Alsana Presenters Debut at APA’s 2021 Virtual Convention
Aug 12 - 14 2021
We are pleased to announce our eating recovery community’s debut at the
American Psychological Association’s
2021 Virtual Convention
Alsana’s APA Presenters
Dr. Cook, Vice President of Movement, Research, & Outcomes for Alsana, will present his research on
Improved Eating Disorders Treatment Through an Enhanced Integrated Adaptive Care Model®
Several recent literature reviews suggest eating disorders (ED) treatment effectiveness varies widely and integrated stepped care models are recognized as best practice. Typical integrated approaches emphasize therapeutic (e.g., evidence-based practices including cognitive behavioral therapy, dialectical behavioral therapy, acceptance, and commitment therapy), nutritional, and medical aspects of care. However, ED impact a variety of other areas of physical, mental, and social well-being, which are not addressed in current typical integrated approaches. Thus, integrated treatment models that can intervene on a wider scope of etiological aspects of ED are needed, but evidence suggesting which factors to add remains equivocal. Recent literature reviews have identified adjunctive movement and self-compassion interventions as two areas evidenced to enhance ED treatment. Therefore, adding movement and self-compassion dimensions to established integrated
models may enhance ED treatment outcomes. The effectiveness of integrated models that include such interventions has not yet been compared against typical integrated treatment approaches. The purpose of this study was to compare typical integrated ED treatment with an enhanced integrated adaptive care model that included movement and self-compassion interventions.
Ashley Acle, MFT, LMFT, Regional Compliance Manager for Alsana, will be presenting her research study on
Cultural Considerations in the Treatment of Eating Disorders: A Review Study
Asian and African Americans relative to their White counterparts, yet ethnic and racial minorities are less likely to seek and receive treatment. Additionally, other cultural factors (e.g. acculturation, family structure, and ethnic identity) provide valuable context for understanding ED risk, in clinical presentations, and as evidenced by impact on treatment response. Accordingly, an emerging evidence base has demonstrated addressing cultural considerations may improve treatment response. However, a consolidated summary of techniques and recommendations to translate this evidence-based to clinical practice is lacking. The purpose of this literature review study was to summarize works that provide theoretically grounded and empirically evidenced clinical recommendations for the inclusion of culture in the treatment of ED among non-white individuals.