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The Psychology of Trauma: Treating Personality Disorders and Cultivating Compassion for Complex, Hard to Treat Conditions
PRESENTER: Susan McClanahan, Ph.D., CEDS
DETAILS: Eating disorders can often be difficult to diagnose and even more challenging to treat. When an eating disorder is co-morbid with a personality disorder, as is often the case, supporting a client through recovery is even more challenging. This presentation will review epidemiology, etiology, assessment, diagnosis, and treatment of co-morbid eating and personality disorders. Discussion will include an overview of evidence-based treatments and indicators for the need to refer to a higher level of care.

1. Identify ways in which personality disorders may reflect trauma, traumatic stress and traumatic invalidation.
2. Discuss how trauma-informed care can be used to address particular psychological deficits of patients with co-morbid eating and personality disorders.
3. Identify optimal approaches to teach families and loved ones to better support those with co-morbid eating and personality disorders.

Provider Panel Discussion with Platinum Sponsor Eating Recovery Center
PRESENTERS: Susan McClanahan, Ph.D., CEDS, Senior Clinical Advisor for Pathlight Mood & Anxiety Center and Amber Rosalez, MS, RDN, LDN, CEDRD-S, Registered Dietitian Nutritionist at Eating Recovery Center Insight

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Susan McClanahan, Ph.D., CEDS

Susan McClanahan, Ph.D., CEDS is the Senior Clinical Advisor for Pathlight Mood & Anxiety Center. Dr. McClanahan is a licensed clinical psychologist committed to leadership, teaching, training, research, and advocacy in the field of eating disorders and general mental health. Having specialized in the treatment of anorexia, bulimia and binge eating disorder for the past 25 years, Dr. McClanahan is a leading expert in the field. She holds an Assistant Professor position at both Rush Medical Center and Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine. Dr. McClanahan’s expertise is sought after at many major national conferences and events.

Amber Rosalez, MS, RDN, LDN, CEDRD-S

Amber is a Clinical Dietitian Manager that specializes in treating eating disorders at the Eating Recovery Center in downtown Chicago. She oversees nutrition services at 3 levels of care, Residential, PHP, and IOP including a team of eating disorder dietitians who provide care to patients with a wide variety of ED presentations. She earned her graduate degree in Nutrition from Northern Illinois University in 2012, and she has undergraduate degrees in psychology and nutrition from Central Michigan University and Michigan State University, respectively. She is a Certified Eating Disorder Dietitian and Supervisor through the International Association of Eating Disorder Professionals and has been working in the field of ED treatment for 7 years. Originally from Michigan, Amber has also worked with ED patients in outpatient and inpatient settings. She is a Health at Every Size advocate and provider and is passionate about DEI. In her spare time, she is an avid board game player and cat lover.

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