Carolina Resource Center for Eating Disorders' 16th Annual HEAL Conference, provided by MAHEC

Oct 5–Oct 6, 2023 Closed Allied Health Medicine Mental Health

Carolina Resource Center for Eating Disorders’ 16th Annual HEAL Conference, provided by MAHEC


All registration is closed, and there will be no walk-in registration available.

CRC for ED's 16th Annual HEAL Conference/Retreat, provided by MAHEC. Carolina Resource Center for Eating Disorders (CRC for ED) and Mountain Area Health Education Center (MAHEC) are pleased to present the 2023 HEAL Conference. This program addresses disordered eating and eating disorders recovery by experts speaking on the most current research and practices. HEAL offers professional development and networking for providers as well as education for the general public. The annual conference, now in its 16th year, is expanding through collaboration between CRC for ED and MAHEC.

The 2023 program includes educational sessions, a networking event, and a care-for-the-provider retreat after lunch Friday!

Event fees include administrative costs, educational materials, continuing education credits, breakfast, refreshment break, and lunch. Meals and refreshments provided will offer a variety to accommodate preferences. The Networking Event is provided by many of CRC for ED's Treatment Center Supporters.

Early Registration Fees end on September 26th.
Registration after September 26th will have an additional fee of $15.
All registration will close on Tuesday, October 3rd and there will be no walk-in registration available.

Thursday Agenda

3:30pm-4:00pmRegistration and Exhibitors
4:00pm-5:30pm"Past, Present and Future: Fundamentals of Effective Eating Disorder Treatment" – with Wendy Oliver-Pyatt, MD, FAED
5:30pm-7:00pmTreatment Center Supporters Collaborative Networking Event

Friday Agenda

8:00am-8:45amRegistration, Exhibitors, and Breakfast
8:45am-9:00amWelcome, Announcements, and Introductions
9:00am-10:30am"Bridging the Gap: Addressing the Intersectionality Between Eating Disorders, Trauma & Equity" - with Erikka Dzirasa, MD, MPH, DFAACAP
10:30am-11:00amBreak with Exhibitors and Light Refreshments
11:00am- 12:30pm"Eating Disorders and Gastrointestinal Disorders: A Primer and Practical Resources" - with Jean Doak, PhD, LP
12:30pm-1:30pmLunch Break
1:30pm-3:30pmRetreat Session - "The Nourished Eating Disorders Provider: When Who You Are is as Important as What You Know" - with Rachel Lewis-Marlow, MA, EdS, LCMHC, LMBT

Group Registrations

Registering 5 or more participants with one payment?

Group Rates Available:
$175/person for the Full Conference
$40/person for attending only Day One on Thursday
or $145/person for attending only Day Two on Friday

Five or more from same agency, registering & paying at same time

(Add $15 to fee if registering after Sept 26th, all Registrations will close on Tuesday, October 3rd.)

Please use the paper registration form at the end of the PDF brochure. Send completed paper registrations for the full group to the Registration Team at MAHEC.
Fax: 828.257.4768 | Email: MAHEC Registration


Hampton Inn & Suites
117 Hendersonville Road
Asheville, NC 28803

15 rooms will be available until September 14th at 4pm or until they are filled.
Visit online here to book through the hotel's website: Please click here for more information.

Other nearby hotels include DoubleTree by Hilton (828-274-1800), Holiday Inn & Suites (828-277-0026), and Baymont Inn (828-274-2022). Hotels will fill up quickly with the fall season, so please book your rooms quickly.

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For more information about Carolina Resource Center for Eating Disorders please visit their main website or any of their social media accounts:

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By registering, participants understand that their information will be shared with Carolina Resource Center for Eating Disorders.

Target Audience

This program is for licensed clinical counselors, mental health therapists, nurses, physicians, psychiatrists, psychologists, social workers, dietitians and other professionals.


Upon completion of this conference, attendees should be able to:

  • Explain physical and mental health eating disorder red flags and the importance of early intervention
  • Describe how to approach eating disorder care using a Bio-Psycho-Social model
  • Identify complications when eating disorders are not addressed
  • Summarize the association between ACES and eating disorders
  • Assess how inequity and trauma impact the approach to care
  • Explain the importance of inclusivity in eating disorders treatment
  • Identify practical resources, including screening with SBIRT, for use in identifying and managing patients with co-occurring eating disorders and GI symptoms/disorders
  • Describe GI symptoms/disorders that commonly co-occur with eating disorders
  • Explain strategies for managing GI symptoms during the course of eating disorder treatment
  • Explain the neurological link between positive therapeutic relationship and increased capacity for "normative eating"
  • Demonstrate 2 body-based skills that facilitate therapeutic boundaries which promote healthy attachment
  • Identify 2 body-based resources that support provider resiliency and self-care


  • Jean S. Doak, PhD
  • Erikka Dzirasa, MD, MPH, DFAACAP
  • Rachel Lewis-Marlow, MS, EdS, LCMHC, LMBT
  • Wendy Oliver-Pyatt, MD, FAED


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