Wednesday, January 05, 2011

Mentor Connect, Rice University and Center for Change offer eating disorder recovery conference

For Immediate Release

“Reaching out on the Road to Recovery”

MentorCONNECT, Center For Change and Rice University team together to provide an evening of information and discussion about eating disorders mentoring and treatment for full recovery.

(Houston, TX, January 4, 2011) - On Thursday, February 3, 2011, MentorCONNECT in partnership with the Center for Change will be hosting an afternoon/evening conference for all those interested in learning about the wide variety of eating disorder support services available both locally and nationally

This free event will be held in Keck Hall 100 at Rice University, 6100 Main Street, Houston, TX on Thursday, February 3 from 4:00-9:00pm with featured speakers, a Q&A panel discussion and a book signing. Light refreshments will be served and parking is available. Continuing Education Credits (CEUs) will be provided for attendees courtesy of Our Lady of the Lake University-Houston.

The first portion of the conference will be conducted by Dr. Michael Berrett, who will speak about the clinical importance of setting up a support structure for patients throughout the recovery lifecycle. As President, CEO and Co-Founder of Center for Change, Dr. Berrett has served on several professional boards, co-authored several books and speaks all over the country in support of eating disorder treatment and recovery. Dr. Berrett received his PhD in Counseling Psychology from Brigham Young University in 1996 and dedicates his professional life to helping others navigate with wisdom and peace.

Shannon Cutts, Executive Director for MentorCONNECT, author (“Beating ANA: How to Outsmart Your Eating Disorder and Take Your Life Back”) and survivor of a fifteen-year battle with anorexia and bulimia will speak to the general community about the benefits of mentoring and how supportive peer-to-peer relationships can serve as a critical recovery maintenance tool.

The evening’s keynote speaker, Jenni Schaefer, is an internationally known author (“Goodbye Ed, Hello Me” and “Life Without Ed”) and speaker whose work has helped to change the face of recovery from eating disorders. Her message before live audiences, on television and in print has brought a world of hope to men and women seeking real solutions. “I want people who struggle with eating disorders to know it is possible to move from being ‘in recovery’ to being ‘fully recovered’.”

Following the presentations, featured speakers will be available for book signing.

For more information and featured speaker interviews, please contact: Alison Smela (

More about MentorCONNECT: This event is hosted 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, Dr. Michael Berrett, Jeanette Henriques, Doris Smeltzer, and others.

More about The Center for Change: This event is sponsored by the Center for Change, which has been a specialized eating disorder treatment center since 1994. Our specialty is the treatment of anorexia, bulimia and compulsive eating, and we have developed and refined a complete program over these nine years that addresses every aspect of recovery for an adolescent or an adult woman suffering with an eating disorder. At Center for Change we provide comprehensive treatment for every contributing factor in a woman's illness, so that when she leaves the Center, she can look forward to a happy life without an eating disorder and without the underlying contributors to the illness.

More About Rice University: Based in Houston, TX, Rice University's small size allows personal interaction between students and professors, while our eminent faculty foster the intellectual excitement of a major research university. At Rice, undergraduates at all levels participate in cutting-edge research with world-class faculty in the humanities, social sciences, engineering and natural sciences. Premier architecture and music professors enhance classroom experiences with their exceptional talent and artistry. A Rice education offers personal involvement and excellence in programs that prepare graduates for a changing world.

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