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2nd Annual Food Addiction Conference

Diagnosing and Treating Food Addiction: A Toolkit for Physicians,
Dietitians, Therapists and Other Health Professionals

Friday, October 16, 2015
University Campus, Albert Sherman Center
2nd floor Auditorium (AS2.2102)
55 Lake Avenue North
Worcester, MA 01655
Registration 8 a.m.
8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

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Sponsored by 
Department of Psychiatry, UMass Chan Medical School and 
The Food Addiction Institute

 Registration Form

Agenda Program Description, Activity Level, Target Audience
and Objectives
Registration Fee Deadline CME/CE Credits
Cancellation Policy Weather Emergency Policy Comfort Further Information/
Special Needs
Statement on Faculty
and Provider Disclosure

Program Description and Target Audience

The 2nd Annual Food Addiction Conference is a one-day conference that will bring together physicians, nurses, social workers, dieticians, mental health counselors and others to learn different methods to screen/assess for food addiction, and treatment interventions for people that are addicted to one or more foods.

Activity Level
This conference is appropriate for health professionals new to the field of food addiction, as well as health professionals with intermediate and advanced skills to work with people addicted to one or more foods.

Learning Objectives:

The keynote presentations are designed to help you:

  • Describe 3 key findings from food addiction science that usefully inform clinical practice.
  • Describe 2 food addiction screening tools, and their strengths and limitations.
  • Describe at least 2 treatment options that address food addiction.
  • Describe 3 support options, and the role they can play in food addiction treatment.

The workshop presentations are designed to help you:

  • Explain 3 effective strategies for dealing with food addiction denial.
  • Identify 2 principles critical in the development of food addiction appropriate food plans.
  • Describe 3 new procedures or systems you feel could enhance your care for obese and food addicted patients.
  • Identify 2 medications that may prove helpful for treating food addiction, and identify common side effects.
  • Explain the difference between food addiction treatment models that emphasize recognizing and responding to powerlessness, with adjunctive support from 12 step programs; those that emphasize trauma resolution and continuing work with a therapist; and approaches that combine the two.


8:00-8:30 AM Registration  
8:30-8:45 AM  Introductions and Opening Remarks
Douglas M. Ziedonis, MD, MPH and Mark Cheren, EdD
8:45-10:00 AM Keynote #1 - Neurotransmitters and the Brain
Marty Lerner, PhD
10:00-10:15 AM Break  
10:15-11:30 AM Keynote #2 - Food Addiction Screening and Assessment
Vera Tarman, MD; Theresa Wright, MS,RD, LDN; Phil Werdell, MA
11:30 AM-12:30 PM Lunch  
12:30-1:45 PM Keynote #3 - Treatment Interventions and 12-Step Support Programs
Rhona Epstein, PsyD; Beth Rocchio, MD; Esther Helga Guðmundsdóttir, MSc
1:45-2:00 PM Break   
2:00–3:15 PM Afternoon Workshops
  1. Challenging Food Addiction Denial - Phil Werdell, MA
  2. 5 Principles for Effective Food Plans - Theresa Wright, MS, RD, LDN
  3. Obesity: What is a health care provider to do? - Beth Rocchio, MD and Doug Ziedonis, MD, MPH
  4. Powerlessness and Empowerment: Different Models of Food Addiction Treatment - Pamela Peeke, MD, MPH, FACP; Esther Helga Guðmundsdóttir, MSc; Joan Ifland, PhD
3:15-3:30 PM Break  
3:30-4:45 PM Afternoon Workshops
  1. Challenging Food Addiction Denial - Phil Werdell, MA
  2. 5 Principles for Effective Food Plans - Theresa Wright, MS, RD, LDN
  3. Obesity: What is a health care provider to do? - Beth Rocchio, MD and Doug Ziedonis, MD, MPH
  4. Medications for Food Addiction - Vera Tarman, MD
4:45-5:00 PM Evaluations to registration table and sign out on attendance sheet  

Registration Fee: $189 physicians; $149 other health professionals. 
Registrations should not be mailed unless receipt can be guaranteed by October 6, 2015. There will be no on-site registration.

This fee includes workshops, lunch, parking, CEU credits. (Note: We suggest anyone with particular food allergies or specific needs for food abstinence bring their own food).

Deadline: Pre-registration will be closed when space is full or at 5 p.m. on Tuesday, October 6, 2015. Registration should not be mailed unless receipt before that time is guaranteed. On-site registration will not be accepted. If you have questions regarding registration, please call Barb at (508) 856-8786.

Cancellation Policy: If you cancel your registration before October 6, 2015, your fee is refundable less a processing charge. After that date, no refunds will be given for any reason—including weather and other emergencies. Substitutions are always acceptable with prior notification.

Weather Emergency Policy: While the probability of delay or cancellation of the conference is highly unlikely, we recognize that we are all subject to the vagaries of New England weather. If a weather emergency does occur, and you are in doubt as to whether or not the course will be held, call (508) 856-8786 before 4 p.m. on October 15, 2015.

Comfort: Business casual is very appropriate for this conference. Although every attempt will be made to ensure the comfort of our attendees, we suggest that you may wish to bring a sweater/jacket if you tend to be chilly.

Further Information and Special Needs: UMass Chan Medical School is an accessible, barrier-free location. Reasonable accommodations can be made for individuals with visual and/or hearing impairments. If you need this type of assistance, call (508) 856-8786.

Statement on Faculty Disclosure: The UMass Chan Medical School Office of Continuing Medical Education requires the financial disclosure of any relevant financial interest or other relationship that a faculty member or activity planner has with the manufacturers of any commercial product(s) discussed in the educational presentation. All faculty and activity planners are required to comply and will not be able to participate in the educational activity unless they do so. Faculty members are also required to disclose if the product being addressed is not labeled for the use under discussion. Compliance that this disclosure has taken place must be documented.

Continuing Medical Education
The UMass Chan Medical School is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education to provide continuing medical education for physicians.  The UMass Chan Medical School designates this live activity for a maximum of 6.25 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™. Physicians should claim only credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

Continuing Education (CE) Credits:

This offering meets the requirements for up to 7.5 contact hours, as specified by the Massachusetts board of Registration in Nursing (244-CMR 5.04).

The UMass Chan Medical School, Department of Psychiatry is approved by the American Psychological Association to sponsor continuing education for psychologists. The UMass Chan Medical School, Department of Psychiatry maintains responsibility for this program and its content. This program is being offered for 6.5 continuing education credits (CE) for psychologists. 

Other Health Care Professionals
Other health care professionals will be eligible for 6.25 continuing education hours from the UMass Chan Medical School.