Escaping the Wilderness: Recovery from Anorexia

Friday, March 4, 2011: 2:00 PM-3:30 PM
Point Hilton at Squaw Peak
The presenter will outline an effective treatment map for working with the Anorexic patient population, specifically addressing four evidence-based patient deficits, the adaptations of the illness and the treatment strategies proven to be most successful for breaking the cycle of the illness. The presenter will share valuable research and case study information, identifying how Anorexics can emerge from being “lost” in their illness.
Escaping the Wilderness: Recovery From Anorexia
  1. Getting Lost vs. Anorexia
  2. Treatment Model
  3. Treatment Map 
  4. Deficits in Reinforcement Learning
  5. Set-Shifting Deficit in Anorexia
  6. Brain Function
  7. Top-Down Processing
  8. Flexibility Exercises
  9. Temperament and Character Inventory
  10. Over Responsive Fear Network
    1. Experiential Avoidance
    2. Factors Behind Experiential Avoidance
  11. Deficits in Social Neurocognitive Processes
    • Deficits in Theory of Mind
    • Empathizing/Systemizing System
    • Social Characteristics of Anorexia
    • Managing Deficits in Social Neurocognitive Processing
  12. Mindfulness
  13. Mentalizing
  14. Case Examples
  15. Deficits in Contextual Integration
    1. Central Coherence
    2. Value Action and Values Awareness
    3. Values Assessmen
  16. Conclusion
  17. Pillars of Recovery
In this presentation, an effective treatment map for working with the anorexic patient population will be outlined, including addressing patient deficits of reinforcement learning, over-responsive fear network, social neurocognitive processes, and contextual integration. The presenter will identify the adaptations of the illness and proven treatment strategies for addressing these deficits. His presentation will include case study references and evidence-based research, including studies by Tchanturia, Treasure and Dahl. The goal of the presentation is to provide attendees with a valuable treatment model to utilize in working with the Anorexic patient population.
Primary Presenter:
Emmett R. Bishop, MD, FAED, CEDS

Dr. Bishop has over 25 years experience in the treatment of eating disorders and is with Eating Recovery Center, Denver, Colorado where he is the Director of Research and Outpatient Services. He was the Medical Director of the Clark Center Eating Disorders program in Savannah, Georgia from 1986 to 1996. Serving on the board of directors of the International Association of Eating Disorders Professionals since 1993, he is currently the immediate Past President. He is a Fellow of the Academy for Eating Disorders and is also on the editorial board of Eating Disorders: Journal of Treatment and Prevention.