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Advanced-level Webinar (with CEUs) for Professionals March 12th
Nancy Albus, LPC, NCC, CEDS, Castlewood’s CEO and a nationally recognized expert on eating disorders, will present a webinar for professionals this month titled “A Treatment Approach Directed toward Identity Development, Relationship Transformation and Sexuality in the Eating Disorder Client.”
This advanced-level seminar is based on current research suggesting that those with eating disorders often experience difficulties in intimacy, relationships and identity development. Case studies will be presented, and participants provided with interventions that may be useful in helping clients in relapse prevention strategies.
Professionals who work with clients struggling with all type of eating disorders are invited to attend this important webinar on March 12th, 2014, from 12 noon-1pm CST. This webinar is designed and recommended for eating disorder and addiction counselors, dietitians, licensed professional counselors, mental health providers, psychiatrists, psychologists, public health officials, school/college counselors and social workers.
Objectives for participants attending this complimentary webinar include:
- Define healthy intimacy, health relationships and healthy sexuality.
- Assess for issues related to intimacy and sexuality which may result in relapse into eating disorder symptoms.
- Apply at least three interventions for the development of healthy intimacy, relationships and sexuality for eating disorder symptoms and related psychiatric symptoms.
CEU’s are available through the National Board of Certified Counselors, the American Psychological Associate, The California Board of Behaviors Sciences, and the National Associate of Social Workers.
Ms. Albus combines her extensive training with experience in the areas of eating disorders, intimacy, relationships, gender and sexuality, in her frequent professional presentations throughout the United States.
Castlewood Treatment Center is proud to offer this webinar as part of our commitment to advancing the knowledge of eating disorder professionals.
Local Blogger Attends Monarch Cove’s Eating Disorder Workshop
Joe Kelly, a father, husband, author, speaker, and blogger, recently attended Monarch Cove’s Preferred Provider Workshop. He took some thoughts away from the conference, and shared them with his online community in a blog last week.
Nancy Albus spoke at the conference about love and relationships. At one point, she stressed the importance of talking to family members – male family members in particular- of eating disorder clients. Nancy gave real life examples of times therapists needed information, and the only person that could give her that information besides the client, was their partner.
Joe went on to say in his blog, “What I appreciate most about this anecdote is Nancy’s acknowledgement of how valuable—even essential—it is for therapists and other professionals to engage with the men in a client’s family. His information about her client is information she needs—and which she can’t realistically get anywhere else.”
Sometimes the client has a distorted view of reality, and it is the person that is intimately involved with the client that can paint a more accurate picture of the issues surrounding the eating disorder. Monarch Cove and Castlewood Treatment Center therapists recognize that understanding a client’s entire situation is vital to recovery, and regularly work with the family members and loved ones of clients.
Case In Point: Biggest Loser
The season finale of the Biggest Loser has sparked considerable discussion. As part of a team who helps people with eating disorders transform to healthier lives, I would like to add my voice to the conversation. The goal of getting healthier is a good one—but every day we see what happens when the drive to get healthier backfires into self-destructive behaviors.
The fact that Rachel lost over 59% of her body weight in seven months isn’t healthy. Exercising to extremes isn’t healthy. And societal pressures to be thin aren’t healthy.
It is one of our goals at Castlewood Treatment Center to help people understand the difference between healthy exercise for cardiovascular purposes and exercise which could be potentially harmful.
Over exercising is like other eating disorders in that a person denies themselves adequate nutrition through restrictive eating behaviors. It is a controlling behavior that denies a person’s body the energy and nutrition needed to maintain a healthy weight. The problem with over exercising is that it is often overlooked because the person is perceived to be motivated to stay healthy and fit.
Here are some signs of over exercising:
- Workouts leave you exhausted instead of energized
- You are frequently moody
- You have heavy legs
- Disrupted sleep patterns can lead to insomnia or wanting to sleep all the time
- Your immune system is weakened causing you to be sick often or take a long time to recover
- Sore for days at a time
- You have the blues
- You have feelings of guilt or anxiety if you don’t work out
- You find yourself not participating in events in order to have time to exercise for multiple hours a day
- You experience repeated Injuries resulting from over exercising
- Your thoughts become consumed by exercise or the next opportunity to exercise
Normalization of weight is an important phrase to dietitians. Learning to enjoy food, eat mindfully, and giving one’s body the fuel and nutrients it needs for health isn’t just for someone in recovery: it’s for everyone. Moderation, as dull as it may sound, is the key to both exercise and nutrition. There aren’t bad foods, there aren’t good foods. While there are some dangerous sports, exercise in general improves mental and emotional health.
Later this month is National Eating Disorders Awareness Week. Perhaps the conversations around the water cooler, and in the school lunchroom, will be a little more reality based, and not reality-show based.
What is Treatment at Castlewood Really Like?
Castlewood Treatment Center provides a safe, judgment free environment for healing where clients can address their underlying symptoms with our caring, experienced staff. We are proud of our success and even more proud of our alumni who have gone on to leader fuller lives. Here’s just a sampling of what’s being said by our alumni, families and professional colleagues about the Castlewood experience:
What do Castlewood Alumni say about their treatment experience?
Castlewood has not been my first treatment center, but here, I found something for the first time: people who were willing to treat me with compassion, respect, and had a genuine interest in what I wanted and what would be most beneficial for me. They pushed and encouraged, but never forced me to do things before I was ready. I made plenty of mistakes and had lapses, but instead of being shamed, like I have been in the past, I was taught to take each situation and give myself understanding, as well as glean what I could to prevent the same errors in the future. Castlewood taught me that there are no “shoulds”: I am exactly where I am and I am allowed to feel exactly what I am feeling, and that is okay. I am okay. I am a person who deserves recovery. For the first time in my life, people have seen me, as I am, and in reflecting acceptance of this back to me, I have come to gain a better acceptance of myself, my strengths and qualities, and am confident I can be a more genuine person in the future because of it. Although I still have a way to go on the road to recovery, I having nothing but gratitude for me time, who freely gave their time, kindness and knowledge to help me discover and feel things about myself I didn’t know existed. I can also say I have built strong bonds in the community through skills taught by Castlewood and by daily challenging former beliefs about trust. In building relationships among other clients, I also feel more confident in my ability to apply these skills in the world.
What do the families of Castlewood clients say about the treatment experience?
It was very difficult to make the decision to send our 16 year old daughter to Castlewood for residential treatment of anorexia. However, we found quickly that Castlewood is a high quality and effective treatment center for eating disorders. Within 2 months of checking her in, she was back at home, well into her recovery, not only of her health and eating, but her life as a typical teenager. Castlewood’s program is rigorous, diverse and intense. The dieticians, psychiatrists, and therapists have specialized knowledge and experience with eating disorders and work together to devise a recovery plan to meet the client’s specific needs. They utilize a variety of treatments and approaches to therapy, focusing not only on restoring the client’s health, but also on identifying and addressing the issues behind the eating disorder. The household staff is sincerely warm, empathetic and caring. Having originally been built as a residence, the facility provides a nurturing environment during the client’s stay in a scenic and tranquil location. These factors all clearly contributed to the success of our daughter’s recovery. We are forever thankful to Castlewood for helping us and our daughter through a very difficult time, and for providing our daughter with the support and life skills that she will be able to use throughout the rest of her life!
~ J & MG
What do professionals say about working with Castlewood Treatment Center?
Castlewood Treatment Center has served as an invaluable resource for me and my clients. Castlewood is a model of what eating disorders recovery can be – a coupling of innovative and expansive therapeutic methodologies in a supportive, serene environment. The clinical staff at Castlewood comprises the most talented, dedicated therapists in the world, with individualized programming uniquely attuned to the needs of each client. The recovery process at Castlewood is a partnership – clients develop a core sense of competence and ownership of their recovery path. My clients leave Castlewood empowered to continue their healing journey with their outpatient team, families, and friends.
~ Daisy Miller, Ph.D., LDN
How To Break The Cycle Of Emotional Eating
Katie Thompson, MS, LPC, NCC joined Sarah Gleason and April Simpson on Afternoons on 11 to discuss the cycle of emotional eating and what to do if you should find yourself in this situation.