Beth Carpenter – Us against ED: The Importance of Family Therapy in Pediatric Eating Disorder Recovery

Beth Carpenter (formerly Valentine), MS, LMFT-S, LPC-S, CEDS is as a clinical therapist at Children’s Health: Children’s Medical Center Plano, where she provides family therapy for child and adolescent patients admitted into the eating disorder program, leads process and psychoeducational groups, and works with the treatment team to support eating disorder recovery.

She received a master’s degree in Marriage and Family Therapy from the Family Institute at Northwestern University. Beth has also completed the CEDS certification (Certified Eating Disorder Specialist) from the International Association of Eating Disorder Professionals. She previously served as Vice President, for the Dallas Association of Marriage and Family Therapists and continues to be an active member of local and national therapist organizations.

Talk summary
“Us against ED”: The Importance of Family Therapy in Pediatric Eating Disorder Recovery

Although they are not to blame for the eating disorder, families often get caught in relational patterns that keep them stuck. The insidious pattern spreads, and helping professionals can be overtaken by eating disorder’s power, too. Feelings of frustration, fear, hopelessness, and defeat, often induce families and professionals to blame the very people that eating disorders hurt the most, and they start to replicate this pattern of power struggles.

Using a systemic approach with family therapy models, this presentation will provide education on the latest eating disorder diagnoses and trends, discuss how to help families (and professionals) reframe their perspectives and externalize the eating disorder dynamics, and address how all of us in the community can come together “against ED” through advocacy and social change.

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Date(s) - 10/13/2017
1:00 pm - 3:00 pm

Ogden Fellowship Hall at First United Methodist Church, Richardson

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