Friday, June 26, 2009

Announcing the New Rader Programs Blog!

Rader Programs is excited to announce the addition of a new blog page on our website. It is a great way to stay updated and informed on what’s new at Rader Programs. Check back often to see contributions by Jen, formerly a client at Rader Programs and now a proud member of the treatment team. Jen has the unique opportunity to share stories from both sides of the spectrum. Visit the blog regularly as Jen reveals her experience, strength and hope.

We ask you to forward this message to your colleagues, friends, staff, and anyone else that may be interested in staying in tuned with the latest developments at Rader Programs.

Thursday, June 25, 2009

Healing environment gets to the heart of pediatric eating disorders

Within just six months of launching the new treatment program at Rogers Memorial Hospital, Dr. Tracey Cornella-Carlson is seeing more children and families enjoy a quality of life that seemed lost within the tight grip of an eating disorder. Even as young as fourth grade, children are becoming concerned with calories and fat grams and subjected to emotional bullying about their appearance. Cornella-Carlson said that parents come to Rogers Memorial Hospital, not just because they are worried about their child’s health, but because they feel that they have lost their child emotionally. The disorder affects the child’s ability to participate in day-to-day activities with their friends and families. The new child and adolescent inpatient program was developed under her leadership to provide a safe, nurturing environment where children and teens could be treated for medical and emotional stability by a specialized team comprised of physicians, dietitians, therapists, nurses, and other trained professionals.

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Wednesday, June 24, 2009

Binge Eating Disorder National Conference

March 4-6, 2010
2009 Binge Eating Disorder National Conference
Baltimore, Maryland
Registration & details to come

Tuesday, June 23, 2009

What Does Recovery Look Like?

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Saturday, June 20, 2009

Learn how to distinguish your authentic voice from the voice of your eating disorder...

MentorCONNECT Teleconference Series: A FREE Teleconference with Thom Rutledge, Author of "Embracing Fear: How to Turn What Scares Us into Our Greatest Gift".

Wednesday, July 8th, 2009
8:00 - 9:15 p.m. Central Time

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Friday, June 19, 2009

Compulsive spending can be a concern for those struggling with eating disorders....

Article by: Angela R. Wurtzel, MA, MFT, CEDS

“The hunger for love is much more difficult to remove than the hunger for bread” ~ George Bernard Shaw, Major Barbara

Have you ever found yourself in a shopping mall, searching, with a slightly pounding heart, for something? Something to wear tonight, tomorrow, or for that next important meeting. Or, is it something yet to be thought of, but you know you need something, or at least feel like you need something. Maybe you just want something new, what is the difference, right? You are just going to get it and then whatever is really going on will go away, maybe not even something tragic or problematic, but your mind and emotional system out of habit urges you to go shopping and get something that will, in turn, whether you know it or not, assist you in also getting rid of something.

Or, maybe you have specific rules about shopping for food? Do you buy a certain brand of cereal? Are you unaware of how much money you spend each month on groceries? Have you ever thought that how you shop for food may be indicative of a more serious process of feeding yourself? Probably not, because in the moment, grocery shopping in your particular way actually makes you feel safe, secure, and in your own skin, so to speak. Going outside of these boundaries feels dangerous, unknown, possibly too anxiety provoking to even allow yourself to know to or to feel because the outcome could be dismal. To you, this makes perfect sense, you have found a system to which you can live and regulate your feelings. To anyone else, you are afraid that this unique and well thought out system would sound crazy. It is not. It is how you have adapted and taught yourself to feed yourself. On the other hand, there may be other paths that you have not trespassed that could be more life affirming and less self destructive....Finish Reading Article

Tuesday, June 16, 2009

Check out Rader Programs outstanding new website!

For over 25 years, The Rader Eating Disorder Program has provided acute, daycare and outpatient service, specializing in the high-quality treatment of eating and related disorders. Our mission is to help save the lives of those suffering from eating disorders by treating the dysfunctional behavior in a supportive environment. Our multi-disciplinary team includes physicians, psychiatrists, psychologists, family & exercise counselors, dietitians and nurses. Treatment includes:

  • Assistance for affected individuals and their families
  • Treatment of the emotional, physical and nutritional symptoms
  • Understanding of the social and family components

Monday, June 15, 2009

Eating Disorder Therapist Research About Burnout

University of Nevada, Las Vegas is conducting a study examining burnout in therapists who work with patients with eating disorders. If you treat patients with eating disorders or have in the past, they respectfully request your assistance with this study.

The study will take 20-30 minutes of your time to complete. For your participation, you can also choose to be entered into a raffle to win one of four $25 Visa gift cards. If you are willing to participate, we request that you go to the following website:
There you will answer various questions related to therapist burnout and your experiences treating patients with eating disorders. Your data will be kept completely confidential and all data will be given ID codes-no connection between your data and your name will be recorded.

University of Nevada, Las Vegas thanks you in advance for your time and contribution to research in this area! Please feel free to forward this study to any colleagues who treat patients with eating disorders.


Kerri J. Schafer, M.S., Doctoral Student, Clinical Psychology University of Nevada, Las Vegas,

Cortney S. Warren, Ph.D., Assistant Professor, Department of Psychology University of Nevada, Las Vegas, 702-895-0109,

Mary Ellen Crowley, Ph.D. Assistant Psychologist, McLean Hospital Instructor of Psychology, Harvard Medical School

Roberto Olivardia, Ph.D. Clinical Psychologist, McLean Hospital Clinical Instructor, Harvard Medical School

Saturday, June 13, 2009

Linden Oaks receives Gold Seal of Approval from Joint Commission

Linden Oaks receives Gold Seal of Approval from Joint Commission

Linden Oaks at Edward has been awarded the Gold Seal of Approval from The Joint Commission for a commitment to excellence in four disease management programs: Addiction Services, Eating Disorders, Geriatrics and Self-Injury.

The Joint Commission is an independent, not-for-profit organization that accredits and certifies more than 15,000 healthcare companies and programs in the United States.

"The competitive nature of today's healthcare market generates a need for organizations to find ways to distinguish themselves as centers of excellence for patient services and patient care," said Lou Mastro, CEO of Linden Oaks at Edward. "This certification is proof of our dedication to patients and our commitment to providing exceptional care."

The Disease-Specific Care Certification Program is designed to evaluate disease management and chronic care services that are provided by direct care providers such as hospitals and home care vendors, as well as health plans and disease management service companies. Centers are evaluated objectively on their methods of delivering clinical care, their clinical practices and their organized approach to performance measurement to monitor quality outcomes.

"The journey to the Disease-Specific Certification process required the commitment of the entire team of each program and the support of the whole hospital," Mastro said. "We're honored to be recognized as a Center of Excellence."

Linden Oaks at Edward is a 110-bed behavioral health facility, located on the campus of Edward Hospital in Naperville, that uses a combination of inpatient, partial hospitalization, intensive outpatient and traditional outpatient programs to treat adolescents, adults and older adults. Learn more at

Wednesday, June 10, 2009

Intuitive Eating Lecture - downloadable mp3


Elyse Resch M.S., R.D., F.A.D.A

Elyse Resch

Learning to Trust Intuitive Wisdom About Eating – A Nutrition Therapist's Approach to the Healing of Eating Disorders.
(00:58:04 - 6.8 MB - MP3)

  1. Eating Disorders as a Crisis of Trust
  2. Precursors to the Development of an Eating Disorder
  3. Secondary Gains that Perpetuate the Maintenance of an Eating Disorder
  4. Physiological and Nutritional Consequences of Eating Disorders
  5. A Model for Normal Eating and the Acceptance of Normal Body Weight
  6. Accomplishment of Self Trust and Empowerment

Bio of Elyse: Elyse Resch, M.S., R.D., F.A.D.A. (, has been in private practice in Beverly Hills, California, as a nutrition therapist for over twenty years, specializing in eating disorders, Intuitive Eating, and preventative nutrition. A certified child and adolescent obesity expert, she is a fellow of the American Dietetic Association and is also on the advisory board of "Healthy Dining" publications. Her work has been profiled on CNN, KABC, NBC, and KTTU television.

Monday, June 08, 2009

Must See the New Eating Disorders Coalition Blog!

The Eating Disorders Coalition has a new blog!

Check back often, or subscribe to the EDC blog page to stay updated on the Coalition, the FREED Act, and federal legislation about eating disorders. Contributions will come on a weekly basis from EDC board members and staff.

They ask you to forward this message to your colleagues, friends, staff, and anyone else that may be interested in staying tuned with the latest developments at the EDC.

Eating Disorders Coalition

Linden Oaks at Edward becomes Silver Level Sponsor of Eating Disorder Hope

Eating Disorder Hope gratefully announces the Silver Level Sponsorship of Linden Oaks at Edward ~ experts in eating disorders and other behavioral issues.

Linden Oaks at Edward
801 S. Washington Street
Naperville, Il 60540
(630) 305-5500

The Eating Disorder Program at Linden Oaks is led by an exceptional team of psychiatrists and psychologists who effectively blend evidence based treatment with empathic, individualized care. Linden Oaks is able to safely manage complex medical and nutritional needs in the inpatient program while helping patients identify core issues behind the eating disorder behavior. In the partial hospitalization programs, patients learn skills that teach them how to manage and cope with day to day issues that trigger eating disorder behaviors. Experiential outings and family groups allow patients to practice skills along the way while still in a supportive environment. For those patients who need additional support, there is Arabella House, a residential care home for up to eight women who are seriously motivated but still need a therapeutic living environment while they continue the recovery journey.

Linden Oaks at Edward is a 110 bed behavioral health facility that provides comprehensive services to adults and adolescents. We are proud to provide patient and family centered care by involving patients and families in program planning and facility design. Linden Oaks was acknowledged by the Joint Commission as a center of excellence and is one of the only behavioral health hospitals in the country to receive disease specific certification in the treatment of eating disorders, self injury, chemical dependency, and geriatrics.

Friday, June 05, 2009

Body and Weight Checking May Signify an Eating Disorder

Remuda Ranch ( Reports Many Patients with Eating
Disorders Exhibit Weight and Body Checking Behaviors

PHOENIX (June 4, 2009) ­ Everyone checks their body to some extent, but many
people with eating disorders repeatedly check their body and often in a way
that's unusual.

Sometimes body and weight checking becomes second nature and many
individuals with eating disorders don't even realize they¹re doing it, said
Dena Cabrera, PsyD, psychologist at Remuda Programs for Eating and Anxiety
Disorders. Commonly, they check to feel for fatness, bones and any physical
change in their body to subconsciously or consciously motivate their eating
disorder behavior.

Many individuals with eating disorders weigh themselves at frequent
intervals, sometimes many times a day. As a result they become obsessed
with the daily weight fluctuations that are a normal part of the body and
would otherwise pass unnoticed. The movements on the scale then determine
their mood and eating patterns.

Body checking is influential in maintaining dissatisfaction with shape and
appearance. Other common behaviors associated with body checking include:
looking in the mirror (or at reflective surfaces); measuring body parts with
tape measures or hands; pinching or touching body parts; assessing the
tightness of particular items of clothing or accessories; looking down at
one's body and touching collar bones to check for boniness.

Body checking perpetuates the eating disorder cycle and increases self
loathing and low self esteem, adds Cabrera. Patients look in the mirror
and they see fatness, then they restrict or binge, then they check
themselves again, which has the same result.

Remuda Ranch tries to progressively address the following questions with

· What are you trying to find out when you check your body?

· Why are you checking yourself so frequently?

· Do you ever look at parts of your body that you like?

· Do you feel better after checking your body?

· Do you think your body checking has any adverse effects?

· Do you trust the mirror?

· How do we know what we look like?

· Do we believe what we see?

Remuda Ranch believes there's a need to assess the time spent on body/weight
checking behavior as well as the consequences to determine if there needs to
be a change in behavior. Most of the time body/weight checking needs to be
stopped in an effort to uncover other influential factors that may trigger
eating disorder behaviors, such as emotional regulation issues, trauma and
maturity fears.

If we address body and weight checking behaviors and the thought processes
behind them, much of the eating disorder behavior will be reduced, said

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

Thursday, June 04, 2009

Considering treatment for an eating disorder?

Great article regarding the types of treatment available for eds:

Wednesday, June 03, 2009

Real Recovery @ Utube

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