Join The Moore Center for a Free CE Presentation Exploring Family Therapy in Eating Disorder Treatment

February 18, 2014

Presented by Lisa Geraud, LMFT, RD on March 11, 2014
Senior Clinical Director, The Moore Center

Families are deeply affected by an eating disorder in a family member.  Certain therapeutic stances and interventions in family work can promote or interfere with empowering families in recovery of their loved one.  This presentation will highlight core assumptions, priorities and techniques in evidence-based family treatment that support and develop family resourcefulness and vitality for fighting an eating disorder.  Lisa Geraud will describe ways of engaging families and strengthening relational bonds.

After a brief review of research on eating disorders and families, Lisa will support a positive stance with families through offering practical tips for meeting the objective of empowering families while addressing the confusion, hurt, fear, anger, shame and hopelessness felt by family members.  Time will be preserved for questions, answers and discussion of challenges in family work.

This presentation will address the following topics: Meal support that empowers the parent and places the practitioner in the role of coaching the parents in supporting their child; improving the bond between parents and teen, as opposed to focusing on creating bonds among adolescents in programs or between therapist and adolescent; and practical strategies for working with families in such a way that challenges traditional notions of family dysfunction in order to promote confidence in family strengths.

Learning objectives—Following this presentation, participants will be able to:

1.  Identify some differences between general family therapy and family-focused eating disorder treatment

2.  Describe key assumptions about why and how a family member develops an eating disorder.

3. Describe approaches and interventions that convey trust in parents and increase parent confidence.

4.  Identify strategies for supporting healthy hierarchical family structure.

5.  Define authoritative parenting of a child/teen/young adult with an eating disorder.

6.  Practice a therapeutic stance modeling confidence in families, acceptance, humility, hope and compassion.

Continuing Education (1 FREE credit hour) will be available through Eating Recovery Center for:

  • All Master’s-level professionals through the National Board for Certified Counselors
  • Psychologists through the American Psychological Association
  • Registered Dietitians through the Commission on Dietetic Registration
  • Nurses through the Colorado Nurses Association

To RSVP by Friday, March 7th, contact Katelyn Smrecansky, Marketing Coordinator, at [email protected] or (425) 451-1134 ext 137.

Event Schedule on March 11, 2014:

5:15-6:00pm: Tours of The Moore Center, networking; beverages and heavy hors d’oeuvres will be served

6:00-7:00pm: Free 1 CE Presentation, “Family Therapy in Eating Disorders Treatment”

7:00pm: Additional tours of The Moore Center, networking

In addition to this free professional development opportunity, attendees will have the opportunity to network with The Moore Center’s medical and clinical leadership and fellow eating disorders treatment colleagues and tour a new 6,000 square foot treatment center expansion. This recently-completed renovation provides dedicated therapeutic space for The Moore Center’s Intensive Outpatient Programs for adults, adolescents and families.

The Moore Center Partners with Eating Recovery Center to Open a New Residential Treatment Facility in Bellevue, WA in Spring 2014

January 7, 2014

In an effort to increase access to residential eating disorders treatment in the Northwest, Eating Recovery Center has partnered with The Moore Center to expand its 24-hour treatment program for male and female adults and adolescents.

Opening in Spring 2014, Eating Recovery Center of Washington will be a 24-bed Residential program located in close proximity to The Moore Center on the Overlake Hospital Medical Campus in Bellevue, WA. Eating Recovery Center of Washington’s program will mirror Eating Recovery Center’s Residential programs for adults and adolescents in Denver, Colorado, which were created and are overseen by internationally recognized eating disorders treatment experts Drs. Kenneth Weiner, Craig Johnson, Emmett Bishop and Ovidio Bermudez. The Moore Center’s medical and clinical leadership will collaborate with Eating Recovery Center’s experts to ensure effective delivery of Eating Recovery Center’s evidence-based treatment philosophies, processes and interventions in a 24-hour treatment environment.

Emphasis on continuity of care between Residential and Partial Hospitalization levels of care is critical for sustainability of recovery. The Moore Center’s Partial Hospitalization Programs for adults and adolescents offer a step-down level of care through 11 hours of treatment 7 days per week, as well as opportunities to practice recovery outside of the controlled treatment environment during evenings at home or in peer- or family-supported apartment communities. By offering a full day of programming every day of the week, The Moore Center’s PHP supports patients through all meals and snacks and provides ample structure and containment to maintain the symptom interruption and/or weight restoration achieved in the 24-hour treatment environment.

For more information about Eating Recovery Center of Washington, please contact Julie Holland, MHS, CEDS, Chief Marketing Officer, at (919) 606-6099 or [email protected].

Eating Disorder Expert Lisa Geraud, LMFT, RD Joins The Moore Center’s Clinical Leadership Team

December 5, 2013

The Moore Center, Washington’s longest-established eating disorder treatment center providing comprehensive outpatient treatment to adults and adolescents suffering from anorexia, bulimia, EDNOS and binge eating disorder, today announced that Lisa Geraud, LMFT, RD has joined their clinical leadership team. As Senior Clinical Director, Geraud will oversee the delivery of all clinical services in the Partial Hospitalization and Intensive Outpatient Programs, including nutritional and nursing support. She will also provide guidance and supervision to the multidisciplinary treatment team of therapists, Registered Dietitians and Registered Nurses.

Geraud will play an instrumental role in the development and oversight of Eating Recovery Center of Washington, a Residential treatment program that seeks to expand access to specialized 24-hour eating disorders care for patients and families in the Pacific Northwest. Slated to begin accepting patients in April 2014, Eating Recovery Center of Washington underscores the collaborative relationship between Eating Recovery Center and The Moore Center.

“Lisa Geraud brings extensive expertise and insight in the treatment of eating disorders to The Moore Center’s clinical leadership team,” says Mehri Moore, MD, founder and Medical Director of The Moore Center. “This experience in both nutrition and mental health will help ensure excellence in the delivery of clinical care to our patients and families, and will provide superior supervision and mentoring of our dedicated clinicians.”

A licensed marriage and family therapist and Registered Dietitian, Lisa Geraud brings over 26 years of specific eating disorders treatment experience in research, hospital, clinic, agency and private practice settings to her role at The Moore Center. Her work with individuals affected by eating disorders began in 1987 with intensive training in research and multidisciplinary care at the University of Washington. This training informed her deep regard for both evidence-based treatments and optimum multidisciplinary team function. While on staff at Samaritan Center of Puget Sound, Geraud developed and coordinated eating disorder outpatient team care including mental health, medicine and nutrition professionals.  Her interest in promoting state-of-the-art treatment for eating disorders led to her founding the Puget Sound Chapter of the International Association of Eating Disorder Professionals (iaedp) in 2009, for which she served as the first President and recruited a Board of Directors.

Additionally, Geraud is devoted to ongoing training for mental health and eating disorder treatment.  She has special interest in family-focused treatments (FBT and multifamily therapy), cognitive behavior therapies (ACT, DBT, CRT, RO-DBT), temperament and parenting.  Her work with families is informed by structural therapy, developmental psychology and attachment theory.  Throughout her career, a deep appreciation for the healing influences of mindfulness and compassion toward self and others has inspired Geraud to support clients, families and groups in cultivating these approaches to life and being human.

“Collectively, I have admired the work of the founding professionals of The Moore Center and Eating Recovery Center for many years, and having the opportunity to join The Moore Center’s clinical leadership team and be a part of the Eating Recovery Center family of programs is very exciting,” explains Geraud. “My role at The Moore Center allows me to work alongside and learn from visionary experts in the field who are devoted to providing state of the art eating disorders treatment, and enables me to supervise, teach and mentor clinicians devoted to excellent care of clients and families experiencing eating disorders.”

For more information about The Moore Center’s comprehensive outpatient eating disorders treatment for adults and adolescents, call 425-451-1134, email [email protected], or chat live with a Master’s-level eating disorders specialist from our Clinical Assessment team at www.MooreCenterClinic.com.

About The Moore Center
The Moore Center is the longest-established eating disorder treatment facility in Washington state and has been dedicated to treating patients with eating disorders for more than two decades. Founded in 1991, The Moore Center has treated over 6,000 patients since its inception. Located in Bellevue, a multidisciplinary team of professionals delivers cutting-edge medical, psychiatric, psychological and nutritional interventions through a continuum of care that includes Partial Hospitalization, Intensive Outpatient and Step-Down services. The Moore Center has partnered with Eating Recovery Center, an international center providing comprehensive treatment for anorexia, bulimia, EDNOS and binge eating disorder. For more information, visit www.MooreCenterClinic.com.

Join The Moore Center for an Open House/Free 2 CE Presentation Exploring Dietary Intervention in Eating Disorders Treatment

October 17, 2013

On Wednesday, November 13, 2013, join The Moore Center for an Open House, free 2 CE presentation and opportunity to network with the Center’s medical and clinical leadership and fellow eating disorders treatment colleagues.

In addition to tours of The Moore Center and its new 4,000 square foot addition, which features a demonstration kitchen, interactive classroom, community education center, as well as upgraded and expanded spaces for PHP and IOP programs for adults and adolescents, a free 2 CE presentation will be offered. The presentation will explore the best practices in dietary intervention in the treatment of eating disorders, including the use of Acceptance and Commitment Therapy, and will be led by Lauren Davis, MS, RD, of Eating Recovery Center and Diana Chislett, RD, of The Moore Center.

5:15-6:00pm: Tours of The Moore Center, networking; Beverages and heavy hors d’oeuvres will be served
6:00-8:00pm: Free 2 CE Presentation, “Promote and Sustain Eating Disorder Recovery: Nutrition Support for Patients and Dietary Application of Acceptance and Commitment Therapy”
8:00pm: Additional tours of The Moore Center, networking

“Promote and Sustain Eating Disorder Recovery: Nutrition Support for Patients and Dietary Application of Acceptance and Commitment Therapy”

Dietary intervention is critical in the treatment of eating disorders. The presentation will focus on the significance of group and family nutritional support and education throughout the recovery process, and highlight Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) as a dietary intervention supporting lasting eating disorder recovery.

ACT is an evidence-based approach that can be integrated into all facets and levels of eating disorder treatment. It promotes the fundamental premise of functional analysis—not whether thoughts and behaviors are right or wrong, but rather how they help one move towards a valued life. Functional analysis may be used in therapeutic and dietary sessions, helping patients change their relationship to their thoughts and feelings related to food and eating and make committed actions towards a meaningful life. The objective of ACT in the treatment environment is to create behavioral change through exposure therapy and experiential acceptance, as well as help patients assess life satisfaction.

Learning objectives—Following this presentation, participants will be able to:

  • Describe the RD’s role in nutrition therapy 
  • Identify the significance of team collaboration 
  • Define Acceptance and Commitment Therapy
  • Explain why Acceptance and Commitment Therapy is appropriate in treatment of the eating disordered patient 
  • Apply steps and tools in implementing Acceptance and Commitment Therapy 
  • Recall sustainability techniques for use during and post treatment

RSVP by November 8th to Katelyn Smrecansky, Marketing Coordinator, at [email protected] or (425) 451-1134 ext 137.

The Moore Center Welcomes Family Medicine Physician Alex De Moraes, MD, to Medical Leadership Team

September 25, 2013

The Moore Center recognizes the important role of both medical and psychiatric physicians in eating disorder treatment, and is pleased to announce that Alex De Moraes, MD, has joined their medical leadership team. Dr. De Moraes, a Board certified Family Medicine physician, will join two full-time psychiatrists, Drs. Mehri Moore and Neeru Bakshi, as well as two full-time nurses to provide comprehensive medical and psychiatric care to adults and adolescents in The Moore Center’s Partial Hospitalization and Intensive Outpatient Programs.

“Psychiatric and medical stabilization must be achieved for patients to meaningfully engage in therapeutic recovery,” explains Mehri Moore, MD, Founder and Medical Director of The Moore Center. “We are thrilled Dr. De Moraes will be working alongside The Moore Center’s medical leadership to address the biological aspects of eating disorders. Daily collaboration with an experienced family medicine physician strengthens The Moore Center’s multidisciplinary treatment team, and further ensures patients have the comprehensive medical care and support necessary to achieve lasting eating disorder recovery.”

In addition to his work with patients at The Moore Center, Dr. De Moraes serves as the Associate Medical Director of Bellevue, Washington’s Overlake Medical Clinics, caring for both teenagers and adults. He also spent several years in private practice, providing hospital, ICU, surgical care, home and skilled nursing services to patients in Napa, California. Dr. De Moreas has a broad interest in health disease prevention, including men’s health, women’s health and geriatric care, and practices full spectrum family medicine, encompassing acute care, dermatology care, minor surgical procedures, sports-related injuries and general medicine.

Dr. De Moraes earned his BA in Human Physiology from the University of California, Davis and attended medical school at The Medical College of Wisconsin.  He completed Family Medicine residency training at UC Davis Medical Center Family Practice in Redding, California.  Dr. De Moraes was born in Brazil and moved to the United States at the age of six.  He spent 28 years in the United States Air Force as a flight doctor and retired in 2010, and speaks English, Portuguese and Spanish.

The Moore Center Featured On Q13 Fox-TV

September 16, 2013

Associate Medical Director Neeru Bakshi, MD, discusses how schools across the country are now weighing kids annually, and some are being sent home with ‘fat letters’, letting the parents know that their child’s Body Mass Index is high. You can view the clip below or click here to view on the Q13 Fox-TV website.

Join The Moore Center for an Open House and Free 2 CE Event – “Transforming Behavioral Health Care in the US and Globally: Understanding Integrated Care”

September 9, 2013

On Tuesday, October 1, 2013, join The Moore Center for an Open House, free 2 CE presentation and opportunity to network with the Center’s medical and clinical leadership and fellow behavioral health care colleagues.

In addition to tours of The Moore Center and its new 4,000 square foot addition, which features a demonstration kitchen, interactive classroom, community education center, as well as upgraded and expanded spaces for PHP and IOP programs for adults and adolescents, a free 2 CE presentation will be offered. Led by Richard Veith, MD, a noted psychiatrist, administrator and academic in the University of Washington system, the session will explore behavioral health care reform.

  • 5:15 – 6:00 pm: Tours of The Moore Center, networking; Beverages and heavy hors d’oeuvres will be served
  • 6:00 – 8:00 pm: Free 2 CE Presentation, “Transforming Behavioral Health Care in the US and Globally: Understanding Integrated Care”
  • 8:00 pm: Additional tours of The Moore Center, networking

“Transforming Behavioral Health Care in the US and Globally: Understanding Integrated Care”

Looming health care reform poses both challenges and opportunities—and at this juncture, many unknowns—for the dedicated practitioners providing behavioral health care to adults, adolescents and children. Richard C. Veith, MD, Chief of Psychiatric Services, University of Washington Medical Center, Chair of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences and Professor of Global Health at the University of Washington School of Medicine and School of Public Health, will lead a free 2 CE presentation exploring the impact of reform on the delivery of behavioral health care. Drawing on over four decades of behavioral health care experience in Washington state, as well as insights gleaned from examination of best practices in global health care delivery, Dr. Veith will also propose practical strategies for optimizing resources and outcomes in the emerging environment. In particular, the presentation will examine the use of “integrated care,” which fuses medical, psychiatric and psychological care in an effort to improve patient outcomes and foster critical treatment team collaboration.

RSVP by Friday, September 27th, 2013, to Katelyn Smrecansky, Marketing Coordinator, at [email protected] or (425) 451-1134 ext. 137.

The Moore Center and Residence XII Hosting Free 2 CE Credit Presentation on Effective Treatment for Chemically Dependent Women with PTSD

August 12, 2013

Together with Residence XII, the Northwest’s premier nonprofit alcohol and chemical dependency treatment center for women and their families, The Moore Center will host a free 2 CE credit professional development opportunity on Tuesday, August 27, 2013 at 5:15pm. The educational presentation will be led by Chris Sogn, MSW, noted thought leader on the treatment of alcohol and chemical dependency in women and Director of Treatment at Residence XII.

5:15-6:00pm: Tours of The Moore Center, networking; Beverages and heavy hors d’oeuvres will be served

6:00-8:00pm: Free 2 CE credit Presentation, “Seeking Wholeness: Strategies for Treating Chemically Dependent Women with PTSD”

8:00pm: Additional tours of The Moore Center, networking

“Seeking Wholeness: Strategies for Treating Chemically Dependent Women with PTSD”

The presentation by Chris Sogn, MSW, Director of Treatment at Residence XII, will explore effective treatment for women struggling with substance abuse in addition to PTSD, as well as implications for treatment when these conditions occur alongside and eating disorder.

Learning objectives: Following this presentation, participants will be able to:

  • Identify the core elements of Seeking Safety, a treatment modality that applies cognitive-behavioral strategies to the goals of attaining abstinence from substances and decreasing PTSD;
  • Discern symptoms and characteristics manifested in chemically dependent women with PTSD;
  • Identify the key clinical impacts and challenges of treating chemically dependent women with PTSD; and
  • Identify essential Seeking Wholeness treatment approaches and how to integrate them into the therapeutic group process.

The session will also explore the utility of substance abuse recovery in eating disorders treatment. The Moore Center’s Substance Abuse Recovery Path, which is designed to provide education, practical strategies and ongoing support for male and female adults and adolescents struggling with substance abuse issues in addition to their eating disorder. To avoid moving from one addiction to another, this program emphasizes the importance of concurrent intervention for both issues and aims to improve a patient’s prognosis for sustainable recovery and their ability to function in daily life. The path includes participation in weekly group therapy sessions with substance abuse specific content, leveraging evidence-based approaches and Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT).  Groups provide a supportive place to examine personal drug use, learn how drug use may interfere with the eating disorder recovery process and explore abstinence from drugs and alcohol.

Before and after the presentation, attendees will have the opportunity to network with colleagues and tour The Moore Center’s new 4,000 square foot addition to the Bellevue eating disorders treatment facility, which features a demonstration kitchen, interactive classroom, community education center, as well as upgraded and expanded spaces for PHP and IOP programs for adults and adolescents.

To RSVP, contact Katelyn Smrecansky, Marketing and Clinical Assessment Assistant, at [email protected] or (425) 451-1134 ext. 137.

The Moore Center Featured in The Seattle Times

July 28, 2013

The Moore Center’s Dr. Neeru Bakshi, Associate Medical Director and Raven Bonnar-Pizzorno, Director of Nutrition and Dietary Services, were interviewed for this piece on Orthorexia in The Seattle Times. Read excerpts of the article here, or click on the link below to view the full article.

Unlike the “classic” eating disorders anorexia and bulimia, orthorexia generally doesn’t have weight loss as a goal. The focus is on the quality of food, not the quantity.

“They start with wanting to be more healthy, and then they take it to the next level,” said Dr. Neeru Bakshi, a psychiatrist at The Moore Center for Eating Disorders in Bellevue. Orthorexia isn’t an officially recognized eating disorder, but it has the potential to morph into anorexia, especially if the list of foods to avoid grows too long.

Some people are prone to adopting any socially acceptable diet that restricts certain food groups, said Raven Bonnar-Pizzorno, The Moore Center’s director of nutrition and dietary services. Vegetarian, vegan, gluten-free, raw food and paleo diets are a few.

If the diet becomes too strict, unhealthy weight loss and nutrient deficiencies can result. “Many people benefit from being reminded of how important moderation is,” she said. “It’s easy to fall prey to the ‘should monster.’ ”

Where does healthful eating end and orthorexia begin? It’s one thing to generally try to eat organic or eat whole grains instead of refined grains. It’s another to be so fixated on avoiding pesticides, GMOs or white flour that your diet becomes inflexible.

Bakshi said concerned family and friends are often the catalyst for seeking treatment. “They’ll say, ‘You won’t go out with us to restaurants, you’re not letting dad cook the food — and you’re not looking well.’ ”

Read more here.