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June 23 @ 11:30 am - 1:30 pm

“Feeding Hope: Nutritional Interventions for Depression in Eating Disorders”

A Veritas Collaborative & Rock Recovery Training

Event Summary:

Nutrition plays a key role in physical and mental health. Many of the nutrients we consume are used to provide us with energy, strengthen our muscles and bones, and build the chemicals in our brains. These chemicals, called neurotransmitters, are responsible for a number of functions such as reward, pleasure, depression and anxiety. Thus, malnutrition often experienced by individuals diagnosed with eating disorders can have negative consequences not only for the body but also the physical and mental functions of the brain. This workshop will address the role of nutrition in mental health. Malnutrition-induced structural and functional changes in the brain and how they impact mood will be discussed. Presenters and attendees will engage in an interactive dialog exploring options for dietary prescription and treatment planning to ameliorate malnutrition-induced mental health concerns.


Upon completion of this workshop attendees will be able to:

1) Identify three malnutrition-induced changes in the structure and/or function of the brain.

2) Discuss the dietary precursors for at least two neurotransmitters and how deficiencies in these nutrients impact mood.

3) Prepare a treatment plan to minimize the physical and mental health impact of eating disorder related malnutrition.

Speaker: Leah Graves, RDN, LDN, CEDRD, FAED, Senior Director of Nutrition & Culinary Services

Leah Graves is the Senior Director of Nutrition Services for Veritas Collaborative and has been treating patients with eating disorders for over 30 years. Prior to joining Veritas, Leah was the Manager of Eating Disorders Nutrition Therapy for the Laureate Eating Disorders Program in Tulsa, OK.

Leah received her Bachelor of Science in Clinical Dietetics, with highest distinction, from the University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center in 1985. She is a founding member of the Academy for Eating Disorders and has served on the Academy’s Executive Committee, Board of Directors and has been honored as a Fellow in the Academy for Eating Disorders. She currently serves on the Fellowship Selection Committee.

Leah has also been active with the National Eating Disorders Association as a member of the 2013 and 2014 Conference Planning Committees. She has been invited to present at the International Conference on Eating Disorders, International Association of Eating Disorders Professionals Symposium, and the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics in addition to numerous regional and local conferences. Leah has written several publications pertaining to nutrition and eating disorders. She is highly respected within the eating disorders field for her expertise in medical nutrition therapy, nutrition counseling, clinical supervision, and research.

Credit Information:

This is an introductory/intermediate/advanced level educational program designed for mental health professionals, dietitians, and health care providers. This program will provide 1.5 contact hours.

Disclosure Statement: Veritas Collaborative conforms to APA Ethical Standards and continuing education standards and criteria. All speakers are required to disclose any commercial relationships or conflicts of interest at the educational activity.

Veritas Collaborative is approved by the American Psychological Association to sponsor continuing education to psychologists. Other health professionals will receive a certificate of attendance. Veritas Collaborative recommends that participants contact their local licensing boards for specific questions regarding the acceptance of these contact hours as continuing education credits. Veritas Collaborative maintains responsibility for this program and its content

About Rock Recovery:

Rock Recovery supports the journey to freedom from disordered eating by bridging gaps in treatment and education and removing barriers of cost, accessibility, and isolation. Our holistic and affordable outpatient recovery program successfully helps adult men and women by providing group meals, group psychotherapy, mentor matching, individual goal-setting meetings and optional chaplaincy and spiritual support services. We believe that complete freedom from disordered eating is possible, and our doors are open to all who wish to partake in their journey to freedom with us.

Learn more at www.rockrecoveryed.org.

Directions to The Willard Office Building:

Enter the Willard Hotel (1401 Pennsylvania Ave, NW, Washington, DC 20004)

Go up the three steps toward the back
(just beyond the elevators on the right)

Follow the corridor to the back of the building

Walk up the steps and turn left to walk through The Willard Historical Gallery

Turn to your left and enter the double glass doors on your right for The Willard Offices at 1455 Penn

Take the elevator to the 4th floor


The Pershing Room at the Willard Office Building
1401 Pennsylvania Ave, NW
Washington, DC 20004 United States
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