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Hot Topics in Eating Disorder Treatment: Let’s Talk About It!

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Hot Topics in Eating Disorder Treatment: Let’s Talk About It!

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Castlewood Treatment Centers and BALANCE eating disorder treatment center are proud to present Tammy Beasley, RDN, CEDRD, CSSD, LD, Vice President of Clinical Nutrition Services for Castlewood Treatment Centers, and Melainie Rogers, MS, RDN, CDN, CEDRD, Founder and Executive Director of BALANCE eating disorder treatment center, as they lead discussion on three "hot topics" in today's eating disorder treatment community. 
We look forward to seeing you!


This presentation will address each of these hot topics within a shame-free environment for honest, thoughtful discussion amongst professionals who are so passionate about the eating disorder population. As eating disorder professionals, Melainie and Tammy are willing to dig deep together with our audience to explore the latest science and data about these topics and also look closer at how our own opinions and experiences influence our treatment decisions. Facing topics that have the potential to divide a professional community with a willingness to recognize the many factors that contribute to where our field is today will lead to a more united treatment team and a stronger commitment to our vow to “do no harm” in the care of our clients with eating disorders and our collaboration with one another.


8:30-9am Registration/Check-In/Breakfast
9-10:30am Veganism: To Treat or Not to Treat, That Is The Question
10:30am-12pm Sticks and Stones: The Language Landmine of Eating Disorder Terminology Today
12-12:30pm Lunch
12:30-2pm The Bariatric Battle: Can the Eating Disorders and Medical Fields Come Together?
2-3pm Discussion/CE certificates

Veganism: To Treat or Not to Treat, That Is The Question

Is veganism a form of disordered eating, a reflection of orthorexia, or an eating choice that can be sustained without disordered eating behaviors? If it is a form of disordered eating, do we treat these clients? Are we enabling an eating disorder if we don’t? Can an eating disorder client fully weight restore on a vegan diet? If so, at what level of care? Whether veganism exists alongside a client’s eating disorder, or is part of the disordered eating for another, how do we walk this path with our clients effectively and ethically toward full recovery?

Sticks and Stones: The Language Landmine of Eating Disorder Terminology Today

The language we use as professionals has a major impact on the messages we send to the community at large. How do we understand the terminology that is commonly used in our culture to describe body shape and size while providing education and raising awareness of size acceptance in a world so deeply influenced by diet culture? And what does “healthy” mean anyway? How do we understand this term and others in the context of keeping dialogue open between the eating disorder profession and the greater healthcare community?

The Bariatric Battle: Can the Eating Disorders and Medical Fields Come Together?

Bariatric surgery is a multi-million dollar industry. How are we as eating disorder community professionals addressing this issue? Is bariatric surgery ever an option to consider for clients of higher weight who consult medical professionals for guidance regarding healthcare matters? What role, if any, does such surgical intervention have in the treatment of medical conditions? Where does binge eating disorder fall in the context of bariatric medicine? Could proper treatment of eating disorders be an alternative to bariatric surgery? Do we as eating disorder professionals have a responsibility to educate the public about the risks of bariatric interventions and yet to be knowledgeable about the current research?

4.5 Continuing Education Credits will be provided by Castlewood Treatment Centers

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Questions? Please email Leslie Davenport, LCSW, Clinical Outreach Coordinator at BALANCE,

Earlier Event: May 3
Project HEAL Gala