Remember YOUR Why: Join Us for Our 2019 Eating Recovery Foundation Conference

Learn more about our annual Eating Recovery Foundation Conference and its theme, Navigating Resistance and Emerging Treatments for Eating Disorders, Mood and Anxiety Disorders, and Trauma.

Stuck in a rut in your clinical practice? Looking for new ways to help patients who have plateaued in treatment? Are you ready to learn, network, deepen your clinical practice, and take some time for yourself?
We invite you to join us for our 11th Annual Eating Recovery Foundation Conference where you will discover a multitude of new ways to support individuals, families and their extended support systems along the journey to recovery.
This year’s theme is "Navigating Resistance and Emerging Treatments for Eating Disorders, Mood and Anxiety Disorders, and Trauma." In order to provide even more relevant and topical resources to our attendees, this year we are offering specific conference tracks for 1) eating disorders and 2) mood, anxiety, and trauma disorders. In addition to sharing the most up-to-date eating disorder diagnosis and treatment guidelines, presenters will also be digging deep into evidence-based diagnosis and treatment recommendations for mood, anxiety and trauma disorders.
This Year’s Theme
Today, we’re breaking down our conference theme, "Navigating Resistance and Emerging Treatments for Eating Disorders, Mood and Anxiety Disorders, and Trauma" to help you identify which topics you won’t want to miss.
Whether you are a physician, therapist, nurse, dietitian, social worker, educator, or advocate, over the course of two full days you will increase your own competence in providing care to diverse communities and vulnerable populations and leave with a revitalized spirit to dedicate to your clinical practice and daily life.
Part 1: Navigating Resistance

“Resistance is experienced as fear; the degree of fear equates to the strength of Resistance. Therefore the more fear we feel about a specific enterprise, the more certain we can be that that enterprise is important to us and to the growth of our soul. That's why we feel so much Resistance. If it meant nothing to us, there'd be no Resistance.”[1]

Resistance. As clinicians, we see patients coming up against resistance frequently in our work. Patients may say that they are not ready for treatment. They may refuse to do the hard work in treatment. They may leave treatment early when there is still so much work left to do. We see it in our patients often: as treatment progresses, anxiety goes up, and they resist.
As professionals, we can also struggle with resistance. We see patients relapse. We lose patients. We struggle to balance our work lives and our personal lives. We avoid doing the hard work. Our anxiety goes up, and we resist.
When resistance stops us in our tracks, what do we do? Do we acknowledge it? Do we call it by its name?  Do we know how to use that resistance? Can we keep moving forward? 

During this year’s conference, we’ll be pulling back the curtain on resistance, and we’ll discuss how to facilitate breakthroughs. Presenters will explore how to work with patients who are roadblocked by their own resistance. Presenters will also highlight ways that clinicians can deal with their own experiences of resistance — and how self-care and community can often be of value.
Part 2: Emerging Treatments for Eating Disorders, Mood, Anxiety, & Trauma
Every day, research sheds new light on eating disorders, mood, anxiety, and trauma disorders. We’re pleased to have nationally and internationally known experts from around the country converge at this year’s conference to discuss emerging research and key takeaways to advance your clinical practice, with trainings and experiential tools to help you support your patients on the continuum of care. This October, come prepared to hear from speakers discussing:

  • Binge eating disorder 
  • PTSD and trauma
  • Autism spectrum disorders
  • Mood and anxiety disorders
  • Substance Abuse
  • Diabetes management
  • School refusal
  • Other eating disorders

Additionally, presenters will dive deep into clinical practice techniques drawing from Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), Radically Open Dialectical Behavior Therapy, Exposure and Response Therapy, and more. We’ll have a special presentation on one of the fastest-growing areas of our field: telebehavioral health. Medical issues and nutrition topics will also be explored by a multidisciplinary group of speakers.
At this year’s conference, we are opening the door to greaterinteractivity — expanding our panel discussions and offering more opportunities for attendees to connect with each other and with our speakers. Sharing open dialogue between conference attendees and presenters creates space for synergy and collaboration — encouraging innovation, new partnerships, and new ways of experiencing education and training.
View the conference schedule here.
Remember YOUR Why
There’s just something about a great professional conference that is so fulfilling. Take this time for yourself. Take time to remember WHY you do this work. Take time to connect with others who have similar passions and interests. 
This premier educational event will be taking place at the Westin Downtown Denver October 10-12, 2019, bringing together distinguished experts to discuss the trends, developments, and emerging best practices shaping the field of eating disorders and mental health. In addition to earning Continuing Education (CE) credits at the conference, you will enjoy fresh, healthy meals, including breakfast and lunch daily, a special dinner on Friday night and other refreshments throughout each day.
Don’t miss this outstanding event offering education, enjoyment, and a chance to expand your professional network. 


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