Oliver-Pyatt Centers Clinical Director of Intensive Outpatient and Transitional Living Programs Giulia Suro, PhD will present at OPC’s First Wednesdays Series for Clinical Professionals on Wednesday, February 1st. Dr. Suro will share her expertise on “Using Acceptance and Commitment Therapy to Drop the Rope in the Context of Challenging Therapy Cases”.

Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) challenges conventional wisdom and overturns the ground rules of most of Western psychology. Within the framework of ACT, quality of life is dependent on mindful, values-guided action, regardless of how many symptoms you have. Applying an ACT approach in the context of complex pathology (e.g. personality disorders, trauma, eating disorders) provides an opportunity  to address the numerous and multifaceted factors that maintain the symptom presentation. ACT encourages clients to examine the function of their symptomatology from an objective and compassionate stance. Additionally, ACT techniques teach clients and clinicians alike how to live a meaningful and valued life in the presence of the most painful and unrelenting thoughts and feelings. For our February edition of First Wednesdays at OPC, Dr. Giulia Suro will provide a general overview of the theoretical underpinnings of ACT as well as specific clinical techniques to use in challenging cases.

Through this presentation, participants will be able to identify and define the six core components of the ACT hexaflex. Participants will learn techniques to illustrate the skills of diffusion and experiential acceptance in the context of thoughts and feelings associated with the eating disorder and to define the difference between a value and a goal in the framework of working with clients toward behavioral change.

Lunch begins at 12:00pm and the presentation will be from 12:30-1:30pm. One CE hour will be offered for PhD, PsyD, LMFT, LMHC, LCSW, LPCC and RD. If you would like to join Oliver-Pyatt Center’s First Wednesdays on February 1st, please RSVP to Florida Outreach Manager Callie Chavoustie at or RSVP here by Montday, January 30th.

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Article Inspiration

Posted on January 05, 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.



Combating Fine Project Heal 

Building Resolutions That Create Lasting Change Eating Disorder Hope

New Year’s Resolutions for People in Recovery NEDA 

Tips for Teaching Daughters About Body Kindness Washington Post

Meditation Helps Eating Disorder Recovery Psychology Today 

Creating Your New Normal: Staying the Course Toward Recovery as You Navigate the Holiday Season BEDA


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Oliver-Pyatt Centers Medical Director/Chief of Psychiatry Molly McShane, MD, MPH has played an active role in advocating for Eating Disorder Legislation. Along with her fellow Eating Disorder Coalition board members, Dr. McShane has met with Congress numerous times in an effort to pass the Anna Westin Act of 2015. In this week’s blog post, she shares her personal experience as an EDC Board Member and gives important information about the recently passed Eating Disorder Legislation.

I sat on the edge of my seat in the United States Senate gallery awaiting the vote count for the 21st Century Cures and Mental Health Reform Act of 2016. I was privileged to join my fellow board members of the Eating Disorder Coalition (EDC) in witnessing the historic passage of the first ever eating disorders legislation. The EDC has been advocating for eating disorder legislation for years. Oliver-Pyatt Centers (OPC), along with Monte Nido Programs and other leading eating disorder programs and advocacy organizations throughout the country sponsor the EDC in its mission to advocate at the federal level for treatment of and training in eating disorders. OPC is an “Executive Circle” member, the highest level of membership, of the EDC. As OPC’s Medical Director, I am so proud that our organization makes sponsorship of the EDC a top priority annually. Since joining the EDC Board of Directors in 2015, I have travelled to Washington DC many times to meet with members of Congress and their staff about the Anna Westin Act of 2015.

The Anna Westin Act was named in honor of Minnesota-native Anna Westin who struggled with Anorexia Nervosa for five years and lost her life due to the illness at the young age of 21. Since her death 17 years ago, Anna’s mother, Kitty Westin, has fought tirelessly for eating disorder legislation as an EDC board member so that no parent has to experience what she went through. After the Senate passed the legislation, our team of advocates cheered, hugged and cried in front of the Capitol building. Kitty, an extremely loving extrovert, appeared calm and relieved. She told me she finally feels at peace.

Since the bill’s introduction, the Anna Westin Act has received the support of 101 Senators and Representatives, including 36 Republicans and 65 Democrats, making it the most bipartisan legislation in eating disorders history. The legislation that passed on December 7th contains key provisions from the bipartisan, bicameral Anna Westin Act, including clarification of the existing mental health parity law to improve health insurance coverage for eating disorders and life-saving residential treatment, early identification of eating disorders training for health professionals, and enhanced information and resources to help early identification of eating disorders by the public.

The historic bipartisan legislation passed the House of Representatives on November 30th with a 392-26 vote and passed the Senate on December 7th by 94-5. The bill reached President Barrack Obama’s desk the following week and was signed into law. This legislation will help to early identify and improve access to treatment for the 30 million Americans experiencing an eating disorder in their lifetimes. This would not have been possible without the support of our staff, patients and their families who participated in calling and emailing their Representatives and Senators and encouraging them to vote for this mental health reform. Florida Congressman Ted Deutch (FL-D) and Congresswoman Illeana Ros-Lehtinen (FL-R) were instrumental in fighting for the eating disorder legislation. The EDC board members visited both of their offices in Washington on December 6th, in order to thank them in person for their tremendous support.


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