October 2016 Preferred Provider Conference
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October 2016 Preferred Provider Conference

October 2016 Preferred Provider Conference

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Castlewood Conference Center

1268 Saint Paul Road

Ballwin, MO 63021

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Castlewood Treatment Centers

Preferred Provider Conference

October 14-15, 2016

This conference is intended for therapists, social workers, dietitians, psychologist and others treating clients with eating disorders. The content assumes a basic working knowledge of eating disorder diagnosis, assessment and treatment. This event is not intended for marketing professionals or others whose role is business development.

Friday October 14

8:00 am- 8:30 am- Breakfast and Networking
8:30 am- 9:00 am- Introductions

9:00 am-10:30 am- Clinical Philosophy- Jim Gerber, Ph.D. & Nicole Siegfried, Ph.D

10:45 am-12:00 pm – Managing Urges and Rewiring the Brain- Travis Stewart, LPC, NCC

12:00 pm-1:30 pm- Lunch & Tours of Facilities

1:30 pm-3:00 pm- Life and Death Decisions: Assessing and Treating Suicide in Eating Disorders- Nicole Siegfried, Ph.D, CEDS

3:15 pm-5:00 pm- The Gut "Brain" and Eating Disorders: Nutrition Therapy's Role in the Healing Process- Tammy Beasley, RDN, CEDRD, CSSD, LD

5:00 pm-6:00 pm- Reception with Castlewood Staff

Saturday October 15

8:00 am- 8:30 am- Breakfast & Networking

8:30 am-10:15 am- Eating Disorders in Adolescents and Young Adults- Dr. Mary Romano, M.D., MPH & Lina Roberts, LCSW

10:30 am-12:30 pm- A Team Approach to Food and Body Shame- Nicole Siegfried, Ph.D, CEDS & Tammy Beasley, RDN, CEDRD, CSSD, LD

12:30pm- 1:30 pm- Lunch and Networking

1:30pm- 3:00pm- Panel Discussion: An Integrated Treatment Team Approach

Tammy Beasley, RDN, CEDRD, CSSD, LD; Rebecca Baker, LPC ; Christine Schneider, LCSW; Jim Gerber, Ph.D

3:00 pm- 3:30 pm- Closing Experiential and Evaluations


Guests are responsible for their own travel and accommodations

A Block of Rooms has been reserved under Castlewood Preferred Provider Conference.

Please call the hotel at 1-866-812-3961 and request the Castlewood Room Block or group code “CLW” to make reservations.

Hilton Garden Inn Chesterfield

Address: 16631 Chesterfield Grove Rd, Chesterfield, Missouri, 63005

Phone: 636-532-9400

Castlewood has a discount rate of $119 a night, please ask for the Castlewood Treatment Center rate. If more than one person is occupying the room the rate may be higher.

A shuttle will be provided each day to and from the conference center on the grounds of Castlewood Treatment Center

Continuing Education:

11 Contact Hours of continuing education are available through NBCC and the APA and pending through the Commission on Dietetic Registration. 9.5 Hours are pending through the NASW for this event.

Castlewood Treatment Center is approved by the American Psychological Association to sponsor continuing education for psychologists. Castlewood Treatment Center maintains responsibility for this program and its content.

Castlewood Treatment Center is an NBCC-Approved Continuing Education Provider (ACEPTM) and may offer NBCC-approved clock hours for events that meet NBCC requirements. The ACEP solely is responsible for all aspects of the program.

Castlewood Treatment Center is a Continuing Professional Education (CPE) Accredited Provider with the Commission on Dietetic Registration (CRD). CRD Credentialed Practitioners will receive 11 Continuing Professional Education units (CPEs) for completion of this activities / materials.

This program is pending approval by the National Association of Social Workers for 9.5 social work CE clock hours.

Learning Objectives:

Participants will be able to:

  • Summarize a clinical philosophy for the treatment of eating disorders which includes attachment theory, interpersonal neurobiology, nutritional therapy, and strategically applied evidenced based interventions.

  • Describe basic concepts of compulsive behaviors, neuroplasticity, and creating new neuropathways in the brain.

  • Summarize several practical methods of resisting compulsive behaviors which encourage brain change.

  • Identify the relationship between eating disorders and suicide

  • Implement assessments and interventions for suicide in eating disorder clients

  • Explain and simplify the gut brain and hormone connection

  • Translate and summarize the communication process between the gut brain, food and appetite

  • Connect nutrition’s healing role within the gut brain during stages of eating disorder recovery

  • Describe key characteristics of the newly described eating disorder criteria relevant to youth including: Atypical Anorexia Nervosa and Avoidant/Restrictive Intake Disorder.

  • State at least 3 characteristics of adolescent growth and development that may contribute to disordered eating and/or eating disorders.

  • Describe at least 3 elements of the history and physical examination that are suggestive of eating disorders.

  • Recall "talking points" for discussing eating disorder etiology and treatments with youth and families.

  • Define shame and its influence on disordered eating behaviors.

  • Discuss the collaborative roles of both therapist and registered dietitian when implementing compassion-focused behavioral and nutrition counseling.

  • Apply experiential interventions to reduce food and body shame.

Speaker Bios:

Dr. Mary Romano, MD, MPH- Mary Romano is board certified in Pediatrics and the subspecialty of Adolescent Medicine. She attended medical school at St. George's University in the West Indies and completed her pediatric residency at Winthrop University Hospital on Long Island, where she also served as chief resident. She completed her adolescent fellowship at Miami Children's Hospital during which time she also completed her Master's in Public Health. Her areas of expertise include the treatment of adolescents and young adults with eating disorders and adolescent gynecology. She is an active member of the North American Society of Pediatric and Adolescent Gynecology where she has authored patient education modules and clinical recommendations for use by clinicians, patients and families. She is also very involved in medical education and received her Certificate in Medical Education from the University of Cincinnati. She serves as a mentor for incoming pediatric residents, is a frequent lecturer for residents and course director for medical students. Dr. Romano plays an active role in community education, and is often asked to speak for both parents and community providers on topics pertinent to adolescent health.

Lina Roberts, LCSW-Lina Roberts is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker in the Division of Adolescent Medicine at Monroe Carell Jr. Children’s Hospital at Vanderbilt in Nashville, Tn.Ms. Roberts is an adjunct faculty member at Lipscomb University in the Social Work department. Her expertise includes the treatment of eating disorders and in Adolescent and Young Adult mental health. She is a frequent guest lecturer in the field of adolescent growth and development. She was a member of the task force that helped establish the Eating Disorder Coalition of Tennessee.

Nicole Siegfried, Ph.D, CEDS- Dr. Nicole Siegfried is a licensed clinical psychologist and Certified Eating Disorder Specialist. She previously served as Clinical Director for a national treatment center for eating disorders. She is currently an Adjunct Associate Professor at University of Alabama at Birmingham and has also served as Associate Professor of Psychology at Samford University. She is an international presenter in the field of eating disorders and suicidality. She is a member of AED and Co-Chair of the Suicide AED Special Interest Group. Dr. Siegfried has more than 15 years of experience working with patients with eating disorders and helping to transform their lives. She is currently working with Castlewood Treatment Center and affiliates as Clinical Director for the Highlands Treatment Center for Eating Disorders in Birmingham, AL. As the Clinical Director, Dr. Siegfried is committed to the Castlewood Philosophy of in-depth individualized treatment for the underlying symptoms and co-occurring disorders related to the eating disorder.

Tammy Beasley, RDN, CEDRD, LD, CSSD - Tammy has been practicing as a registered and licensed dietitian/nutritionist with the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics for over thirty years, of which the last 25 have been specialized in the field of eating disorders. Tammy received her Bachelors of Science in Nutrition and Dietetics from Auburn University and completed her dietetic internship at the University of Alabama in Birmingham. She was the first RD to become a certified eating disorder registered dietitian (CEDRD) with the International Association of Eating Disorders Professionals (iaedp), and was the first Alabama dietitian to become a Certified Specialist in Sports Dietetics (CSSD) in 2007. Tammy is passionate about helping clients with all eating disorders restore a trusting relationship with both food and body. Tammy believes full recovery is possible, as evidenced in her own recovery from an eating disorder and the decades of experience helping other clients do the same.

During her career, Tammy has served in a wide range of positions to include outpatient nutrition services director for general and eating disorder-specific nutrition clients, nutrition director for an intensive outpatient program in Miami, Florida, adjunct professor at Florida International University and the University of Alabama in Huntsville, and business owner of both a group and private practice specializing in eating disorders. She is committed to mentoring dietitians who want to specialize in eating disorders and advocating for equality in treatment, serving as media representative for and President of the Alabama Dietetic Association, founding Chair of the Nutrition and Dietetics Advisory Board for Auburn University, and national speaker on nutrition therapy for eating disorders. After serving on the iaedp Certification Committee for four years, she stepped into the Director role in 2013, and one of her proudest achievements is the Commission on Dietetic Registration’s approval of the CEDRD Certification for all RDs in the field of eating disorders in June, 2015. Tammy joined Castlewood in November 2015 as National Coordinator for Nutrition Education, partnering with the Castlewood team to showcase our evidence-based, cutting-edge nutrition program and provide innovative nutrition education opportunities for practicing clinicians who are dedicated to eating disorder recovery..

Jim Gerber, Ph.D- Dr. Jim Gerber is a Licensed Professional Counselor with more than 20 years of experience working with adults and adolescents in a variety of clinical areas. He has been at Castlewood since 2003 and is currently the Clinical Director for all St. Louis based Castlewood Treatment Centers. As Clinical Director, he is responsible for maintaining and developing Castlewood’s high quality of clinical work, as well as supervising the nationally recognized treatment team. In addition, he will continue to provide individual and group therapy to clients and follow the progress of all clients undergoing treatment at the St. Louis facilities. Dr. Gerber received his PhD in counseling and family therapy from St. Louis University and completed his Master’s degree in art therapy and counseling at Southern Illinois University-Edwardsville. Dr. Gerber understands the complexities of eating disorders and has lectured across the country on a variety of topics related to the disease. He is a member of the International Association of Eating Disorder Professionals.

Travis Stewart, MA, LPC, NCC- Travis is a Licensed Professional Counselor and has worked in field of eating disorders since 2003 in both clinical and marketing roles at every level of care. He brings a unique blend of clinical expertise and communication skills to his role with Castlewood. He is passionate about connecting people to resources and experiences that are transformative and healing. Through his experience in the field of eating disorders, Travis has developed an interest in the development of body image disturbance and the cultural and historical context in which body image develops.

He was the visionary and founder of Hungry for Hope, a Christian based conference which provides training and help for both professionals and lay people in the treatment of eating disorders. An excellent communicator and teacher, Travis is a regular contributor to websites, podcasts and webinars and conferences on eating and body image issues and has spoken at schools such as Pepperdine University, Baylor, Washington University, and seminaries around the country.

Travis graduated from the University of Nebraska in 1991 with a degree in advertising and immediately began working with the international ministry of The Navigators, mentoring students. After 8 years, his desire to better understand how people change and heal led to obtaining a Master of Arts in Counseling (2001) and a Master of Arts in Theological Studies (2003) from Covenant Seminary in St. Louis, Missouri where he now lives with his family.

Rebecca Baker, M.Ed., LPC- Ms. Baker obtained her Bachelors of Arts from University of Missouri in psychology with a minor in sociology. She went on to pursue her Masters of Education in Counseling and Family therapy from the University of Missouri-St. Louis. Ms. Baker is a licensed professional counselor who has worked at Castlewood Treatment Center since 2008. Ms. Baker has completed level I training in Internal Family Systems model of therapy. Ms. Baker incorporates cognitive behavioral therapies, Internal Family Systems, experiential therapies and family therapy in her work at Castlewood. Ms. Baker has held several roles at Castlewood including Direct Care Staff, Intake Counselor, Utilization Review Specialist, Primary Therapist and Assistant Program Director. She is currently the Program Director of the Castlewood Partial Hospitalization Program.

Christine Schneider, MSW, LCSW- Ms. Schneider graduated with her Masters in Social Work from Washington University in St. Louis, Missouri. She is currently a doctoral candidate at St. Louis University in the field of Family Therapy. Ms. Schneider is also adjunct faculty at St. Louis University, teaching in the Department of Social Work and the Department of Psychiatry and Neurology. Her current areas of research and interest are the effects of trauma and chronic illness on parent-child attachment. She is a primary therapist at Castlewood, incorporating theories of attachment and interpersonal biology into her individual, family, and group work. Ms. Schneider has completed training in in Internal Family Systems Therapy and EMDR. Ms. Schneider speaks regionally, nationally and internationally on topics related to attachment, couples counseling and trauma. She is a member of American Association for Marriage and Family Therapy.


All conferences and facilities are ADA compliant. We request that if you need special accommodations please contact Deanna James and let her know of your request so that we can make appropriate accommodations for you.

Cancellation Policy:

This event is free, however we as that you notify us at least 10 days prior to the event of your cancellation.


Castlewood Treatment Center (CTC) is committed to advancing knowledge in the field of psychology without conflicts arising between our institution’s interests and those of our continuing education program participants. Speakers sponsored by CTC to deliver continuing education with APA approved CE units are required to disclose all potential conflicts of interest when submitting proposals. Please note that for the program advertised herein, funds were accepted to support the research protocol, the researchers, and/or the use of the therapeutic interventions which will be discussed. Castlewood reviews all course content prior to delivery and tries to minimize any inherent bias in the material delivered which is based on the underlying support.

All other speakers at this conference are on staff with Castlewood Treatment Center. Our staff will discuss the limitations of their work and any affiliations with other entities.

For additional information regarding the details of this workshop or to discuss ADA needs please contact our continuing education administrator:

Deanna James 314-974-6844, Deanna.james@castlewoodtc.com

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