Trauma Conference: Informative, Inspiring and Reassuring


by Diane Ryan, Executive Director

Primary trauma therapist Ann Twilley and I spent an enjoyable and informative two days at the 26th Annual International Trauma Conference in Boston. Organized and keynoted by Bessel van der Kolk, presenters and attendees included many luminaries in the field. Both researchers and practitioners advocated for increased broad-based financial support for research in the treatment of PTSD and attachment disorders with neurological interventions, particularly neurofeedback.

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Why There's No Maudsley Method Family-Based Therapy at Mirasol


by Diane Ryan, Executive Director

NPR's Diane Rehm Show recently featured an interview with Clare and Elena Dunkle, authors of companion memoirs documenting Elena's struggle with anorexia nervosa.

Also appearing on the show was Dr. Angela Guarda, Associate Professor of Psychiatry and Director of the Eating Disorders Program at The Johns Hopkins Hospital Dr. Guarda's advises families struggling with anorexia to seek out a "good Maudsley-trained therapist."

"It's now pretty well established," she said, "that that is the technique that works the best for the most patients. It doesn't always work, but it works in over 70 percent of young patients."

So why doesn't Mirasol use the Maudsley approach in it teen eating disorder treatment program?

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To help ease the transition from residential treatment, Mirasol's PHP program includes dietitian-assisted menu planning and grocery shopping outings, along with weekly cooking classes. In this video, Mirasol Chef Dee O'Leary provides a hearty helping of practical kitchen skills such as prep work, knife safety and the importance of healthy fats, seasoned with entertaining tips for "getting down with your food", letting vegetables "party in the pan" and judicious use of "aerial assault".

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A Mirasol graduate describes how art therapy not only enhanced her creativity, but helped her process emotions she could not express in words and, ultimately, work through the issues that lead to her eating disorder.

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A recent podcast on the Struggling Teens website entitled, "Eating Disorders on the Wild Side" describes how Mirasol uses wilderness experiences to help teens recover from eating disorders.

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