Sports, Cardiovascular, and Wellness Nutrition - A dietetic practice group of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics

A Team Approach to Transforming Food and Body Shame

Saturday, April 1, 2017

Session Abstract

Shame has been identified as a contributing and maintaining factor in disordered eating; however, food and body shame are particularly toxic and negatively impact both mental and physical health throughout the eating disorder recovery process. This workshop will provide an in-depth examination of food and body shame from a nutritional and psychological perspective, incorporating a collaborative team approach using Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) and principles of shame resilience based on Brene Brown's Connections Curriculum. Attendees will learn and experience practical and effective interventions to transform shame into a healthy relationship with food and body. 

Learning Objectives

After attending this session, individuals will be able to:

  1. Define shame and its specific influence on disordered eating and body behaviors.
  2. Discuss the collaborative roles of both therapist and registered dietitian when implementing compassion-focused behavioral and nutrition counseling based on shame resilience strategies.
  3. Apply experiential interventions to reduce food and body shame that can be immediately implemented into professional practice.

Presented By

Tammy Beasley, RDN, CEDRD, LD, CSSD

Tammy has been practicing as a registered, licensed dietitian/nutritionist with the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics for thirty years, of which the last 24 have been specialized in the field of eating disorders. Tammy was the first RD to become a certified eating disorder registered dietitian (CEDRD) with the International Association of Eating Disorder Professionals in 1993, and has served on the Certification Committee since 2008, stepping into the role of Director in 2013. During her tenure, the Commission on Dietetic Registration approved the CEDRD Certification for RDs in the field of eating disorders as of June, 2015. She serves as Chair of the Nutrition and Dietetics Advisory Board for Auburn University, and is currently President of the Alabama Dietetic Association. In November 2015, she joined Castlewood Treatment Centers as National Coordinator for Educational Outreach, working with both clients in treatment and clinicians dedicated to their clients’ recovery.

Nicole Siegfried, PhD, CEDS

Dr. Nicole Siegfried is a Certified Eating Disorder Specialist (CEDS) and a licensed clinical psychologist. She is the Clinical Director of Castlewood at The Highlands Treatment Center for Eating Disorders in Birmingham, AL and the National Director of Eating Disorder Program Development for Castlewood. She previously served as an Associate Professor of Psychology at Samford University and is currently Adjunct Associate Professor of Psychology at University of Alabama at Birmingham. She is an international speaker and has published research, magazine articles, and book chapters in the field of eating disorders and suicide. Dr. Siegfried is president of the Alabama Regional Chapter of IAEDP. She is a member of the Academy of Eating Disorders (AED) and Co-Chair of the Eating Disorders and Suicide Prevention AED Special Interest Group.