Shake it up: Skill Building for Adolescents with Eating Disorders
Code S14 :: Workshop Session :: 1.50 CE hours
In the land of technology and social media, capturing the attention of teens can be a daunting and difficult task. This endeavor is even more challenging with patients who are struggling with severe illnesses such as eating disorders and addictions. This workshop will broaden and assist professionals on how to teach DBT skills and other creative coping skills to adolescent individuals and groups in a user-friendly and fun way. The goal is that teaching coping and social skills will help improve emotional and behavior functioning, family relationships, and quality of life. DBT skills and therapeutic activities will be taught in a way that have been adapted for adolescents to understand and use to improve overall functioning. Goals for this workshop are to help professionals understand individual and group dynamics such as resistance which is very common with eating disorders. Participants will learn ways improve teens’ motivation and improve participation of learning skills and practicing the skills by teaching basic psychodrama techniques, role-playing, and hands-on activities. Other ways to teach skills such as through music and cinematherapy will be shared and discussed. Effective strategies will be discussed on how to engage teenagers in the midst of their eating disorder struggles. Clinical signs and behavior indicators will be reviewed as ways to monitor the effectiveness of skills in treatment and recovery. Some interventions will be explored on how to deal with obstacles preventing patients from using their skills. Further, the essentials of working with parents will be emphasized as parents need to be a part of the skill building knowledge and application so that they can support their loved one. Overall this will a fun, creative and engaging workshop.
- Utilize three therapeutic techniques to deliver skills in a fun but effective ways.
- Describe three skills that are essential for adolescents to use to improve functioning.
- Explain three creative ways to increase the efforts and participation of adolescents in skill building.
About the Presenter
Dena Cabrera, PsyD, CEDS, Eating Disorder Specialist, Rosewood Centers for Eating Disorders
Dena Cabrera, PsyD, is a licensed clinical psychologist and a certified eating disorder specialist at the Rosewood Centers for Eating Disorders, where she is serves as the executive clinical director. Dr. Cabrera has spent her entire career passionate and committed to efficacy and quality of treatment of patients with eating disorders. She has personally treated hundreds of individuals with eating and body image issues. Dr. Cabrera is a well-known expert, speaker and author in the field; she has spoken at more than thirty national conferences and presented more than a hundred workshops on eating disorders and other mental health problems. At Rosewood, she manages the day- to- day programs for all levels of care, and is involved program development, staff training, and supervision throughout the Rosewood system. Dr. Cabrera is the author of The Mom in the Mirror: Body Image, Beauty and Life After Pregnancy.