Please join us for “Setting Boundaries with Parents” presented by Clementine Briarcliff Manor Clinical Director Dani Small, MS, LMFT hosted by MEDA Networking with a Purpose and Monte Nido & Affiliates.

Family work can be one of the most challenging aspect of client care, but also one of the most rewarding. Appropriate boundary setting is integral to managing an adolescent’s reintegration back into the family system. Families are often scared and/or confused as to what type of boundaries will be well received by their child and it is the job of the treatment team to aid them in approaching boundary setting with curiosity and consistency. Another essential aspect of the team’s work is holding proper boundaries with the families themselves. This may be uncomfortable; however, it is absolutely necessary that we as professionals guide families with respect and honesty. Without honesty we are inadvertently perpetuating some of the same patterns that may impede a client’s full recovery. This presentation will explore these concepts and open up discussion as to strategies that will support appropriate implementation of this work.

In this presentation, participants will learn to:

  1. Describe two strategies for teaching families emotional regulation skills to tolerate their child’s distress when faced with new, yet necessary boundaries
  2. List two useful phrases of language for providers when having honest, and sometimes uncomfortable, discussions with families
  3. Describe two strategies for providers to manage their own insecurities or discomfort when holding boundaries with clients and / or families


The presentation will take place on Friday, December 1, 2017 at 11:30am-1:00pm in Newton, MA. 1 CE credit and lunch will be provided! To join, please rsvp to Senior Professional Relations Manager Elizabeth Rozovsky:


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Article Inspiration

Posted on November 09, 2017 by StayConnected

Join us in reading inspirational and informative articles we have cultivated from across the web. If you have found an article you feel is inspirational, explores current research, or is a knowledgeable piece of literature and would like to share with us please send an e-mail here.


Does Your Eating Disorder Feel Like Your Best Friend? Huffington Post

Even in Hopelessness, You are Not Alone Jewish Link

Exactly What to Journal About this Fall to Nurture Your Creative Spirit Mind Body Green

6 Ways to Build Trust with Your Body in Eating Disorder Recovery Angie Viets

Opening Myself to Recovery Project Heal

3 Definitions of Mindfulness that Might Surprise You Psychology Today




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East Coast Medical Director Dr. Molly McShane, MD, MPH is a board certified psychiatrist and practices psychotherapy and medication management for a range of psychiatric conditions including, but not limited to, depression, anxiety, trauma, ADHD, bipolar disorder, obsessive-compulsive disorder, PTSD, panic attacks, substance abuse and eating disorders. In part two of the series, Dr. McShane continues to share more important information on the biological basis of eating disorders.

Brain research has revealed that neurochemistry is disrupted in individuals with eating disorders. Serotonin and dopamine are neurotransmitters that are involved in complex signaling pathways. These pathways are dysregulated in eating disorders, mood and anxiety disorders. Dopamine is involved in functions related to reward, pleasure, movement, compulsion and perseveration. Serotonin is involved in functions related to mood, memory processing, cognition and sleep. Considerable evidence suggests that altered serotonin and dopamine functions contribute to dysregulation of appetite, mood, impulse control and temperament in individuals with eating disorders. Restriction causes reduced plasma levels of tryptophan, the precursor to serotonin, which modulates serotonin activity and therefore symptoms of anxiety and depression. In individuals without eating disorders, dopamine is associated with a positive reinforcement effect in feeding. In other words, eating feels good. In anorexia nervosa, dopamine dysregulation diminishes the reward effects of food, so that eating does not necessarily feel good. Data suggests low levels of dopamine receptors and weakened responsivity of dopamine is associated with increased eating and weight. We also know that appetite-regulating hormones, like leptin and ghrelin, may affect dopamine functioning. Leptin is an appetite suppressing chemical, and ghrelin stimulates the appetite. In patients with anorexia nervosa, ghrelin is abnormally low. In patients with binge eating, leptin is abnormally low. These findings help confirm that eating disorders are not due to “lack of will power”. There are chemical alterations in the brain that affect the development and persistence of eating disorder symptoms.

The more we as providers understand the biological basis of eating disorders, the better equipped we are to provide effective treatments. Based on new research in the field, novel medications are being studied that may help us better treat eating disorders. Psychiatric medications that target serotonin and dopamine pathways, such as SSRIs, can be very helpful in the treatment of eating disorders and co-morbid anxiety and mood disorders. Usually, the best treatment for eating disorders is a multidisciplinary approach involving a therapist specializing in eating disorders, a psychiatrist, nutritionist and primary care physician.

To read part one of the series, click here

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