2016 iaedp Symposium Offers Workshop to Communicate What Eating Disorder Professionals Need to Know about Trauma and PTSD

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Eating disorders and post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) are debilitating conditions that co-occur frequently. While a significant number of women and men with eating disorders report a history of trauma, research suggests that it is PTSD, not the trauma itself, that best predicts the development of an eating disorder.

Eating disorders and post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) are debilitating conditions that co-occur frequently. While a significant number of women and men with eating disorders report a history of trauma, research suggests that it is PTSD, not the trauma itself, that best predicts the development of an eating disorder.

At the 2016 iaedp Symposium, the workshop, “What Eating Disorder Professionals Need to Know about Trauma and PTSD: A Personal and Professional Perspective,” explores what eating disorder professionals need to know about working with traumatized individuals with PTSD. Presenter Timothy D. Brewerton, MD, DFAPA, FAED, DFAACAP, HCEDS will review issues around etiology, assessment, diagnosis and treatment approaches. The workshop’s co-presenter, bestselling author and internationally known speaker, Jenni Schaefer, will discuss her personal experience with trauma and PTSD and how this important condition has been missed, misdiagnosed and mistreated.

The 2016 iaedp Symposium, scheduled for February 17-22, will be held at the Omni on Amelia Island in Florida. Registration information can be found at http://www.iaedp.com.
Dr. Brewerton will shed light not only on the life-threatening aspects of EDs, but also how trauma and PTSD predicts a greater likelihood of developing one or more of the leading causes of death. Schaefer, an author and recovered patient with an eating disorder history, will share her personal experience with trauma and PTSD. She will discuss the importance of evidence-based therapeutic and pharmacologic approaches as well as alternative interventions.

During this workshop, participants will learn major risk factors for eating and related co-morbid disorders, including genetic, environmental and epigenetic factors and their interaction with a particular emphasis on the role of stress, trauma and PTSD. Systematic, evidence-based assessment and treatment approaches of EDs complicated by PTSD and psychiatric co-morbidity will be addressed. Combining research and clinical knowledge with a patient’s perspective, this unique, interactive workshop is for novice and seasoned clinicians.

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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