Conference will address disordered eating

By Christian Mysliwiec - Staff Writer
South Windsor - posted Fri., Feb. 15, 2013
James M. Greenblatt, M.D., the medical director of Eating Disorder Services at Walden Behavioral Care, will present 'The Diagnosis and Treatment of Children and Adolescents with Eating Disorders.' Courtesy photo. - Contributed Photo

Eating disorders can occur at any time of life. To educate professionals further on this disorder within all age groups, Walden Behavioral Care, LLC, and Eastern Connecticut Health Network will sponsor a free conference, “Disordered Eating Across the Lifespan.” The conference will be held from 7:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. on Thursday, April 25, at Maneeley's Banquet and Catering Facility, located at 65 Rye St. in South Windsor.

Walden Behavioral Care, LLC, is based in Waltham, Mass., where it runs a leading hospital that treats eating disorders. In August of last year, Walden Behavioral Care was welcomed by ECHN, a nonprofit community-based healthcare system, as the group opened a clinic in the ECHN medical office campus located at 2400 Tamarack Ave. This conference will benefit mental health professionals, guidance counselors, family physicians, psychiatrists, psychologists, pediatricians, nurses, nurse practitioners, social workers and dietitians, though all are welcome. Dietitians, nurses and social workers who are seeking continuing education credits can pay a fee of $25.

The event begins with registration from 7:30 to 8:15 a.m. A light breakfast will be available. The conference will feature two presentations by professionals in the field of eating disorder treatment.

A presentation, entitled “The Diagnosis and Treatment of Children and Adolescents with Eating Disorders,” will be given by James M. Greenblatt, M.D., the medical director of eating disorder services at Walden, as well as Walden's interim director of psychiatric service. At Walden, Greenblatt provides medical management, leadership and oversight of eating disorder and psychiatric programs. He is the founder of Comprehensive Psychiatric Resources, which integrates medical and natural therapies into psychiatric disorder treatment. He has lectured throughout the United States and is the author of “Answers to Anorexia” and “The Breakthrough Depression Solution.”

A presentation, entitled “The Weight-Bearing Years: Eating Disorders and Body Image Despair in Adult Women,” will be given Margo Maine, Ph.D. Maine is the co-founder of the Maine & Weinstein Specialty Group in West Hartford. A clinical psychologist, she has specialized in eating disorders for nearly 30 years.

Maine is a founding member and vice president of the Eating Disorders Coalition for Research, Policy and Action; a founding member and fellow of the Academy for Eating Disorders; and is a founding member and past president of the National Eating Disorders Association. She is the senior editor of “Eating Disorders: The Journal of Treatment and Prevention,” and has authored numerous books, including “Effective Clinical Treatment of Eating Disorders,” “The Body Myth: Adult Women and the Pressure to Be Perfect,” and “Body Wars: Making Peace with Women's Bodies.”

The deadline for registration is Friday, April 19. To register, visit, or e-mail Jessica Jacobs at

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