Complex Treatment for the Complex Eating Disorder Client: Integrating ACT and Experiential Strategie

Venue: Embassy Suites Nashville South/Cool Springs

Location: Franklin, Tennessee, United States

Event Date/Time: Mar 08, 2013 / 8:15 am - (CST) End Date/Time: Mar 08, 2013 / 4:00 pm - (CST)
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This seminar integrates acceptance and commitment therapy (ACT) with experiential, expressive methods to provide powerful treatment resources for the practitioner. We will examine the psychological complexity of eating disorder clients – clients of diverse race, culture, sexual orientation and age – who present with one or more co-occurring disorders and, all too often, a history of treatment failures. Attendees will learn to assess the appropriate level of care,  prioritize treatment targets and address the temporal order of treatment.

This presentation will also incorporate use of body/mind approaches and innovative methods for the clinician to integrate into traditional clinical practice. Lecture, demonstration exercises, small group discussion and video clips of treatment sessions will be utilized.

A take-home resource packet will be provided.

For more information, please contact Debbie Lucker at


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Conference Speakers

About the presenters:

Adrienne Ressler, LMSW, CEDS, eating disorders and body image specialist, is the National Training Director for The Renfrew Center Foundation and past-president and Fellow of the International Association of Eating Disorder Professionals. Ms. Ressler has extensive training in Gestalt therapy, psychodrama, bio-energetic analysis and the Alexander Technique. She has contributed chapters that focus on body/mind integration in Effective Clinical Practice in the Treatment of Eating Disorders and Treatment of Eating Disorders: Bridging the Research/Practice Gap and has written an entry for the first Encyclopedia of Body Image and Human Appearance. Ms. Ressler has appeared on the Today Show and Good Morning America. She attended the University of Michigan and served as faculty in the School of Education.

Gayle Brooks, PhD, is Vice President and Clinical Director of The Renfrew Center of Florida. For the past 25 years, she has treated patients from diverse backgrounds who suffer from eating disorders. Dr. Brooks served as the eating disorders specialist in the HBO film Thin, has appeared on Good Morning America and has been featured in the following publications: The New York Times, People Magazine, Essence Magazine and Perspectives, The Renfrew Center Foundation’s journal for professionals. A frequent presenter at conferences and workshops, Dr. Brooks speaks on topics such as the treatment of the complex patient, eating disorders and cultural diversity, the interplay between eating disorders and trauma, and eating disorders in mid-life women.