July 23, 2021

10:30AM - 5:00PM EST

VIRTUAL--One-day Training on Food Addiction: Controversies, Evidence, and Treatment

About the event

Upon completion of the training, participants will earn 5 NAADAC Continuing Education Credits (CE’s).
This session will review the growing evidence that some foods can act on the brain in ways that are similar to drugs of abuse, and that these effects can lead to addictive behavior around food, causing loss of control of eating, and physiologic symptoms, such as withdrawal. We will also shed light on several ongoing controversies: namely is the “food addiction” model truly valid, and, if so, is it useful for improving the health and wellbeing of people who struggle with overeating? Finally, we will review the current evidence-based approaches for the treatment of obesity and eating disorders associated with binge eating and some recent studies on promising effective approaches to treat food addiction, in particular. We will conclude by proposing ways that the food addiction construct can be applied, today, to support recovery from overeating.

About the trainer

Claire E. Wilcox, MD is an associate professor at the Mind Research Network, in Albuquerque New Mexico, and an adjunct faculty at the University of New Mexico. Dr. Wilcox received her medical degree at the University of Minnesota, did a residency in internal medicine at the University of Colorado Health Sciences Center, and a second residency in psychiatry at the University of California at San Francisco as well as a fellowship in Addiction Psychiatry at the University of New Mexico. She is board certified in psychiatry and addiction psychiatry. She has treated hundreds of patients with addictive disorders using evidence-based pharmacologic and behavioral interventions. In addition, she has served as a co-investigator or principal investigator for numerous NIH-funded grants examining the effectiveness of pharmacologic treatments for addiction, including two NIDA Clinical Trials Network (CTN) grants. Her research also has focused on trying to improve our understanding of the neural mechanisms of change during treatment for addictive disorders, and is experienced in using functional magnetic resonance imaging to explore these questions. Finally, she is a member of Motivational Interviewing Network of Trainers, and is skilled in using motivational interviewing in a variety of settings and patient populations and providing trainings. She is also an associate editor for the New England Journal of Medicine Journal Watch, which disseminates summaries of important research to practicing clinicians throughout the world. Dr. Wilcox is nationally-recognized for her broad clinical, research, and educational contributions, and is passionate about improving care through all of these modalities for the treatment of addictive disorders.


This event is open to the public. Registration fee is $149.00/person and includes a printable electronic handout and/or an electronic training journal to use as a resource during the training. For more information, please contact: candacel@trainforchange.net or call 1-775-434-1562

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