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5 New Updates to the 2021 Eating Recovery and Pathlight Conferences

By Hannah Bibbo

Our 2021 annual conferences will be here before you know it.  Some of you may have attended last year’s Eating Recovery Conference and we hope to “see” you again! If you didn’t attend last year’s conference, we hope to “meet” you this year. This year, we have an additional conference for you: the Pathlight Conference on Mental Health: Transformative Solutions in Mental Health will take place on August 24 and 25, right before the Eating Recovery Conference on Eating Disorders: Transformative Solutions in Eating Disorders on August 26 and 27.

This year's conferences are unlike typical virtual webinars you’ve attended, and they definitely won’t be a replica of last year’s conference. While there will be some similarities, including the ability to earn continuing education credits and flexible attendance options, this year we’re bringing you new sessions, new speakers, two distinct conferences, and more.


1. Completely Virtual Sessions

Like last year, the sessions will be completely virtual, which means increased accessibility for you. No need to book plane tickets, house, child, or pet sitters, and instead, you can learn from the comfort of your own home. You can spend less time preparing for the conference, and more time learning from the conference. Also, with virtual sessions comes recorded sessions, giving you the opportunity to attend every session you want, when you want.

2. Flexibility to Attend Sessions (Live and On-Demand)

Each conference contains 10 sessions led by expert speakers, five of which are live and five of which are on-demand. If you want to attend every live session at its specified time, you can. But if you only want to attend a few live, or something comes up last minute and you can’t make it, the recordings will be waiting for you when you have time in your own schedule. You’ll have access to all the content, including on-demand and live sessions, until December 31, 2021, so you can refer to it when you need a refresher or before you take the post-test for continuing education credits.

3. Earn Continuing Education Credits

We know the importance of continuing education credits, and with every session you attend, you’ll have the ability to earn 1.5 credit hours. There are 10 sessions per conference, so you can earn up to 15 continuing education credits by attending all 10 sessions. If you attend both conferences, you can earn up to 30 CE credit hours  for just $79 with the early bird registration price up until July 24.


1. Two Distinct Conferences

While we did have two tracks at our annual conference last year, a Pathlight track and an Eating Recovery track, this year, the Eating Recovery and Pathlight Foundation is sponsoring two distinct conferences. These conferences will take place over the course of four days, and the separation will allow you to focus on your interests, passions, and career paths. During the Pathlight Conference, we’ll dive specifically into tools for treating clients with mood, anxiety and trauma-related disorders, including   diagnosing and treating obsessive-compulsive disorder, treating mental health concerns in Asian Americans.

The Eating Recovery Conference will cover tools for expanding and understanding the male experience with eating disorder treatment and recovery, treating the entire family with an EFFT-informed approach while paying special attention to addressing Latinx culture, and more.

2. Topics & Speakers

Like last year, we’re bringing you expert speakers in the fields of mental health and eating disorder treatment, with a mix of returning and new thought leaders. Ovidio Bermudez, MD, FAAP, FSAHM, FAED, F.iaedp, CEDS, Anne Marie O’Melia, MS, MD, FAAP and Craig Johnson, PhD, CEDS, FAED and others will be back, and joined by new speakers, including Abraham Sculley and Lawrence Chatters, PhD, Avanti Bergquist, MD, MS, FAPA, DFAACAP and Allison Chase, PhD, CEDS-S. They’ll be covering topics including Eating Disorders Treatment: Where We Came From, Where We Are Going, and Lessons Learned Along the Way, The Interpersonal Theory of Suicide from a Radically Open DBT Perspective and Counseling Strategies to Consider When Working with African American Men. To see the full agenda, visit our website! You can also see the full line-up of speakers and learn a little bit about them.

3. Low Registration Price

Even though we have two distinct conferences, attending both conferences won’t cost as much as two separate conferences. You can attend one conference for $79 and include the second conference for just an additional $50. That means that you can attend both conferences for just $129.

Registration closes on August 20, so register today so you don’t miss this opportunity.

4. Networking & Additional Learning Opportunities

We  recognize the importance of face-to-face time with fellow attendees  and how that can be a big draw for attending conferences, so we have created additional networking and learning opportunities , exclusively offered to conference attendees.

There will be plenty of time for questions and answers in the live sessions, plus a post-conference trivia night, a post-conference Master Class, author chats, the chance to network with fellow attendees using the conference app, and more. Stay tuned for more information.

5. Four Days of Education

Over the course of just four days, you will have the opportunity to learn from experts, advance your expertise in treating eating disorders and mood and anxiety disorders, and earn up to 30 continuing education credits toward your licensure requirements.

Between speakers, sessions, distinct conferences, and additional learning opportunities, we have a lot of new things coming your way this year for our annual conferences. Even if you attended last year’s Eating Recovery Conference, you won’t want to miss either conference this year! Don’t forget, registration closes on August 20.

Written by

Hannah Bibbo

Hannah is our Digital Marketing Strategist based in Denver, CO with an email and content marketing background. She received her Bachelor of Arts in Psychology and Strategic Communications in 2018 from…