Utah University and College Counseling Centers Conference





"12 Core Principles in Treatment and Recovery from Eating Disorders and Related Mental, Emotional, and Addictive Illness"

This presentation will focus broadly on understanding, assessing, and treating eating disorders and co-occurring mental, emotional, and addictive illness. It will very briefly cover the most critical components of dietary, medical, and psychological treatment of these complex illnesses. Specifically, this training addresses 12 core principles which are critical in the treatment process the recovery pathway including separation from illness, embracing emotion, telling the truth, finding reasons, and listening to the heart.  This presentation will include didactic content, personal reflection, experiential activity, and will present practical application and therapeutic intervention.


Dr. Berrett is a Psychologist, CEO, and Co-founder of Center for Change, which since 1996, has specialized in intensive treatment programs for eating disorders and co-existing mental, emotional, and addictive illness. He has been on the Board of Directors of the National Association of Therapeutic Schools and Programs. He is the co-author of several books and book chapters including “Spiritual Renewal: A Journey of Faith and Healing”, and the APA bestseller “Spiritual Approaches in the Treatment of Women with Eating Disorders”.  He has also co-authored many peer review professional journal articles in journals such as Eating Disorders: The Journal of Treatment and Prevention, the Journal of Clinical Psychology, and Counseling and Values. He is a nationally known clinical trainer and speaker, and has presented nationally at many professional conferences including NEDA, IAEDP, NATSAP, IECA, EDCT, RENFREW, BEDA, BFI  SUMMIT, APTED, SCAN, NAATP, and others on various topics including: intuitive living, spiritual pathways to recovery, treating eating disordered adolescents, spirituality in clinical treatment, avoidance and the maintenance of poor self-esteem, the art of giving and receiving support, the use of experiential therapies, helping clients find reasons to recover, creating intimacy in relationships, self-care as a clinician, concurrent treatment of eating disorders and SUDS, keys to treatment and recovery from eating disorders, and staying mentally healthy in a complex world.

Prior to opening the Center for Change intensive programs in 1996, Dr. Berrett has worked as a psychologist in private practice, and at Utah Valley Regional Medical Center in adult and adolescent acute psychiatric treatment. While at UVRMC he also served as Chief of Psychology. He has been the Clinical Director of Aspen Achievement Academy, a wilderness treatment program for troubled adolescents, and has been adjunct faculty at Brigham Young University in several graduate programs in education and psychology. He has been a guest on public radio, in newspaper and magazine interviews, and has been a professional guest on the Dr. Phil TV show multiple times. He is a licensed psychologist and has been a certified school psychologist and school counselor, having worked early in his career with adolescents in public education. Dr. Berrett received his PhD degree in Counseling Psychology with a doctoral minor in Marriage and Family Therapy from BYU in 1986. He and his wife Karen have been blessed with eight wonderful children and thirteen grandchildren. Dr. Berrett has dedicated his professional life to helping young people navigate life’s journey with wisdom and self –respect.


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