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Essential Tools for Clinical Care, Recovery and Prevention
Friday, October 14, 2016 • 8:30 a.m. - 4:15 p.m.

St. Joseph Mercy Ann Arbor Auditorium 5305 Elliott Drive • Ypsilanti, MI 48197

Keynote Speakers:

Embodying A Bolder Model: Five Essential Tools for Preventing Eating Disorders

Michael Levine, PhD, FAED
Emeritus Professor of Psychology, Kenyon College
DBT in the Treatment of Eating Disorders: How, Why, and With Whom?

Lucene Wisniewski, PhD, FAED
Case Western Reserve, The Emily Program
Amy Pershing Keynote:
Meet Them Where They Are: Working Effectively With The Client’s Desire for Weight Loss in BED Treatment.

Amy Pershing, LMSW, ACSW
is the Founding Executive Director of the Bodywise Binge Eating Disorder Program and Clinical Director at the Center for Eating Disorders in Ann Arbor, MI . She is the Past Chair of BEDA, a long time Board member, and serves as the current chair of BEDA's professional education committee. Pershing has treated BED for over 25 years, and lectures internationally on BED treatment, the role of complex trauma in eating disorders, and maintaining long term recovery. She has been featured on numerous radio and television programs and writes extensively about eating disorders. Pershing maintains a clinical practice in Ann Arbor. Follow Amy on Twitter at @BodywiseProgram and visit her two websites: and

Breakout Sessions:

“DBT Treatment Strategies Applied to Complex, Multi-Diagnostic Patients Diagnosed with Eating Disorders: a focus on behaviors that interfere with treatment” - Lucene Wisniewski, PhD, FAED, Case Western Reserve University, The Emily Program, Cleveland Ohio

“Medical and Psychiatric Emergencies in Eating Disorders” - Suzanne Dooley-Hash, MD, Medical Director, Center for Eating Disorders, Medical Consultant, Huron Oaks Eating Disorder Recovery Program, St. Joseph Mercy Ann Arbor and Jocelyn Hart, MD, Psychiatry, Huron Oaks Eating Disorder Recovery Program, St. Joseph Mercy Ann Arbor

“Interventions for Addressing Medical Complications Related to Outpatient Refeeding and Intake Regulation” - Allison Laurie, NP, Huron Oaks Eating Disorder Recovery Program, St. Joseph Mercy Ann Arbor

“Advanced Assessment and Treatment Techniques for Dietitians: Addressing Co-Occurring Medical Conditions in Eating Disorder Treatment” - Lee McDonagh, RD, CDE, Past President, Michigan Dietetics Association, Consulting Dietitian, Center for Eating Disorders, Stephanie Collins, Lead Dietitian, Center for Eating Disorders, Consulting Dietitian, Huron Oaks Eating Disorder Recovery Program, St. Joseph Mercy Ann Arbor

Voices of Recovery, Invited Panel Discussion, “Individual Perspectives on Personal Recovery: Key Factors That Promote and Maintain Recovery” ” - Panel Chair: Judith Banker, MA, LLP, FAED, Founder and Executive Director, Center for Eating Disorders Lead Consultant, Huron Oaks Eating Disorder Recovery Program St. Joseph Mercy Ann Arbor

Stephanie KoenigStephanie Koenig, LMSW.
Stephanie is the chapter leader and founder of Project HEAL - Southeast Michigan, a local chapter of an international nonprofit organization that provides treatment scholarships to those battling eating disorder, brings awareness about eating disorders to the community, and promotes positive body image and self-esteem. She has been in full recovery from anorexia for over 4 years. Stephanie is also a licensed clinical social worker at the University of Michigan Comprehensive Eating Disorders Program.
Dorothy YarringtonDorothy Yarrington.
My life is guided by my recovery from an eating disorder and alcoholism. I have suffered from bulimia nervosa for 13 years. Through treatment, therapy, reaching out and opening up to those around me, I began what I consider my new, meaningful life. I hope to share my experiences with the world, ending the stigmas surrounding eating disorders, mental illness, substance abuse. Sharing my story has been incredibly empowering! Most importantly, I accept who I am and what I have gone through in order to get to this point. There is hope, and you are not alone.
Joan O’ConnellJoan O’Connell
is an artist, dancer, musician and teacher. Encouraging hope and compassion, she enjoys speaking and writing about challenges she’s encountered, including living with an Autism Spectrum Disorder, parental loss of a child and Binge Eating Disorder. Enriched by a thirty-seven year marriage adventure with Patrick, she is the mother of four, minus one and also a breast cancer survivor (2009).

Registration Fee: $45
Discount: $25 (SJMHS colleagues & SMEDA members) Lunch is included in the registration fee.
Offering Social Work 6.0 CEUs 
Offering CEUs for Registered Dieticians


St. Joseph Mercy Ann Arbor is accredited by the Michigan State Medical Society to provide continuing medical education for physicians.

Saint Joseph Mercy Ann Arbor designates this live activity for a maximum of 6.25 AMA PRA Category 1 credit(s)TM. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.