EDCT-Knoxville Symposium

About the Conference

Friday, February 17, 2012
UT-Knoxville Campus
Carolyn P. Brown Memorial University Center (1502 West Cumberland Ave, Knoxville, TN 37996)

Eating disorders are complex. Treating them requires strategy, tact and skill. Whether you're a veteran or beginning practitioner, clients can put you in a hard-to-treat stalemate. This conference gives you perspectives on increasing client engagement and strategies for exiting gracefully. Space is limited.


  • 8 TDA CPEUs: The Tennessee Dietetic Association (TDA) has approved this conference for 8 CPEUs at CPE levels 2 and 3. The learning needs codes are 4180, 5200, 5370, 6000.
  • 6 NASW-TN: The National Association of Social Workers–Tennessee Chapter (NASW-TN) has approved this conference for 6 CEUs.
  • 6 APA: Knoxville Area Psychological Association (KAPA) is approved by the American Psychological Association to provide continuing education to psychologists and maintains responsibility for this program. KAPA has designated up to 6 CE credits for attendees of the Symposium, one and half hours for each breakout session. No CE credits will be awarded for partial attendance for any session.

EDCT Member Rate: $75 (become a member)
Non-Member Rate: $90 ($100 after February 1)
All Graduate Students: $35 ($45 after February 1)

Included in your registration fee:

  • one (1) parking voucher
  • continental breakfast
  • refreshments
  • lunch
  • applicable presentation handouts

Cancellation Policy
To receive a partial refund, cancellations must be made in writing and sent to EDCT by mail or e-mail. A 25 percent refund will be given for cancellations made by February 1; a 10 percent refund will be given for cancellations made by February 15 (two days in advance). No refund will be given to participants who cancel after February 17 or do not show for the event. All refunds will be issued after the conference.

Nearby Accommodations

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Friday, February 17, 2012
UT-Knoxville Campus
Carolyn P. Brown Memorial University Center (1502 West Cumberland Ave, Knoxville, TN 37996)

7:45-8:20 a.m. Registration & Networking
8:20-8:30 a.m. Opening Announcements
8:30-10:00 a.m. Session One:  Ted Weltzin, MD, FAED (see below)
10:15-11:45 a.m. Session Two:  Jancey Wickstrom, LCSW (see below)
11:45 a.m.-noon Exhibitor Announcements
Noon-1:00 p.m. Lunch & Networking   
1:00-2:30 p.m. Session Three:  Enola Gorham, LCSW, CEDS (see below)
2:45-4:15 p.m.
Session Four:  Jessica Setnick, MS, RD, LD, CSSD (see below)
4:15-4:30 p.m. Closing Announcements & Evaluation


Session One | 8:30-10:00 a.m.

Theodore E. Weltzin, MD, FAED
Medical Director, Eating Disorder Services at Rogers Memorial Hospital (Oconomowoc, Wisc.)

“Optimizing Outcomes in Eating Disorders”
The successful treatment of eating disorders depends highly on optimizing treatment outcomes. This presentation is designed to teach clinicians how to do just that. It includes methods such as a systematic approach to body image in order for patients to maintain optimal treatment. Participants will learn how to understand the stages of change in relation to working with patient and support systems, as well as uncover characteristics of healthy eating as it relates to recovery. Specifically, clinicians will understand the challenges related to working with male patients in regards to exercise and self-esteem, and how to manage medical complications throughout eating disorder treatment.

Session Two | 10:15-11:45 a.m.

 Jancey Wickstrom, AM, LCSW
Milieu Coordinator, Timberline Knolls (Lemont, Ill.)

“Eating Disorders and Self-Injury: A Unified Approach for a Complex Presentation”
Treating those who present with both Eating Disorder (ED) and Self-Injury (SI) behaviors can be a daunting task. This presentation introduces a unique treatment approach that blends the philosophies and skills of the 12-Step Principles and Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT). These complementary approaches are useful when developing treatment plans for this difficult-to-treat population. This presentation provides a brief overview of DBT, in-depth conversation about DBT application, and tangible skills for attendees to use in their practice.

Session Three | 1:00-2:30 p.m.

Enola Gorham, LCSW, CEDS
Clinical Director of Adult Services, Eating Recovery Center (Denver, Colo.)

“The Use of Acceptance Commitment Therapy (ACT) in the Treatment of Eating Disorders” The maintaining factors of eating disorders must be treated with a therapeutic method that creates behavioral change. Acceptance Commitment Therapy targets these maintaining factors including anxiety, harm avoidance, and low self directedness, allowing patients to live a rich and meaningful valued life. This presentation presents a comprehensive study of the language of the mind and how the mind is used to harm or help the recovery process. With recovery as the goal, the six core processes of ACT are identified and applied to everyday therapy.

Session Four | 2:45-4:15 p.m.

 Jessica Setnick, MS, RD, LD, CSSD
National Director of Training and Education, Ranch 2300 Collegiate Eating Disorders Program (Dallas, Texas)

“Stop Locking Horns with Your Clients: Exit Strategies for Sticky Situations”
Eating disorders treatment takes time and hard work. But learning new skills doesn’t have to. Buckle your seatbelt for Jessica Setnick’s special brand of education and humor -- and walk away with three super anti-ED skills you can start using tomorrow: Body Blindness, Translating Fat Thoughts and Referral Success.


E-mail EDCT or call us at (615) 831-9838.

About EDCT

Founded in 2002, Eating Disorders Coalition of Tennessee (EDCT) is the Southeast’s first statewide nonprofit to target eating disorder awareness, education and prevention. Our mission is to offer hope, help and support to all who are impacted by disordered eating. We accomplish this through regional programming in six geographical areas across Tennessee. Our headquarters is located in Nashville.