Reba Sloan, MPH, LRD, FAED
“From Disordered to Ordered – Equipping our Clients/Patients for the Journey”
Eating disorder treatment professionals across all disciplines need to be prepared to equip patients with knowledge, insight and strategies to live out a recovered life in a social-cultural climate that is hostile to all that recovering from an eating disorder embodies. This presentation highlights the challenges presented to our patients who are in a strong place of recovery, yet are confronted everyday with messages and images that are counterintuitive to all they have achieved in their pursuit of freedom from their eating disorder. Normal eating, having a balanced relationship with activity, body appreciation and not engaging in any form of dietary restraint is counter-cultural. Rather than encouraging our patients to avoid “triggering” situations, this presentation will demonstrate the need to fortify our patients for the battle to maintain recovery. Practice and research based techniques will be explored that will equip our patients for the journey towards a normalized, peaceful mindset regarding food/eating issues. As normalization occurs, patients are more likely to embrace the principles of Intuitive Eating and HAES®, thus insuring a more secure, full eating disorder recovery.
- Attendees will be able to list at least 3 barriers to an eating disorder patient achieving a normalized relationship to food, eating, activity and body image issues.
- Attendees will be able to implement practical, best practice based strategies to equip their patient/client for living out a recovered life in a social-cultural climate that is counterintuitive to eating disorder recovery goals.
- Attendees will understand the importance of thoroughly addressing prevalent social-cultural messages (bio pedagogies) that constantly bombard our patients/clients as an essential part of treatment.
- Attendees will be able to describe how the stepping stone process of normalizing one’s relationship with food/eating issues lays the foundation for the possible incorporation of Intuitive Eating principles for a fuller recovery.
Reba Sloan, MPH, LRD, FAED, is a registered dietitian/nutrition therapist in private practice. She received a B.S. in Dietetics from Harding University and a MPH degree with a behavioral counseling emphasis from Loma Linda University. Reba has been in private practice for over 30 years in Nashville, Tennessee. She provides nutrition counseling for those suffering from eating disorders and disordered eating. She is one of 2 founding members The Eating Disorders Coalition of Tennessee (EDCT), now Renewed. She served on the Board of Directors for six years. Find additional information at her website at www.rebasloannutrition.com.