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Mindfulness-Based Eating Awareness Training (MB-EAT): Treating Binge Eating and Obesity

Jean L. Kristeller, PhD

Mall of America
Suite—Boundary Waters Suite
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60 East Broadway
Bloomington, MN 55425

Cost: $119 (Free breakfast catered by CRAVE included) 

6.5 CE Hours approved by the MN Board of Social Work and pending from the MN Board of Psychology and MN Board of Behavioral Health and Therapy 

Seminar Description:

Mindful eating is a unique way of relating to the many food choices we face every day. Our minds and our bodies can provide us much wisdom, not only to eat in a more healthy and flexible way, without dieting, but also to enjoy our food more – not less. This presentation will provide an introduction to the basic elements of the Mindfulness-Based Eating Awareness Training (MB-EAT) program, including a brief introduction to mindfulness meditation and to mindful eating experiences used in the program. It will also review research evidence from several NIH-funded clinical trials, application to a range of clinical populations, including those with binge eating disorder, diabetes, and obesity-related eating patterns, and allow ample time for discussion.

About Jean L. Kristeller, PhD:

Dr. Jean Kristeller is a clinical and research psychologist who has worked for over 30 years in the areas of obesity, eating disorders and the therapeutic effects of meditation. She received her doctorate from Yale University and has held faculty appointments at Harvard University Medical School, the Univ. of Massachusetts Medical School, and Indiana State University.  Her research has been funded through multiple grants from the National Institutes of Health, to investigate the effects of her treatment program, Mindfulness-Based Eating Awareness Training (MB-EAT).  She is the author of the recent book “The Joy of Half a Cookie: Using Mindfulness to Lose Weight and End the Struggle with Food”. 

Seminar Agenda:

Hour 1- 2: Introductions; Overview of mindfulness practice and the MB-EAT program; Overview of research basis of MB-EAT

Hour 3- 5: Experiential introduction of key MB-EAT elements with discussion

Hour 6- 7: Discussion of experiences with exercises, general questions, and discussion of application of MB-EAT to a variety of settings and populations, and opportunities for further training

Learning Objectives:

1) To gain an understanding of the conceptual basis for using mindfulness meditation-based techniques with patients with over-eating problems.

2) To become familiar with the empirical basis for the application of this approach, including both meditation research and research in the area of food intake regulation.

3) To become aware of the core elements of the MB-EAT program, including both ‘inner wisdom’ and ‘outer wisdom’ elements.

4) To become familiar with core meditative techniques as used in the MB-EAT program that can be broadly used with individuals in different contexts.

5) To become familiar with core mindful eating techniques that can be used with eating problems in regulating cravings, experiences of hunger and satiation, and poor self-acceptance.

6) To consider how to apply some or all of these techniques in different clinical settings.