SunCloud Health brings together the nation’s foremost experts in addiction medicine, eating disorders and behavioral health to share best practices.

Past Events/Courses

The Role of Safety Behaviors in Maintaining Mental Health Conditions 

Child and Adolescent Professional Development Series

Patrick McGrath, PhD | NOCD
May 24th, 2024 

Topics Covered: 

  • Identifying the role that safety behaviors play in the maintenance of Mental Health Conditions.  
  • Challenging the use of safety behaviors in patients and their families.  
  • Utilizing Exposure and Response Prevention techniques that challenge safety-seeking behaviors in order to move patients forward. 

Bridging Treatment Gaps: The Imperative of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion in Eating and Substance Abuse Disorder Treatment

Carolyn Coker Ross, MD, MPH, CEDS
Physician, International Speaker, & Consultant
May 17, 2024

Topics Covered:

  • Understand the systemic inequities and disparities in access to diagnosis and care for eating disorders and substance use disorders among BIPOC individuals, as highlighted by statistical data presented in the presentation.
  • Analyze the impact of harmful stereotypes and lower quality care on marginalized communities’ ability to receive adequate diagnosis and treatment for eating disorders and substance use disorders, as discussed in the presentation.
  • Evaluate the significance of advocating for antiracist frameworks and transformative DEI initiatives in addressing treatment disparities and promoting equitable outcomes for individuals with eating disorders and substance use disorders, based on the insights provided in the presentation.

GLP-1 Medications and Disordered Eating: A Personalized, Evidence-Based Approach

Kim Dennis, MD
Chief Medical Officer, CEO, & Co-Founder, SunCloud Health
Clinical Assistant Professor, Department of Psychiatry, University of Illinois at Chicago College of Medicine
April 26, 2024

Topics Covered: 

  • Understanding how GLP-1 medications work and what effect they have on different organs in the body. 
  • Reviewing current research data showing the benefits and risks of these medications, particularly in patients with eating disorders.
  • Understanding how to implement a personalized and nuanced treatment approach for patients on GLP medications who have eating disorders and complex medical needs.

Mental Health Considerations: Creating Supportive Learning Environments 

Child and Adolescent Professional Development Series

Johnathan Coleman, MD, SunCloud Health
April 24th, 2024

Topics Covered: 

  • Understanding How Mental Health Issues Affect Learning 
  • Discovering the Impact of Stress on Brain Growth and Development 
  • Discussing Effective Modalities for Supportive Learning 
  • Reviewing Alternative Educational Options 

Sensory Savvy in the Academic Setting

Child and Adolescent Professional Development Series

Stormy Hill, MD, OTR/L 
Owner/Founder, Sensory Recovery, LLC 

April 12th, 2024

Topics Covered: 

  • Understanding Our 8 Senses and How They Contribute to Regulation or Dysregulation 
  • Identifying the Calm-Alert State for Learning 
  • Identifying Strategies to Utilize Sensory Supports in the Classroom  
  • Discussing the Difference Between a Sensory Kit and a Sensory Diet

Supporting Gender-Nonconforming Youth 

Child and Adolescent Professional Development Series

Johnathan Coleman, MD, SunCloud Health
March 22nd, 2024

Topics Covered: 

  • Understanding Common Mental Health Issues for Gender-Nonconforming Youth 
  • Understanding the Role of Social and Hormonal Transitioning 
  • How Families and Community Can Support Gender-Nonconforming Youth
  • Recommended Treatments Supporting Gender Identity 

In Pursuit of Pragmatic Precision: Non-Invasive Brain Stimulation for PTSD & Depression

Noah S. Philip, MD
Professor, Alpert Medical School of Brown University
March 8th, 2024

Topics Covered

  • TMS and Its Clinical Use across the VA System
  • Neuroimaging Biomarkers That Can Predict Response to TMS
  • How TMS Changes the Brain with Successful Treatment
  • Transcranial Direct Current Stimulation and Virtual Reality for PTSD
  • Introduction to Low Intensity Focused Ultrasound

Bipolar Disorder: Separating Fact from Myth

Child and Adolescent Professional Development Series
Alexander Chevalier, MD, SunCloud Health
January 26th, 2024

Topics Covered:

  • Understanding the DSM Criteria of Bipolar Disorder
  • Identifying the Differential Diagnosis of Bipolar Disorder in Adolescents
  • Understanding Other Mood Disorders of Adolescents
  • Discussing the Comorbidity and Risks Associated with Bipolar Disorder

Why Don’t You Just Eat? Understanding the Role of Brain Reward Circuits in Eating Disorders

Guido Frank, MD
January 19, 2024

Topics Covered:  

  • How fear of eating interacts with brain reward circuits
  • How food restriction or binge eating can alter brain circuits

How fearful conditioning has long-term effects on treatment outcomes. 

His research has introduced computational modeling to the eating disorders field. His overarching goal is to develop translational models that bridge clinical presentation with neuroscience to develop more effective treatments. 

Obesity Is Not the Problem: De-Stigmatizing Higher Weights in the Care of Children and Adolescents

Rebekah Fenton, MD, MPH, FAAP
December 14, 2023

Topics Covered: 

Obesity and related stigma have a direct impact on the practice of psychological care. Weight stigma from family members, peers via bullying, healthcare providers, or society at large through media and social media messaging can negatively impact an adolescent’s mental health, leading to low self-esteem and even diagnosed conditions, like anxiety, depression, and body dysmorphia. It can also significantly impact physical health by contributing to the development or worsening of eating disorders. This CME will focus on weight-neutral medical practice and will educate psychological and psychiatric providers to not only prevent further harm to patients at higher weights, but also promote healing around weight-related mental and physical health challenges.

Can Food Be Addictive? Relevance and Risks in Eating Disorder Treatment

Dr. Ashley Gearhardt, PhD
November 17, 2023

This illuminating webinar will delve deep into the intriguing question of food addiction, with an emphasis on its connection to eating disorders and its implications in treatment. Building on an extensive foundation of empirical literature, both from the presenter and other esteemed scholars, the session promises an engaging discussion that touches upon controversial standpoints, presenting a balanced view of the topic.

Topics Covered:

  1. Understanding Food Addiction through Empirical Evidence: Dive into the robust empirical data on assessing food addiction, with a spotlight on the renowned Yale Food Addiction Scale.
  2. Validity & Research Gaps: Unravel the efficacy of the Yale Food Addiction Scale and explore the existing gaps in the research that necessitate further investigation.
  3. Evidence-based Addiction Treatment Approaches: Grasp the nuances of applying proven addiction treatment methodologies within the realm of disordered eating.
  4. Clinical Implications: Discuss the broader clinical implications of viewing certain eating disorders through the lens of addiction.
  5. Assessment Tools for Health Care Integration: Receive insights into specific tools to evaluate highly processed food addiction, its clinical counterparts, and the ramifications of an addiction perspective in treatment.

Adolescent Cannabis: Modern Trends, Risks and Treatment

Alexander Chevalier, MD, SunCloud Health
November 10, 2023

Topics Covered:

The modern cannabis industry has changed the way adolescents consume marijuana, the risks associated with this, and what we can do help adolescents struggling with their cannabis use.  This talk will highlight the risks specific to marijuana’s impact on the developing adolescent brain.  It is designed for school counselors and social workers, treatment professionals and families with adolescents.

This CE credit is no longer available. 

Acute, Chronic and Intergenerational / Historical Trauma and the Development of Eating Disorders and Substance Use Disorders

Carolyn Coker Ross, MD, MPH, CEDS
September 22, 2023

Topics Covered:

Research indicates a significant relationship between various types of trauma, including historical and race-based, and the development of eating and substance use disorders. It emphasizes the critical role of assessing trauma and PTSD in treating these disorders. Early childhood trauma is found to directly impact brain neural circuitry, fostering traits like compulsivity and emotional dysregulation, fundamental to both disorders. Updated trauma definitions and studies with diverse populations show that trauma effects, passed through epigenetic changes, enhance the risk for these disorders in future generations. Ignoring trauma and PTSD leads to ineffective treatment for eating and substance use disorders, heightening relapse rates.

Empowering Parents and Providers: Addressing the Adolescent Mental Health Crisis Amid Cannabis Use

Kevin A. Sabet, PhD
August 30, 2023

Topics Covered:

The presentation will address the pressing issue of adolescent mental health challenges arising from cannabis and THC drug use and provide invaluable insights for parents, caregivers, and healthcare professionals. With the growing legalization and normalization of cannabis, it is crucial to be informed about the potential impacts on adolescents. The event will delve into crucial topics, including the latest research on cannabis use and its potential effects on adolescent mental health, identifying warning signs of cannabis use in adolescents, and strategies for engaging and supporting both parents and healthcare providers in the prevention and intervention process.

This CE credit is no longer available. 

Psychedelics: Hope or Hype?

Joshua Siegel, MD, PhD
August 18, 2023

Topics Covered: 

Dr. Siegel delivers a comprehensive overview of psychedelic psychopharmacology, highlighting the clinical and neuroscientific data that have fueled the burgeoning interest in psychedelics and psychedelic-assisted therapy. This enlightening presentation promises to provide valuable insights into this evolving field.

This CE credit is no longer available. 

From Complexity to Clarity: Expert Perspective and Integrated Treatment of PTSD, Eating Disorders, and Comorbidity

Timothy Brewerton, MD, DLFAPA, FAED, DFAACAP, CEDS-S
July 21, 2023

Topics Covered:

Dr. Timothy Brewerton combines his 40 plus years of clinical research experience and knowledge of the relevant peer-reviewed scientific data to present a synthesis that supports the major premises of the talk, including the contention that 1) EDs are linked to child maltreatment, other traumas and trauma-related comorbid disorders; 2) integrated treatment strategies that go beyond currently accepted sequential approaches are required to adequately address the complexity of ED presentations, especially in higher levels of care.

Epigenetics and neurotoxicity of methamphetamine: an active killer during the opioid epidemic

Jean Lud Cadet, MD
June 23, 2023

Topics Covered:

Methamphetamine use disorder (MUD) is a common neuropsychiatric disease that is associated with several short-term and long-term complications. These include cognitive deficits, memory impairments, and psychosis. There is presently no FDA-approved drug treatment for MUD. Dr. Cadet’s laboratory uses basic science approaches to develop better pharmacological therapy for these patients.

Food Addiction: Is it a Thing? Implications for Treating Eating Disorders?

Dr. Nicole Avena, PhD
April 21, 2023

Topics Covered: 

Overeating and obesity pose significant public health problems and can have life-long co-morbidities such as cardiovascular disease and metabolic syndrome. While there are multiple contributing factors in the obesity epidemic, recent scientific studies show overeating and obesity can be linked to alterations in the brain that resemble those seen with drug addiction. Dr. Avena will review the concept of “sugar addiction” and describe the research studies supporting behavioral indications of addiction that have been found in response to overeating highly-processed foods typically rich in added sugars.

Joint Accreditation Statement

Joint Accreditation Statement: In support of improving patient care, this activity has been planned and implemented by Amedco LLC and Galen Mental Health.  Amedco LLC is jointly accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME), the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education (ACPE), and the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC), to provide continuing education for the healthcare team. Amedco Joint Accreditation #4008163.