IAEDP Quarterly Meeting to Discuss Challenges
Of all psychiatric illnesses, eating disorders present challenges for both the affected individual and the treating professional. Many adults with eating disorders can attest to the longstanding nature of disordered eating. This seems to be particularly true of anorexia nervosa. While there are many factors that play a role in the longstanding nature of eating disorders, such as the fact that some individuals with anorexia relate to the illness as a part of their identity, another important factor is the lack of empirically based treatments for adult patients.
It is difficult to accurately quote recovery rates for eating disorders due to differing definitions of what constitutes recovery. With early treatment, rates of full remission are as high as 50-60%. Experts agree, however, that there is a subset of people who achieve a partial recovery, retaining some aspects of the eating disorder such as body image concerns, as well as a subset of people who exhibit a chronic course of the illness. ANRED (Anorexia and Related Disorders) estimates the latter subset to be about 20% of the eating disorder population.
On April 10, 2015, Melinda Parisi, Administrative Director of the Center for Eating Disorders Care at the University Medical Center at Princeton will discuss treatment concerns associated with “difficult to treat” patients. The program, entitled Assessment and Treatment Planning With Difficult to Treat Patients, will address several particularly challenging topics in adult eating disorders, including treatment of patients with multi-morbidities, and treatment of patients with severe and chronic courses of the illness. It will discuss strategies for engaging these groups (and their families, where appropriate) as well as treatment considerations in the management of these complicated presentations.
Parisi facilitated a similar presentation last year, focusing on adolescent patients. Last year’s presentation presented several emerging treatment modalities, including Cognitive Remediation Therapy, Acceptance and Commitment Therapy and Family Based Treatment.
The presentation is sponsored by the Greater Philadelphia chapter of the International Association of Eating Disorder Professionals, an organization recognized for providing education and training to an international healthcare providers who treat the full spectrum of eating disorder problems. The presentation is open to all clinicians with an interest in this topic. Professionals will earn 2.5 CE hours for attendance.
Networking and registration begin at 8:00 and the program begins at 8:30 and runs until 11:00. An optional tour of the Center For Eating Disorders Care follows. The cost of the program is $15 for IAEDP members and $20 for non-members.
To RSVP, or for further information, please contact IAEDP at 215-932-9885 or firstname.lastname@example.org