Countdown to the 2018 iaedp™ Symposium: Keynote Speakers Are World-Class Line-Up

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With less than four weeks away, the International Association of Eating Disorders Professionals (iaedp™) Foundation’s 2018 Symposium will showcase world-class keynote speakers to headline this year’s conference.

With less than four weeks away, the International Association of Eating Disorders Professionals (iaedp™) Foundation’s 2018 Symposium will showcase world-class keynote speakers to headline this year’s conference.

“There is no other opportunity for professionals in the field to hear all of these speakers in one place,” said Bonnie Harken, Managing Director at the iaedp™ Foundation. “Their primary collective mission is to share their wealth of experience and latest research,” said Bonnie Harken, Managing Director at the iaedp Foundation.

The 2018 iaedp™ Symposium will take place in Orlando, Florida at the Omni at ChampionsGate, March 22 – 25. The keynote speakers will offer their presentations to the nearly 800 eating disorder healthcare treatment providers expected to attend the 2018 Symposium.

The keynote speakers and their presentations are:

  • Norman Doidge, MD: “The Brain That Changes Itself and Eating Disorders”

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.

Dr. Doidge, a psychiatrist and psychoanalyst, essayist and poet, is 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.

  • Anthony Orsini, DO: “Breaking Bad News - Helping Families When They Need Us the Most”

Although breaking bad news is a skill required of all healthcare professionals, 10 percent of physicians report having no formal training in this important skill. Until recently communication training in medicine has been limited to didactic lectures and observation of seniors who may or may not have been trained correctly. These methods have been shown to be ineffective and the lessons learned not sustainable over time. Studies have shown that the manner in which a healthcare professional delivers sad or tragic news can effect patients and families for decades. In addition, studies have shown that when patients and families feel genuine compassion from their healthcare provider, they are more likely to be compliant with their treatments, have improved outcomes.

A graduate of Rutgers University and the Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine, Dr. Orsini 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.

  • Craig Johnson, PhD, FAED, CEDS; Philip Mehler, M.D., CEDS, FAED, FACP; Margo Maine, PhD, FAED, CEDS; Beth Hartman McGilley, PhD, FAED, CEDS, Sondra Kronberg, MS, RD, CEDRD: “Making Sense of the Complex Eating Disorder: Examination of the Management and Therapeutic Potential of Exercise in Eating Disorders”

Eating Disorder treatment requires a multifaceted approach with a multidisciplinary team. No less challenging for the treatment providers is gaining a daily compliance of patients to engage the treatment regimen necessary to find hope and save their lives.

This select group of interdisciplinary professionals, who have influenced the eating disorder fields over decades of practice, will be provided an opportunity to speak on current topics facing the industry today.

  • Jenni Schaefer, BS and Ralph Carson, LD, RD, PhD: “The Neuroscience of Hope in Eating Disorder Recovery - A Personal and Professional Perspective”

Hope is consistently identified as a key component for recovery across mental illnesses. A trigger for healing as well as a maintaining factor, hope has important implications for lasting recovery. Using a neuroscientific model, this workshop combines research and clinical knowledge with a patient’s perspective to demonstrate how hope is real, tangible, and even required in eating disorder recovery. An informative, interactive as well as entertaining presentation, this workshop provides a practical, neuroscientific explanation of hope as well as concrete tools for helping clients to achieve lasting recovery.

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 support to the organization and its mission and includes: Center for Change; Center for Hope of the Sierras; Eating Recovery Center; 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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