The Marginalized Voices Campaign Presents ~ Bringing Your Voice to the Table

Bringing Your Voice to the Table: A Panel Discussion for Professionals on Improving Cultural Competency in Eating Disorder Treatment

The Marginalized Voices Campaign is a joint partnership between the National Eating Disorders Association & Reasons Eating Disorder Center



Please join us for this complimentary event!

December 2nd from 9:00 am to 12:00 pm.

Breakfast will be provided. Free parking onsite.

Bergmot Station Art Center ~ 2525 Michigan Avenue (F2), Santa Monica, CA 

We will be offering 3 CE Credits for this event.*

RSVP to Alex at [email protected]

The true face of eating disorders is diverse and varied, yet there remain tremendous disparities in who has access to treatment, in part due to the profound and pervasive impacts of discrimination and marginalization. It is vital that clinicians are able to provide culturally competent treatment, but it is also crucial also that this diversity is reflected among treatment providers. As clinicians, we must work together to change the treatment landscape, creating an environment in which all individuals affected are afforded intersectional treatment options for recovery. Please join us for this event as we engage in a round-table discussion about these issues.

Learning Objectives

  • Recognize the factors responsible for the under-recognition of eating disorders in marginalized communities
  • Evaluate the impact of micro-aggressions, discrimination, and bullying and teasing on the increased risk of developing an eating disorder in people from marginalized communities.
  • Identify and diagnose eating disorder behaviors in a multi-cultural identity individual.
  • Understand how language barriers create obstacles to diagnosing and properly assessing an eating disorder
  • Identify and differentiate symptoms of Gender Dysphoria when treating patients presenting with an eating disorder.

 *BHC Alhambra is approved by the California Psychological Association to provide continuing professional education for psychologists.  BHC Alhambra maintains responsibility for this program and its contents.


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Roundtable Presenters:

Marcela Rondani, LMFT, Polaris Teen Center

Marcela Rondani is a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist, holds a Masters Degree in Clinical Psychology from Antioch University of Santa Barbara and a Bachelor of Sciences in Clinical Psychology from University of Sao Paulo in Brazil. Marcela is passionate and dedicated about working in the mental health field with adolescents and families and always has their best interest in mind. Marcela has been working with adolescents for the past decade in a variety of settings: community mental health, inpatient facility, rape crisis center, eating disorder treatment center and private practice. She has specialization and training in treating severe mentally ill population, survivors of sexual abuse, borderline personality disorder, mood disorder, eating disorder clients; as well as a vast experience dealing with family relationship issues. Based on her own background Marcela takes in consideration the multicultural aspect of each client and their families, with curiosity, respect and integrity. Also, Marcela has been specializing in adolescent eating disorder and dual diagnosis population. Her goal is to support the client closely through the entire healing process and help not only the adolescent but to focus on the whole family as a unit to provide a solid recovery. Marcela is trained in Post Induction Trauma Model by Pia Melody and she is part of the Board of Directors for IAEDP (International Association for Eating Disorders Professionals) Los Angeles.

Marilyn J. Brown, MFT, Licensed Psychotherapist
marilyn-brown-headshotMarilyn J. Brown, LMFT is a licensed Marriage and Family Therapist with over 12 years of experience in various roles in mental health currently working in private practice in Los Angeles. In her practice A Mindful Way Counseling she utilizes mindfulness based interventions to address a variety of issues specializing in Eating Disorders, Addictive Illness, Adult Children of Addicts/Alcoholics, and related trauma. She also works specifically with Women of Color as a treatment provider, educator and advocate working to abolish the stigma around mental health issues across populations.

Sean S. Baker, MA, LMFT, Somatic Experiencing Practitioner Co-Owner & Clinical Director at  New Beginnings Center ~ Counseling & Integrative Health

Sean Baker MFT, SEP is co-owner and CEO at The New Beginnings Treatment Center and Integrative Health in Camarillo. Certified in Somatic Experiencing and Gestalt therapy, Sean combines body-mind centered techniques to resolve clients’ distress related to trauma, eating disorders, medical conditions and self-harm behaviors. Sean serves as Past-President and Treasurer of IAEDP Central Coast and on the Ventura LGBTQ Counseling Center Task Force. He advocates for transgender mental health care and provides adolescent, adult, and family therapy at the Santa Paula PRIDE Clinic.

Christie Tcharkhoutian, LMFT, Reasons Eating Disorder Center

Christie Tcharkhoutian is a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist and clinical outreach/admissions specialist at Reasons Eating Disorder Center. Christie received her Bachelor’s degree in Psychology and Music Industry from the University of Southern California and her Master’s Degree in Marriage and Family Therapy also from USC. Christie brings her kindness, warmth, passion & expertise of the eating disorder industry to her work at Reasons. Drawing upon her clinical experience, she is dedicated to assisting patients through the admissions process with empathy, respect & devotion to advocating for appropriate treatment. She is passionate about building relationships with fellow clinicians and sharing the quality, holistic, person-centered treatment provided by Reasons. She is an active member of the community, holding leadership positions for the California Association of Marriage & Family Therapists, the International Association of Eating Disorder Professionals and the Armenian American Mental Health Association.

Norman Kim, PhD, Reasons Eating Disorder Center

Norman completed his B.A. at Yale University where he studied music and psychology, and was the recipient of a Mellon Fellowship for Research in Psychiatry. He completed his Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology at UCLA, where he was the recipient of an individual National Research Service Award from the National Institutes of Health to study the neurobiologic underpinnings of emotion recognition and understanding in Autism. Most recently he has been involved in a multi-site, longitudinal study of children and adolescents at risk for developing bipolar disorder.

In conjunction with his research, Norman has developed an expertise in treating and teaching about psychiatrically complex populations, multi-modal treatment, and diagnostic assessment. While rooted firmly in empirically supported approaches, he has incorporated practices emphasizing somatosensory integration and that draw from eastern and traditional medicine with our current knowledge of the neurobiologic and cognitive processes underlying anxiety, mood, trauma and eating disorders. He has endeavored to develop a clinical approach that focuses on the exploration of meaning as a path to healing and that honors an individuals’ own narrative and journey.

Norman is a frequent, national speaker and educator, and is a passionate advocate for eating disorder awareness and translating research into clinical practice. He is on the Board of Directors of the Eating Disorders Coalition, the Eating Disorder Advisory Council for the Joint Commission, and the Clinical Advisory Board for Tikvah V’Chizuk.

Ashley Bullock, Reasons Eating Disorder Center (Moderator)

As Admissions and Referral Coordinator, Ashley is the first point of contact for all admissions inquiries including insurance related questions and patient financial responsibility. Her passion for helping others led her into the field of eating disorder treatment nearly seven years ago and she has been a valued member of the Reasons team ever since. Ashley exhibits a natural ability of connecting with individuals of all backgrounds, a quality which is particularly important when conducting initial interviews with potential clients. “The admissions process is a very delicate & important part of the bigger picture, so I try my best to make every individual comfortable enough to openly share their story. I learn so many great things from our clients.” In her spare time Ashley enjoys spending time outdoors with family and friends doing just about anything, whether its barbecuing, hiking, or collecting records. She graduated from FIDM with a degree in Merchandise Marketing, and is currently pursuing a second degree in Psychology.

For more information on the Marginalized Voices Campaign, please visit the NEDA Website. #MarginalizED

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