Saturday, January 22, 2011

San Diego Conference

I'm sitting in the San Diego Airport, having gotten here at an ungodly hour for my flight back to NY. But I don't mind, because yesterday's Maudsley Parents conference was a great success.

The conference sold out, and our room was packed with a dynamic mix of clinicians and families.
The always cerebral Dr. Walter Kaye opened the conference with a friendlier-than-usual exploration of the neurobiology of eating disorders. Next up was Dr. Daniel leGrange of the University of Chicago, who took us through the history of research on eating disorders (distressingly meager) and explained in great detail the history of family-based treatment.

After lunch, we heard from Dr. le Grange and Dr. Renee Hoste, also of the University of Chicago, on clinical applications of the research. Last but not least, Roxie Rockwell of University of California-San Diego explained UCSD's wonderful week-long multi-family intensive program. (All PowerPoint slides are up on the Maudsley Parents website.)

Kudos to the main conference organizer, my partner-in-crime at Maudsley Parents, Jane Cawley, who by now really knows how to put on a great day.

And thanks to everyone who participated and attended. We're thinking New York City for our next conference. Stay tuned!


Katherine said...

It sounds like it was a great success.

Harriet said...

We thought it went well. I'll be curious to hear from people who were there.

Anonymous said...

You forgot to mention the opening when you shared some excerpts from your book. Tears welled up in my eyes as I remembered where we were just a little over a year ago. It was so nice to attend with a clear head and gain a better understanding for what happened. Thank you for promoting Maudsley. I feel it saved my daughter's life.

Anonymous said...

That did sound like a good conference! I'm glad you enjoyed it!

Harriet said...

Aw, thanks, anonymous.

Anonymous said...

I was there and thought it was excellent. Good evidence-based information for parents and I was happy to see several clinicians as well who are taking a growing interest in FBT.
Anon #2

Anonymous said...

Hi Anon #2!I'm glad you went to the conference! I wish I was there but I was in school. I live in VA so it would be tough to get to San Diego! I'm really delighted that you enjoyed the conference! I'm glad more clinicans are interested in FBT. I think that's wonderful. My family and I are using the Maudsley Approach right now (I have an ED) and it's such an effective way to treat those with EDs.