Tuesday, September 14, 2010

Early Release Edition: September 15, 2010 Eating Disorder Hope Newsletter

September 15, 2010 Eating Disorder Hope Newsletter


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.

View Timberline Knolls in the Eating Disorder Specialist Library at:

***Generous Partnering Platinum Sponsor of Eating Disorder Hope ~ Making our Work Possible!

Timberline Knolls

Press Release: Eating Disorder Hope Gains Support for Eating Disorders Outreach from Timberline Knolls Residential Treatment Center

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FORT WORTH, Texas, Sept. 8 -- /PRNewswire/ -- Eating Disorder Hope, a respected independent resource for individuals suffering from anorexia, bulimia, binge eating and other body image and eating disorders, is poised for growth following a significant sponsorship commitment by Timberline Knolls Residential Treatment Center.

"Timberline Knolls' generous sponsorship will help us in our mission of promoting awareness, prevention and treatment in order to better educate sufferers, their loved ones and treatment providers," said Jacquelyn Ekern, MS, LPC, founder of Eating Disorder Hope. "Our website is rapidly becoming a leader in the online pro-recovery world. This additional support will strengthen our position as a powerful agent of pro-recovery lifestyles in an Internet still filled with too many voices promoting deadly pro-eating disorder lifestyles and behaviors."

Timberline Knolls, a private residential treatment center for women and girls ages 12 and up, has supported Eating Disorder Hope since 2006 and has recently committed to the role of sole Platinum Partnering Sponsor. The new partnership reflects Timberline Knolls Residential Treatment Center's ongoing support of organizations promoting a stronger pro-recovery community that inspires girls and women to embrace a lifestyle of health and well-being.

"Our entire team is very pleased to partner with Jacquelyn Ekern and Eating Disorder Hope, which is a crucial independent resource for all concerned with eating disorders," said Kimberly Dennis, MD, an eating disorder treatment expert and medical director at Timberline Knolls Residential Treatment Center. "We're excited to see Eating Disorder Hope reach more individuals and families in need of unbiased information on these diseases and treatment options. Eating disorders are deadly serious medical conditions, but lifelong recovery is possible with proper eating disorder treatment."

Eating Disorder Hope is an organization dedicated to increasing awareness of body image and eating disorders, and to improving access to treatment and recovery information. Since 2005 it has operated one of the leading websites dedicated to eating disorders at http://www.eatingdisorderhope.com/. The site offers comprehensive information and tools that are utilized both by individuals and healthcare professionals. Key resources include an eating disorders specialist library and treatment provider directory, relapse prevention and eating disorder recovery tools, and an extensive library of articles, books, and inspirational recovery stories. Over the past 5 years, its outreach has expanded to include blogs dedicated to anorexia, bulimia, and other related challenges, as well as a monthly newsletter that is widely read in the eating disorder community.

Jenni Schaefer, a well-respected spokeswoman in the community of eating disorder treatment and author of the recovery-related books Life Without Ed and Goodbye Ed, Hello Me, has this to say about the website: "I wish Eating Disorder Hope had existed when I was struggling with an eating disorder -- I felt lost and like no one understood what I was going through. With just one click, Eating Disorder Hope gives people touched by eating disorders much-needed support -- letting them know that they are not alone, that there really is hope, and most of all, that people can and do fully recover."

The work of http://www.eatingdisorderhope.com is also supported by significant sponsorship commitments from Remuda Ranch and Rogers Memorial.

About Eating Disorder Hope

Jacquelyn Ekern, MS, LPC is the founder and director of Eating Disorder Hope, a one-stop resource for support, eating disorder treatment referrals and education about eating disorders. The site promotes ending eating disordered behavior, embracing life and pursuing recovery. Eating Disorder Hope fosters appreciation of one's uniqueness and value in the world, unrelated to appearance, achievement or applause. For more information, visit http://www.eatingdisorderhope.com.

About Timberline Knolls Residential Treatment Center

Timberline Knolls is one of the leading private residential treatment centers for eating disorders, substance abuse, and trauma, with or without a dual diagnosis or co-occurring disorder. Expert treatment staff offers a nurturing environment of recovery for women and girls (ages 12 and older) on a wooded 43-acre campus in suburban Chicago. Women and families seeking Christian eating disorder treatment have the option of working with a dedicated Christian therapist. For more information on Timberline Knolls Residential Treatment Center, the admissions department can be reached at 877.257.9611.

Learn more about Timberline Knolls - our generous Platinum Partnering Sponsor

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.

View Remuda Ranch in the Eating Disorder Specialist Library at:

***Generous Platinum Sponsor of Eating Disorder Hope ~ Making our Work Possible!
Remuda Ranch

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.

View Rogers Memorial in the Eating Disorder Specialist Library at:

***Generous Platinum Sponsor of Eating Disorder Hope ~ Making our Work Possible!
Rogers Memorial Hospital

Employment Opportunities in the Field of Eating Disorder Treatment

Full time outpatient therapist position in Wisconsin

The REDI Clinic, A Division of Pathway Clinic, is seeking a full time eating disorder therapist to work in our growing outpatient clinics in Wauwatosa and Delafield Wisconsin. The REDI Clinic is a mental health clinic dedicated to the treatment of individuals with eating disorders. Responsibilities of this position include: 1. Providing outpatient individual and family therapy. 2. Facilitating group therapy as part of our intensive outpatient program. 3. Collaborating with our multidisciplinary team regarding the best course of treatment. 4. Working with community providers of eating disorder treatment. 5. Assurance of Quality Outcomes...

Read about this 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

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
Webinar 1 For novice practitioners September 26 2010
8:00 PM EST, 7:00PMCST, 6:00PMMST, 5:00PMPST
Eating Disorders; a Treatment Apart. Understand what sets eating disorders apart from the generic practice of other mental health problems, and what kinds of unique challenges these disorders present, both professionally and personally, for the practitioner.
www.empoweredparents.com/pages/free-webinars.htm to register

October 3, 2010
NYC NEDA Walk - Riverside Park, NYC. Registration starts at 10 am; Walk starts at 11 am. Donate, start your own team or register to walk here! Become a Sponsor or Exhibitor at the NYC Walk!

October 7, 2010 – May 26, 2011
EATING DISORDERS: “Thinking Outside the Box”, Theory & Technique: Case Conference with Dr. Susan Krevoy
One year course, Thursdays: 6:00 – 8:45 P.M.
Orientation: September 23, 2010, 90 CME/CEU’s. Fee: $1,200.00, includes reading materials. The course will include the major theories linking symptoms to core developmental problems, the medical risks and complications, personality disorders, notable struggles of working with this population, integrative treatment and interventions that enhance healing. For more information, call LAISPS office: 310-440-0333

October 8-10, 2010
National Eating Disorders 2010 Conference: Building Bridges to Recovery. Marriott New York, at the Brookly Bridge New York. information at: http://www.nationaleatingdisorders.org/programs-events/annual-neda-conference.php

October 10, 2010
Webinar 2 For treatment novices and veterans alike October 10 2010. 8:00 PM EST, 7:00PMCST, 6:00PMMST, 5:00PMPST
The Uniqueness of the Eating Disorder Diagnostic Process.
In deconstructing the assessment process, this discussion highlights the practitioner’s need to fulfill diverse agendas, engage the patient in care, and arrive at an action plan through an integrative and facile use of self. www.empoweredparents.com/pages/free-webinars.htm to register

October 21, 2010
Keeping the Fire Burning presentation by Professor Susan Paxton and Dr. Samantha Thomas, 7.30-9.45pm. The Treacy Conference Centre, 126 The Avenue, Parkville, Melbourne, Australia.
Email: louise@ifnotdieting.com.au Phone: 03 9482 2106

October 21-23, 2010
Jubilee Congress on Eating Disorders, Austria, A celebration of the 20th anniversary of the Austrian Network Eating Disorders & 10th anniversary of the Austrian Society on Eating Disorders (ASED)
Information @ http://www.netzwerk-essstoerungen.at/kongress10/
E-mail: guenther.rathner@i-med.ac.at

October 24, 2010
Webinar 3 For veteran psychotherapists & team members October 24. 8:00 PM EST, 7:00PMCST, 6:00PMMST, 5:00PMPST
The Nuts and Bolts of Treatment Management. Presenting an integration of treatment approaches and techniques required to crack the complex maze of intra- and inter-personal dysfunction, this workshop will uncover and address problems of a uniquely resistant patient population and of a potentially stagnating change process, minimizing obstacles to complete recovery.
www.empoweredparents.com/pages/free-webinars.htm to register

October 24, 2010
SELF ESTEEM STOMP -produced by NORMAL in Schools. Join families throughout Southeastern Wisconsin on Sunday, October 24th at the SELF ESTEEM STOMP on the campus of Alverno College in Milwaukee. Bring the entire family, walk a fun 5K and exprience interactive activites with music, food and fun for the entire family. School groups, cheerleading squads, clubs and student organizations from high school, colleges and middle schools are all encouraged to get involved. For information, please contact Deanna@normalinschools.org TODAY!
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Eating Disorder Center of Denver 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.

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.

Interested in featuring your treatment center in the popular Eating Disorder Specialist Library at www.eatingdisorderhope.com/eating-disorder-specialist-library.html?

Contact: jacquelyn@eatingdisorderhope.com for more information
Eating Disorder Center of Denver in the Eating Disorder Specialist Library

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


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

La Bonne Maison
202 Lake Miriam Drive Suite E13
Lakeland, Florida 33813

~Offering National & International Care~

Hi my name is Lisa Hatten. I opened La Bonne Maison after a twenty year battle with Bulimia and Binge eating disorder. I am living Proof that it is possible to recover and live a fullfilled life. HOPE is what i bring to my program. La Bonne Maison is a restorative living home for women suffering with Bulimia and Binge eating disorders set in sunny Florida. My program offers a 30-120 day intense program for women ages 18 and up. Please visit my website at www.mylabonnemaison.com.

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Research: 2011 Grant Cycle for the Klarman Family Foundation Grants Program in Eating Disorders Research

Application Deadline: January 19, 2011
Application Guidelines and Instructions: www.tmfgrants.org/klarman

Award Categories
2-year projects of $400,000 USD
1-year pilot studies of up to $150,000 USD

Eligibility: Applicants must hold a faculty appointment at a nonprofit
academic, medical or research institution in the United States,
Canada or Israel.

Questions: glockwood@hria.org or 617-279-2240, x702

We are pleased to announce the 2011 Grant Cycle for the Klarman Family Foundation Grants Program in Eating Disorders Research. The Program's short-term goal is to support the most outstanding science and expand the pool of scientists whose research explores the basic biology of anorexia nervosa, bulimia nervosa, and/or binge eating disorder. The long-term goal is to improve the lives of patients suffering from these conditions.

Examples of funding areas include but are not limited to molecular genetic analysis of relevant neural circuit assembly and function; epigenetic research; animal models created by genetically altering neural circuits; and testing of new chemical entities that might be used in animal models as exploratory treatments. Please note that imaging studies will NOT be accepted in this grant cycle. Investigators conducting research in the neuro-circuitry of fear conditioning or reward behavior may also apply but must justify the relevance of their research projects to the basic biology of eating disorders. Clinical psychotherapeutic studies, medication trials and research in the medical complications of these disorders are outside the scope of this Program.

The Klarman Family Foundation Grants Program in Eating Disorders Research is administered by The Medical Foundation, a division of Health Resources in Action, a nonprofit Boston-based organization.

Additional eating disorders research information


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 Event: Remuda Ranch Event with America the Beautiful Showing

Atlanta Girl Magazine Hosts Special Screening of Award-Winning Film "America The Beautiful"

Special PG-13 Screening Celebrates 20th Anniversary of Nation's Leading Eating and Anxiety Disorders Treatment Center, Remuda Ranch

ATLANTA, GA--(Marketwire - September 7, 2010) - Is America obsessed with beauty? This controversial question is thoroughly explored, exposed and dissected in the compelling documentary produced by filmmaker Darryl Roberts.

It's an especially relevant and crucial question in today's world as body image and self-image issues have become a critical issue affecting tween and teen girls nationwide.

As part of their mission to guide young girls and help them grow into empowered women, Atlanta Girl Magazine has brought a special screening of the film to Atlanta for one night only. The VIP, red-carpet screening is set for Thursday, September 23, 2010 at the beautiful Studio Movie Grill, 2880 Holcomb Bridge Road, Alpharetta, Ga. To attend, please RSVP @ dana.cox@remudaranch.com.

Hosted by Atlanta Girl Magazine and sponsored by Remuda Ranch Programs for Eating and Anxiety Disorders, an intensive, inpatient treatment center for women and girls with eating disorders and related issues, the screening is open to the public. Space is limited. Your attendance includes admission, appetizers and beverages as well as a gift bag. Sponsorship opportunities are also available and inquiries can be made by calling the number 770-875-2572.

Business and community leaders along with local sports and entertainment celebrities are expected to attend the event which also includes a special introduction by the filmmaker himself, Darryl Roberts.

Media is welcome to attend. Please reserve your seat with the media contact above.

Date: Thursday, September 23, 2010
Time: 6:30 p.m. Reception
7:30 p.m. Film Screening

Location: Studio Movie Grill
2880 Holcomb Bridge Road
Alpharetta, Ga. 30022
Tel: 770-992-8411

About Atlanta Girl Magazine
Atlanta Girl Magazine is a bi-monthly publication catering to girls between the ages of nine to 17. The magazine is power-packed with topics such as fashion, beauty, business and finance, health and fitness, travel, fun, books and of course, self empowerment for the trendy girl. Always positive and never negative, the magazine teaches girls how to avoid unconstructive habits such as gossip or crazy boy-talk. It instead urges them to emulate the beneficial ways of a respectable young fashionista, such as overcoming peer pressure and having healthy interaction with boys and girls. For more information, visit www.atlantagirlmagazine.com.

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 America the Beautiful
In almost 40,000 media messages a year, youthful Americans are being told that, unless they look like supermodels and rock stars, they're not good enough for anyone to love. It's a message that too many people are buying.

The hope of achieving these 'ideals' has consumers purchasing cosmetics, toiletries, fashion and plastic surgeries at increasingly dramatic rates. Has the 'American Dream' changed so much that it can only be achieved once we can perfectly emulate the super thin and sexy images of the ones we admire so much on the big screen and in pictures?

Filmmaker Darryl Roberts takes the audience on a two year journey to examine America's obsession; physical perfection. In America the Beautiful, we learn secrets, confessions, and strikingly harsh realities as Roberts unearths the origins and deadly risks of our nation's quest for physical perfection. View the trailer at www.americathebeautifuldoc.com.

It is a must see for every parent and daughter. Contact: Mary Anne Morrow, Tel: 602-332-9026

Learn more about America the Beautiful

Re-Enchantment Day ~ Prominent innovation at the Eating Disorders Program, Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital Dallas

By Jim Harris, Psy.D., Program Manager

In our stress filled lives individuals find themselves endlessly distracted from the beauty, wonder, and spiritual nature of life. We at the Eating Disorders Program at Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital Dallas see this issue particularly affecting those struggling to overcome an eating disorder. So our treatment team developed a special program to complement our evidence based treatment approach and specifically address the need to reconnect to the spiritual nature of life: Re-Enchantment Day.

Re-Enchantment Day is a full day of intensive programming designed to raise awareness of our spiritual selves. Our multidisciplinary program staff actively participates in this process right alongside those in our program struggling to overcome their eating disorders, thus eliminating artificial barriers and opening connections at a universal level. The following description provides some of the highlights of the experience, though does not do justice to the profundity of the event.

Re-Enchantment Day begins with an opening prayer and breakfast dining in elegant fashion on exquisitely designed purple table cloths with fine china and elaborate figurines embodying the cycle of life: youth (spring), adulthood (summer), middle age (autumn), and older age (winter). Names of powerful women of both historical and current stature, along with a brief description of their contributions, are individually written on sheets of paper and taped to people’s backs. Lively discussion ensues as people use 20 questions to identify whose name is written on their back. This serves to connect us with a sense of greater purpose, transcending what some refer to as the mundane of everyday life.

Our chaplain leads a silent noon meal which initiates with a sacred and inspiring reading and introduces the idea that silence provides an opportunity to listen to an inner voice without distraction. At first most people are skeptical of this exercise yet are shocked to discover what develops out of the experience.

A unique art therapy task has the group build a life-size sculpture of a woman. Amazingly similar details emerge in the finished sculpture between different groups going through this exercise at different times having had no contact between the groups. One may begin to comprehend the universal and powerful nature of woman’s spirit.

The day ends with a Trust Walk. This experiential exercise requires a level of trust in another to protect one while walking blind folded. After placing the blind fold and taking an arm for initial guidance, one may let go of the arm and rely on verbal directions to avoid pitfalls. We don’t walk alone: our life paths appear to develop more fully when based on trust and with awareness of serving a purpose greater than ourselves.

For more information about Re-Enchantment Day or other aspects of the Eating Disorders Program at Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital Dallas, please call our intake office at 214-345-8747.

Free Book Drawing for Hollow: An Unpolished Tale

by Jena Morrow

"29 years, 7 months, 14 days and the battle still rages…

Jena Morrow has an eating disorder. It can kill her. Jena Morrow has a Savior. He came to give her abundant life.

This is not a polished tale of victory but an honest, true story of fragility. Hollow recounts Jena’s daily struggle with anorexia and the God who is able and willing to reach down into the dirt. A central theme of Hollow is the surrender of control to Jesus Christ. His Word is interwoven throughout the story as rebuttals to the lies that besiege those engaged in any addiction.

In addition to her point of view, Jena includes those of her friends, family, and former therapists providing an undercurrent of hope.

Written in an easy conversational voice, Hollow will resonate with those in the midst of a struggle and those who stand beside them."

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MentorCONNECT is the first global eating disorders mentoring community. In addition to mentor matching services, we offer free monthly teleconferences with nationally-known eating disorders experts, weekly live moderated support groups, personalized recovery blogs and member pages, a 100% pro-recovery online community, and more! Membership and all services are offered on a no-fee basis. MentorCONNECT is open to members ages 14 and up, female and male. Our services support individuals struggling with the full spectrum of eating disorder issues.

MentorCONNECT is a pending 501(c)3 non-profit corporation. www.mentorconnect-ed.org

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Featured Book: Life Beyond Your Eating Disorder: Reclaim Yourself, Regain Your Health, Recover for Good

Image@ Johanna S. Kandel

There is life beyond your eating disorder—and you deserve to enjoy every minute of it.

Johanna S. Kandel, founder and executive director of The Alliance for Eating Disorders Awareness, struggled with her eating disorder for ten years before finally getting help. Now fully recovered, Kandel knows firsthand how difficult the healing process can be. Through her work with The Alliance—leading support groups, speaking nationwide and collaborating with professionals in the field—she’s developed a set of practical tools to address the everyday challenges of recovery.

Life Beyond Your Eating Disorder is your ultimate guidebook for the journey back to health,
filled with the hope, insight and tools you need to:

· Stop self-sabotage and sidestep triggers
· Quiet the eating-disordered voice
· Strengthen the healthy, positive voice
· Let go of all-or-nothing thinking
· Overcome fear and embrace change
· Stay motivated and keep moving forward

Complete with inspiring true stories from others who have won their personal battles with eating disorders, this book provides the help you need to break free from your eating disorder and discover how wonderful life really can be.

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ImageBRAVE GIRL EATING ~ 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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--Jacquelyn Ekern, MS, LPC
Director @ Eating Disorder Hope

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