Specialty Adolescent Hospital Hosts Third Annual Symposium on Eating Disorders

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Veritas Collaborative, a specialty hospital for adolescents with eating disorders is hosting the third annual Symposium on Eating Disorders on Friday, September 19. The Symposium celebrates Veritas Collaborative's commitment to providing specialized eating disorder treatment for patients and families, and gives the community an opportunity to learn from experts in the field.

Veritas Collaborative is a Specialty Behavioral Health Hospital and Center of Excellence for the Treatment of Eating Disorders

Veritas Collaborative

Veritas Collaborative, a specialty hospital for adolescents with eating disorders, hosts its third annual Symposium on Eating Disorders on Friday, September 19 at the Hilton Durham near Duke University.

The Symposium aims not only to celebrate Veritas’ commitment to providing specialized eating disorder treatment for patients and families, but also to give the community an opportunity to learn from experts in the field. With a balance of nutritional, psychotherapeutic, medical, and psychiatric areas-of-focus, the Veritas Collaborative Symposium is, in itself, demonstrative of the multidisciplinary approach to care Veritas believes is vital for the effective treatment of eating disorders.

Attendees will hear from five renowned speakers who are each credentialed by the International Association of Eating Disorders Professionals as Certified Eating Disorders Specialists or Certified Eating Disorders Registered Dietitians. Each session is approved for various continuing education credits and health and mental health professionals will have the opportunity to tour Veritas Collaborative’s 30,000 square foot state-of-the-art treatment facility. The three offered sessions include: “What Every Clinician Should Know and be Able to Discuss with Families About Eating Disorders in Children and Adolescents; “Nutrition Basics in the Treatment of Eating Disorders: Assessment, Refeeding & Continuity of Care”; and “Navigating Levels of Care in Eating Disorders: A Comprehensive and Collaborative Approach”.

Please visit the website for more details: http://veritascollaborative.com/events/symposium2014.

About Veritas: Veritas Collaborative provides individualized, multidisciplinary care for males and females 10-19 years old with eating disorders. Offering treatment continuity throughout three levels of care (inpatient, acute residential and partial hospitalization), Veritas is one of the only specialty hospitals of its kind. With a team of treatment professionals including psychiatrists, dietitians, therapists, nurses, pediatricians and skilled therapeutic assistants, Veritas Collaborative delivers best-practice, evidence-based care, focusing on long-term recovery for patients and their families. Three key components of treatment at Veritas Collaborative are the hands-on culinary program, extensive family involvement in treatment, and the on-site school that allows patients to continue their academic trajectory while on the road to recovery.

Speaker Bios

Ovidio Bermudez, MD, FAAP, FSAHM, FAED, CEDS
Ovidio Bermudez is the Medical Director of Child & Adolescent Services and Chief Medical Officer at Eating Recovery Center in Denver, Colorado and affiliates. He holds academic appointments as Clinical Professor of Psychiatry and Pediatrics at the University Of Oklahoma College Of Medicine and Clinical Professor of Pediatrics at the University Of Colorado School Of Medicine. He is Board certified in Pediatrics and Adolescent Medicine. Dr. Bermudez is a Fellow of the American Academy of Pediatrics, the Society for Adolescent Health and Medicine, the Academy for Eating Disorders, and the International Association of Eating Disorders Professionals. He is Past Chairman and Senior Advisor on Media to the Board of Directors of the National Eating Disorders Association, Co-Founder of the Eating Disorders Coalition of Tennessee (EDCT), Co-founder of the Oklahoma Eating Disorders Association (OEDA), and a founding member of Houston Eating Disorders Specialists (HEDS). Dr. Bermudez has lectured nationally and internationally on eating disorders, childhood obesity, and other topics related to pediatric and adult healthcare. He has also been repeatedly recognized for his dedication and advocacy in the field of eating disorders.

Anna M. Lutz, MPH, RD, LDN, CEDRD
Anna Lutz is a Registered Dietitian with Felton & Lutz Nutrition Therapy in Raleigh, NC, specializing in eating disorders and pediatric/family nutrition. Anna received her Bachelor of Science degree in Psychology from Duke University and Master of Public Health in Nutrition from The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. She is a Certified Eating Disorders Registered Dietitian through the International Association of Eating Disorders Professionals. Anna previously worked at Children’s National Medical Center in Washington, DC and on the Eating and Body Image Concerns Treatment Team at Duke Student Health. Anna has extensive experience providing presentations and trainings to other medical professionals, school personnel, parents, and students.

Alice Merritt, MPH, RD, LDN, CEDRD
Alice is a Registered Dietitian and the Nutrition and Dietetic Services Manager for Veritas Collaborative. She received her Master’s degree in Public Health Nutrition from The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and has specialized training in nutrition therapy for eating disorders. She is a Certified Eating Disorders Registered Dietitian through the International Association of Eating Disorders Professionals. Before joining Veritas, Alice worked as both a campus dietitian and a clinical dietitian in an eating disorder program for both adults and adolescents. Goals of sessions are to establish a healthy relationship with food and find a realistic meal pattern using balance and moderation.

Chase Bannister, MDIV, MSW, LCSW, CEDS
Chase Bannister is the Co-founder, Vice President, and Chief Clinical Officer for Veritas Collaborative and is credentialed as a Certified Eating Disorder Specialist by the International Association of Eating Disorders Professionals. Chase earned concurrent graduate degrees from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill & Duke University completing residencies in clinical social work at Duke University Medical Center & Duke University’s Counseling and Psychological Services. Chase joined Stacie McEntyre in 2006 to create a specialized Dialectical Behavior Therapy-based residential treatment center for adults with eating disorders. Chase is a member of the Academy for Eating Disorders, the International Association of Eating Disorders, the Eating Disorders Coalition, the Residential Eating Disorders Consortium, and serves as Board Vice President of Mental Fitness, Inc., an international non-profit centered on advocacy, prevention, and education about eating disorder mental illnesses.

Beth Riley, MSW, LISW-CP, CEDS
Beth Riley graduated with distinction from Stanford University and earned a Master’s Degree in Social Work from the University of South Carolina. She has been practicing for 17 years and has developed a local, regional and national reputation as a leader in clinical excellence in the field of eating disorders. Ms. Riley is the Founder and Clinical Director of the Riley Center for Eating Disorders, LLC-- an Intensive Outpatient Program and Partial Hospitalization Program in Greenville, South Carolina. She is a Certified Eating Disorder Specialist through the International Association of Eating Disorder Professionals and is a member of the National Eating Disorder Association, the Academy for Eating Disorders and on the board of the South Carolina Society for Clinical Social Workers.

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