Monday, September 22, 2008

Nation's Leading Eating Disorder Treatment Center Launches New Program for Boys

Reddstone, A Remuda Program for Boys, Addresses Growing Need for Treating
Males and Eating Disorders

PHOENIX (September 22, 2008) ­ Remuda Programs for Eating Disorders,the nation's leading eating disorder treatment center,today announced it has opened Reddstone, a Remuda Program for Boys. The intensive, inpatient program will treat boys 17 and under who are struggling with anorexia, bulimia and binge-eating disorder. It will follow the Remuda Model of Treatment that is based on a bio-psycho-social-spiritual framework. The program doesn't just treat the disorder; it treats the entire patient andoffers them the best possible chance for complete and lasting recovery from eating disorders.

Research suggests that 1 in 4 pre-teen cases of anorexia are male. There
are thousands of males with eating disorders in our society. Historically,
it was thought that the ratio of boys to girls with eating disorders was
1:10, but it's actually closer to 1:6.

Over the past 10 years, the male body has come under much scrutiny, much
like the female body has for decades, said Sam Lample, assistant clinical
director for the Reddstone Program for Boys. Boys see images in the media
and are inundated with the message that they need to look that way or
they're inadequate.

Boys remain in treatment for 60 days ­ a minimum amount of time required for
eating disorder behaviors to stop and new skills to be acquired. Each boy
will have a team of professionals, who not only treat the eating disorder,
but address co-occurring issues such as depression, anxiety, substance abuse
or trauma.

Reaching out to boys is the next logical step for Remuda, adds Lample.
We have been asked for years if we treat boys and until now, we haven't.
Reddstone will use the proven Remuda Model of Treatment to reach an often
overlooked population.

Since 1990, Remuda has provided care to nearly 9,000 patients with eating
disorders. Ninety-five percent of Remuda's patients are in good recovery
one, five and ten years after leaving the program. They no longer have a
diagnosable eating disorder, their personal relationships have improved and
they're functioning more effectively in school and work.

About Remuda Ranch Programs for Eating and Anxiety Disorders
Remuda Ranch offers Christian inpatient and residential programs for
individuals of all faiths suffering from eating or anxiety disorders. Each
patient is treated by a multi-disciplinary team including a Psychiatric and
a Primary Care Provider, Registered Dietitian, Masters Level therapist,
Psychologist and Registered Nurse. The professional staff equips each
patient with the right tools to live a healthy, productive life. For more
information, call 1-800-445-1900 or visit

Monday, September 08, 2008

RD position available

Registered Dietitian

Shoreline Center for Eating Disorder Treatment, in Long Beach, CA, which offers a partial hospital / day treatment program, intensive outpatient program, Satori House an Extended Care Residential facility as well as individual outpatient services, is seeking a part-time (16 – 20 hrs) dietitian to join our multi-disciplinary treatment team dedicated to facilitating excellence in eating disorder treatment.


As the Registered Dietitian for our facility, you will assess, plan, implement and evaluate the factors, which influence the nutritional status of patients. Then, using these factors develop individualized meal plans where appropriate. Daily responsibilities also include: participating in team assessments, supporting patients and staff with guidelines for meal preparations and outings, assisting patients with meal planning and proper portioning, developing and facilitating a nutrition groups including an ongoing intuitive eating group. Individual will also provide nutrition therapy for outpatient clients and all clients in Shoreline programming. Additional responsibilities will also include: menu planning and budgeting as well as supervision of diet techs. At Shoreline we adopt the philosophy of assisting our patients to understand and ultimately implement Intuitive Eating skills as they progress in their recovery.


The right candidate will be registered with the American Dietetics Association, and have professional experience in eating disorder treatment. Knowledge of Intuitive Eating concepts necessary. Must also be flexible, compassionate while being able to maintain professional boundaries. Some evening hours required. This position is part-time 16-20 hour job.

For more information on our programs, please see

For immediate consideration, please send cover letter, resume and salary expectations to Rachel Levi, Clinical Director at:

Friday, September 05, 2008

Eating Disorders Coalition Action Alert

Friday, September 5, 2008

Eating Disorders Coalition Action Alert

Forwarded on behalf of the Eating Disorders Coalition

As you know the EDC has been on the ground in Washington DC working hard on behalf the all member organizations and the field to make sure access to care is more of a reality by finally passing a mental health parity bill this year. We are sending this out to see if in addition to adding the EDC name to this bill that urges Congress to pass parity in the next 3 weeks before the session is over – you want to add your specific organization’s name. If so we need you to email us at: and let us know by Monday 4 pm (EST). We apologize for the quick turn around required but that is often the way things happen here on the Hill.

Thanks in advance.

Text of Letter:

Dear Majority Leader Reid, Leader McConnell, Speaker Pelosi and Leader Boehner:

We are writing to express our support for the mental health and

addiction parity compromise developed by House and Senate negotiators.

We urge Congress to pass this important legislation before adjourning in


Congress has taken a major step forward in developing this thoughtful

and balanced bipartisan legislation. We applaud the long, hard work

engaged in by you and your colleagues in approving and reconciling the

bipartisan House and Senate parity bills (H.R. 1424, S. 558). We urge

Congress to take the last, most important step by passing this


Passage of the balanced and bipartisan mental health and addiction

parity legislation would represent the fruition of many years of work by

members of Congress, advocates, employer organizations and health plans

to build on the Mental Health Parity Act of 1996. This broad and

diverse coalition stands united in support of the parity compromise.

Now, Congress has the chance to reach the goal of enacting this

consensus legislation, before a new administration and a new Congress

take office, and broader health policy issues begin demanding

policymakers' time and attention.

We ask Congress to pass federal mental health and addiction parity

legislation now.


[Cosigners as of Sept.3]


American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry

American Academy of Neurology Professional Association

American Academy of Pediatrics

American Academy of Physician Assistants

American Association for Geriatric Psychiatry

American Association for Marriage and Family Therapy

American Association of Children's Residential Centers

American Association of Pastoral Counselors

American Association of Practicing Psychiatrists

American Benefits Council

American Counseling Association

American Foundation for Suicide Prevention

American Group Psychotherapy Association

American Hospital Association

American Jail Association

American Mental Health Counselors Association

American Music Therapy Association

American Nurses Association

American Psychiatric Association

American Psychiatric Nurses Association

American Psychological Association

American Psychotherapy Association

American Public Health Association

American Society of Addiction Medicine

America's Health Insurance Plans

Anxiety Disorders Association of America

Aspire of Western New York

Association for Ambulatory Behavioral Healthcare

Association for Behavioral Health and Wellness

Association for the Advancement of Psychology

Association of University Centers on Disabilities

Association to Benefit Children

Bazelon Center for Mental Health Law

Betty Ford Center

Bradford Health Services

Center for Clinical Social Work/ABE

Child Welfare League of America

Children and Adults with Attention Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder

Children's Hospital Boston

Clinical Social Work Association

Clinical Social Work Guild 49

Community Anti-Drug Coalitions of America

CT Chapter National Alliance Methadone Advocates

Easter Seals

Eating Disorders Coalition

Epilepsy Foundation

Faces & Voices of Recovery

Families for Depression Awareness

Family Voices

Feeling Blue Suicide Prevention Council

General Board of Church and Society of the United Methodist Church

Hazelden Foundation

Human Rights Campaign

Kids Project

Kristin Brooks Hope Center

Learning Disabilities Association of America

Light For Life Foundation International

Mental Health America

Missouri Recovery Network

National Alliance for Hispanic Health

National Alliance on Mental Illness

National Alliance to End Homelessness

National Association for Children of Alcoholics

National Association for Children's Behavioral Health

National Association for Rural Mental Health

National Association for the Dually Diagnosed

National Association of Anorexia Nervosa and Associated Disorders

National Association of Counties

National Association of County and City Health Officials

National Association of County Behavioral Health and Developmental

Disability Directors

National Association of Health Underwriters

National Association of Pediatric Nurse Practitioners

National Association of Psychiatric Health Systems

National Association of School Psychologists

National Association of Social Workers

National Association of State Alcohol and Drug Abuse Directors

National Association of State Directors of Special Education

National Association of State Mental Health Program Directors

National Coalition for the Homeless

National Coalition of Mental Health Professionals and Consumers

National Council for Community Behavioral Healthcare

National Council of Jewish Women

National Council on Alcoholism and Drug Dependence

National Council on Independent Living

National Disability Rights Network

National Down Syndrome Congress

National Down Syndrome Society

National Federation of Families for Children's Mental Health

National Mental Health Awareness Campaign

National Partnership for Women & Families

National Research Center for Women & Families

National Respite Coalition

National Retail Federation

National Asian American Pacific Islander Mental Health Association

Northamerican Association of Masters in Psychology

Obsessive Compulsive Foundation

Presbyterian Church (USA) Washington Office

Schizophrenia and Related Disorders Alliance of America

School Social Work Association of America

Society for Research in Child Development

Society of Professors of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry

Substance Abuse and Addiction Recovery Alliance of Northern Virginia

Suicide Awareness Voices of Education

Suicide Prevention Action Network USA

The Center for Policy, Advocacy and Education of the Mental Health

Association of NYC

The Depression and Bipolar Support Alliance

Therapeutic Communities of America

Tourette Syndrome Association

Union for Reform Judaism

Unitarian Universalist Association of Congregations

United Church of Christ Mental Illness Network

United Church of Christ, Justice and Witness Ministries

United Jewish Communities

US Psychiatric Rehabilitation Association

Yellow Ribbon Suicide Prevention Program


The Agreement: When enacted the new federal parity law will-

* Completely end insurance discrimination against mental health

and substance use disorder benefits for over 113 million Americans,

requiring full parity coverage with physical health benefits.

* Extend to all aspects of plan coverage, including day/visit

limits, dollar limits, coinsurance, copayments, deductibles and

out-of-pocket maximums.

* Preserve strong state parity and consumer protection laws while

extending parity protection to 82 million more people who cannot be

protected by state laws.

* Ensure parity coverage for both in-network and out-of-network services.

Resources: Parity fact sheets and past organization signon letters may be viewed at

Jeanine Cogan, Ph.D., Policy Director
Eating Disorders Coalition

(202) 352-3208

Thursday, September 04, 2008

Please join us for two special

Alumni Events in
Houston, TX & Atlanta, GA!

Voices of Recovery
Hosted by: Jennifer Nardozzi, PsyD

Please join Jennifer Nardozzi, National Training Manager of The Renfrew Center Foundation, and fellow alumni for a special presentation featuring a Renfrew alum who will speak about her journey of recovery and how she made peace with her body and with herself. She will also discuss her love of dance and a recent service trip to Uganda, Africa. There will be a group discussion on the theme of making peace with ourselves and a Q&A will follow. Open to Renfrew Center alumni and those who have received treatment at other centers.

Date: Thursday, September 11, 2008

7:00pm - 8:30pm

Place: Houston Marriott Medical Center
6580 Fannin Street
Houston, TX 77030

Jennifer Nardozzi, PsyD is a psychologist who specializes in treating women with eating disorders. She was formally Assistant Clinical Director of The Renfrew Center of Florida and is currently National Training Manager of The Renfrew Center Foundation. Dr. Nardozzi provides workshops and trainings on eating disorders and the mind-body-spirit connection in treatment. She has been featured in publications such as Elle and In Touch magazines, the Palm Beach Post and the Associated Press.

Making Peace with the Body You Have
Hosted by: Adrienne Ressler, MA, LMSW, CEDS

Please join Adrienne Ressler, Body Image Specialist and National Training Director of The Renfrew Center Foundation for a special alumni event. Making Peace with the Body You Have will offer attendees information on how to end their punishing pursuit of the perfect body and replace it with appreciation and gratitude. Find comfort and support from the group while listening to stories of hope and recovery. Open to Renfrew Center alumni and those who received treatment at other centers.

Thursday, September 25, 2008

7:00pm - 8:30pm

Place: W Atlanta Hotel
111 Perimeter Center West
Atlanta, GA 30346

Adrienne Ressler, MA, LMSW, CEDS is a certified Eating Disorder Specialist and National Training Director of The Renfrew Center Foundation. Ms. Ressler is a fellow and President-Elect of IAEDP. She has appeared on the Today Show and Good Morning America. Her work has been published in the International Journal of Fertility and Women’s Medicine and Pulse, the International Spa Association Journal. She is co-author of “Reframing Body Image Identity” in Healing Through Relationship.

To RSVP for either event,
please contact Jenna Hoskinson at 1-800-RENFREW, ext. 3246.

Wednesday, September 03, 2008

Washington DC Premiere - America The Beautiful


America the Beautiful:

How America's Obsession with Beauty Contributes to Eating Disorders

Washington DC Premiere - September 10, 2008

Hosted by the Eating Disorders Coalition

“America the Beautiful,” an independent film that is an indictment of our country’s beauty industry, has received high praise from reviewers and RAVE reviews from the eating disorder community. Roger Ebert declared it a "POWERFUL MESSAGE." To honor and spotlight the screening, and its myth-deflating message, EDC has scheduled a day of events to celebrate the Washington DC premiere of the film.

The EDC is in the forefront of creating legislation to educate the public about media’s impact on society, and how irresponsible media affects sufferers and their loved ones. The FREED Act, an EDC initiative, targets education in addition to research and treatment. We believe this film, and the conversation it is creating, is valuable and timely as we gather sponsors and support for this bill.

Congressional Briefing, United States Capitol Room H-137

Hosted by, Congressman Jim Ramstad (R-MN)

Speakers: Julie Holland, Dianne Neumark-Sztainer, Darryl Roberts, and Jenni Schaffer



Reception with special guest filmmaker Darryl Roberts

720 7th Street NW, Suite 300

Price: $40 Junior Tickets, $70 Regular Tickets

Reception Tickets Include one movie ticket

7:00pm – 9:30pm

Screening: America The Beautiful followed by a Q & A with the filmmaker Darryl Roberts.

E Street Theater

555 E Street NW (10th and 11th)

Price: $15 online/$20 door

For more information, and to register for these events and buy movie tickets, visit

Tuesday, September 02, 2008

Klarman Family Foundation Grants Program in Eating Disorders Research

Klarman Family Foundation Grants Program in Eating Disorders Research
Program Officer: Gay Lockwood 617-279-2240 ext. 702

The Klarman Family Foundation Grants Program in Eating Disorders Research was established in 2008 to expand the number of outstanding scientists whose research explores the basic biology of anorexia nervosa, bulimia nervosa and/or binge eating disorder. The long term goal is to accelerate progress in developing effective treatments for these disorders. Examples of funding areas include but are not limited to molecular genetic analysis of relevant neural circuit assembly and function; animal models created by genetically altering neural circuits; testing of new chemical entities that might be used in animal models as exploratory treatments; and brain imaging approaches that identify neurochemical pathways in patients with these disorders. Clinical psychotherapeutic studies, medication trials and research in the medical complications of eating disorders are currently outside the scope of this Program.

For the 2009 cycle, two-year awards of $400,000 ($200,000 per year inclusive of 10% indirect costs) and one-year pilot studies of up to $150,000 (inclusive of 10% indirect costs) will be made to investigators with a faculty appointment at a nonprofit academic, medical or research institution in the United States, Canada or Israel. Eligibility is not limited to those investigators currently working in eating disorders research.

The next application deadline for the Initial Proposal Application is November 20, 2008 for awards beginning on June 1, 2009. Applications will be accepted through an online submission process.

Begin a new application

Continue an existing application


Application Guidelines and Instructions

Terms of the Award

Frequently Asked Questions

Additional Reference Documents
Scientific Review Committee