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Newton, PA - Healing the Body through Safe & Intentional Movement in Eating Disorder Treatment

Hosted in partnership with Treatment Placement Specialists®, an initiative of Acadia Healthcare & McCallum Place.

Date:  March 1, 2019

2 CE Credits Offered


Registration Time:  9:30 a.m.

Presentaion Time:  10 a.m. - 12 p.m.

Corner Bakery
3 W Rd
Newtown, PA 18940

Donation: iaedp $20 members, $30 non-members


Research supports the safe and gradual integration of physical activity into eating disorder
treatment once an individual is medically stable, nutritionally compliant, meeting treatment
targets, and has demonstrated an ability to adhere to physical activity guidelines. The ED
treatment team will collaboratively support individuals to establish balanced fitness practices
with the intent to develop a more wholesome and joyful relationship to physical activity.

This presentation will highlight the cultivation of flexibility and freedom that can result by targeting compulsive and unwholesome exercise practices through supportive integration of
movement in ED treatment.

Learning Objectives:

  1. Understand the collaboration needed between a sport psychologist and an eating
    disorder sensitive and informed strength and conditioning coach while reintegrating
    sport training into eating disorder treatment.
  2. Identify frequent challenges and concerns that a patient-athlete may encounter when
    reintegrating sport into their treatment.
  3. Observe the positive changes that a patient-athlete can make from participation in
    unbalanced fitness training habits and how to facilitate developing a foundation of
    well-balanced, constructive and sustaining training practices.


Riley Nickols, PhD, Counseling and Sport Psychologist, Director of the Victory Program, McCallum Place 

Riley Nickols, is a counseling and sport psychologist who specializes in treating athletes with eating disorders. Dr. Nickols obtained an MS in Sport Psychology from Ithaca College and a PhD in Counseling Psychology from Fordham University. He regularly speaks to athletes, coaches, and sports medicine personnel about issues related to disordered eating and unbalanced exercise in sport.

Additionally, Dr. Nickols consults with eating disorder professionals on best practices for integrating exercise during treatment. Dr. Nickols maintains a private practice in St. Louis, MO where he primarily works with athletes addressing both clinical and performance concerns.

He is sensitive to the unique demands of recovery in relation to training and competing in sport. Dr. Nickols’ research has examined the relationship between self-confidence and anxiety among athletes before and after competition and has focused on the psychological experiences of athletes
returning to competition after experiencing an injury. In addition to competing in endurance sports for over 15 years, Dr. Nickols is a running coach and a USA Triathlon coach.

Amanda Schlitzer Tierny, MS, CSCS, Strength and Conditioning Coach, McCallum Place

Amanda Schlitzer Tierney is a NSCA Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist and holds her Master’s degree in Sport and Exercise Psychology from Lock Haven University and her Bachelor’s degree in Psychology from Chestnut Hill College. Amanda is currently the Co-Chair of the Association for Applied Sports Psychology: Eating Disorder Special Interest Group. Amanda has been working with athletes and non-athletes with eating disorders since 2006. Over the years, Amanda gained a wide-range of knowledge for this specialized population and found her true passion: helping individuals incorporate balanced exercise into the recovery environment. Amanda’ s goal as a Strength and Conditioning Coach is working with individuals to help identify unhealthy exercise thoughts and behaviors and supporting them in redefining their relationship with fitness.  She aims to help her patients find a balance between challenging the body and bringing the fun back to exercise. She encourages listening to one’s body cues and adequate fueling to maintain a healthy body and mind. Amanda’s target reaches beyond the patient and she strives to educate athletes, teams, coaches, parents, athletic trainers, and sport medicine personnel on how work with this specialized population.

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Marks of Quality Care
  • FBI National Academy Associates
  • Higher Education Case Management Association (HECMA)
  • National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI)
  • National Association of Addiction Treatment Providers (NAATP)
  • The Joint Commission (JCAHO) Gold Seal of Approval
  • The Jason Foundation