Conference for Professionals – July 22, 2016 – Winston Salem, NC

DISORDERED ATTACHMENT & DISORDERED BEHAVIOR: Eating Disorders and Addictions – Sex, Self-harm and Substance Use

For complete Brochure and Registration – Go to:   http://northwestahec.wfubmc.edu/brochures/160722_48663.pdf

A unique opportunity to learn from prominent and internationally respected speakers on topics that increasingly a ect mental health practice.

Attendees welcomed from: psychology, social work, counseling, addiction specialists, marital and family therapy, psychiatry, nursing and related medical practitioners and students from all related elds.

Conference Overview and Objectives

The relationship between childhood experiences and eating disorders and addictions is ripe for scholarly examination. This all day conference will explore current theory, research and treatment regarding early complex attachment issues, psychological arrest, family stressors and traumatic events that occur during childhood and their association to adult behavioral disorders and addictions.

Adult and adolescent addictions along with other self-destructive and self-sabotaging behaviors have been described through theoretical lenses such as biological predispositions to anxiety and depression, temperament traits such as perfectionism or impulsivity, and/or cognitive issues (what is learned and becomes patterned over time.)

Looking through the theoretical lens of attachment ruptures/losses o ers insight in to how human beings respond psychologically and interpersonally later in life and what defenses are used to cope. Meaning simply that for some individuals symptoms serve purposes and are both adaptive and adaptations.

Upon completion of this program, participants should be better able to:

  • Describe the etiological complexity of eating disorders, substance use disorders, self- harm, sex addiction and intimacy issues.
  • Discuss current research and the role of Attachment Theory in the development of eating disorders, self-harm, sex addiction and intimacy issues.
  • Review the overlaps and distinctions among behavioral health disorders, dysregulated behaviors and addictions and how these conditions are adaptive.
  • Summarize what role trauma plays in the development of eating disorders, substance use disorders, self-harm, sex addiction and intimacy issues.
  • Examine tools to utilize with patients in reducing symptomatology.



Register online today at www.nwahec.org/48663


  • 6.5 Contact Hours from Northwest AHEC.
  • 0.65 CEUs from Wake Forest School of Medicine.
  • This program will provide 6.5 contact hours of (Category A) continuing education for North Carolina psychologists. No partial credit will be given.
  • Application has been submitted for 6.5 contact hours of Substance Abuse Speci c credit from the North Carolina Substance Abuse Professional Practice Board.
  • This program does not provide speci c NBCC Credits. However, per LPC licensure guidelines, you may submit up to 15 contact hours of continuing education by attending programs by a liates of the National Area Health Education Center Organization (NAO). Northwest AHEC is a member of the NAO.


    Wake Forest University Campus Benson Center
    1834 Wake Forest Road Winston-Salem, NC 27106

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Disordered Attachment and Disordered Behavior: Eating Disorders and Addictions —

Sex, Self-harm and Substance Use

Friday, July 22, 2016 8 am–4:45 pm

Wake Forest University Campus Benson Center
Winston-Salem, NC

nd enjoy a summer symposium!

Jointly provided by:

Judy Scheel, PhD, LCSW and Northwest Area Health Education Center (AHEC), a program of Wake Forest School of Medicine and part of the NC AHEC System.

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