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Be Mentally Well Symposium

Trouble with Food?
Sorting it Out with a Focus on Recovery!

A Symposium for Anyone Struggling with Food Issues,
Their Family Members, and the Professionals That Work with Them Directly

Saturday, October 17, 2015
University Campus, Faculty Conference Room (1st Floor)
55 Lake Avenue North
Worcester, MA 01655

Open 12-Step Meeting 7:15 to 8:15 a.m.
Conference Registration beginning at 8 a.m.
Conference 8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

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Sponsored by 
Department of Psychiatry, University of Massachusetts Medical School and 
The Food Addiction Institute

 Registration Form

Agenda Program Description and Target Audience
Registration Fee Deadline Further Information/
Special Needs
Cancellation Policy Weather Emergency Policy Comfort Statement on Faculty 
and Provider Disclosure

Program Description and Target Audience

This 1 day symposium is for anyone that is or may possibly be addicted to food and those who are working with them directly.

Presentations are designed to help you:

  • Sort out the difference between Normal Eating, Emotional Eating, Food Addiction, or some combination of these.
  • Describe the key aspects of Recovery.
  • Identify ways of shaping a food plan to best meet your own individual needs.
  • Explain what one needs to do in order to stay on the path to recovery and prevent relapse.
  • Articulate the spiritual dimensions of recovery work, regardless of one's own particular beliefs.


7:15-8:15 AM Open 12-Step Meeting  
8:00-8:30 AM Registration  
8:30-8:45 AM  Welcoming Remarks
Douglas M. Ziedonis, MD, MPH
8:45-10:00 AM Normal Eater, Emotional Eater, Food Addict
Phil Werdell, MA
10:00-10:15 AM Break  
10:15-11:45 AM Principles of Recovery
Marty Lerner, PhD
11:45 AM-12:45 PM Lunch (on your own)  
12:45-2:00 PM Straitjackets into Sweatshirts: Making Your Food Plan Work for You
Theresa Wright, MS, RD, LDN
2:00-2:15 PM Break   
2:15–3:30 PM Creating a Strong Recovery Program: Preventing Relapse
Rhona Epstein, PsyD, CAC
3:30-3:45 PM Break  
3:45-5:00 PM Spirituality Panel  

Registration Fee: $50. 
Registrations should not be mailed unless receipt can be guaranteed by October 6, 2015. There will be no on-site registration.

This fee includes presentations and parking.

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: 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 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 University of Massachusetts 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.