Partners in Recovery: Empowering Parents as Agents of Change for Children with Eating Disorders

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Recent research on family-based treatment for eating disorders demonstrates that parents are powerful support in recovery. In research to be presented during the 2016 iaedp Symposium, a therapist, dietitian and parent will discuss novel strategies in the field of eating disorders for engaging and collaborating with families.

Recent research on family-based treatment for eating disorders demonstrates that parents are powerful support in recovery. In research to be presented during the 2016 iaedp Symposium, a therapist, dietitian and parent will discuss novel strategies in the field of eating disorders for engaging and collaborating with families.

The presentation, “Worst Attendant to Partners in Recovery: Empowering Parents as Agents of Change for Children and Adolescents with Eating Disorders,” will reveal the new innovative treatment strategies, along with over 40 other workshops, during the annual iaedp Symposium at the Omni on Amelia Island, Florida on February 17 – 22, 2016. Early registration information for the iaedp Symposium can be found at iaedp.com.

This workshop on family-based treatment will start with a historical review of the marginalization of parents in treatment for child and adolescent eating disorders, especially as compared to other medical and psychiatric problems. A growing body of scientific research demonstrates that parents and caregivers can be a powerful support for a child in recovery from an eating disorder. This model of care is a radical shift from the traditional individually focused therapeutic approach and requires significant changes in how patients and families are treated within a clinical practice.

Primary presenter, Lauren Muhlheim, Psy D, CEDS, and co-presenters, Therese Waterhous, PhD, RDN and Lisa La Borde, BA, LLB, Acc FM, will discuss the role of family as vital resources for recovery and techniques for engaging families in treatment. A parent of a child in recovery also will share her experience as well as strategies clinicians can use to mobilize, empower and support parents.

About iaedp: Since 1985, the International Association of Eating Disorders Professionals has provided education and training standards to an international and multidisciplinary group of various healthcare treatment providers and helping professions.

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