International Association of Eating Disorder Professionals

San Diego Chapter

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Sept. 18th, 2019:

 “Hey That’s My Scope: Bridging the Gap Between Therapeutic and Dietary Practices”

Speaker: Jamie Atkins, RDN, CEDRD-S & Amy Costa, PsyD, LMFT, CEDS-S

Wednesday, September 18th
9:00 – 10:30am
Registration & Networking at 9:00am
Lecture from 9:30am – 10:30am

Location:

Good Samaritan Church of La Jolla
4321 Eastgate Mall
San Diego, CA 92121

Cost:

Prior to the event:
$20/members $25/non-members
At the door:
$25/members $30/non-members
**Pay at the Door via Credit Card, Cash, Check**

1 CEU offered for LCSW & LMFT 
Light breakfast provided

*Program Description:

When working with clients with eating disorders – at all levels of care – there can be lots of cross-over topics/discussions leaving clinicians wondering if they are staying within their own scope of practice.  Can a therapist talk about food? Can a dietitian talk about trauma? This presentation will discuss the scope of practice for both disciplines and the blurry lines between the two.  Providing the opportunity to explore collaborative ways to work together in creating a more effective treatment program for your clients leaving you feeling more empowered to establish boundaries and support each other in various ways.

*Program Abstract:

When working with clients with eating disorders, of all ages and at all levels of care, there can be a tremendous amount of cross-over topics and/or discussions, leaving clinicians wondering if they are staying within their own scope of practice, or even being effective in working with their clients. Can a therapist talk about food and exercise? Can a dietitian talk about trauma or body image? To constantly feel as though you are saying “that sounds like something to discuss with your therapist” or “that sounds like something to discuss with your dietitian” can be disempowering. While therapists aren’t often trained in food or exercise, and dietitians aren’t often trained in threptic practices, there are things that can be done or said in all topics by both disciplines. Topics discussed in this presentation will include the scope of practice for both therapist and dietitians, and explore the blurry lines between the two. This will also include clinical models and their dietary adaptation, such as the use of DBT in both therapeutic and dietary sessions. These topics will provide consistent language to use in sessions, and the opportunity to discover collaborative ways to work together in creating a more effective treatment program for your clients leaving you feeling more empowered in your work to establish appropriate boundaries and support each other as a treatment team, strengthening the therapeutic work and lessening the splitting that can often happen when the treatment team doesn’t work together.

Agenda Outline/Topics Covered (List):

  • Scope of practice: a review for the “other side”
    • Therapeutic
      • Discuss the Therapist’s role and what are the various types of credentials
      • Review Therapist’s scope of practice when working with clients
    • Dietetic
      • Define a Registered Dietitian’s role
      • Discuss the difference between an RDN and a nutritionist
      • Review Dietitian’s scope of practice when working with clients
    • Defining the thin line between both disciplines.
  • Blurring the lines
    • Respecting each clinician’s expertise
      • Defining what an expert is AND when someone is not considered to be an expert
      • Clinicians with credentials that crossover, and how to use each other’s expertise
      • How to navigate difficult conversations around boundaries between different expertise
    • Food & Physical Activity
      • Therapist’s role: focusing on urges, thoughts, behaviors that arise directly related to the eating disorder.
      • Dietitian’s role: focusing on the role of food in the client’s life, including nutritional rehabilitation and the importance of improving the client’s relationship with food and the role of food in replenishing nutrients after engaging in physical activity.
      • The blurred line: determining behavioral goals to challenge maladaptive food behaviors
    • Body image
      • Therapist’s role: focusing on urges, thoughts, behaviors that arise directly related to the eating disorder.
      • Dietitian’s role: focusing on the role of body image in the client’s food intake, including the need for nourishment.
      • The blurred line: determining behavioral goals to challenge negative body image
    • Clinical issues (ie: Trauma and Family Involvement)
      • Exploring the roles of both the Therapist and Dietitian, and how they can work together.
  • Bridging the gap
    • Clinical models and their dietary adaptations
      • DBT
      • ERP
      • ACT
    • he team approach and keeping the passion alive.
      • Exploring how using the team approach can decrease burnout and give support while finding insight and hope.
      • Utilizing this approach at every level of care.
      • Using the strengths of each discipline to improve each clinician’s work with clients.

Learning Objectives: (minimum of 3)

Participants will:

  1. Following the presentation, attendee will have at least one discussion topic to bridge the gap between therapeutic and dietetic practices.
  2. Following the presentation, attendee will be able to define the crossover between the therapeutic and dietetic scopes of practice.
  3. Following the presentation, attendee will be able to identify at least one way to use the relationship between collaborating providers to decrease burnout and instill hope for difficult cases.

Speaker Name and Credentials: Jamie Atkins RDN, CEDRD-S

Short Bio: Jamie Atkins RDN, CEDRD-S, is the Director of Dietary Services, Adult RTC at Center for Discovery. She has a passion for helping clients find their own path, allowing them to take ownership of their recovery. Jamie believes the most important step in meeting a client where they are, and helping them to build a recovery they can see for themselves, is bringing together mind, body, and soul. She has a passion for putting an end to weight stigma and speaking on other topics related to eating disorders both nationally, and internationally to instill passion among all disciplines in this field.

Speaker Name and Credentials: Dr. Amy Costa

Short Bio: Dr. Amy Costa has more than fourteen years of experience treating eating disorders. She has worked at various levels of treatment including residential, partial hospitalization, intensive outpatient as well as in private practice. Dr. Costa has completed advanced training in DBT, CBT and group therapy. Dr. Costa has expertise in treating depression, anxiety and trauma in adolescents, adults and families. In treatment, Dr. Costa emphasizes skill building to help promote personal strength and mastery. Her goal is to empower individuals toward overall healing and a transformed sense of self by developing confidence to use learned skills and maintain recovery.

 
 

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