Episode 219: Dr. Mary Tantillo, Beth O’Sullivan, and Amy O’Sullivan Wilmot: Multifamily Group Therapy part 2

Today, Kathy concludes her conversation with Dr. Mary Tantillo, Beth O’Sullivan, and Amy O’Sullivan Wilmot, as they continue to discuss multifamily group therapy.

Check out the new book Multifamily Therapy Group for Young Adults with Anorexia Nervosa: Reconnecting for Recovery.

Mary Tantillo is widely recognized for her clinical work and research related to the treatment of eating disorders. She has devoted more than 30 years to providing care and support to patients and families coping with eating disorders across the spectrum of clinical settings.

She has conducted research to evaluate an innovative relational/motivational approach to understanding and treating adults with anorexia nervosa through the use of multifamily therapy group. She has also implemented prevention approaches that encourage partnerships among parents and school personnel to create home and school environments that foster wellness and reinforce positive body image.

Tantillo directs the Western New York Comprehensive Care Center for Eating Disorders (WNYCCCED), one of three comprehensive care centers in New York State, which works to better coordinate care and services for patients and families and improve outcomes.

She is the founder and former CEO and president of a non-profit eating disorders partial hospitalization program for adults and adolescents, The Healing Connection, Inc., an affiliate of the WNYCCCED. She is a fellow of the Academy for Eating Disorders (AED) and past AED board member. Her special interests include women’s mental health, family-based treatment, and group treatment, especially multifamily therapy group treatment for eating disorders.

Amy O’Sullivan Wilmot:

Amy has earned her master’s degree in Applied Positive Psychology from The University of Pennsylvania and is certified in Applied Positive Psychology through the New York Open Center. She received her Bachelor of Science degree with a double major in Psychology and Criminology from the University of Maryland, College Park, where she played Division I soccer for four years. Amy currently works with youth and collegiate athletes, school districts, and large corporations to align thought processing to support performance, mental durability, and well-being. In addition, Amy works as a mindset recovery specialist, using positive psychology and her personal experience as a tool for eating disorders patients in recovery. She loves being a newlywed, spending time with her nieces and nephews, and growing all things green.
Beth O’Sullivan:
Beth is a mother of four and grandmother of two. She is a registered nurse on an outpatient surgical unit at the University of Rochester Medical Center, where she has worked for 29 years. She enjoys walks in the park with her husband, yoga, spending time with her grandchildren, and good meals with family and friends.

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