Wednesday, April 23, 2008

Research Aims to Find Most Effective Family-Based Treatment for Anorexia

Source: University of California, San Diego Health Sciences

Released: Wed 26-Mar-2008, 17:00 ET
Research Aims to Find Most Effective Family-Based Treatment for Anorexia
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Description: Experts no longer consider the family to be the cause of a young person’s onset of anorexia; instead, the family is being looked to as a solution for this serious and potentially lethal disease.
Newswise — Experts no longer consider the family to be the cause of a young person’s onset of anorexia; instead, the family is being looked to as a solution for this serious and potentially lethal disease.
As part of the largest study of its kind ever conducted, a team led by eating disorders expert Walter Kaye, M.D., professor of psychiatry and director of the UC San Diego Eating Disorders Program at the University of California, San Diego School of Medicine, will begin enrolling families of adolescent anorexic patients in a trial to determine the type of family treatment plan most effective in fighting the disease. The trial will also look at the effectiveness of fluoxetine (Prozac) in combination with family therapy in a random sampling of the patients with anorexia. The study is likely to provide much-needed guidance to clinicians in the treatment of adolescent anorexia nervosa, a life-threatening disorder that affects 1 in 200 adolescents in this country.
“There have been few controlled comparisons of treatment options for this disorder, which often leaves family members and even health care providers baffled,” said Kaye, who has published more than 300 articles on the neurobiology and treatment of eating disorders. Anorexia is characterized by the relentless pursuit of thinness, emaciation and the obsessive fear of gaining weight. Its symptoms commonly begin during adolescence, but strike throughout the lifespan, and the disease is nine times more common in females than in males.
“Anorexia has the highest death rate of any psychiatric disorder, which is why it is so critical to find the most powerful tools to work in supporting the anorexic patient and his or her family,” said Kaye.
UC San Diego is one of seven international sites that will participate in the trial, which is being led by Stewart Agras, M.D., and James Lock, M.D., Ph.D., of the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences at Stanford University School of Medicine. Over the next two years, the study will recruit 240 families across the United States and Canada. Other study sites include Sheppard Pratt Health System, Baltimore; Weill Medical College at Cornell University, New York; Washington University School of Medicine, St. Louis; Toronto General Hospital; and Laureate Psychiatric Clinic and Hospital,Tulsa.
Patients and their families will be randomly assigned to one of two groups. One group will receive “systemic family therapy,” an approach which more closely represents the type of family therapy typically practiced in the community. This therapeutic approach focuses on the dynamic of the family, rather than the individual, particularly in relation to the issues that bring them to therapy. This approach views eating difficulties as arising from the relationships and interactions that develop between individuals in the family.
The second, called “Maudsley” behavioral family therapy – first studied at London’s Maudsley Hospital – empowers the parents to take control of the patient’s eating and rejects the notion that a fundamental psychological problem exists within the family. Parents learn strategies to break the anorexic individual’s cycle of refusing food.
“We may find that different approaches work better for patients with a particular profile,” said Kaye. As part of the study, characteristics and core symptoms such as a drive for thinness or anxious, obsessional and perfectionist traits, will be examined. In addition, the researchers will look at the effects of the drug fluoxetine (commonly known as Prozac) as compared to a placebo as an aid to maintaining normal weight by reducing anxiety, obsessional behavior and other eating disorder-related symptoms.
For more information, interested families can visit the UC San Diego Eating Disorder Treatment and Research Program web site at or the study web site at Site contact information for those interested in participating is as follows:
San Diego, CA: UC San Diego Eating Disorder Treatment and Research Program(858)
Baltimore, MD: Center for Eating DisordersSheppard Pratt Health System (410)
New York, NY: Eating Disorders Research ProgramWeill Medical College of Cornell University (914)
Saint Louis, MO: Washington University School of Medicine (314)
Toronto, ON, Canada:Toronto General Hospital (416) 340-4800 ext.
Tulsa, OK: Laureate Psychiatric Clinic and Hospital(918)

Tuesday, April 22, 2008

Upcoming CEU training at Del Amo Hospital

“Assessment and Treatment of Eating Disorders and Obesity”
with Kristen Caron, M.A., MFT
Friday, April 25 9:00am-12:00pm
Registration Fee: $10
Location: Del Amo Hospital
23700 Camino del Sol, Torrance, CA 90505
3 CEU’s offered for MFTs and LCSWs
A light breakfast will be served

“Cybersex and Internet Sexual Addiction”
with John Sealy, M.D.
Friday, May 30 9:00am-11:00am
Registration Fee: $10
Location: Del Amo Hospital
23700 Camino del Sol, Torrance, CA 90505
2 CEU’s offered for MFTs and LCSWs

Save the Date:
Become certified in the techniques of the Colin Ross, M.D. “Trauma Model” treatment approach featuring Melissa Caldwell, MS, ATR
May 15-16 9am-4pm (each day)
Registration fee $159
Location: Del Amo Hospital
23700 Camino del Sol, Torrance, CA 90505
12 CEUs for MFTs, LCSWs, PhDs, PsyDs
Breakfast and Lunch will be provided

To register for any of these events please contact
Christy Nguyen at (310) 784-2204
or you can visit our website

Wednesday, April 16, 2008

Anorexic Denied Coverage Under Health Plan's "Three-Day Rule"

From the *Hartford Courant*:

Anorexic Denied Coverage Under Health Plan's "Three-Day Rule"
By Diane Levick
Courant Staff Writer

Young Kathryn Laudadio, already battling anorexia and various mental
disorders, now has another demon crushing her -- guilt that her parents
had to pay thousands for a treatment program last summer because
insurance wouldn't cover it.

Kathryn, 17, entered the residential program after losing 10 pounds in
three weeks and then running 80 minutes on a very hot day until she
collapsed. She ended up in Bridgeport Hospital's emergency room with an
abnormal heart rhythm. Doctors wanted her in the program for eating
disorders, and her insurance covers such treatment under certain conditions.

The denial -- which is still being challenged -- is especially aggravating
to Kathryn and her mother, Lisa Gfeller, of Fairfield, because they won
an independent appeal against Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield that was
supposed to be binding but hasn't been enforced.

Insurance fights over the "not medically necessary" refrain are common,
but Kathryn's case centers on a different rule. It exposes a troublesome
crack in the health care system, involving a state law that can be hard
to comply with because of Connecticut's shortage of hospital beds for
young mental health patients.

The rule in Gfeller's health plan is patterned on state law. The law
says insurance doesn't have to pay for residential treatment of mental
illness for children and adolescents unless the treatment starts
immediately after a hospitalization of at least three days for the illness.

Doctors wanted to hospitalize Kathryn the day she was taken by ambulance
to Bridgeport Hospital, but a psychiatric bed couldn't be found.

That insurance Catch-22 has happened to other patients around the state
too, consumer advocates say. The three-day rule prevents some young
patients from getting residential treatment, a live-in program that's
less intensive than hospitalization. Parents who take on the financial
burden themselves may not be able to afford enough treatment, raising
the chances of patient relapse.

The three-day rule cost Kathryn's parents $13,420 that they had expected
insurance to pay toward her stay in the Renfrew Center of Philadelphia,
a live-in treatment center that specializes in eating disorders.

Gfeller had to take out a second mortgage because the 24-day stay cost
more than $16,000, and Kathryn's anguish about the expense isn't making
her recovery any easier.

"That has followed me to this day," said Kathryn, a 5-foot-2, 98-pound
high school senior with a coif of dark ringlets. "I feel like I have
cost way too much, and it's this horrible guilt."

Her mother has told her not to worry about family finances, knowing
Kathryn has enough to deal with. The teen has been diagnosed with
borderline personality disorder, obsessive-compulsive disorder, and
bipolar illness, which involves cycling between depressed and manic
periods. Two of Kathryn's aunts were bipolar and committed suicide,
Gfeller said.

Kathryn, in her fifth year of anorexia, has threatened suicide from time
to time. She said that last June "my goal was to die by Christmas. I had
it all mapped out. I realized the only thing I could do was starve."

Kathryn has also mutilated herself, using manicure scissors, a razor,
and broken glass on various occasions, once even carving the word "vain"
into an arm, Gfeller says.

Three Appeals

Gfeller says she didn't know about the three-day rule until the Renfrew
center heard from Anthem the day before Kathryn was to enter the
facility. Gfeller checked her in anyway because she believed her
daughter's life was at risk and figured she would appeal the denial later.

The mother and daughter have been through three levels of insurance
appeals over the Renfrew stay in Philadelphia, and over a subsequent
"partial hospitalization" at Renfrew's center in Wilton. That was day
treatment, with Kathryn returning home for the evening.

Gfeller is a clerk in the assessor's office in the town of Fairfield,
and her insurance is the town's self-funded plan. The plan takes on the
financial risk of claims itself and hires Anthem to administer the plan,
which includes processing claims and handling appeals.

Anthem claimed the Renfrew day treatment in Wilton wasn't medically
necessary, but denied the Renfrew Philadelphia program solely on the
basis of the three-day rule.

Gfeller lost two appeals to Anthem, despite help at a hearing from the
attorney general's office and the Office of the Healthcare Advocate.
Then she appealed to an independent firm in an "external review"
available to many consumers through the Connecticut Insurance
Department. She won.

The independent reviewer, the Maximus Center for Health Dispute
Resolution, said the residential and day treatment were both medically
necessary, and in a Feb. 1 letter reversed Anthem's denials. Anthem has
paid what it owed for the day treatment in Wilton, but nothing for the
Philadelphia stay.

Gfeller says Anthem has been "cowardly" by "hanging their hat on an
obsolete and ridiculous rule."

Anthem believes the matter of the Philadelphia treatment should never
have been accepted for external review, which by law is supposed to
handle only questions of medical necessity, said Beth Cook, counsel at
the Connecticut Insurance Department.

The department agrees with Anthem because the denial wasn't based on
medical necessity. Even if it had been, a finding of medical necessity
can't override rules and limitations written into an insurance contract,
such as the three-day rule, Cook says.

A Rule Under Fire

Complying with the rule isn't always possible.

"There is a terrible shortage of inpatient hospital beds for children
and adolescents in the state of Connecticut" that creates back-ups in
emergency rooms, says Dr. Harold I. Schwartz, psychiatrist-in-chief at
Hartford Hospital's Institute of Living. Cook says she's aware of the
shortage, but the statute grants no exemption for that in the three-day
rule. And the Insurance Department has no jurisdiction over self-funded
health plans. However, Fairfield, which can specify what its self-funded
plan can or can't cover, has the power to make an exception to its plan.

So the Insurance Department has asked Anthem to see whether Fairfield
might do so in the Laudadio matter.

Anthem issued a statement last week to The Courant explaining how the
three-day rule had not been met, and which said the company "is
currently working with the Town of Fairfield to review this matter."

Attorney General Richard Blumenthal's office has been in talks with
Richard Saxl, town attorney of Fairfield.

As of Friday, Fairfield hadn't made a decision. Saxl says he's been
doing some fact-finding.

"In the town of Fairfield, we do things the right way," Saxl said. If we
owe [Gfeller] the money, she's absolutely going to get paid."

The attorney general's office, interpreting the law on external reviews
differently from the Insurance Department, believes the reviewer's
decision on the Philadelphia treatment must be enforced and Fairfield
must pay up.

Anthem operates the network of health care providers for Fairfield's
plan and had a responsibility to make sure that network would have
psychiatric beds available, said Attorney General Richard Blumenthal.

Meanwhile, he's supporting repeal of the three-day rule, which he calls
"short-sighted and unwise and unfair." He and state Healthcare Advocate
Kevin Lembo testified at a public hearing in February in favor of Senate
Bill 278, which would ax the rule and revise the pre-conditions for
getting residential treatment.

The bill was never brought to a vote in the insurance and real estate
committee. Sen. Joseph J. Crisco, D- Woodbridge, a co-chairman of the
panel, says there was testimony that the three-day rule ensured that a
patient's condition could be thoroughly and professionally evaluated in
a hospital setting.

The committee has approved many bills augmenting insurance coverage, and
should not be held responsible for the public health issue of hospital
bed shortages, Crisco said.

"It's unfair to burden the insurance committee with the blame," he said.

Blumenthal and Lembo's office are still hoping the General Assembly will
address the residential treatment issue in its current session.

Meanwhile, Kathryn, a drama enthusiast who has written a play about
pressures on people, feels she has been relapsing since mid-December. At
98 pounds, which is below the minimum 100 that doctors set for her, she
said she feels "like a whale." She thinks she may need residential
treatment again and calls the Renfrew experience "amazing" but is
anxious about insurance rules and cost.

After what Kathryn has been through, she offers the insurance industry a
piece of her mind.

"If someone needs help, give it to them," she says. "Because people
don't ask for help if they don't need it. Trust me."

Tuesday, April 15, 2008

Physician & Therapist needed @ Center for Discovery

The Center for Discovery & Adolescent Change is beautiful and professional six bed residential facility for adolescents struggling with eating disorders. We are looking to fill the following positions at our Menlo Park (Northern California) location.

A Board Certified / Eligible Pediatrician is needed part time to oversee the medical needs of each resident. Applicants who have completed a fellowship in Adolescent Medicine or who have previous experience working with patients with Eating Disorders is a plus.

Responsibilities consist of but are not limited to:
·Approving clients for admission based on medical criteria.
·Performing initial assessments when clients enter the program
·Performing EKG's and Phlebotomies
·Administering vaccines
·Meeting weekly, face to face, with each resident
·Attending weekly treatment team meetings
·Working in tandem with a comprehensive multidisciplinary treatment team
·Being available by telephone for any medical issues that may arise

Email Buck Runyan, MFT at or fax to 562-425-1698.

Seeking a FULL TIME Licensed Psychologist, Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist, Licensed Social Worker or Psychological Assistant (registered with the California Baord of Psychology) to work Monday through Friday. Hours vary and include one to two early evenings per week. On site supervision for a Psych. Assistant will be provided. Please note that MFTI's are not currently being considered. Duties will consist of individual therapy, family therapy, group therapy, participation in multidisciplinary treatment team meetings, utilization reviews, discharge planning, milieu management, and administrative duties. Email resume and cover letter to Dr. Adrianne Altman at OR fax to 650-561-9990.

TREATING EATING DISORDERS AS AN ADDICTION: Treatment Techniques and Options Along the Continuum of Care

Timberline Knolls and MEDA Present
TREATING EATING DISORDERS AS AN ADDICTION: Treatment Techniques and Options Along the Continuum of Care
Dr. Kimberly Dennis, M.D., Medical Director, Timberline Knolls
Dr. Stanley Selinger, Ph.D., Primary Therapy, Timberline Knolls
FRIDAY, MAY 2, 2008
9:45 A.M. - 12 P.M.
Ibbits Newhall - or 914-912-7561
Kristin Tyman - or 617-558-1881 ext. 12
1.50 CE contact hours available

The discussion will address psychodynamic, behavioral and 12-step recovery approaches and how these can be applied to the treatment of eating disorders using the latest research. Techniques effective for these diseases of perception will be explored and demonstrated. Varying options along the continuum of care will also be discussed.

Thursday, April 10, 2008

Register Now!

Westwind Roundtable
on Innovations in the Treatment of Eating Disorders
September 26th and 27th, 2008
Inn at the Forks
Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada

We are excited to announce our exceptional line up of speakers:

Jim Mitchell
"New Technologies in Treatment"

Carol Peterson
"Assessment of Eating Disorders"

Ted Weltzin
"Obsessive Compulsive Disorder "

Craig Johnson
"Determining Outcome Measures "

Ovidio Bermudez
"Readiness for Change"

Jillian Croll
"Harmony in the Treatment Team"

Innovations in Treatment of Eating Disorders

Friday September 26, 2008

7:30 am to 8:30 am Registration
Continental Breakfast provided

:30 am to 10 am Craig Johnson
Outcome Measures in Eating Disorder Treatment

am to 10:30 am Nutrition Break

:30 am to 12 noon Ted Weltzin
Compulsive Disorder and Eating Disorders

noon to 1 pm Lunch provided

pm to 2:30 pm Ovidio Bermudez
for Change

:30 pm to 3 pm Nutrition Break

pm to 4:30 pm Panel Discussion
Johnson, Ted Weltzin and Ovidio Bermudez

Saturday September 27, 2008

8:30 am to 10 am Carol Peterson
of Eating Disorders

am to 10:30 am Nutrition Break

:30 am 12 noon Jillian Croll
Harmony in the Treatment Team

noon to 1 pm Lunch provided

pm to 2:30 pm Jim Mitchell
Technologies in Eating Disorder Treatment

:30 pm to 3 pm Nutrition Break

3 pm to 4:30 pm Panel Discussion
Peterson, Jillian Croll and Jim Mitchell

Thank You to all of our Participants, Exhibitors and Presenters
for helping to make our first conference a success!

Our panel of speakers at the 2007 Roundtable included:

Edward Tyson, M.D.
Dr. Tyson is a former high school teacher and swim coach and now a physician who specializes in Adolescent Medicine, in which he is board certified. He is an Adjunct Assistant Professor of Kinesiology and Health Education at the University of Texas in Austin, where he co-teaches undergraduate and graduate courses on Adolescent Health. His private practice in Austin focuses on treating eating disorders in all ages. Dr. Tyson is a passionate advocate for those with eating disorders on the local, state, and national level. He also is an international speaker to professional and civic groups about eating disorders and will be gave a workshop on Athletes with Eating Disorders at the International Academy for Eating Disorders Meeting in Barcelona this summer.

Howard Steiger, Ph.D.
Howard Steiger is Director of the Eating Disorders Program of the Douglas Hospital, Professor of Psychiatry and Associate Member in Psychology at McGill University, and affiliated with various regional universities. Dr. Steiger is active as a clinician, teacher, and researcher, and has published numerous scientific and theoretical articles in the area of the Eating Disorders. His recent research focusses on developmental, neurobiological and genetic correlates of the EDs and commonly associated psychopathology in ED sufferers. He is also a Fellow of the Academy for Eating Disorders, past Co-Chair of the International Conference on Eating Disorders, and has been an invited Plenary speaker at many recent international conferences on Eating Disorders.

Ron Thompson, Ph.D., F.A.E.D.
Ron Thompson is a psychologist in private practice in Bloomington, Indiana, specializing in the treatment of eating disorders. He has been a consulting psychologist for the Athletic Department at Indiana University-Bloomington for the past 20 years. In addition to his clinical work, Dr. Thompson lectures, writes, and conducts research on the topic of eating disorders, providing education and training regarding eating disorders to athletes, coaches, and other sport personnel and healthcare professionals at NCAA member institutions. He has coauthored the Disordered Eating section of the International Olympic Committee Medical Commission Position Stand on the Female Athlete Triad, as well as the NCAA Coaches Handbook: Managing the Female Athlete Triad. Included in his publications are the books Helping Athletes with Eating Disorders, and Bulimia: A Guide for Family and Friends.

Scott Crow, M.D.
Scott Crow is a Professor of Psychiatry at the University of Minnesota. Dr. Crow’s research examines the course, outcome, and treatment of eating disorders, obesity, and depression. He is currently the recipient of an Independent Scientist Award from the National Institute of Mental Health, focusing on the course, outcome and treatment of eating disorders. Dr. Crow is the Immediate Past President of the Academy for Eating Disorders.

This year's Westwind Roundtable on Innovations in Treatment of Eating Disorder will offer educational presentions by the leading eating disorder experts in the world, targeted to an audience of professionals working in or with the field of eating disorders. Currently we are in the process of applying for Continuing Education Credits for a number of professions including psychologists, physician, and certified canadian counsellors.

Thank You to our Generous Sponsors:

Avalon Hills

Centre for Discovery

Eating Disorder Institute Fargo

Remuda Ranch

Homewood Health Center

CRC Eating Disorder Services

2006 Conference... Δ
March 17 & 18th, 2006 marked the date of the
Westwind Roundtable on Innovations in Treatment

at the Victoria Inn and Convention Centre, Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada

Our second annual Westwind Rountable was a great success. Our panel of speakers at the 2006 Roundtable included:
Bryan Lask, MD, Professor of child and Adolescent Psychiatry at St. George's Hospital in London, England;
Glenn Gaesser, PhD, Professor and Director of the Kinesiology Program at the University of Virginia in Charlottesville, Virginia;
Ovidio Bermudez, MD, Medical Director of the Eating disorders Program at Leaureate Psychiatric Clinic and Hospital in Tusla, Oklahoma;
Dianne Neumark-Sztainer, PhD, MPH, RD, Professor of Epidemiology at the University of Minnesota; and
Gail McVey, PhD, Health Systems Research Scientist at the University of Toronto.


Our First Conference... Δ

March 11th and 12th, 2005 marked the date of
The Westwind Roundtable on Innovations in Treatment

at the Victoria Inn, Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada
Thank You to all of our Participants, Exhibitors and Presenters
for helping to make our first conference a success!
Comments from Participants:
"Very good; lots of fun!"
"Networking was a bonus. I met fine people. I'm hugely encouraged by the research and energy going into dealing with Eating Disorders"
"Meals were fabulous!"
"Great volunteers!"
"Lynne did a great job of putting this together (and Bryan). Great speakers and participants!"
"Evidence based treatments was what I was looking for and found. Great."
"Far exceeded expectations! Very enjoyable! Magician was really entertaining."
"Calibre of speakers was so impressive."
"An opportunity to hear world class presenters on cutting-edge treatment."
"The organizers did a fantastic job of lining uphigh calibre speakers and organizing the two days."
"Presentations offered strategies that were useful in practice."

Presenters included:
G. Terence Wilson, Ph.D., is the Oscar K. Buros Professor of Psychology at Rutgers University. In addition to his faculty duties in the professional school, he also served as director of clinical training in the Ph.D. program and Chair of the Psychology Department. His honors include receipt of the Award for Distinguished Scientific Contributions to Clinical Psychology from the Division of Clinical Psychology of the APA (1994), the Distinguished Contributions to Applied Scientific Psychology Award from the American Association of Applied and Preventative Psychology (1995), and election to the National Academy of Practice in Psychology. He is Director of the Rutgers Eating Disorders Clinic, and is the co-author of Binge Eating (Fairburn and Wilson, 1993), a text that still serves as a landmark guide to anyone studying the topic.
Steve Wonderlich, Ph.D., is Professor and Associate Chairperson in the Department of Neuroscience, University of North Dakota School of Medicine and Health Sciences. He is also Co-Director of the Eating Disorders Institute and Director of Clinical Research for the Neuropsychiatric Research Institute. He currently sits on the Editorial Board for the International Journal of Eating Disorders and Eating Disorders Review. He is a Past Board member of the Eating Disorders Research Society and is a Past-President of the Academy for Eating Disorders.
Josie Geller, Ph.D., is an Associate Professor in the Department of Psychiatry at the University of British Columbia, Director of Research in the Eating Disorders Program at St. Paul's Hospital, and the recipient of a Michael Smith Research Scholar award. over the past five years, her clinical and research interests have focused on applications of readiness and motivation models to the assessment and treatment of eating disorders, and she is expanding her work to other populations, including individuals with HIV. She is currently supported by grants from the Canadian Institute for Health Research, the British Columbia Medical Services Foundation, the St. Paul's Hospital Foundation, and the Hospital for Sick Children Foundation. She has published extensively and is an internationally renowned speaker.
David L. Tobin, Ph.D., is in private practice in Springfield MA, and an Associate Professor of Psychiatry at Tufts University Medical School. He has published more than thirty empirical and review papers in the area of eating disorders, stress and coping, and behavioural medicine. He is also the author of the book: Coping Strategies Therapy for Bulimia Nervosa published in 2000 by the American Psychological Association.
Ted Weltzin, MD, is the Medical Director of the Eating Disorder Services at Rogers Memorial Hospital and a member of the American Psychiatric Association. In his most recent position, he was assistant clinical professor of psychiatry at the University of Wisconsin Medical School in Madison. From 1988 to 1994, he was assistant professor of psychiatry and medical director of the Center for Overcoming Problem Eating, and inpatient program at the University of Pittsburgh. He then was the director of the Depression Treatment Program at the University of Wisconsin in 1994 and 1995. Dr. Weltzin has researched factors that contribute to menstrual irregularities, characterizing nutritional aspects of recovery from bulimia and anorexia, and identifying predictors of recovery from anorexia. He also researched the relationship between eating disorders and impulsivity and obsessive-compulsive disorder. He has lectured internationally and published over thirty research articles on a variety of eating disorder topics. He was an invited contributor to the initial American Psychiatric Association's Eating Disorders Guidelines.


Register now! Westwind Roundtable on Innovations in the Treatment of Eating Disorders...

September 26th and 27th, 2008
Inn at the Forks
Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada

We are excited to announce or exceptional line up of speakers:

Jim Mitchell
"New Technologies in Treatment"

Carol Peterson
"Assessment of Eating Disorders"

Ted Weltzin
"Obsessive Compulsive Disorder "

Craig Johnson
"Determining Outcome Measures "

Ovidio Bermudez
"Readiness for Change"

Jillian Croll
"Harmony in the Treatment Team"

Westwind Eating Disorder Recovery Center
458 14th St.
Brandon, Manitoba, R7A 4T3

Register Now

Thursday, April 03, 2008

Join the Eating Disorders Coalition Lobby Day and Events, Wednesday, April 9, 2008.

The Eating Disorders Coalition is hosting an important Lobby Day, briefing and reception on April 9, 2008. Please join them as they launch the Federal Response to Eliminate Eating Disorders Act. For more information, visit:

America the Beautiful” – Powerful Documentary- Coming your way!
This new film, “America the Beautiful,” examines our new obsession with physical perfection. It will be released in theaters across Chicago initially, April 25 – 27 and, if the run is successful, it will go to New York and Los Angeles in May, followed by 30 other cities across the US. Visit: