2018 iaedp™ Symposium Presentation to Reveal Rise of Eating Disorders in Men

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While younger women are statistically at greater risk of suffering from anorexia, it is important to understand that men, too, can be the victim. At the 2018 iaedp™ Symposium, the presentation, “Dominant, Logical, Unemotional: Deconstructing Male Eating Disorders” will reveal the similarities and differences in men with eating disorders and body image concerns.

While younger women are statistically at greater risk of suffering from anorexia, it is important to understand that men, too, can be the victim. At the 2018 iaedp™ Symposium, the presentation, “Dominant, Logical, Unemotional: Deconstructing Male Eating Disorders” will reveal the similarities and differences in men with eating disorders and body image concerns.

This presentation and more than 60 others will be part of the agenda when the 2018 iaedp™ Symposium opens in Orlando, Florida, March 22 – 25, at the Omni at ChampionsGate.

Until recently, eating disorders were typically viewed as a female issue. Today, anorexia, bulimia, and especially binge-eating disorder are on the rise in the male population. Anorexia is now diagnosed in boys as young as eight and 40 percent of those with binge-eating disorders are male.

As part of their discussion, presenters will offer relevant history and current research to better understand the complexities of working with male clients and the role of socialization and masculinity scripts in the etiology and maintenance of disordered eating. Special emphasis will be placed on male gender socialization and roles as both causal factors in eating disorders and specific areas of emphasis in therapeutic treatment. The workshop also will look at special populations, such as men with body dysmorphia and steroid abuse. There will be a special emphasis on how female therapists can better understand the psychology of male clients in order to work with them more effectively.

This insight will be provided by a professional team with industry-leading experience:

Primary presenter: Brian Pollack, LCSW, CEDS
Brian Pollack, LCSW, CEDS received his Masters of Social Work from NYU and his undergraduate degree from Syracuse University. A board member of the National Association for Males with Eating Disorders, he is the only male in the state of New Jersey certified as an eating disorder specialist. He has devoted much of his time and practice advocating for treatment and awareness around male eating disorders. As a former Primary Therapist at Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital's Eating Disorder Program, he provided adolescent, adult and family counseling at all levels of care. He is experienced in co-occurring disorders including substance abuse, mood disorders and trauma and is a psychotherapist in private practice located in Summit, New Jersey.

Co-presenter: Heidi Dalzell, PsyD, CEDS
Heidi Dalzell, PsyD, CEDS is a clinical psychologist with 20 years direct eating disorder experience. Dr. Dalzell has a busy private practice specializing in eating disorders and has a particular interest in the intersection between eating disorders and gender. She has worked in inpatient and outpatient settings. She writes for publications including Kidspeace Healing Magazine. She also is the past coordinator of the Certified Alcohol Counselor Program at Bucks County Community College. As an activist in the area of eating disorders, Dr. Dalzell serves on the board of the Greater Philadelphia chapter of the International Association for Eating Disorders Professionals.

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 Presidents Council provides leadership to the organization and includes: Center for Change; Eating Recovery Center; Green Mountain at Fox Run; Laureate Eating Disorders Program; La Ventana Treatment Programs; McCallum Place Eating Disorder Centers; Monte Nido & Affiliates; Pine Grove Women's Center; Remuda Ranch at the Meadows; Rogers Behavioral Health; Rosewood Centers for Eating Disorders; Selah House; The Renfrew Center; Timberline Knolls; and Veritas Collaborative.            

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
Bronze Sponsor: Pine Grove’s Women’s Center

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