From Inquiry to Discharge: the spectrum of treatment for trauma in eating disorders

Melissa_Orshan_Spann_withborderDirector of Admissions Dr. Melissa Spann, co-hosting with the Alliance for Eating Disorders Awareness, will be exploring the spectrum of treatment options for trauma in eating disorders throughout treatment at a presentation tomorrow, Friday December 11th from 9:00am – 12:00pm in West Palm Beach, Florida. If you are interested in attending, please register here. For additional information, please scroll to the bottom of this post. 

Trauma is an emotional response to a terrible event like an accident, rape or natural disaster. Immediately after the event, shock and denial are typical. Longer term reactions include unpredictable emotions, flashbacks, strained relationships and even physical symptoms like headaches or nausea. While these feelings are normal, some people have difficulty moving on with their lives.” 

In this presentation, participants will gain knowledge regarding specialized tools and techniques used to effectively engage clients throughout treatment. From an initial point of inquiry, clients with a co-occurrence of trauma and eating disorder require a specialized approach to treatment in all levels of care. Various treatment techniques and evidences-based practices have proved to have significant results for effective treatment of trauma; however, in the intersection of trauma and eating disorders, specialized consideration of nutritional, medical and eating disorder goals must be given prior to use of trauma techniques.

This presentation will address how to initiate specific trauma-informed therapies according to client background, eating disorder diagnosis, and stage of recovery. During an initial point of inquiry, the use of trauma-informed motivational interviewing provides the client with an opportunity to feel more connected, engaged and as an active participant of their own recovery. This presentation will highlight specifically tools of trauma-informed motivational interviewing as a means to initiate treatment and provide a framework to treatment progression. Additionally, the presenter will provide examples from other clinicians on most challenging trauma eating disorder cases and best practices used.

About Melissa Spann, PhD, CEDS
Melissa Orshan Spann, PhD, CEDS is the Director of Admissions at Oliver-Pyatt Centers. Dr. Spann has presented nationally on topics related to adolescent development, trauma and body image. Her clinical interests include experiential therapies, healthy body image, and women’s issues across the lifespan. Previously, she served as a primary therapist at OPC, The Renfrew Center and Life Counseling Services. Dr. Spann also worked with Moving Traditions, whose premier program, Rosh Hodesh: It’s a Girl Thing! is dedicated to proactively building for health. She received her doctoral degree from Drexel University, Master’s degree from University of Miami and undergraduate degree from University of Florida.

Event Details
Friday, December 11, 2015
9:00 am – 12:00 pm (8:30 am – Light Breakfast and Registration)
West Palm Beach Event Hall | 2223 Palm Beach Lakes Boulevard #101 | West Palm Beach, FL 33409
3 Free CEUs and Light Continental Breakfast!

Registration Fee
In lieu of a registration fee, we are requesting a donation to benefit our organization and the free services we provide community wide.

Items Requested
Donations: Cash/Check Accepted (made out to The Alliance for Eating Disorders)
Gift Cards: Office Depot, Home Depot, Staples, Target, Publix, Amazon
General Supplies: Copy paper, Correction Tape, Clear packing tape, Trash bags-large black, Paper Towels, Tissues, K cups, Postage stamps, Tyvek 8.5×11 mailing envelopes

CEU Information
The Alliance for Eating Disorders Awareness is approved by the Florida Board of Psychology to provide continuing education courses to psychologists (Provider # 50-11298, expires 5/31/2016), Florida Board of Clinical Social Work, Marriage and Family Therapy, and Mental Health Counseling (Provider # 50-11298, expires March 31, 2017) to provide continuing education courses to LCSW’s, LMFT’s, and LMHC’s, Florida Board of Nursing to provide continuing education courses to RNs, LPNs, and ARNPs (Provider # 50-11298, expires 10/31/2017), and Florida Council of Dietetics and Nutrition to provide continuing education courses to RDs, LDs, and LDNs. The Alliance for Eating Disorders Awareness maintains responsibility for this program and its content. This course offers 3 credits.

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