CHICAGO, Sept. 7, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- Timberline Knolls and Belmont Center for Comprehensive Treatment are hosting a complimentary half-day conference on trauma, eating disorders and addiction, 8 a.m. to noon on Wednesday, September 14, 2011 in Philadelphia. Nationally renowned experts include Kim Dennis, M.D., medical director at Timberline Knolls Residential Treatment Center, and Susan Merle Gordon, Ph.D., clinical program manager of the Mood & Eating Disorders Unit at Belmont Center for Comprehensive Treatment.
"The conference will raise awareness of the common and deadly combinations of eating disorders that co-occur with substance abuse and trauma," said Dr. Dennis of Timberline Knolls. "Women with eating disorders or substance abuse don't fully recover unless the underlying trauma is identified and healed. "
Dr. Dennis, a board certified psychiatrist who specializes in treating women and girls with eating disorders, addictions and co-occurring disorders, will discuss "Treating TraumaBeneath Eating Disorders." Dr. Gordon, a licensed psychologist and published author in academic and clinical journals, will present on the topic of "Hidden Population: Co-Occurrence of Substance Use and Eating Disorders."
"The conference also will give therapists and other health care providers basic tools on how to identify and address these hidden issues with their clients and patients," said Dr. Gordon of Belmont Center for Comprehensive Treatment. "Our hospital offers a full range of services for males and females from adolescence through adulthood who suffer from eating disorders, including inpatient, partial hospitalization and intensive outpatient programs."
Three CEs will be available for counselors, social workers and psychologists. The event, provided at no cost, is open to the public, but is geared toward behavioral and mental health professionals as continuing education. It will be held at Belmont Center for Comprehensive Treatment, Silberman Auditorium, 4200 Monument Road in Philadelphia, Pa., 19131.
About Timberline Knolls Residential Treatment Center
Timberline Knolls is a leading private residential treatment center for eating disorders and substance abuse, with or without trauma, a dual diagnosis or co-occurring disorder. Expert treatment staff offers a nurturing environment of recovery for women and girls (ages 12 – 65+) on a wooded 43-acre campus in suburban Chicago. Women and families seeking Christian treatment have the option of working with a dedicated Christian therapist. For more information on Timberline Knolls Residential Treatment Center, call us at 877.257.9611.
About Belmont Behavioral Health
Belmont Center for Comprehensive Treatment is the anchor hospital for Belmont Behavioral Health, the largest behavioral health system in the Philadelphia region, which is part of Albert Einstein Healthcare Network. Belmont Behavioral Health offers a wide array of programs and services for children, adolescents, adults and older adults, ranging from emergency evaluation and triage to inpatient, outpatient and community-based services.