August and September 2015 LACPA Eating Disorder SIG events

I have two amazing speakers lined up for August and September.  It’s early in the LACPA calendar year, so join now to take advantage of great speakers for the next 13 months!

Monday, August 24 at 7:15 pm

Title:  Shift Happens: Cognitive development, flexibility and remediation in eating disorders

Presenter:  Kathleen Kara Fitzpatrick, Ph.D.  Slide1

Description:  CRT stands for cognitive remediation therapy (sometimes also called cognitive rehabilitation therapy).  This type of treatment has been widely used in other disorders (most notably schizophrenia and traumatic brain injury).  The focus of CRT is on creating different brain connections and learning to change the process of thinking.  In our treatment, we focus on two main areas: set-shifting and central coherence.

Set-shifting refers to the ability to move readily between two (or more) different ideas, concepts or behaviors.  You do this when you multi-task, but you also do this when you create habits.  When you break a habitual behavior it can be a real challenge and the brain uses the same processes to create new connections around simple tasks (like changing the ringer on our cell phones) as we do to more complex behaviors (such as changing our minds about eating feared foods).  Set-shifting is a skill we use every day, so we expect changes in certain areas to be helpful to us in every area.

Central coherence refers to the ability to move between details and the big picture.  Most of us do this constantly, but we all show a preference for one or the other.  People with AN seem to have a greater focus on details at the expense of the big picture and we engage in activities designed to help us learn how to better balance the global and detail perspective.

We hope that CRT helps in several ways.  We know that people who undergo CRT improve in set-shifting and central coherence from other studies we have completed.  And we know that the presence of more obsessive/compulsive symptoms typically mean greater challenges in these domains.  We hope that the addition of CRT to FBT will reduce the amount of time it takes to help participants respond to treatment by focusing specifically on cognitive processes.  We do not focus on content of thoughts – so we do not directly approach eating disorders – which can help facilitate our relationship with participants.  Finally we also know that the adolescent brain is in the process of developing these skills and helping secure skill development provides a great foundation for all-important brain maturation.

Location:  The office of Dr. Lauren Muhlheim (4929 Wilshire Boulevard, Suite 245, Los Angeles) – free parking in the lot (enter on Highland)

Bio:  Dr. Kathleen Kara Fitzpatrick is a Psychologist in the Stanford Dept of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences and Pediatrics.  She specializes in neuropsychological assessment of eating disorders and evaluation of treatments for children and adolescents. Her current research interests focus on the development of Cognitive Remediation Therapy (CRT), which utilizes neuropsychological components to address cognitive and behavioral difficulties associated with eating disorders. In addition to working as a therapist on research treatment studies, she also provides supervision to therapists on different treatment modalities.  As a therapist on the DSM-5 field trials, she conducted assessments to support changes in diagnostic criteria, with an emphasis on the new diagnosis of Avoidant Restrictive Food Intake Disorder.

RSVP to Dr. Lauren Muhlheim at drmuhlheim@gmail.com

SIG meetings are open to all LACPA members.  Nonmembers wishing to attend may join LACPA by visiting our website www.lapsych.org

Thursday, September 17 at 7:15 pm  

Title:   Full Metal Apron: Fighting Eating Disorders from the Kitchen Table 

Presenter:  JD Ouellette   

Description:  Just when she thought it was safe to leave the kitchen, after feeding her family a home-cooked dinner nightly for 25 years, the youngest of JD Ouellette’s four children developed anorexia at the age of 17. Thankfully her daughter was diagnosed quickly and excellent treatment at UCSD was readily available. Three plus years after her daughter began treatment she is once again happy, healthy and free (for now) from her eating disorder and thriving in college and life. This talk will cover her family’s journey and the lessons she’s learned in her work as a parent mentor for UCSD as to how clinicians can help parents help their child recover.

Location:  The office of Dr. Lauren Muhlheim (4929 Wilshire Boulevard, Suite 245, Los Angeles) – free parking in the lot (enter on Highland)

Bio:  JD is a member of the UCSD Eating Disorders Center’s Parent Advisory Committee, a parent mentor for UCSD, an active member of Eating Disorder Parent Support, a co-ed online support community, and co-administrates International Eating Disorder Action. She is an avid consumer of ED literature and attends ED conferences while holding down her day job as a school administrator. She has a passion for using social media to allow parents’ and other advocates’ voices be heard as advocates and activists in the ED world.

RSVP to Dr. Lauren Muhlheim at drmuhlheim@gmail.com

SIG meetings are open to all LACPA members.  Nonmembers wishing to attend may join LACPA by visiting our website www.lapsych.org