May 14, 2020

2020 Virtual ERF Conference to Offer Educational Mental Health Presentations 

May is Mental Health Month, and according to the National Alliance on Mental Illness (2019), one out of every five adults in the U.S. are experiencing a mental illness every year, and one out of every six 6-to-17-year-olds are also experiencing a mental health disorder. With the data around the importance of mental health treatment, as well as the current COVID-19 pandemic, education for mental health professionals is more vital now than ever before. 

Join Eating Recovery Center and Insight Behavioral Health for its 12th Annual Eating Recovery Foundation Conference on Mental Health, Practical Applications for Multidisciplinary Care. Taking place virtually on September 11-12, 2020, this two-day event will feature more than 20 research-based presentations from the nation’s leading mental health experts.

This year’s ERF Conference will feature two new tracks: Mood, Anxiety and Trauma track and Eating Disorders track. If you are a professional in the mental health field, this event comes highly recommended to not only receive thorough training on mental health disorders and their treatment, but to also receive up to 34.5 CE credits. 

As Mental Health Month is underway this May, now is the perfect time to plan your attendance to this year’s ERF Conference. Here’s a glimpse of what to expect from the Mood, Anxiety and Trauma track.  


Friday, September 11: Mood, Anxiety and Trauma Sessions 

“Why People Die by Suicide” 

Day one of the ERF Conference will kick off with Thomas Joiner, Ph.D., our keynote speaker. Thomas Joiner is the Professor of Psychology, Director, FSU Psychology Clinic at Florida State University. 


“Treatment Resistant Depression” 

Next, Susan McClanahan, PhD, CEDS, and Lara Schuster Effland, LCSW, will lead a general session about treatment-resistant depression. Susan McClanahan is the Chief Clinical Development Officer and Founder of Insight Behavioral Health Centers. Lara Schuster Effland is the Regional Managing Director of Clinical and Center of Excellence Leader for Insight Adult Services at ERC | Inisght. 


“Addiction and Recovery: Managing Relapse in Times of Stress” 

During Friday’s On-Demand Breakout Session, speakers: Linda Lewaniak, LCSW, CAADC, Leah Young, LCPC, and Steven Prinz, MD, will lead a session on relapse. Linda Lewaniak is the Regional Managing Director of Clinical at Eating Recovery Center and Insight Behavioral Health in Illinois. Leah Young, LCPC, is the Clinical Manager of the Addiction Recovery Track at Eating Recovery Center and Insight Behavioral Health Centers. Steven Prinz is a Regional Managing Medical Director at Eating Recovery Center and Insight Behavioral Health. 


“In the Moment Calming Techniques to Manage Strong Emotions” 

Join us for another On-Demand Breakout Session in the Mood, Anxiety and Trauma track, where you’ll learn about techniques for patients to manage emotions.  


“Women's Mental Health Across the Lifecycle” 

Jennifer Payne, MD, will lead this On-Demand Breakout Session will a focus on women’s mental health. Jennifer Payne is the Founder and Director of Women’s Mood Disorders Center.  


Saturday, September 12: Mood, Anxiety and Trauma Sessions 

“Creating a Kinder and Braver World: Strategies to End Bullying” 

Saturday’s keynote presentation will be led by Susan M. Swearer, Ph.D., LP, and will be an informative training about bullying and how to end it. Susan M. Swearer is the Willa Cather Professor of Educational Psychology, Professor of School Psychology and Director of Faculty Development at the University of Nebraska. 


“Written Exposure Therapy for the Treatment of PTSD” 

Join speaker Brian P. Marx, PhD for a General Session presentation about how Exposure Therapy can help patients challenged by PTSD. Brian P. Marx is the Deputy Director of the Behavioral Science Division, National Center for PTSD at the VA Boston Healthcare System 


“Cannabis and the Adolescent Brain” 

Join us for a special On-Demand Breakout Session in the Mood & Anxiety track dedicated to the effects of cannabis on a young brain. 


“Managing Anxiety, OCD and Trauma with Exposure and Response Prevention Therapy” 

 Patrick B. McGrath, Ph.D, will lead this On-Demand Breakout Session with a focus on Exposure and Response Prevention Therapy. Patrick B. McGrath is the Head of Clinical Services at NOCD. 


“Nutrition and Trauma: The Influence of Nutrition on Brain Repair During Trauma Recovery" 

 Ralph Carson, LD, RD, PhD, will present another On-Demand Breakout Session dedicated to the understanding of how nutrition can aid in brain repair from trauma. Ralph Carson is the Senior Clinical and Research Adviser for Eating Recovery Center and Insight Behavioral Health. 


Friday, September 18 (tentative date)

“Panel Discussion: Inclusivity in Mental Health Care” 

This two-day event will end with a special panel discussion about inclusivity in mental health care, led by Casey Tallent, Ph.D., Irene Rovira, PhD, Neeru Bakshi, MD, FAPA, CED, MD, and Ryan Sallans. 

Registration is now open! Don't miss out - Early Bird pricing ends June 15, 2020. Save up to $70 on your virtual conference package.



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