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The Seventh Annual Veritas Collaborative Symposium on Eating Disorders

September 14, 2018 - September 15, 2018

Event Series: Symposium

ADVANCING COLLABORATION: Integrating research into eating disorders treatment

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The Veritas Collaborative Symposium on Eating Disorders offers medical and mental health professionals the opportunity to learn from experts in the field to better apply best-practice care for patients and their families and provides up to 12.5 continuing education credits. With a multidisciplinary team of speakers, the Symposium aims to define the role of biology in the development of eating disorders; promote evidence-based identification, diagnosis, and treatment of eating disorders for all persons, including those with complex presentations; and emphasize key components for eating disorder recovery. In short, the Symposium seeks to advance access to care for all persons affected by eating disorders.


Physicians in pediatrics and family practice, Psychiatrists, Physician Assistants, Nurse Practitioners, Nurses, Psychotherapists, Psychologists, Dietitians, Licensed Professional Counselors, Social Workers, Health Educators, and other healthcare providers working with patients with eating disorders.


At the conclusion of this knowledge-based program, the learner should be able to:

  • Identify at least three interventions for patients with comorbid obsessive-compulsive disorder and eating disorders
  • Summarize developmental changes in genetic risk for eating disorders across adolescence
  • Describe the potential contribution of medical and developmental factors in the development of feeding disorders in infants and young children
  • Discuss patient variables that mitigate or increase long-term risk for poor outcomes of anorexia and bulimia nervosa
  • Distinguish the role coaches can play in the identification of eating disorders among athletes and illustrate ways to incorporate coaches into an athlete’s recovery process
  • Identify the different types of DBT available for clients (DBT for BED/BN, DBT for multicomplex EDs, RODBT) and determine which is most effective for each diagnosis
  • Discuss recent functional neuroimaging and psychophysiological evidence demonstrating that the brains of patients with anorexia nervosa may perceive some peripheral body signals differently, and that these differences may influence how their brains respond to food cues
  • Explain three challenges faced in treating patients with eating disorders in the acute care medical setting
  • Label brain areas that impact eating disorders
  • List at least 2 changes in brain circuitry seen in eating disorders
  • Identify at least 1 approach for supporting nutritional rehabilitation which considers the neurobiological challenges of an eating disorder
  • Conceptualize at least 1 important concept to include in patient conversations regarding feeding strategies for recovery


September 14, 2018

  • 7:15 am

    Registration & Breakfast

  • 8:15 am

    Hormones and Genetics: Neurobiological Risk Factors for Eating Disorders in Women across Development (Keynote Address: Kelly Klump, PhD)

  • 10:00 am


  • 10:15 am

    Breakout Sessions

    Building a Hospital-based Medical Stabilization Team: The Children’s Healthcare Experience (Breakout A: Leslie Cox, MS, RD, CSP, LD, CEDRD, Laura Doerr, MD, FAAP & Maryann Jacob, MD, MS)

    Obsessed and Hungry: Understanding OCD and Eating Disorders (Breakout B: Steve Tsao, PhD)

    Seeking Connected-eating:  Neurobiologically-informed Nutrition Therapy for Eating Disorders (Breakout C: Leah Graves, RD, LD, CEDRD, FAED)

  • 11:45 am


  • 12:30 pm

    Breakout Sessions

    Eating Disorders in Children (Breakout A: Anna Tanner, MD, FAAP, FSAHM, CEDS)

    Understanding and Treating the Triad: Eating Disorders, Substance Use Disorders, and PTSD (Breakout B: Tim Brewerton, MD, DFAPA, FAED, DFAACAP, CEDS)

    Running on Empty: Sport Nutrition Therapy Case Studies of Athletes During their Recovery Process and a New Community Based Online Education Program for Coaches and Exercise Professionals (Breakout C: Page Love, MS, RDN, CSSD, LD)

  • 2:00 pm


  • 2:15 pm

    Workshop: A Brain-based Approach to Eating Disorder Treatment (Keynote Address: Laura Hill, PhD)

  • 4:15 pm


  • 4:30 pm

    Assessment and Treatment of Pediatric Feeding Disorders – A Historical Subtype of Avoidant-Restrictive Food Intake Disorder (ARFID) (Keynote Address: Will Sharp, PhD)

  • 6:00 pm

    Social Dinner Event

September 15, 2018

  • 7:30 am


  • 8:30 am

     Eating Disorder Recovery: Long-Term Outcomes (Keynote Address: Kamryn Eddy, PhD)

  • 10:00 am


  • 10:15 am

    The Role of DBT in the Treatment of Complex Eating Disorders (Keynote Address: Lucene Wisniewski, PhD, FAED)

  • 11:45 am


  • 12:45 pm

    Exploring the Relationship between Anorexia Nervosa and Altered Brain-Body Signaling (Keynote Address: Kyle Simmons, PhD)

  • 2:15 pm

    Tours of the Child & Adolescent Hospital in Atlanta (tours end at 5pm)


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  • Super Early Bird: $175 (available until May 31, 2018)
  • Early Bird: $225 (available until July 31, 2018)
  • Early Bird Student: $165 (available until July 31, 2018)
  • General Admission: $275
  • Student: $195
  • Single-Day: $150
  • Student Single-Day: $100
  • Buy 3, Get 1 FREE: $825

Tickets may be purchased day-of at the event location. No refunds will be issued after September 6, 2018. Substitutions are encouraged. Registration includes presentation materials and certificate of completion. A map and directions to the event location can be found in the Location section above. Breakfast and lunch will be provided on both Friday and Saturday. 

This program provides up to 12.5 continuing education credits. 

  • Registration
    Sep 14, 7:30AM
  • Program Begins
    Sep 14, 8:30AM  ·  Sep 15, 9:00AM
  • Program Ends
    Sep 14, 5:30PM  ·  Sep 15, 2:45PM


Veritas Collaborative is approved by the American Psychological Association to sponsor continuing education for psychologists. Veritas Collaborative maintains responsibility for this program and its content. This program provides up to 12.5 continuing education credits. Credits will be available for each individual session. To obtain credit, attendees will have to sign in and out of each session for which they wish to receive credit.  In addition, credits will only be available after attendees complete an evaluation and score a passing grade (80% or higher) on the post-test included with the evaluation.

Veritas Collaborative has been approved by NBCC as an Approved Continuing Education Provider, ACEP No. 6885. Programs that do not qualify for NBCC credit are clearly identified. Veritas Collaborative is solely responsible for all aspects of the programs.

This activity has been submitted for approval as a continuing professional education activity by the Commission on Dietetic Registration, the credentialing agency for the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics.

Other health professionals will receive a certificate of attendance. Veritas Collaborative recommends that participants contact their local licensing boards for specific questions regarding the acceptance of these contact hours as continuing education credits.

This activity has been planned and implemented in accordance with the accreditation requirements and policies of the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME). Approval for continuing medical education credits for physicians and nurses is pending.

This continuing nursing education activity was approved by the Georgia Nurses Association – Approver, an accredited approver by the American Nurses Credentialing Center’s Commission on Accreditation.

Disclosure Statement: Veritas Collaborative conforms to APA Ethical Standards and continuing education standards and criteria. All speakers are required to disclose any commercial relationships or conflicts of interest at the educational activity.

VCU Health Continuing Medical Education is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education to provide continuing medical education for physicians.

VCU Health Continuing Medical Education designates this live activity for a maximum of 12.5 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits ™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

Veritas Collaborative is fully committed to the principle of equal educational opportunities for all individuals and does not discriminate on the basis of any characteristic protected by federal or state law. If you require any of the auxiliary aids or services identified in the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) in order to participate in programs or services, please call us at (919) 906-0366, no later than ten days before the program begins.