Carolina House Annual Symposium 2019

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North Ridge Country Club

6612 Falls of Neuse Road

Raleigh, NC 27615

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Carolina House Annual Symposium

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Join us for the Carolina House Annual Symposium where we provide further education to treatment providers around working with eating disorders.

About Carolina House

Carolina House in Raleigh/Durham, NC provides residential, partial hospitalization and intensive outpatient treatment for individuals 17 and older struggling with an eating disorder. We provide a nurturing home-like environment to help one heal and recover. For further information visit


Early Bird Registration (ends August 16th): $125

Regular Registration (ends October 11th): $150

Student Registration (ends October 11th): $60

Light Breakfast, Coffee, and Lunch are included.


8:00 - 8:15am Breakfast, Coffee, & Networking

8:15 - 8:30am Welcome

8:30 - 10:30am Psychophysiology of Hope and Happiness By: Ralph Carson, LD, RD, PhD

10:30 - 10:45am Break & Networking

10:45am - 12:45pm Using your Voice for Change: From Struggling and Barely Surviving to Living and Thriving By: Johanna Kandel

12:45 - 2:00pm Lunch

2:00 - 4:00pm Demystifying Body Dysmorphic Disorder (BDD); A Holistic Approach to Treatment; Psychotherapy, Psychopharmacology, and Nutrition By: Karen Chinca, LICSW, CEDS and Robyn Kirkman, FNP-BC, RDN, LDN, CSSD, CEDRD

4:00 - 4:30pm Closing, Evaluations, & Certificates

Continuing Education

6.0 NBCC CE Hours and 6.0 CPEUs will be given for full attendance.

Carolina House has been approved by NBCC as an Approved Continuing Education Provider, ACEP No. 6984. Programs that do not qualify for NBCC credit are clearly identified. Carolina House is solely responsible for all aspects of the programs.

Registered Dietitians/Dietetic Technicians: Carolina House is a Continuing Professional Education (CPE) Accredited Provider with the Commission on Dietetic Registration (CDR). CDR Credentialed professionals will receive 6.0 hours Continuing Professional Education units (CPEUs) for completion of this activity.

Additional Information

Parking is located in front of the building. Enter through the main entrance. Business professional attire.

Refund Policy or Questions

Requests must be in writing. Refunds will be given on requests emailed no later than 10 business days prior to the symposium. No refunds will be issued for "late arrivals" or "no shows".

NBCC CE and Symposium questions should be directed to Beth Howard, Director of Clinical Outreach at Carolina House. Phone: 919-594-0370; Email:; Address: 176 Lassiter Homestead Road, Durham, NC 27713.

CDR CPEU questions should be directed to Jenn Burnell, Program Manager at Carolina House. Phone: 919-619-8073; Email:

Presentation Information

Psychophysiology of Hope and Happiness by: Ralph Carson, LD, RD, PhD

The roots of eating disorders lie in the emotional and cognitive circuitry of the midbrain and cortex which operate to seek pleasrue and avoid discomfort. As long as one continues to function within these stressed and distorted cognitive pathways, the disorder will be chronic and persist. This presentation provides insight as to what recovery looks like from a neuroscience perspective and elucidates how regeneration of the prefrontal cortex provides much needed hope for recovery.


  1. Describe the ways that emotional stress damages the brain.
  2. Illustrate how the amygdala and left prefrontal cortex provide an explanation for emotional balance.
  3. Differentiate the contributions of genetics and environment to depression and happiness.
  4. Propose a theory on how to insulate our brain from over exposure to harmful brain chemicals.
  5. Discuss the brain mechanism that may account for meditations soothing effect.

About the Speaker

Dr. Carson has been involved in the clinical treatment of eating disorders for over 40 years. His unique background in health science and medicine (BS Duke University and B. H. S. Duke University Medical School) coupled with nutrition and exercise (BS Oakwood College, Ph.D. Auburn University) has prepared him to integrate neuropsychobiological intervention and proven psychotherapeutic treatment. Dr. Carson has honed his skills in communication and often-complicated science into enjoyable, practical, and informative workshops. He is currently Senior Clinical and Research Advisor for the Eating Recovery Center’s BETR Program for Binge eating disorders and loss of control eating in Denver, CO and consultant for the Pinegrove Behavioral Health and Addiction Center in Hattiesburg, MS. Ralph Carson, PHD has consulted with numerous addiction and eating disorder treatment centers throughout the country as well as being a highly sought-after speaker at various conferences and workshops. Additionally, Dr. Carson has set up several eating disorder programs and corporate wellness programs. He is an active board member of the International Association of Eating Disorder Professionals (IAEDP). He authored several popular books on nutrition, lifestyle practices, good health and the brain: Harnessing the Healing Power of Fruits and The Brain Fix: What’s the Matter with Your Gray Matter?

Using your Voice for Change: From Struggling and Barely Surviving to Living and Thriving By: Johanna Kandel

"Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world; indeed, it's the only thing that ever has" (M. Mead). Advocacy is classified as an activity by an individual or group that aims to influence decisions within political, economic, and social systems and institutions. In "Using Your Voice for Change," participants will learn how clinicians, individuals with lived experience, and loved ones can join forces to help influence public awareness and policy as it relates to early-intervention and access to care. Participants will learn how speaker Johanna Kandel used her struggle and recovery as a vehicle for change; how using your personal story can make you an effective advocate; the many ways one can be an advocate, and how using your voice can make an impactful difference.


  1. Understand how using your personal story, as someone of lived experience, a family member, and/or a clinician, can make you an effective advocate.
  2. Describe two or more ways to be involved in current state and federal advocacy efforts.
  3. Understand the many ways one can be an advocate.

About the Speaker

Johanna Kandel is the founder and CEO of The Alliance for Eating Disorders Awareness, and the author of Life Beyond Your Eating Disorder (Harlequin). After recovering from a decade long battle with eating disorders, she has dedicated her life to creating access to care and hope for those living with an eating disorder. Since 2000, The Alliance has provided access to care, as well as information and awareness about eating disorders to more than 300,000 individuals nationally and internationally. As a passionate advocate for eating disorders, Johanna has spent a lot of time meeting with members of Congress, and was part of the first-ever Eating Disorder Roundtable at the White House. Johanna is an active member of the Board of Directors for the Eating Disorders Coalition.

Demystifying Body Dysmorphic Disorder (BDD); A Holistic Approach to Treatment; Psychotherapy, Psychopharmacology, and Nutrition By: Karen Chinca, LICSW, CEDS and Robyn Kirkman, FNP-BC, RDN, LDN, CSSD, CEDRD

This presentation is an overview of Body Dysmorphic Disorder (BDD). The presenters will discuss how to assess for BDD, it’s overlap with eating disorders, and why individuals develop BDD. Overt, subtle, and treatment interfering behaviors which contribute to the maintenance of the disorder will be reviewed. A comprehensive overview of evidence-based treatments which include CBT and psychopharmacology will be discussed. The presentation will conclude with a case presentation with hands on exercises.


  1. Attendees will learn how to successfully assess for BDD, understand how it overlaps with and differs from eating disorders, OCD, trichotillomania, and excoriation disorder.
  2. Attendees will be able to identify at least three treatment interfering behaviors which contribute to and maintain BDD.
  3. Upon completion of the workshop, attendees will learn how to incorporate cognitive, as well as hands-on concrete behavioral interventions, appropriate psychopharmacological treatment and nutrition intervention to treat clients with BDD.

About the Speakers

Karen Chinca is a LICSW and has a private practice in Brookline, MA. Karen is a founding member of the Greater Boston Wellness Collaborative which treats clients with eating disorders. Karen obtained an MBA in Health Care Management from Boston University in 1995, and received her MSW from Boston College in 2004. Karen is a member of NASW, the Academy of Cognitive Therapy, IAEDP, the International OCD Foundation, and the Multi Service Eating Disorders Association. Karen obtained an advanced certificate in Cognitive Behavioral Therapy from Boston University, and then earned her Diplomate Status with the Academy of Cognitive Therapy. Karen specializes in treating clients with eating disorders, OCD, body dysmorphic disorder, and other related disorders.

Robyn Kievit Kirkman is a dietitian and nurse practitioner with a private practice in Boston and Concord, MA. She obtained her first bachelor of science in dietetics from UCONN in 1994 and her BSN and MSN from Regis College in Massachusetts. Robyn had a part time private practice from 1994 through 2012 while also working at MGH, The Boston Public Health Commission and Emerson College until she increased her private work to full time. Her practice is focused on eating disorders, athletes and related psychopharmacology. She is further certified as a CSSD through the Academy of Nutrition & Dietetics and a CEDRD through IAEDP.

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North Ridge Country Club

6612 Falls of Neuse Road

Raleigh, NC 27615

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