|| Diversity Track | Integrated Care Track
Disordered Eating and Body Positivity: An Intersectional Approach
Presented by Lori Kucharski, PhD, LMFT-S, LPC, CEDS-S
A weight, body, and ability-inclusive approach has been demonstrated to be most effective in treating disordered eating and increasing body neutrality or positivity (Bacon et al., 2005; Bacon & Aphramor, 2001; Penney & Kirk, 2015; Tylka et al., 2014). Weight stigma and fat phobia have etiology in racism and religion (Bell, 2019; Campos et al., 2006; Griffith, 2004). In the desire to achieve perfection, redemption, or superiority, diet culture has continually increased a following in promoting changing oneÕs body to fit into an idealized view of acceptability, further promoting discrimination and ableism. The solution is very complex. Clinicians can facilitate micro-and-macro-levels of change by confronting systemic racism, ableism, and stigma. Body-neutral-or-positive approaches and organizations (e.g., Health at Every Size; ASDAH) provide frameworks for assisting clients in meeting health-and-healing-oriented goals from an intersectional, equitable approach. This presentation will assist clinicians in assessing, diagnosing, and treating disordered eating and body image concerns from an inclusive approach. Participants will gain skills for ethical application of eating-disorder-levels of care in working from an intersectional approach (e.g., increasing awareness of own privilege and resource-related matters when working with individuals who have experienced discrimination). We will confront our own internalized biases as we work to create a safe space for all clients and individuals to feel safer and more accepted in their own bodies. From an intersectional approach, this may be utilized with clients of color, various levels of ability, and members of LGBTQ+ communities.
|| Child & Adolescent | Addictions | Substance Use and Co-Occurring Disorders Track
Getting Unstuck: Understanding Co-Occurring Disorders in Teens
Presented by David Flack, LMHC, SUDP, CCTP
Up to 45% of all teens receiving mental health services have a co-occurring substance use disorder (Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, 2018). Unfortunately, most mental health counselors working with teens have little training or experience when it comes to assessing or addressing substance related issues. When these teens don't get effective treatment, they often seem stuck in endless cycles of maladaptive behaviors, experiencing multiple treatment failures and frustrating even the most dedicated professional helpers. This highly interactive workshop is for mental health counselors of all levels with a desire to develop practical skills related to working with teens who have co-occurring disorders. We'll start by examining the stages of substance use, diagnostic criteria and common co-morbid mental health disorders. Next we'll consider reasons that teens use, the role of trauma in co-occurring disorders and the stuckness that can develop. Finally, we'll identify and explore several practical approaches for addressing substance use in teens, including ideas for cultivating rapport, fostering change and getting unstuck.