Diagnosing and Treating Eating Disorders:

Empirically-Based Approaches and New Innovations

Thursday, October 10, 2019
The Crestview Country Club 
Agawam, MA

8:30 AM - 4:00 PM
6 CE Contact Hours

Kamryn Eddy, PhD
Course Description
This hands-on training will provide a practical introduction to the clinical management of eating disorders. After reviewing assessment and diagnosis, Dr. Eddy will offer practical guidance on how to deliver evidence-based treatment, including cognitive-behavioral therapy (CBT) for adults, and family-based treatment (FBT) for children and adolescents. She will also cover the four phases of CBT, including creating the personalized formulation, identifying barriers to change, addressing maintaining mechanisms, and preventing relapse as well as the three phases of FBT, including parental re-feeding, transitioning control back to the adolescent, and returning to normal development.  In addition to formal lecture, the training will include interactive components such as video vignettes, question and answer sessions, and clinical role-plays.

Learning Objectives - at the end of this workshops, participants will be able to:    
  1. Describe the core principles of assessment and diagnosis across the spectrum of eating disorders.
  2. Explain the essential premise and broad phases of family-based treatment for adolescents with eating disorders.
  3. List the specific techniques (e.g., grave scene, family meal, charging parents with the task of re-feeding) of family-based treatment for adolescents with eating disorders.
  4. Summarize the essential premise and broad phases of cognitive-behavioral therapy for adults with eating disorders.
  5. List the specific techniques (e.g., self-monitoring, formulation, stimulus control) of cognitive-behavioral therapy for adults with eating disorders.
Kamryn Eddy, PhD,  practices empirically-supported therapies including cognitive behavioral and family-based treatments for eating disorders in children, adolescents, and adults. Along with her colleague, Dr. Jennifer Thomas, Dr. Eddy developed a novel cognitive-behavioral therapy for avoidant/restrictive eating disorder (CBT-AR), which was published by Cambridge University Press. Dr. Eddy is the author of over 120  published research papers and book chapters, and focuses her program of research on diagnostic classification, neurobiological bases of eating disorders, and longitudinal outcomes. She is the principal investigator of several studies, including a study of the neurobiology of low weight eating disorders, a novel hormonal treatment study of anorexia nervosa  and the female athlete triad, and a treatment study of CBT-AR. The overarching objective of her work is to carefully describe the clinical presentations of individuals with eating disorders in order to address questions about why, and in whom these illnesses are most likely to develop, and to inform the development of novel treatments for these serious conditions. Dr. Eddy is a Fellow of the Academy for Eating Disorders and a member of the Eating Disorders Research Society and her research is supported through the National Institutes of Health and private foundations. 
Schedule and Course Outline
Thursday, October 10, 2019
The Crestview Country Club, Agawam, Massachusetts

8:00 AM - 8:30 AM Registration and Coffee
8:30 AM - 10:15 AM
Assessment and Treatment Planning
  • Review DSM-5 criteria for eating disorders
  • Introduce assessment tools
  • Provide overview of FBT and CBT to guide treatment planning
10:15 AM - 10:30 AM Break & Refreshments
10:30 AM - 12:00 PM
Family-Based Treatment (FBT) for Adolescent Eating Disorders
  • Basic tenets of FBT
  • Phases I-III
  • Case examples and videos 
12:00 PM - 1:00 PM Lunch at the Crestview, included with your registration
1:00 PM - 2:30 PM
Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy (CBT) for Eating Disorders
  • Basic tenets of CBT
  • Phases I-II
  • Case examples and role plays   
2:30 PM - 2:45 PM Break and Refreshments
2:45 PM - 3:45 PM
CBT for Eating Disorders continued
  • Phases III-IV
  • Case examples and role plays   
3:45 PM - 4:00 PM Questions and Answers