Session Overview and Target Audience

This symposium will introduce themes common in running existing groups and to foster enhanced skills in handling group issues. The symposium will offer both teaching and an opportunity for attendees to discuss specific group problems they are facing during a question and answer period. Individuals from any multidisciplinary specialty currently involved in running bariatric support groups would be appropriate for this session.

8:00am Introductions
Paul Davidson, PhD
8:05am The Valuable Role of the Support Group
Shenelle Edwards, PhD
8:20am Setting the Frame and Keys for Success in Establishing a Group
Shenelle Edwards, PhD
8:35am Essential Skills for the Group Leader
Kellie Armstrong, RN MS
8:50am Current Research in Support Groups
Nina M. Crowley, PhD RDN LD
9:05am Innovative Group Topics
Kellie Armstrong, RN MS
9:20am Offering a Range of Support Group Formats
Lori Nevins, LCSW
9:35am Diversity Issues in Running Groups
Paul Davidson, PhD
9:45am Break
10:15am Dealing with Family and Support Issues
Lori Nevins, LCSW
10:30am Cognitive-Behavioral Approaches to Treatment
Francine Broder, PsyD
10:50am Handling Behavioral Challenges with Group Members
Paul Davidson, PhD
11:10am Specialized Groups for Adolescents
Lauren Carey, RDN CLT
11:25am Addressing Disordered Eating Issues
Rheanna Ata, PhD
11:40am Panel Discussion
12:00pm Adjourn