilda and Preston Davis Foundation. She has published forty scientific articles and chapters, serves on the editorial boards of International Journal of Eating Disorders and Journal of Abnormal Psychology, and is a member of the Academy for Eating Disorders and Eating Disorders Research Society. She lives in downtown Boston, where she also maintains a private psychotherapy practice, helping people with almost anorexia and other officially recognized eating disorders.

Jenni SchaeferJenni Schaefer’s breakthrough bestseller, Life Without Ed: How One Woman Declared Independence from Her Eating Disorder and How You Can Too, established her as one of the leading lights in the recovery movement. With her second book, Goodbye Ed, Hello Me: Recover from Your Eating Disorder and Fall in Love with Life, she earned her place as one of the country’s foremost motivational writers and speakers. Jenni's straightforward, realistic style has made her a role model, source of inspiration, and confidant to people worldwide looking to overcome adversity and live more fully. She speaks at conferences, at major universities, and in corporate settings; has appeared on many syndicated TV and radio shows; and has been quoted in publications including The New York Times. She is also chair of the Ambassadors Council of the National Eating Disorders Association. An accomplished singer/songwriter, she lives in Austin, Texas.

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