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Is Your Struggle with Food an Addiction?

Presented by Stacey B. Thacker, LMFT and Michael C. Roubicek, PhD, LCSW - 3 CE Hours

Workshop Description:
With 69% of adults and 18% of children overweight in our country and 95% of individuals failing at diets and weight-loss programs, Americans are at risk for significant health problems which affects their relationships and emotional health. Strong media messages about weight contribute to body image difficulties which may include body dysmorphia and low self esteem. Understanding the symptoms and under-lying issues of binge-eating disorder and what constitutes treatment and recovery is essential for therapists in assessment and treatment. Based on current neuro-science research of the essential components for healing from food addiction combined with well-established psychotherapy practices, this introductory to advanced level workshop offers participants perspective into the assessment and treatment of clients seeking relief from compulsive eating and its effects on their emotional and physical health.

Learning Objectives:
Upon completion of this session, participants will be able to:
1. Describe the necessary components of treatment of binge-eating disorder;
2. Describe key components to consider during intake and assessment;
3. Describe the underlying issues of resistance and how to work with resistance to benefit the group;
4. Describe the client's need for structure and the use of Plan of Action to provide structure;
5. Describe the effects of food addiction on the brain and the COR-conditions to heal the addicted brain as described in current research.