Tuesday, August 31, 2010

Free Book Drawing for Brave Girl Eating by Harriet Brown

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A Family's Struggle with Anorexia
by Harriet Brown

“This is the story of how my older daughter, Kitty, became anorexic and nearly died, and how my husband, my younger daughter, and I helped her recover. This is not a story about family dysfunction, sexual abuse, or a poor little rich girl dying for attention. It’s not a cautionary tale about skinny fashion models and the media. It’s a story about an ordinary teenage girl who fell down the rabbit hole of anorexia-by accident, as it always happens-and about her slow, painful, infinitely courageous climb back up to health and hope, moment by moment, ounce by ounce, one spoonful at a time. This book tells the story of our family’s journey through the nightmare of anorexia, beginning in May 2005 and ending in fall 2006. It covers the most intensive part of our daughter’s illness and recovery, a span of about 18 months that changed all of our lives. Today Kitty is a healthy, happy, ordinary teenager. While it’s too early to make sweeping pronouncements about recovery, we have every reason to believe that she’s free from the nightmare that nearly took her life. While parts of this book are painful and horrifying, it is at heart a narrative of hope.”

Harriet and her family worked with a new and different approach to treatment. Rather than cut the patient off from her family, a method that has proved successful only 30% of the time, all their family attention focused inward and on Kitty, making sure, the way they would if she had cancer, that Kitty took her full dosage of “meds” - food - each and every day.

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Brave Girl Eating: A Family's Struggle with Anorexia

Monday, August 30, 2010

Eating Disorder Center of Denver now featured in the Eating Disorder Specialist Library

Eating Disorder Center of Denver is one of the nation's foremost centers for the diagnosis and treatment of the full range of eating disorders, including anorexia, bulimia, binge eating and diabulimia. Based on an individual's particular clinical needs, we offer a variety of treatment options, including a partial hospitalization program, intensive outpatient programs, nutritional counseling, outpatient therapy and an evening treatment program.

The experienced and dedicated team of psychiatrists, therapists, physicians and registered dietitians use their expertise to collaborate on the best method of treatment for each individual. We bring together industry experts through our Scientific Advisory Board (SAB) to ensure we continue to treat eating disorders with the most effective and current methods possible.

Eating disorders are often associated with other conditions, such as depression, anxiety disorder and obsessive-compulsive disorder, which is why we specialize in the diagnosis and treatment of patients with a dual diagnosis. All treatment plans are personalized to ensure recovery for each patient. We follow the bio-psycho-social-spiritual model of therapy and incorporate our unique approach, which we call CAMSA™, that focuses on connecting with each individual patient on a personal level. We know that eating disorders touch your very core, so we work to heal you as a whole person.

At Eating Disorder Center of Denver, we believe everyone deserves a healthy life. For that reason, we're committed to providing the most cost effective treatment possible. We accept insurance and can arrange sliding fee payments based on financial necessity.

We recognize that recovering from an eating disorder can be a long and often challenging process. Our staff is committed to providing the life skills that will last long after leaving our center, enabling your recovery to last a lifetime.


At Eating Disorder Center of Denver, we go beyond simply treating the symptoms of an eating disorder. Our integrated approach for diagnosing and treating eating disorders follows the evidence-based biological-psychological-social-spiritual model focusing on healing the whole person. We strive to identify the factors that drive each individual's eating disorder, introducing positive behavioral changes and incorporating those changes into everyday life. We also stress individual empowerment as well as increased personal awareness and wellbeing. Our patients learn to bring about their own changes and celebrate individual successes.

We compliment the bio-psycho-social-spiritual model with our own unique approach we call CAMSA™. CAMSA™ stands for Connection, Acceptance, Mindfulness, Sense of Self and Action. This mindfulness-based treatment model guides individuals through recovery and beyond.

Our treatment programs support healthy transition and change. Our patients increase their personal awareness, wellbeing and health, and leave with a "toolkit" full of knowledge and skills to sustain long-term recovery.


Eating disorders are unique to each person. We have treatment options that are unique as well.
The scope of care for eating disorder patients depends on the individual and their severity level. At Eating Disorder Center of Denver, we have five levels of treatment that serve most eating disorder patients:

  • Partial Hospitalization Program (PHP) – Our highest level of care for patients diagnosed with an acute eating disorder. This highly structured program includes therapy and therapeutic activities 10 hours a day, seven days a week.
  • Intensive Outpatient Program (IOP) – A step down from PHP. Patients transition to some eating on their own and some time away from the center. This program is approximately four hours each day.
  • BRIDGE Evening Intensive Outpatient Program (BRIDGE EIOP) – For patients who require more than outpatient therapy to treat their eating disorder. This program is considered a “transitional” level and includes therapy four evenings per week (includes meals) for 10 weeks.
  • Outpatient Service/Aftercare and Support Groups – Offers a more personal connection than a support group can provide. Therapists, registered dietitians and psychiatrists provide the necessary support to maintain health and recovery.


The first step to getting healthy is accepting that you need treatment.

We can provide the treatment and care needed to return you to the successful and healthy status you desire and deserve. Call us and set up a free consultation. Our clinicians will determine the most appropriate treatment program for your eating disorder. And we will address any other contributing factors, such as depression, obsessive-compulsive disorder, substance abuse, etc.

If you are making the decision to get treatment, we will be here with you every step of the way. If you are worried about a loved one, we can help you understand the benefits of our program, but it is essential that your loved one be willing to participate. We are an open facility that empowers our patients to find the strength to heal as individuals.

You can afford a healthy life. At Eating Disorder Center of Denver we believe everyone deserves a healthy life. For that reason we are committed to providing the most cost effective treatment possible. We accept insurance and can arrange sliding fee payments based on financial necessity. We are your advocates for good health and can work with your insurance company to obtain coverage. We will also work with out-of-network insurance companies to facilitate special coverage agreements.


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For additional information about EDC-D, visit www.edcdenver.com, call 1-866-771-0861, visit us on Twitter at EDCDenver or friend us on Facebook.


About the Eating Disorder Hope Specialist Library:

The new Eating Disorder Specialist Library features detailed overviews and pictures of eating disorder treatment centers and providers. Simplify your search for specialized treatment today! Many eating disorder sufferers and families find that reviewing the online ‘virtual brochures’ offered in the Eating Disorder Specialist Library greatly simplifies their search for treatment.

The Eating Disorder Specialist Library puts you in touch with some of the best treatment centers and providers for those suffering from anorexia, bulimia or binge eating disorder and/or co-occurring issues like addiction, anxiety and depression.

This new and rapidly expanding eating disorder specialist library is an excellent tool for eating disorder sufferers, families, friends and treatment providers who feel overwhelmed with where to begin in the search for appropriate care for the eating disorder sufferer.

Finding highly skilled professionals specialized in the field of
eating disorder treatment is key to successful recovery. Begin your search here...

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EVENT: Author and Psychotherapist Thom Rutledge presents a FREE teleconference for MentorCONNECT

August 28, 2010, HOUSTON, TXThom Rutledge, an internationally known speaker, author and leading psychotherapist in the field of eating disorders, will present a FREE teleconference called "Ready or Not, Here it Comes: Life, Liberty and Your Shot at Happiness (Without Ed)" on Wednesday, September 15, 2010, at 8pm central time. All are welcome to attend. RSVP’s are required.

Event Date: Wed, September 15, 2010
Event Time: 8:00 - 9:15pm central time
Event Cost: FREE*
RSVP: www.mentorconnect.eventbrite.com
Event Description: In this teleconference, Thom Rutledge discusses one of the biggest challenges of eating disorder recovery: what to do with yourself – and your life – when all of your efforts to recover pay off. With solid, authentic recovery comes the question, “Who will I be when I am no longer defined by my eating disorder?“ Separating from Ed (for "eating disorder") is only the beginning. If you don’t know how to respond to this question, Ed may well maintain a foothold in your life, keeping you just on the outside of full recovery. If the idea of living your life without keeping Ed waiting in the wings, ready to return if you need him, scares you, then most definitely join us for this teleconference.

For more information:
Contact: Shannon Cutts, MentorCONNECT Executive Director
Phone: 713-382-4272
Email: mc@mentorconnect-ed.org
Online: www.mentorconnect-ed.org

*MentorCONNECT is a pending 501c-3 nonprofit corporation

More About Thom Rutledge: Thom Rutledge is the author of several books, including Embracing Fear: How to Turn What Scares Us into Our Greatest Gift. His INTRApersonal Therapy methods are used extensively by out-patient and residential eating disorder treatment programs in the U.S. and Australia. He is online at www.nutshellwisdom.com


More About the MentorCONNECT Teleconference Series:

This event is sponsored by Houston’s own MentorCONNECT, the first global eating disorders mentoring organization. Based in Houston since its inception in September 2007, MentorCONNECT now has a presence in all 50 USA states as well as 15 countries, and has sponsored free events featuring such notable authors and speakers as Thom Rutledge, Kirsten Haglund, Dr. Carolyn Becker, Dr. Kenneth Weiner, June Alexander, Michelle Lelwica, Drs. Kimberly Dennis and Stan Selinger, Cheryl Kerrigan, Andrea Roe, Dena Cabrera, PsyD, Doris Smeltzer, and others. To find out about upcoming Teleconference Events CLICK HERE

More About MentorCONNECT:
MentorCONNECT is the first global online eating disorders mentoring community. Membership and all services are always free to members, and certain events like the popular monthly teleconference series are also opened up free of charge to the larger community. In addition to offering one-on-one mentoring matches, membership includes access to a password-protected, moderated, PRO-recovery community forum with two live weekly e-support groups, a wide variety of online themed support groups, recovery blogs, personalized profile pages, and moderated chat/email services. To volunteer your services as a caring mentor, be matched with a mentor, or find general support, visit us at www.mentorconnect-ed.org


MC is a Proud Member of the NEDA Network and the Eating Disorders Coalition


MC is Grateful to Our Sponsors!



Participation in MentorCONNECT is NOT meant to replace the supervision and care of a qualified medical professional, and should never be construed as such. Shannon Cutts and MentorCONNECT can NOT be held liable for any activities undertaken as a part or result of receiving or participating in these online communities. If you have a medical question, please consult your healthcare professional.

The hardest challenge is to be yourself in a world where everyone is

trying to make you be somebody else. -E.E. Cummings


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Sunday, August 29, 2010

Free Book Drawing for Inspiring ED Recovery Book - Hollow: An Unpolished Tale


Help for Family Members of an Eating Disorder Sufferer

Eating Disordered behavior reflects a dysfunctional relationship with the self. Family members cannot "fix" the eating disordered individual. It is a unique combination of heredity, environment, culture and conditioning that cause eating disorders to develop.....It is not anyone's "fault"; it is important to remember that everyone has the same goal of a healthy and happy life for the victim of an eating disorder...be patient and non-judgmental, listen, and remember that it is their responsibility to do the recovery work.

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Wednesday, August 25, 2010

Remuda Ranch Reports Cutting is Prevalent in Eating Disorder Patients

PHOENIX (August 25, 2010) ­ Remuda Ranch Programs for Eating and Anxiety Disorders reports in the past five years, self-injury, particularly cutting oneself, is becoming more prevalent among eating disorder patients.

Approximately 40 to 50 percent of our patients have either reported a
history of self-injury or are presently engaging in these behaviors, said Dena Cabrera, PsyD, psychologist and national speaker at Remuda Ranch. This number seems to be consistent for the past five years. Studies have shown that adolescents engaging in self-injury behavior were more likely to have an eating disorder.

Cutting may be increasing in our culture because young women today are struggling with identity issues and dealing with challenging problems. They feel they have to go to extremes to show others that they are suffering. Often, they are suffering from depression. In a visual culture, cutting may be a voice to get needs met. Self-injury may represent that struggle visually while physiologically and emotionally numbing the pain.

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Monday, August 23, 2010

Find Eating Disorder Recovery Books...

Bibliotherapy, or reading books to enhance one's recovery, is an essential tool of eating disorder recovery. Discernment may be required, at times, but overall, reading about recovery tools and inspirational recovery stories is an invaluable plus in a recovery program.

Check out our Library of Books on Eating Disorder Treatment, Recovery and Related Matters.

Sunday, August 22, 2010

Thursday, August 19, 2010

Stress of freshman year can trigger eating disorders for some young people

Thank you to the University of Alabama at Birmingham for releasing this great article!


Article Body

August 19, 2010

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. - While the start of college is a positive, momentous event for many young people, it also can be an episode that pushes some into a dangerous battle with eating disorders, says University of Alabama at Birmingham Associate Professor of Psychology Mary Boggiano, Ph.D., who fought her own battle against bulimia as a college student. Hear her story.

Stress can trigger an eating disorder, and for the college student who is away from home for the first time, the stress of moving into a totally different environment and meeting new people can make them more susceptible to developing an eating disorder, says Boggiano. Even new positive events are processed by the brain as stressful, she says.

"A lot of students have heard about the 'freshman 15,'" says Boggiano. "To keep from gaining weight, some students engage in risky behaviors such as excessive dieting or purging food. In many cases, people learn about the risky behaviors from others students in their dorm or over the Internet, so that obsession about weight can become infectious."

Boggiano says the common signs of an eating disorder include:

  • A preoccupation with calculating calories, fat grams and carbohydrate grams
  • A need to weigh oneself more than once a day
  • Allowing the numbers on the scale to determine mood
  • Exercising, skipping meals or purging after overeating
  • Exercising to burn calories rather than for health or for fun
  • An inability to stop eating once eating begins
  • Eating in secret
  • Feeling guilty, ashamed or disgusted after overeating
  • Basing self-worth on looks or weight
  • Worrying continuously about weight and body shape
  • Abusing diet pills or laxatives

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Wednesday, August 18, 2010

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Monday, August 16, 2010

Special Free Screening of Film “America The Beautiful” to Commemorate Remuda Ranch 20th Anniversary

Aug 16, 2010 13:25 ET

Special Free Screening of Film "America The Beautiful" to Commemorate 20th Anniversary of Nation's Leading Eating Disorder Treatment Center, Remuda Ranch

Special Guest Director Darryl Roberts to Hold Panel Discussion About Film and Eating Disorders in Orlando, September 10

PHOENIX, AZ--(Marketwire - August 16, 2010) - Since 1990, Remuda Ranch Programs for Eating and Anxiety Disorders has treated more than 10,000 patients suffering from anorexia, bulimia, anxiety and related issues. On Friday, September 10, Remuda Ranch, along with The Alliance for Eating Disorders Awareness and The Eating Disorder Network of Central Florida, will celebrate Remuda Ranch's 20th anniversary with a special free screening of the documentary "America The Beautiful" at the Bush Auditorium at Rollins College, 1000 Holt Avenue, Winter Park, Fla. Remuda Ranch is the sponsor of the film's new PG-13 version. The documentary examines the question "Is America Obsessed with Beauty?"

Darryl Roberts, the film's director, and Dr. Deborah Russo, staff psychologist at Remuda Ranch, will be holding a panel discussion after the screening to discuss the film and related topics.

Come and Experience "America The Beautiful"

When: Friday, September 10, 6:30 p.m. Reception
7:30 p.m. Film Screening
Where: The Bush Auditorium at Rollins College
1000 Holt Avenue
Winter Park, Florida, 32789
Tel: 407-646-2673

To RSVP, please e-mail Michele Navarra at michele.navarra@remudaranch.com by September 3, 2010.

Refreshments and appetizers will be provided.

About Remuda Ranch Programs for Eating and Anxiety Disorders
Remuda Ranch offers 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 www.remudaranch.com.

About The Alliance for Eating Disorders Awareness
The Alliance for Eating Disorders Awareness (The Alliance) is a non-profit organization located in South Florida that has worked for the past 10 years to prevent eating disorders and promote a positive body image, free from weight preoccupation and size prejudice. The Alliance offers various programs and services nationally and internationally, as well as advocates for change in mental health and eating disorders legislation at a state and national level. Since its inception, The Alliance has offered presentations on eating disorders and their prevention to more than 140,000 individuals. Through presentations, seminars, workshops, phone and email support, treatment referrals, support groups, mentoring services, and informational packets, The Alliance offers opportunities for individuals to receive the information they need free of charge. For more information, please contact The Alliance at (866) 662-1235 or www.allianceforeatingdisorders.com.

About The Eating Disorder Network of Central Florida (EDNCF):
The Eating Disorder Network of Central Florida (EDNCF) is a multi-disciplinary group of health and mental health professionals dedicated to providing quality treatment to individuals and families suffering from eating disorders. The network is committed to increasing professional and community awareness to allow for early detection and intervention. The network strives to promote peer support and professional development.

The EDNCF is a non-profit organization supported by individual and corporate membership. Quarterly organizational meetings and trainings are held in Orlando in addition to community events throughout the year. For more information, visit www.edncf.com.

Mary Anne Morrow
Tel: 602-332-9026
Email Contact

Sunday, August 15, 2010

Eating Disorder Hope Newsletter @ August 15, 2010


News, Events, Articles, Treatment Center Information, Research and Announcements.

Timberline Knolls Residential Treatment Center
Timberline Knolls Residential Treatment Center provides eating disorder treatment for women on 43 beautiful acres just outside of Chicago. We offer a nurturing environment of recovery for women ages 12 and older struggling to overcome eating disorders, with or without other co-occurring disorders such as substance abuse/drug addiction, mood disorders or anxiety disorders.

A leader in eating disorder treatment, Timberline Knolls provides real and lasting help for anorexia, bulimia and binge eating disorders. Timberline Knolls Residential Treatment Center has helped hundreds of women and their families achieve long-term recovery, including many who have suffered repeated relapses because of previously unidentified or under-addressed co-occurring disorders.

Timberline Knolls recognizes that each woman has a unique story, and we are committed to helping her harness her own distinctive strengths. Our expert treatment staff forms a collaborative partnership with the resident, her loved ones and outpatient treatment providers. Together, we craft an individualized eating disorder treatment plan for each woman so she may develop the skills she will need to experience the joys of lifelong recovery.

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Timberline Knolls


Remuda Ranch Programs for Eating Disorder and Anxiety Disorders
Remuda Ranch Programs for Eating and Anxiety Disorders
One East Apache Street,
Wickenburg, AZ 85390

Remuda Ranch Programs for Eating and Anxiety Disorders provides intensive treatment to women and girls. We treat anorexia, bulimia, anxiety, and related issues.

Women and girls stay for 45-60 days, which is the minimum time required for true and lasting change to occur. Treatment takes place in peaceful ranch-like settings in Arizona and Virginia. Separate, age-appropriate programs ensure that patients are surrounded by their peers and receive treatment from professionals specializing in that specific age group.

Patients receive an individualized treatment plan designed to meet their precise medical, emotional, psychological and spiritual needs. Each woman and girl has a multi-disciplinary treatment team dedicated to helping her get well. This team includes a psychiatric specialist, a primary care physician, a registered dietitian, a licensed master's or doctoral-level therapist, a psychologist, and registered nurses. In addition to individual and group therapy, patients engage in innovative treatment strategies such as equine, art, body image and challenge course.

Remuda Ranch also offers an Emotional Eating Program. This 30-day residential program is designed to help women and girls struggling with obesity, compulsive overeating and binge eating disorder.

And for those whose eating disorder symptoms are less acute, the Remuda Life Program offers residential treatment. The time spent in this program, with individual and group therapy, often proves exactly what women and girls need to commit to recovery.

Since 1990, more than 10,000 individuals have trusted their care to Remuda Ranch. For additional information about our programs, please call 1-800-445-1900 today.

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Eating Disorder Services of Rogers Memorial Hospital
As the largest nonaffiliated, behavioral health provider in Wisconsin, Rogers Memorial Hospital offers specialized eating disorder treatment. Rogers Memorial provides 24-hour inpatient care, residential treatment and partial hospitalization for men, women, adolescents, and children. We also offer specialized care for co-occurring anxiety disorders and were the first organization to offer a male-specific residential program. Treatment is comprised of small, age-specific groups yielding the most individualized treatment possible. The treatment team uses a number of therapies that take place mostly in a group setting, where individuals get feedback not only from the therapist but from their peers as well. Rogers Memorial uses evidence-based treatment components including: Family therapy,Nutrition therapy, Cognitive-behavioral therapy, Pharmacotherapy, Art therapy, Movement and fitness therapy (yoga), Experiential therapy, Substance abuse counseling, Spiritual counseling, One-to-one support, Daily living responsibilities, Community outings and therapeutic passes and a Specialized family and friends program.

Rogers Memorial Hospital has treated thousands of patients and families affected by eating disorders. The staff of over 70 professionals, approach each patient, family, and referring outpatient treatment team with dignity and respect, and invite them to be contributors to the treatment plan. Rogers Memorial is a specialty not-for-profit hospital that has contracts with most major insurance providers in order to provide the best treatment options to the most people. In January 2009, Rogers opened a specialized inpatient eating disorder program for children and adolescents, ages 8 and up. Call Rogers Memorial outreach staff today at 1-800-767-4411 ext. 1310. to learn more or to schedule a tour.

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Rogers Memorial Hospital

Employment Opportunities in the Field of Eating Disorder Treatment

Eating Recovery Center is a world class resource offering state-of-the-art treatment for individuals suffering from anorexia and bulimia. We are able to treat some of the most acutely ill eating disordered individuals across a full spectrum of services including Inpatient, Residential, Partial Hospitalization (PHP), Intensive Outpatient (IOP) and Outpatient Services. Our compassionate team of professionals collaborates with treating professionals and loved ones to cultivate lasting behavioral change. To further expand our scope of services, we are expanding our services and will be opening a facility to treat adolescent patients in the Lowry area of Denver, Colorado. We are seeking skilled individuals who want to join our team...read more at: www.eatingdisorderhope.com/professionals-section-employment-opportunities.html

Shoreline Center for Eating Disorder Treatment, located in the beachside community of Long Beach, CA is recruiting a full time Program Director / Primary Therapist to oversee the daily administration of our PHP and IOP programs. This position requires both management and direct client responsibilities...read more at:

Read about these employment opportunities and others

Support Groups: Did you know that you can list your ed support group for free on Eating Disorder Hope?

Check out our extensive national Support Group List. Find help for yourself or share your group with our website visitors. To submit a group for inclusion, please email the brief details of the group to: info@eatingdisorderhope.com. The group is subject to our approval, and once approved, will be posted to our site and linked back to your organization. Eating Disorder Hope would be appreciative of your providing a reciprocal link to us, as an eating disorder resource, on your site.

Learn more about Support Groups offered nationwide

Oliver-Pyatt Treatment Centers
866-511-HEAL (4325)

The Oliver-Pyatt Centers’ programs are tailored to meet the unique needs of each client, addressing the core issues driving the eating disorder while providing the tools needed to live a meaningful life, free from food and weight preoccupation.

We believe that one-to-one therapy is the cornerstone of effective eating disorder treatment, and it is the primary reason to choose the Oliver-Pyatt Centers. Each client receives a minimum of six individual therapy sessions per week. Our comprehensive, naturalistic, and highly individualized approach to treatment is provided in an intimate environment with a high staff to client ratio. We have a maximum of ten clients in each of our programs.
Our innovative protocols are grounded in a thorough understanding of eating disorders, incorporating state of the art approaches, outcome data, research, and current medical knowledge, all with the support of our compassionate multi-disciplinary treatment team.

View Oliver-Pyatt Treatment Centers in the Eating Disorder Specialist Library at: http://www.eatingdisorderhope.com/eating-disorder-specialist-oliver-pyatt.html

Oliver-Pyatt Treatment Centers


Nestled in the quiet town of Redlands, California, Loma Linda University Behavioral Medicine Center stands alone in its community as having the only Joint Commission accredited hospital-based outpatient eating disorder program. For almost ten years we have been providing treatment for adolescents and adults struggling with anorexia and bulimia and offer a safe and hopeful environment in which the individual can explore and examine the issues that contribute to their eating disorder. For more information on our services, call 909-558-9286 or visit us on the web at: www.llubmc.org.
Loma Linda University Behavioral Medicine Center


The EATING DISORDER TREATMENT PROGRAM at SeaSide Palm Beach specializes in helping individuals who suffer from a dual diagnosis or co-occurring disorders, which is when an individual suffers simultaneously from both a psychiatric disorder (like an eating disorder) as well as a substance abuse problem (like alcohol abuse or drug abuse).

Most people are very surprised to learn that eating disorders have little to do with food. Especially when one considers that many people who suffer from eating disorders actually have an unhealthy obsession with food. In the majority of cases, eating disorders have more to do with a lack of emotional well-being resulting from their inability to identify and communicate their own needs and wants effectively to others.

To find out more please call us 24/7 toll-free at (888) 432-2467 today for help!

Featured Article: Experience and Strength with Eating Disorder Recovery in Female Athletes

By Kimberly Dennis, MD

Dr. Kimberly Dennis is the Medical Director for Timberline Knolls Residential Treatment Center.

Eating disorders and disordered eating are commonly experienced by female athletes, but sorely under recognized by coaches, teachers, parents, therapists and physicians. I use the term disordered eating to include sub-clinical eating disorders as well as eating disorders which meet full DSM-IV-TR criteria for anorexia nervosa, bulimia nervosa, eating disorder not otherwise specified, and binge-eating disorder.

There are several core features of the illness of eating disorders, which may be particularly exacerbated in the athletic arena for females.

Denial is one core feature of eating disorders and other addictive processes. In my clinical experience, the level of institutional denial of eating disorders in athletes exceeds that of non-athlete females with eating disorders. The fire of denial can be fed by coaches who rely on the exceptional talent and extreme drive for success that many athletes possess to win games, titles, awards, etc. When a female athlete is still winning or competing and ill, it may be easier to disavow an active problem with food or eating.

Another character trait that has been shown by clinical research to be abundantly present in patients with eating disorders is perfectionism. Competitive athletes rely on precision and "perfect" execution of planned movements, behaviors, training rituals in order to succeed and win.

Competitiveness itself is another trait commonly seen in individuals with eating disorders. Finally, the psychosexual implications of being a female may also contribute to the increased prevalence and risk of disordered eating among female athletes. Most athlete role models are men (with the exception of aesthetic sports such as dance, cheerleading, synchronized swimming). The female athlete may feel more pressure to masculinize her body and become more muscular. She may also seek to avoid menstruation, with its inherent cyclical fluctuations affecting our bodies and moods, since stability, consistency, and control are important for athletic performance and success. The triggering of such traits and their perceived importance in successful athletes are a set-up for female athletes with genetic, familial, psychosocial predispositions for eating disorders....

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August, 2010

August 18 – Please join us as Jena Morrow, a behavior specialist at Timberline Knolls and the author of Hollow: An Unpolished Tale, shares her true story of her battle with anorexia and how her faith helped her find recovery. A Q&A session and book signing for participants will immediately follow the presentation. The event begins at 7 p.m. on the TCU Campus in the Cox Banquet Room at the Kelly Alumni Center, 2820 Stadium Drive, Fort Worth, Texas. Hosted by TCU Counseling Center and sponsored by Meier Clinics, Timberline Knolls and Eating Disorder Hope. For more information, contact Shannon DeVilbiss, 214.862.8040 or sdevilbiss@timberlineknolls.com.

August 19 - Please join Timberline Knolls as Jena Morrow, a behavior specialist at Timberline Knolls and the author of Hollow: An Unpolished Tale, shares her true story of her battle with anorexia and how her faith helped her find recovery. A Q&A session and book signing for participants will immediately follow the presentation. The event begins at 7 p.m. at Hunters Glen Baptist Church, 4001 Custer Road, Building 3 Auditorium, Plano, Texas, and is sponsored by Meier Clinics and Timberline Knolls. For more information, contact Shannon DeVilbiss, 214.862.8040 or sdevilbiss@timberlineknolls.com.

August 20 – Please join TImberline Knolls for lunch and a presentation by Jena Morrow, a behavior specialist at Timberline Knolls and the author of Hollow: An Unpolished Tale, as she shares her true story of her battle with anorexia and how her faith helped her find recovery. A Q&A session and book signing for participants will immediately follow lunch and the presentation. The event will be held at Noon- 1:30 p.m. at Mattito’s Cafe, 3011 Routh Street, Dallas, Texas, and is sponsored by Meier Clinics, Timberline Knolls and The Elisa Project. RSVP by August 17 to Shannon DeVilbiss, 214.862.8040 or sdevilbiss@timberlineknolls.com.

August 20 – Please join us and other local professionals for an afternoon of fellowship and support in an open discussion on issues surrounding spiritual strong hold in psychotherapy – to provide patients with a sense of investment, empowerment and ownership of their recovery process. Hosted by Timberline Knolls and Vision Quest Psychological Services, the event will be held at Vanguard University, 55 Fair Drive, Cosa Mesa, California. RSVP by August 15 to Kara Miller, 949.413.6945 or kmiller@timberlineknolls.com.

August 24 – You’re invited to network over lunch with colleagues from around the area as we share new and innovative approaches to treatment. Hosted by Timberline Knolls and Promises Treatment Center, the event will be held from 11:30 a.m.- 1:30 p.m. at Tarpys Roadhouse, 2999 Monterey Salinas Highway, Monterey, California. RSVP by August 19 to Kara Miller, 949.413.6945 or kmiller@timberlineknolls.com.

August 25 – Please join us for an exciting opportunity to network over dinner with colleagues as we share new and innovative approaches to treatment. Hosted by Timberline Knolls and Promises Treatment Center, the event will be held at 6 p.m. at IL Fornaio, 223 Madera Town Center, Corte Madera, California. RSVP by August 19 to Kara Miller, 949.413.6945 or kmiller@timberlineknolls.com.


September 1 – Helping to kick off National Recovery Month, Timberline Knolls will have a display table and co-sponsor a breakfast at the California Association of Addiction Recovery Resources’ 2010 recovery happens celebration on the west steps of the State Capitol building in California. Over the years, the Recovery Month campaign has joined together millions of people to celebrate recovery and educate communities about addiction. For more information, contact Kara Miller, 949.413.6945 or kmiller@timberlineknolls.com.

September 3 – Please join Timberline Knolls for an intimate networking brunch and presentation, “Strengthening the Spirit and Restoring the Soul: Identifying, Understanding and Healing the Blocks with the Father, Son and Holy Spirit” to be given by Margaret Nagib, PsyD. The event will be held at The Egg and I restaurant at 3228 E. Hebron Parkway in Carrollton, Texas. Please RSVP by August 30 to Shannon DeVilbiss, 214.862.8040 or sdevilbiss@timberlineknolls.com.

September 2-3, 2010
If not dieting® Health Professional 2-day Training Program
The Treacy Conference Centre, 126 The Avenue, Parkville, Melbourne, Australia. Email: louise@ifnotdieting.com.au Phone: 03 9482 2106
PDF Flyer can be downloaded

September 23, 2010
A Full-day Training Seminar for Professionals on Eating Disorders, and Trauma.
Becoming an Embodied Therapist: Accessing the Language of the Body in Treatment
Brooklyn, NY
This all day seminar offers the opportunity for professionals to learn how to discover and trust their innate ability to "attend" empathically, respond authentically, and translate non-verbal experiences into cognitive insights.
This seminar is being sponsored by the American Dance Therapy Association as part of their 45th Annual Conference, Creating the Mind-Body Mosaic: Theory, Research and Practice in Dance/Movement Therapy. The ADTA ( Provider #5739) is recognized by the National Board of Certified Counselors ( NBCC) and will offer six continuing education hours for attendance at this seminar. For more information, please contact The American Dance therapy Association: 410/997-4040,
Email Gloria@ADTA.org or The Renfrew Center of Florida: Susan kleinman: 954/698-9222, ext 2087 or Email Skdmt2@bellsouth.net.

September 25, 2010
Eating Disorders: State of The Art Treatment
The Center for Eating Disorders at Sheppard Pratt’s Annual Professional Symposium
This one-day intensive training program offers attendees a rare opportunity to hear from six of the nation's leading authorities on eating disorder treatment in a single day. Offering 7 CMEs/CEUs.
Featured Presenters: Kathryn Zerbe, M.D., Kelly Vitousek, Ph.D., Scott Crow, M.D., Daniel Le Grange, Ph.D., Marcia Herrin, Ed.D., MPH, RD, and James Lock, M.D., Ph.D.,
7:00am-5:00pm, continental breakfast and catered lunch included
Location: The Conference Center at Sheppard Pratt in Baltimore, Maryland
Now accepting registrations! Download the Program Schedule for complete event details including payment and registration information. You may also visit www.eatingdisorder.org for more information. Please contact (410) 938-4593 with any questions.

Sept 26,2010
Eating Disorders: A Treatment Apart ~ Free Webinar for Health Professionals, Patients and Families. 8:00pm EST
A Discussion of the ED Treatment Process from Diagnosis to Recovery. Facilitator, Abigail Natenshon, MA, LCSW, GCFP.
Go to www.empoweredparents.com/pages/free-webinars.htm to register.
VIew entire calendar through June, 2011

Puente de Vida - "Bridge of Life"

A Place for Hope, Recovery and Healing from Eating Disorders
P.O. Box 86020, San Diego, CA
858-581-1239 or 877-995-4337

Puente de Vida treats Anorexia and Bulimia; males and females, adolescents (ages 15 and up) and adults who live locally, nationally and internationally. Offering individual therapy, nutritional counseling, family therapy, couples therapy, group therapy, support groups, inpatient, residential treatment center. Puente de Vida is a place where therapeutic services are offered to those ages 15 years and older with eating disorders, including those with co-occurring substance use and other disorders. A private six bed, home-like facility, located in beautiful San Diego, provides an excellent setting for the sensitive, inner work that takes place. Puente de Vida's treatment philosophy addresses not just the symptoms but also the underlying issues beneath the surface of eating disorders. An individualized treatment approach includes traditional treatment interventions as well as experiential treatment by our multidisciplinary treatment team. Puente de Vida recognizes that every recovery journey is different and complex and assists the individual in finding their unique path and support in recovery.

View Puente de Vida Programs in the Eating Disorder Specialist Library at: http://clixtrac.com/goto/?10330

Puente de Vida


Men and Women Needed for UT Southwestern Medical Center Research. Men and women with anorexia nervosa or other eating disorders are invited to participate in a study about the neurological and genetic basis of eating disorders. Inclusion Criteria: ages 8-70 years of age, males and females, all races and ethnicities, outpatient, inpatient, or partial hospitalization patients, capable of providing informed consent. Study Participation Involves: clinical interview, questionnaires and short quizzes, short blood draw if participating in DNA study For more information or to enroll in this study please email: edresearch@utsouthwestern.edu

Views on Recovery Experience Study
Recovering from anorexia is difficult and each person’s experience is very different. Deakin University is conducting a project looking at your experience. We are inviting both males and females over the age of 18 who are currently recovering from anorexia to be involved. This study involves you completing five brief confidential online questionnaires now (should take approx. 30mins) and again in two weeks. If you are interested in more information follow the link below or contact Jacqueline Woerner on (03) 52278426 or email jrwoerne@deakin.edu.au

Read about more research regarding eating disorders

Eating Disorder Jobs
EatingDisorderJobs.com – Looking for a job? We have everything dedicated to careers in the field of eating disorders. Find current job openings, career opportunities, continuing education, advice from the experts… everything eating disorders all in one site. For recent grads, seasoned professionals and students. Our mission: to connect job seekers with employers, to keep current professionals enthusiastic about the field and what it has to offer, and to guide students into careers where they can make a difference.
Visit Eating Disorder Jobs website

Thank you for being a friend of Eating Disorder Hope. We will continue to provide you with important information, resources and encouragement regarding eating disorder recovery in our newsletters.


--Jacquelyn Ekern, MS, LPC
Director @ Eating Disorder Hope


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Eating Disorder Hope August newsletter to be released at 5pm today. Sign up for your personally emailed copy at: http://oi.vresp.com/?fid=497002f8abThe monthly Eating Disorder Hope Newsletter will help you stay informed about developments in eating disorder treatment, events and resources.

August 15th issue features an excellent article regarding athletes and eating disorder recovery.

Thursday, August 12, 2010

Join the Eating Disorders Coalition on Capitol Hill

Come to the EDC Lobby Day, September 29th & 30th, 2010

Dear Friend of the EDC,

Think only paid lobbyists can influence policy makers? Think again! As a constituent with an important message to share - you too can influence federal policy. Join the Eating Disorders Coalition for our September Lobby Day on Capitol Hill in Washington DC where your voice will make a difference.

This is one of the most important events all year -- and an exciting opportunity to meet directly with your elected officials or their staff about legislation that will impact all those affected by eating disorders.

If this is your first time joining us don't worry; we'll prep you beforehand by teaching you about lobbying and what to expect We will also review the first ever comprehensive eating disorders bill in Congress: the Federal Response to Eliminate Eating Disorders Act (the FREED Act) - for which we will advocate. This bill will provide research funding, prevention grants, and treatment options that will save lives!

So there is no need to worry that you don't know what you are doing. During training you will be able to ask questions, practice lobbying and get comfortable speaking up before heading to the halls of Congress.

Hear it from the advocates first hand:

"Lobbying on the hill September 24, 2009 was definitely an experience that I will never forget and one that I’m proud to say that I was a part of. I didn’t know what to expect going into the day and was put at ease with the help of the members of the EDC, group leaders and even the other first time lobbyists. The training sessions prior to lobbying were helpful to understand how to effectively lobby and what it all entailed. We were able to role play sitting with Members of Congress to clarify what we were going to say and how the meeting would operate. . . Fortunately, the responses we received in each of the meetings were positive for the most part. We were even able to convince Keith Ellison to co-sponsor the FREED Act before leaving his office. [How great] to see that kind of response and know that your words are truly making an impact."

RSVP today to make this kind of impact.

"Thank you for organizing such a great Lobby Day, I was really impressed by the number and caliber of people who took part. I am looking forward to getting even more involved with the EDC . . . I find the EDC so inspirational."
- Jocelyn, April 2009 Lobby Day participant

Posted in Support of the work of the Eating Disorders Coalition