Medical Nutrition Therapy

Public Health and Wellness

FNCE 2018

224. Acceptance and Commitment Therapy: Empowering Patients to Make Meaningful Change

Monday, October 22
1:30 PM - 3:00 PM
CE: 1.5

Session Level 2 - Intermediate

Health-related behavior change is difficult to sustain. In order to maximize lasting change, behaviors need to be linked to what is personally meaningful to the individual, and individuals need tools to cope with the discomfort associated with shifting their habits. Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) is an empirically supported and highly effective behavioral treatment that focuses on assisting individuals to clarify their own reasons for change, become more aware and present through mindfulness practice, and take goal-directed action. ACT is well-suited to working with people with various presenting problems, such as disordered eating, eating disorders, or difficulty managing chronic illnesses like cardiovascular disease or diabetes. This presentation will provide an overview of the ACT model and will introduce several tools and techniques that participants can apply in clinical settings. Experiential exercises will be utilized to demonstrate the utility of the model.

Learning Objectives:

Learning Need Codes:

  • 6010 - Behavior change theories, techniques
  • 6020 - Counseling, therapy, facilitation skills
  • 4090 - Health behaviors: smoking cessation, stress management

Mary Jo Parker, MS, RDN, CDN

Mary Jo Parker is an RDN and Nutrition Therapist in private practice for over 30 years. Counseling individuals and groups with a variety of nutritional needs, she specializes in the treatment of eating disorders and obesity. She also offers therapeutic nutrition intervention for the prevention and treatment of chronic disease states. Parker has developed and facilitated several pediatric, adult, and family-based eating disorder and weight management groups. As consultant to several local corporations, schools and organizations, she writes educational materials and conducts workshops and seminars on contemporary health and nutrition topics. Parker has served as a consultant to local news media on nutrition and related issues. Recent presentations cover topics such as heart health, wellness and stress management, breast cancer, and Acceptance and Commitment Therapy. Parker holds a BS in clinical nutrition from Cornell University and an MS in nutrition and counseling from the State University of New York College at Buffalo.

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April Hackert, MS, RDN, CEDRD

April N. Hackert, MS, RDN, CEDRD (@AprilHackert) is a Clinical Psychiatric Research Dietitian, founder of Choose to Change Nutrition Services, global expert on Nutritional Psychology, amateur chef, visionary thinker, and policy advocate for the healing power of food in generating mental wellness. April focuses on consciously living her life to the fullest capacity! She speaks internationally on the topic of malnutrition in psychiatric condition and serves on the Executive Committee of the Behavioral Health Nutrition Dietetic Practice Group.
Her food chemistry inspired culinary techniques offer dynamic and practical tools for optimizing brain and gastrointestinal integration. You can watch her TEDx talk entitled, “Turn in at the fork” or find numerous pictures of her culinary creations on Instagram (healingkitchen).

April clinically and scientifically investigates the dietary components and food patterns of humans with symptoms of anxiety. The primary aim of her life’s work is to develop food-based protocols for the assessment, treatment, and management of mental health conditions. Her passion for adventure, food, and breaking the unnecessary nutritional boundaries that limit joyful fulfillment of life is infectious! Follow the #adventuresofapril and #foodmatters for the latest updates in her global experiences.





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Sherry Farrow, PhD

Sherry Farrow is a licensed Clinical Psychologist in private practice in Buffalo, New York. She earned her doctoral degree from the State University of New York at Buffalo and her bachelor’s degree at Washington State University. Farrow spent her early career working within the Veteran’s Administration Health System before transitioning to private practice. During that time she developed two Acceptance and Commitment Therapy group interventions that remain in use in the substance abuse unit at the Buffalo VA. Farrow has served as adjunct faculty at several local colleges and has conducted multiple seminars on the ACT model for local universities and practitioner groups.

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Mary Jo Parker, MS, RDN, CDN

Mary Jo Parker is an RDN and Nutrition Therapist in private practice for over 30 years. Counseling individuals and groups with a variety of nutritional needs, she specializes in the treatment of eating disorders and obesity. She also offers therapeutic nutrition intervention for the prevention and treatment of chronic disease states. Parker has developed and facilitated several pediatric, adult, and family-based eating disorder and weight management groups. As consultant to several local corporations, schools and organizations, she writes educational materials and conducts workshops and seminars on contemporary health and nutrition topics. Parker has served as a consultant to local news media on nutrition and related issues. Recent presentations cover topics such as heart health, wellness and stress management, breast cancer, and Acceptance and Commitment Therapy. Parker holds a BS in clinical nutrition from Cornell University and an MS in nutrition and counseling from the State University of New York College at Buffalo.

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