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Basics & Beyond: Team Treatment of Eating Disorders
At Pineland Farms Conference Center, New Gloucester, Maine

Friday, October 17th and Saturday morning, October 18th, 2003

As the 1999 Executive Summary of the Maine Commission on Eating Disorders stated,

Given the striking scarcity of information, education, support and treatment, it is imperative that Maine begin to respond to the increasing and life-threating problem of eating disorders.

Mainely Girls proudly announces a one and one-half day workshop featuring a multi-disciplinary team of nationally known experts experienced at working with eating disordered patients. "Basics & Beyond: Team Treatment of Eating Disorders" will provide clinical training to professionals from all the disciplines necessary to create treatment teams in Maine: physicians, nurses, clinical social workers, psychologists, nutritionists, and dentists.

This workshop focuses on theoretical and clinical advances in the treatment of anorexia, bulimia and related eating disorders.

The presenters will explore a multi-disciplinary team approach to treatment that incorporates a holistic appreciation of factors contributing to the development of these devastating disorders.

The topics are primarily oriented to improving clinical skills in the diagnosis and treatment of eating disorders. Focus will be placed on exploring family dynamics that fuel eating disordered behavior. A comprehensive overview of nutritional and medical concerns will be offered. Special considerations of abuse and neglect as precursors to eating disorders will be explored. A comprehensive overview of the unique aspects of treating males with eating disorders will be presented.

The clinical training will also help create multidisciplinary treatment teams and strengthen the ability of healthcare providers throughout the state to:
identify eating disorders,

  • begin appropriate, comprehensive and coordinated out-patient treatment,
  • determine if and when to make inpatient referrals, and
  • support patients after hospitalization.


As a result of attending this workshop, participants will be able to:

  • Identify the diagnostic criteria for anorexia nervosa, bulimia nervosa and related eating disorders.
  • Understand the social and psychological underpinnings of eating disorders.
  • Appreciate the importance of a multi-disciplinary approach to the treatment of eating disorders.
  • Understand the importance of family work and nutritional counseling in the treatment of eating disorders.
  • Utilize clinical strategies for the treatment of eating disorders, including medical management.
  • Understand the relationship between abuse and neglect and the development of anorexia, bulemia and related eating disorders.
  • Understand the etiology, development and treatment of males with eating disorders.
  • Process the stages of multidisciplinary treatment using a case presentation.
  • Obtain consultation on difficult clinical cases.


All six workshop presenters are from The Eating Disorders Treatment Center at River Oaks Hospital and affiliated with the Tulane University School of Medicine.
Susan Willard, LCSW, BCD, is the clinical Director of The Eating Disorders Treatment Centerr at River Oaks Hospital and has worked in the field of eating disorders for 20 years. Professor of Psychiatry and Pediatrics at the Tulane University School of Medicine, Ms. Willard's pioneering treatment philosophy, prolific lecturing, and clinical research have distinguised her professionally and fostered her national reputation of excellence in the field. This January she and co-author Deborah Michel, PhD. published their book, When Dieting Becomes Dangerous: A Guide to Understanding and Treating Anorexia and Bulimia, which will be available at the conference. Center Director Susan Willard has a home in Maine, and she is also opening a center at McClain Hospital outside of Boston, patterned after the center at River Oaks. The McClain center will provide an additional resource for Maine clinicians and patients who often find the few beds in Maine full.
George C. Daul, Jr., M.D., is a board certified psychiatrist and eating disorders specialist. He is a Clinical Associate Professor of Psychiatry at the Tulane University School of Medicine. George Dual and Susan Willard have worked together since 1987 and their collective expertise has served to assist thousands of eating disordered patients from around the country in their recovery. Dr. Daul is experienced and skilled in the inpatient management of eating disorders and is an expert in the psycho-pharmacological aspects of treatment.
Catherine Varino, LCSW is the Program Director of the Eating Disorders Treatment Center at River Oaks Hospital. She has worked in the field for 10 years and has been integrally involved in the development of a nationally renowned eating disorders program. She maintains a private practice in New Orleans, working primarily with individuals and families affected by eating disorders.
Jan Johnson, RD, LDN is the Senior Nutritionist for the The Eating Disorders Treatment Center at River Oaks Hospital. Ms. Johnson is recognized for her steadfast commitment to education and patient advocacy. She has worked with Susan Willard and George Daul for over 18 years in the field of eating disorders and currently maintains a private practice in New Orleans.
Mark Roloff, LCSW, BCD, has worked in the treatment of eating disorders for the past 17 years. He has specialized in family therapy and men's issues, and currently serves as Director of the Eating Disorders Program for Males at River Oaks Hospital. Mr. Roloff is a well respected private practitioner in New Orleans and is recognized as a strong patient advocate.


River Oaks Hospital is approved by the National Board for Certified Counselors to offer continuing education activities for national certified counselors. We adhere to the NBCC Continuing Education guidelines. River Oaks Hospital is approved by the (APA) American Psychological Association to offer continuing education for Psychologists. Certificates of Attendance will be provided to all workshop attendees for 10.0 clock hours. Applicable fees for certification through respective boards will be applied at the time of the workshop.

8:00 — 8:30 Registration & Coffee
8:30 — 10:00 Susan Willard, LCSW, BCD
"Identification and Practical Management of Eating Disorders"
10:00 — 10:15 Break
10:15 — 11:45 Catherine Varino, LCSW
"Family Therapy in the Treatment of Eating Disorders"
11:45 — 12:45 Lunch
12:45 — 2:15 George Daul, M.D.
"Medical Management and Psychopharmacology"
2:15 — 2:30 Break
2:30 — 4:00 "Trauma and Eating Disorders"
4:00 — 4:30 Wrap Up, Discussion, Questions and Answers
8:00 — 9:15 Jan Johnson, RD, LDN
"Nutritional Counseling in the Treatment of Eating Disorders"
9:15 — 9:30 Break
9:30 — 10:45 Mark Roloff, LCSW, BCD
"The New Frontier: Treating Males with Eating Disorders"
10:45 — 11:45 The Treatment Team
Case Presentation*
11:45 — 12:30 The Treatment Team
Case Presentation*
*Participants are invited to submit cases for clinical consultation.


In 1996 Mainely Girls was founded as a state-wide, non-profit organization with a two part mission: to work with rural communities to assist them in focusing on girls' needs in a preventative and proactive and manner, and to work on the state level to bring about positive change for girls. Today, individuals, schools, legislative committees, government agencies, and others turn to Mainely Girls for information, to explore ideas, to create or promote programming opportunities for girls, and to address girls' issues at the systemic level. Current programs include:

  • The Circle of Strength &endash; a three year effort funded by the Bingham Foundation to address eating disorder prevention, early intervention, and treatment needs in Maine. This October workshop will be a part of that effort.
  • Organizing the 11th annual Camden Girls' Conference for 350 girls in the midcoast area.
  • Chairing the Girls Action Group &endash; a collaboration of social service agencies working to bring about improvements for girls incarcerated in South Portland.
  • Publishing a newsletter three times a year to advertise opportunities for girls, to forward pertinent reseach and information for and about girls, and to share efforts and achievements on girls' behalf &emdash; keeping everyone who wants to stay in touch with what´s happening for girls in Maine connected and informed.
  • Creating a rural network of women in schools who are willing to serve as special liasons on behalf of girls.
  • Continued programs, conferences and activities to involve girls fully and deeply in computer technology as a response to "the laptop initiative."

Mainely Girls has worked on behalf of girls´ health issues throughout the last seven years:

  • Invited Dr. Catherine Steiner-Adair, Director of Education, Prevention and Outreach of the Harvard Eating Disorders Center, to be the keynote speaker at one of the Camden girls´ conferences and to speak to educators at the Mainely Girls' Advocating for Girls In Our Classrooms and Our Schools Conference.
  • Attended the Harvard Eating Disorders Center's 1st conference in Boston
  • Served on the advisory board for the program: Full of Oursevles: Advancing Girls' Right to Throw their Weight Around, an eating disorder prevention program to serve girls ages 8 &endash; 14.
  • Became a founding member of the Camden area Eating Disorders Task Force which became the model for grassroots organizing regarding eating disorders in other rural communities.
  • In response to a girl´s request, helped her apply for a Maine Community Foundation grant to start a local eating disorders support group for area girls, and later for their parents.
  • Represented Maine at the first and second National Young Women´s Health Summit in 1999 and 2000.
  • Organized the Maine Girls´ Health Summit 2001 for Medical Care Development. Two hundred health care professionals attended.
  • Received a three year Bingham grant to address eating disorder prevention, early intervention, and treatment needs in Maine.

To this work Mainely Girls brings: a knowledge of the need, an understanding of the problems involved, commitment, experience, a network of professionals involved with girls in communities throughout Maine, our involvement directly with girls through various programs, our newsletter which disseminates information throughout our state, and our reputation for bringing about positive change for girls. Mainely Girls works in collaboration with local schools, medical and mental health care professionals, and concerned individuals throughout Maine.