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Exhibitor & Volunteer Registration Opens

Registration opens for Exhibitors and Volunteers attending ANAD Conference 2017 in Rosemont Hilton’s Yeager Room.


Thursday Registration Opens

Registration opens for all tracks attending ANAD Conference 2017 in Rosemont Hilton’s Yeager Room. Hours of registration will be from 5:00pm – 7:00pm opening night.


Opening Night Activity: Tea, Cookies, and Time Travel

Meet with other attendees in Wright Room to have hot beverages, cookies, and learn how time travel can help them with recovery and other life goals.

7:00 am

Morning Yoga

The goal of this yoga session is to teach those in recovery poses that can help relieve symptoms of their eating disorder and teach basic relaxation techniques to all.

Friday Registration Opens

Registration for ANAD Conference 2017 opens. Registration hours for today will be offered from 7:00am – 11:30am and 1:00pm – 4:30pm.

8:30 am

KEYNOTE SPEAKER: Dr. Janet Tomiyama

Diets Don’t Work 

Code S01 :: Keynote Presentation :: 1.50 CE hours
Dr. Tomiyama, Director, UCLA Dieting, Stress, and Health Laboratory, will feature and discuss her research that diets don’t work, encouraging attendees to rethink the way that they approach their own health and bodies.

10:00 am

PLENARY WORKSHOP: Taught by Dr. Judy Scheel, PH.D., LCSW

When Food is Family: The Important Role of Family, Friends, and Loved Ones in Eating Disorder Recovery

Code S02 :: Workshop Session :: 2.00 CE hours
This workshop will be designed and taught by Dr. Judy Scheel, PH.D., LCSW, the author of When Food is Family,  and will discuss the importance of family support and involvement with eating disorder recovery.

12:00 pm

1:00 pm

Cultural Sensitivity Training for Clinicians

Code S03 :: Workshop Session :: 2.00 CE hours
This workshop will be taught by Dr. Charlynn P. Small, Ph.D., CEDS; Dr. Mazella B. Fuller, Ph.D., MSW, LCSW; and Dr. Norman Kim, Ph.D., and will focus on the clinical implications of working with different marginalized groups (i.e., persons of color with eating disorders), and will be examined through various lenses including the Biopsychosocial Model of Health and Illness, the Stereotype Stress Model, and the Minority Stress Model.

Telling Your Recovery Story: What I Should Have Said

Sylvia Cartoonist, Nicole Hollander will share her own decades-long struggle with depression for the first time publicly with  attendees on the Recovery Track. She will then teach Recovery Track attendees how to reframe a painful experience in their past in a way that empowers them and makes them the hero of their own story.

Self-Care for Parents & Caregivers: Tools for Making SHIFT HAPPEN

Becky Henry, CPCC, ACC will engage you in an experiential training on tools that easily provide support for the caregivers of those with eating disorders. This will help you to be calmer, more effective members of the treatment team. You’ll have SHIFT HAPPEN that will allow you to better communicate with your loved one in recovery, reduce your fear and panic and practice self-care.

3:00 pm

Collegiate Virtual Intensive Outpatient Program

Code S04 :: Seminar Session :: 1.50 CE hours
Presenters Dr. Casey Tallent and Karen Schneller discuss how combining evidence-based technology and intensive outpatient programming can effectively treat college students with eating disorders 

Weight Stigma in Eating Disorder Treatment Settings

Code S05 :: Seminar Session :: 1.50 CE hours
As the “fight against obesity” continues to gain momentum, unfortunately so do the effects of weight stigma, and ED treatment settings are not immune. Dr. Jennifer Henretty and Jamie Atkins co-lead this interactive round table discussion, exploring weight biases in ED treatment settings and problem-solve how such bias/stigma can be minimized.

How Neuroscience Informs Treatment

Code S06 :: Seminar Session :: 1.50 CE hours
There is an explosion of neuroscience research which is providing new insights into brain functioning in health and illness. This research is challenging traditional perspectives on diagnosis and approaches in treatment. Dr. Marc Sandrolini’s presentation is an evolving effort to organize and integrate what we are learning about the brain into a coherent model for understanding and working effectively with the difficulties of those who seek professional assistance.

Treatment Match Event: Ask an Expert

Attendees will be able to submit anonymous questions to a panel of experts made up of ANAD’s Treatment Center Partners who will discuss them in front of attendees.

5:00 pm

Dinner: Pizza Party: Building Meals Together

Attendees will learn how putting meals together can be an enjoyable experience for those who are in recovery.

6:30 pm

Recovery is Real!

Panel discussion with several people who have been in recovery for a long time. Current Panel Speakers include Mona Iguchi (MS, MSc) and Allyce Torres (Creator of SKIN DEEP) Attendees can submit anonymous questions for the panel to discuss and answer.

7:00 am

Morning Yoga

The goal of this yoga session is to teach those in recovery poses that can help relieve symptoms of their eating disorder and teach basic relaxation techniques to all.

7:15 am

Saturday Registration Opens

Registration will remain open from 7:15am – 11:30am.

8:30 am

Developmental Contrasts and Considerations in Treatment with Adolescents and Emerging Adults and Their Families

Code S07 :: Workshop Session :: 1.50 CE hours
In this workshop, Dr. Bryn Jessup will examine similarities and differences between adolescents and young adults, focusing on implications for parenting and clinical practice.  A neurodevelopmental-family systems model will be used to highlight practical implications for parents and clinicians seeking to support the healthy emergence of independence and connection in their children and patients.

Healing Through Drama -The Use of Psychodrama Techniques With Clients Suffering From Eating Disorders

Code S08 :: Seminar Session :: 1.50 CE hours
Presenter Lee Neagle discusses how psychodrama techniques can be powerful agents of change in a client’s therapeutic journey. Throughout this presentation attendees will learn the history of psychodrama as well as participate in warm ups, introductions, and family sculpts. This experiential oriented presentation is geared toward the professional that is looking to incorporate psychodrama techniques into their work.

Shifting From Loss to Hope - Learning Resiliency Amidst the Ambiguous Road of Recovery

Code S09 :: Seminar Session :: 1.50 CE hours
Normally one feels validated and supported in a clearly defined loss (i.e., death). Families and those suffering with an eating disorder experience ambiguous loss without emotional support. In this presentation, presenters Melissa Taylor and Quinn Nystrom will offer 6 steps for healing and hope for those experiencing a sense of loss due to an eating disorder.

Treatment Match Event: Recovery Problem Solving

ANAD Treatment Center Partners will host this workshop to help those in recovery learn skills they can use to aid in their long-term relationship with food, self-acceptance, and healing including how their treatment centers apply and teach these skills at their center.

Treatment Match Event: Recovery Problem Solving

ANAD Treatment Center Partners will host this workshop to help family, friends, and loved ones learn skills they can use to help their loved ones in recovery including how their treatment centers apply and teach these skills at their center.

10:00 am

Breaking Through the Trifecta - Obesity, Binge Eating Disorder and Bariatrics

Code S10 :: Seminar Session :: 1.50 CE hours
In her presentation, Megan A. Kniskern discusses how the obesity crisis, enhanced societal food focus, increased body shaming and a growing body of research on how this impacts our relationship with food, including the emotional crisis that isn’t always identified in medical evaluations, such as Binge Eating Disorder, play into the complicated dynamic of offering nutrition support from the RD perspective.

A New Treatment Option for Bipolar Depression May Improve Outcomes for Eating Disorder Patients

Code S11 :: Seminar Session :: 1.50 CE hours
A recent NIH funded study determined that 68% of women with diagnosed eating disorders also suffer from co-morbid bipolar disorder. This presentation is designed to introduce researchers, clinicians and patients to FDA-Cleared, wearable neurostimulation that is used today to treat bipolar depression. Presenter Kelly Roman will discuss the reasons why the technology is relevant to eating disorder patients and takes a deep dive into recent published research that demonstrates the tech’s safety and effectiveness in treating bipolar depression.

Guy Talk - The Unique Challenges and Winning Strategies in Treating Males with Eating Disorders

Code S12 :: Seminar Session :: 1.50 CE hours
Although predominantly considered a “female” problem, eating disorders affect a surprisingly high number of males. Dr. Nicholas Farrell’s  presentation provides clinicians with guidance in treating males with eating disorders, reviewing the unique features of eating disorder presentations in males before describing and demonstrating evidence-based strategies that produce significant symptom relief.


This experiential workshop will be led by therapists Dr. Maria Rago, Ph.D. and Dr. Melissa Geraghty, Psy.D, to assist individuals suffering from eating disorders and their family members learn better compassion, connect more meaningfully and improve communication with each other.

12:00 pm

1:30 pm

How Advanced Therapeutic Techniques Can be Integrated into ANAD Support Groups

Code S13 :: Seminar Session :: 1.50 CE hours
Presenters Page Love and Lisa Foppa discuss how a successful ANAD group has evolved from a single leader to a volunteer rotation of multiple therapists for over 20 years. They share examples of integrated therapeutic techniques used in the support group from open support sharing, dialectical behavior therapy, insight oriented therapies; and trauma and safety stabilization.

Shake It Up - Skill Building for Adolescents with Eating Disorders

Code S14 :: Workshop Session :: 1.50 CE hours
Skill building is an essential part of treatment with adolescents with eating disorders.  In this workshop, Dr. Dena Cabrera will integrate fun, innovative and creative ways to teach skills.  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. 

A Telemedicine Approach to the Treatment of Binge Eating Disorder and Obesity

Code S15 :: Seminar Session :: 1.50 CE hours
Binge eating disorder (BED) and obesity are both poorly treated.  Most approaches to treatment are based on antiquated or fictitious beliefs that weight loss should be the primary goal of treatment.  Two in 3 individuals who are obese actually have Binge Eating Disorder (BED) and many experience emotional eating and identify as having a food addiction – all may be part of the spectrum of eating disorders and more common than anorexia and bulimia combined. There are many barriers to treatment for both BED and obesity that can be addressed using a telemedicine approach in which clients can access expert care from the privacy of their homes using their smartphone, tablet or computer. Dr. Carolyn Coker Ross discusses how this approach may allow access to an expert, non-diet approach that will lower health risks through the development of healthy lifestyle behaviors.

The Different Stages of Recovery

ANAD Executive Director, Laura Zinger  and ANAD Blog Manager, Megan Schomaker, will teach this workshop about ANAD’s 5 Stages of Recovery and will help attendees understand which stage they are in, so they can become more aware of where they are in their recovery journey and what specific resources, treatment and tools can help them continue to grow, heal and recover.

Parent Panel Discussion: What We Wish We'd Known

This panel discussion will be led by parents who are a part of the MAED (Mothers Against Eating Disorders) who have loved ones in recovery  or have lost a loved one to an eating disorder. They will discuss information that they wish they had known when their child was experiencing an eating disorder, and will answer questions from parents and loved ones attending this discussion.

3:00 pm

Treatment Match Event: Provider Fair

ANAD’s Treatment Center Partners will be set up at the tables in the Prefunction/Exhibitor Area and will be available for attendees to easily meet and talk to during this time.

4:00 pm

Closing Ceremony: Candlelight Vigil

This vigil will close the ANAD conference and serve as a reminder that everyone’s future is worth fighting for! ANAD Executive Director, Laura Zinger, and ANAD Board President, Maria Rago will share the major strides ANAD has made in the last 16 months, what ANAD’s future looks like and why ANAD’s future is worth fighting for as well!

Self-Healing Room

This room will provide a quiet space during the conference for anyone who is experiencing stress and would like some quiet time to recharge.

Yellowbrick Treatment Center will also have several members of their therapy team who work in the areas of mindful, embodied arts teaching meditation, mindfulness, yoga, and body movement in this room throughout the conference.

Download Schedule

Here is a PDF version of the conference schedule. You can click to view, or right click and save to download. 

Conference Schedule PDF

Conference Floor Map

Here is a simple map of the Rosemont Hilton conference area.

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