2018 iaedp™ Symposium Presents World-Class Keynote Speaker Line-Up

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The International Association of Eating Disorders Professionals (iaedp™) Foundation’s 2018 Symposium, will once again feature world-class keynote speakers to headline its annual conference, slated for March 22-25 in Orlando, Florida at the Omni at ChampionsGate.

“To be able to engage with these accomplished professionals in the field at one time and in one place is an extraordinary opportunity,” said Bonnie Harken, Managing Director at the iaedp™ Foundation.

The International Association of Eating Disorders Professionals (iaedp™) Foundation’s 2018 Symposium, will once again feature world-class keynote speakers to headline its annual conference, slated for March 22-25 in Orlando, Florida at the Omni at ChampionsGate.

“To be able to engage with these accomplished professionals in the field at one time and in one place is an extraordinary opportunity,” said Bonnie Harken, Managing Director at the iaedp™ Foundation. “Their collective mission is not only to discuss their latest research, but also to share their wealth of experiences.”

The keynote speakers will provide their presentations to more than 800 eating disorder healthcare providers expected to attend the 2018 iaedp™ Symposium.

The keynote presentations and speakers are:

The Brain That Changes Itself and Eating Disorders
Norman Doidge, M.D., is a psychiatrist and psychoanalyst, essayist, and poet, on faculty at the Departments of Psychiatry at the University of Toronto, and Columbia University, Center for Psychoanalytic Training and Research. He is a Training and Supervising Analyst at the Toronto Institute of Psychoanalysis. His book, The Brain that Changes Itself was chosen by the Dana Brain Foundation USA’s journal, Cerebrum, from among the 30,000 books written on the brain, as the best general book on the brain.

While eating disorder behaviors and attitudes may be rigid, this does not mean that the brains of patients with those disorders are rigid or lack plasticity; the illness is in part a product of how they use their plasticity, which is a product of their development. We will discuss approaches to the common developmental inhibitions, conflicts and psychodynamics, self-fragmentation, trauma, hopelessness, borderline personality organization and pathological defenses in the therapy of eating disorder patients. The important role of imbalances between our two hemispheres in eating disorders, and right hemisphere-based dissociation from the body, will be highlighted. The lecture will illustrate how to combine a thought and emotion-based, neuroplastically-informed, hemisphere-balancing psychotherapy, with neurofeedback and other modalities, to help patients access their full neuroplastic potential, stimulate dormant brain functions, improve self-regulation and neuromodulation, and develop a more integrated, differentiated view of themselves. When this occurs, patients can develop more life- affirming goals that make ED behaviors less necessary or attractive to them, so that they can grow out of a reliance on them, and mature psychologically at the same time.

  • “The Brain That Changes Itself and Eating Disorders”

Norman Doidge, MD, FRCPC is a psychiatrist and psychoanalyst, essayist and poet on faculty at the Departments of Psychiatry at the University of Toronto and Columbia University, Center for Psychoanalytic Training and Research. Dr. Doidge is a Training and Supervising Analyst at the Toronto Institute of Psychoanalysis. His book, The Brain that Changes Itself, was chosen by the Dana Brain Foundation USA’s journal, Cerebrum, from among the 30,000 books written on the brain as the best general book on the brain.

  • “Making Sense of the Complex Eating Disorder: A Multifaceted Conversation with Founding Leaders in the Treatment of Eating Disorders”

In iaedp’s™ commitment to further meaningful conversations covering challenging topics, a select group of interdisciplinary professionals and founding leaders who have influenced the eating disorder field over several decades, will speak on current topics facing the industry today. The panel line-up includes: Craig Johnson PhD, FAED, CEDS; Philip Mehler MD, FAED, CEDS; Margo Maine PhD, FAED, CEDS; Sondra Kronberg, MS, RD, CEDRD; and Beth Harman McGilley PhD, FAED. CEDS. The discussion will cover a multitude of facets within the treatment industry including nutrition, medical care, psychiatric care, psychological treatments, levels of care, access to care, diverse populations, managed care, provider care and the struggles of those affected by eating disorders.

  • “The Neuroscience of Hope in Eating Disorder Recovery: A Personal and Professional Perspective”

A National Recovery Advocate of Eating Recovery Center’s Family Institute, Jenni Schaefer, BS, is a bestselling author, internationally known speaker and one of two speakers for this keynote presentation. She has appeared on shows like “Today” and “Dr. Oz,” as well as in publications ranging from Cosmopolitan to The New York Times. Jenni’s books include Goodbye Ed, Hello Me and her latest with Harvard Medical School, Almost Anorexic: Is My (or My Loved One’s) Relationship with Food a Problem? Her first book, Life Without Ed, which launched her as a leading light in the recovery movement, has been released in a tenth anniversary edition and audiobook.

The second speaker for this presentation is Ralph Carson, LD, RD, PhD, a nutritionist and exercise physiologist with over 40 years of experience. Dr. Carson is currently Vice President of Science and Innovation for the Eating Recovery Center’s CORE Program for binge eating disorders in Denver and a consultant for Pine Grove Behavioral Health and Addiction Center in Hattiesburg, Mississippi. He is an active member on the board of the iaedp™ Foundation and author of The Brain Fix: What’s the Matter with Your Gray Matter, over 20 scientific published articles and several text book chapters.

  • “Breaking Bad News-Helping Families When They Need Us the Most”

A graduate of Rutgers University and the Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine, Anthony Orsini, DO completed his pediatric residency and neonatal fellowship training at Thomas Jefferson University Hospital in Philadelphia. He has been a practicing physician and a board-certified neonatologist for over 20 years. He currently is the Vice-Chairman of the Department of Neonatology at Winnie Palmer Hospital in Orlando, Florida. Dr. Orsini has spent most of his career teaching healthcare professionals effective and compassionate communication. He is the developer of the Breaking Bad News program that has trained hundreds of healthcare professionals how to communicate tragic news to patients.

About the iaedp™ Foundation: 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. The iaedp™ Foundation proudly announces the supporting sponsors for the 2018 iaedp™ Symposium:

Silver and Event Sponsor: Avalon Hills
Bronze Sponsor: Breathe Life Healing Centers
Bronze Sponsor: Montecatini Eating Disorder Treatment Centers
Bronze Sponsor: Fairwinds Treatment Center

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