Hope is consistently identified as both a key component of—and even a prerequisite—for recovery across mental illnesses. A trigger for healing as well as a maintaining factor, hope has important implications for lasting recovery. Using a neuroscientific model, this unique course combines research and clinical knowledge with a patient’s perspective to demonstrate how hope is real, tangible, and even required in eating disorder recovery. In fact, over the last decade, new and improved brain imaging techniques have opened up novel opportunities to provide insight into what hope is and how therapy, nutrition, and drugs can catalyze the recovery process. An informative as well as entertaining presentation, this course provides a practical, neuroscientific explanation of hope as well as concrete tools for helping clients to achieve lasting recovery.
At the conclusion of this presentation, participants will be able to:
- Provide research supporting the necessary role of hope in the recovery process from an eating disorder.
- Describe the neuroscience of eating disorders symptomology as it relates to harnessing the real, tangible power of hope.
- Understand the importance of hope as a trigger for healing as well as a maintaining factor in one patient’s journey to full recovery.
- Describe the ways that emotional stress damages the brain.
- Understand how the hindbrain, limbic system and prefrontal cortex respond to stress.
- Understand how the brain heals through bio balancing neurotransmitters, plasticity and triggering new cell growth
- Illustrate how the amygdala and left prefrontal cortex provide an explanation for emotional balance.
About Ralph Carson, LD, RD, PhD
Dr. Carson has been involved in the clinical treatment of obesity, addictions, and eating disorders for over 40 years. His unique background in health science and medicine, coupled with nutrition and exercise has prepared him to integrate neuropsychobiological intervention and proven psychotherapeutic treatment. He is an active board member of the International Association of Eating Disorder Professionals (IAEDP). He has authored several popular books on nutrition, lifestyle practices, good health and the brain: Harnessing the Healing Power of Fruits and the recently published The Brain Fix: What’s the Matter with Your Gray Matter? He is currently Vice President of Science and Innovation for the Eating Recovery Center’s CORE Program for weight management and binge-eating disorders in Denver, CO and consultant for the Pinegrove Behavioral Health and Addiction Center in Hattiesburg, MS.
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