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Bridging the Gap

By May 21, 2017 No Comments

TIME: 10:00am-12:00pm
DATE: Saturday, October 14
ROOM: Lindbergh
SPEAKER: Dr. Maria Rago, Ph.D. and Dr. Melissa Geraghty, Psy.D. 
WEBSITE: Rago & Associates

Bridging the Gap

ANAD President, Dr. Maria Rago, Ph.D., and Dr. Melissa Geraghty, Psy.D. lead this interactive workshop exploring family communication. Dr.’s Rago and Geraghty discuss crucial information that is needed when supporting a loved one with an eating disorder. Through vignettes, role-plays, open discussions, and small break-out groups, this workshop allows participants to become immersed into the world of eating disorders. Dr.’s Rago and Geraghty guide this workshop with equal parts expertise and humor in a non-shaming environment. Upon completion of this workshop, participants will be able to immediately utilize some of the learned communication skills and direct this knowledge into their loved ones eating disorder recovery. Family, friends, and patients are all welcome to attend.

About the Presenters

Maria Rago

Maria Rago

Ph. D., Clinical Director, Founder, Rago & Associates

Dr. Maria Rago, Ph.D. is a Licensed Clinical Psychologist who has been treating
eating disorders for over 20 years. She is nationally known for her innovation and
effectiveness in treating these difficult disorders. Dr. Rago is the President of Rago
& Associates, which now has 5 locations in Illinois and she is currently the
National President of ANAD. She was the former Clinical Director of eating
disorder services at Linden Oaks Hospital, which included the residential facility
Arabella House. Dr. Rago won ANAD's Vivian Meehan Lifetime Achievement
Award for her contributions to eating disorder recovery. She also won Sierra
Tucson's ``Gratitude for Giving`` Lifetime Achievement Award as voted on by
Chicagoland therapists in 2015.

Melissa Geraghty

Melissa Geraghty

PSY. D., Rago & Associates

Dr. Geraghty works at Rago & Associates, a private practice located in Naperville,
Illinois. Her primary specialties include eating disorders, chronic pain, chronic
illness, and physical disabilities. Her psychotherapeutic style is based on
Acceptance & Commitment Therapy (ACT) and Dialectical Behavior Therapy
(DBT), which incorporates mindfulness, teaching coping skills, and assisting
clients in living their values. Dr. Geraghty has worked with people with eating
disorders in inpatient, outpatient, and residential settings. Dr. Geraghty is a
national speaker and author, presenting workshops around the country (and around
the world online) to help better educate healthcare professionals and the public on
eating disorders and chronic pain. She has received recognition and awards for her
clinical advocacy efforts. Some of the topics she has presented on include: eating
disorders, body image, intimacy, mindfulness, anxiety, depression, chronic pain,
and physical disabilities. Dr. Geraghty’s professional Facebook
(@MindfulMomentsByDrG) and Twitter (@MindfulDrG) allow her to spread
awareness on physical and psychological difficulties, as well as post information
on mindfulness.