Taking a Closer Look at Affect Regulation in the Treatment of Eating Disorders at 2016 iaedp™ Symposium

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Improving and understanding affect regulation in the treatment of eating disorders may provide a useful and creative approach for treatment of those who suffer from the disease. At the 2016 iaedp Symposium, February 17 – 21, researchers Emmett R. Bishop, MD, FAED, CEDS and Bonnie Brennan, MA, LPC, CEDS will take a closer look at the evolution of affect regulation with the use of third generation therapies, including the Cognitive Behavioral Theory model and its challenges.

Improving and understanding affect regulation in the treatment of eating disorders may provide a useful and creative approach for treatment of those who suffer from the disease. At the 2016 iaedp Symposium, February 17 – 21, researchers Emmett R. Bishop, MD, FAED, CEDS and Bonnie Brennan, MA, LPC, CEDS will take a closer look at the evolution of affect regulation with the use of third generation therapies, including the Cognitive Behavioral Theory model and its challenges.

During the presentation, “A Closer Look at Affect Regulation and ACT,” researchers will provide a frame for how eating disorders and affective regulation interplay. Concepts from Robert Cloninger’s Levels of Consciousness and the downward and upward spirals of thought also will be reviewed. Building on this frame, discussion of the affective origins of eating disorders and the 2004 Gratz and Roemer Multidimensional Model of Emotion Regulation will help clinicians to appreciate the importance of the client’s task of affect regulation in the journey of recovery. In addition, a measure for change in experiential avoidance for the eating disordered population will be introduced.

Strategies for working with affect regulation will be given using the model of Acceptance and Commitment Therapy and its six core processes. These strategies will include experience exercises that can increase acceptance, mindfulness and self-transcendence awareness. Clarifying values and moving the client toward committed actions can be important affect regulation skills to increase self-directed behaviors and decrease experiential avoidance. Symposium attendees will practice these suggested skills through the use of experiential exercises during the presentation. The workshop presenters also will share their experiences for how these therapeutic approaches may present at different levels of care and how to prioritize the tasks of affect regulation from inpatient care to outpatient care.

Primary presenter, Dr. Bishop, has more than 30 years of experience treating eating disorders and is the Medical Director of Outpatient Services and Program Development at Eating Recovery Center in Denver. He has served in iaedp leadership on the iaedp Board of Directors and the iaedp Senior Advisory Board since 1993 and is a past president. In 2014 he was awarded the Lifetime Achievement Award from iaedp. Dr. Bishop also has been a member of the Academy for Eating Disorders since its inception in 1993. Co-presenter, Bonnie Brennan, is the Senior Clinical Director of Adult Residential and Partial Hospital Services at Eating Recovery Center in Denver. In addition to her experience in counseling and marriage/family therapy, she has been instrumental in program and curriculum development. Brennan is a Licensed Professional Counselor and Certified Eating Disorders Specialist.

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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