Online Conference Presenter – Melissa O’Neill, LCSW

Eating Disorder Hope Online Conference II:
Anorexia Hope & Healing in 2018

“International Overview of Anorexia Nervosa & Co-Occurring Issues”

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Topic – Best Practices for Effective Treatment of Anorexia Nervosa

Melissa O'Neill

Melissa O’Neill, LCSW – Director of Program Development at Timberline Knolls. Melissa’s role involves collaborating with others to create the vision and curriculum for all group programming offered at Timberline Knolls. She also clinically supervises the talented specialists who facilitate groups all over campus.

Early in her career, Melissa spent time in residential care, working with children with significant trauma histories. She then ran a substance abuse IOP followed by several years in private practice. She also managed an IOP/PHP program for Eating Disorders and Mood Disorders. At Timberline she started as a Primary Therapist, followed by serving as a clinical lead.

Description: Research tells us that Anorexia Nervosa is one of the most fatal of all mental health disorders, which makes it such a pressing public health concern. And yet, research does not point to one evidenced-based treatment method that stands out in treating this elusive and persistent disease. This presentation will review the various treatment methods supported by research and other factors associated with more positive outcomes.

Learning Objectives:

  1. Participants will gain knowledge about the recent research on the treatment of Anorexia Nervosa.
  2. Participants will have a brief introduction to some of evidenced-based treatment methods including ACT and Exposure Response Prevention.
  3. Participants will be able to identify other factors associated with positive outcomes as a way to explore other points of intervention.


Ekern Enterprises, Inc. has been approved by NBCC as an Approved Continuing Education Provider, ACEP No.6890. Programs that do not qualify for NBCC credit are clearly identified. Ekern Enterprises, Inc. is solely responsible for all aspects of the programs.

One CE was available for qualified attendees who were present for the entire 1 hour online presentation and completed the required survey afterward.




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