I am passionate about sharing ideas and strategies that help communities, organizations, and individuals cultivate belonging and courage. I often present on topics related to body image, Health at Every Size™ and Intuitive Eating principles, diversity, trauma, shame, and diabetes and mental health. I also do custom presentations on these topics and other areas of expertise in order to meet needs of the group.
The following is a sampling of past and upcoming speaking engagements. For a full list, please contact me.
Palmer Memorial Episcopal Church, Houston, TX: “Talking to Your Kids about Food and Body Image”
Community of Hope, Houston, TX: “Shame Resilience for Caregivers"
Alliance on Eating Disorder Awareness Educational Training Day at Tulane University, New Orleans, LA: “Intuitive Eating and Wholehearted Living” with Malak Saddy, RD, LD
Sam Houston State University Department of Student Counseling, Huntsville, TX: “College Students and Eating Disorders”
Archway Academy, Houston, TX: “Recovery Full-Circle”
Incarnate Word Academy, Houston, TX: “Beauty in Every Body”
Seton Behavioral Health Austin: “Intuitive Eating and Wholehearted Living” with Malak Saddy, RD, LD
Behavioral Hospital of Bellaire: “Eating Disorders 101”
Memorial Hermann Prevention and Recovery Center, Houston, TX: “Eating Disorder Basics,” November 2016
Texas Health Presbyterian Dallas Psychiatry Grand Rounds: “Eating Disorders and Type 1 Diabetes”
University of Houston Graduate College of Social Work: “Social Work Practice in Hurricane Harvey Recovery”
University of Houston Department of Health and Human Performance: “Levels of Care in Eating Disorder Treatment”
Cigna: “Diversity and Eating Disorders”
Cigna: “Eating Disorders and Type 1 Diabetes”
Halliburton: “Eating and your Emotions”
American Association of Diabetes Educators Annual Conference: “Shame and Diabetes: Practicing Resilience in a Culture of Weight Stigma, Disordered Eating, and Healthism” with Nikki Estep, RD, LD, MPH (August 2019)
International Conference on Eating Disorders and Diabetes: “Shame Resilience and Diabetes”
Courage Camp 2018 (International Conference): “Rumbles with Disordered Eating and Weight Stigma: Owning Our Stories and Rising Strong in Micro and Macro Arenas”
Courage Camp 2016 + 2017 (International Conference): “Equine Assisted Psychotherapy and The Daring Way™
Southwest Adolescent Treatment Alliance: “Eating Disorders and Teens”
We Are Girls Conference: “Mothers and Daughters Rising Strong”
Allison Marek, LCSW, CDWF is a psychotherapist in Houston, Texas specializing in eating disorders, depression, anxiety, trauma, living with diabetes, and shame. She is certified in Brené Brown’s Daring Way™ method and is trained in EMDR and equine assisted psychotherapy. Allison is also a dynamic speaker and facilitator, providing training to clinicians, schools, and teams.