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.