Sunday, February 27, 2011

iaedp Foundation Chapter Forming in DFW - all eating disorder professionals invited to join!

Please join us for an informal lunch to learn about the start of this local chapter of the International Association of Eating Disorder Professionals. We will share with you the heart behind this chapter and assess your interest, thoughts and support in getting this up and going in the area.

March 11, 2011 at noon
1320 Greenway Drive #135, Irving Texas 75038
(La Hacienda Treatment Center Meeting Room)

Timberline Knolls will be hosting lunch. Please encourage your colleagues to attend.

RSVP to Shannon Devilbiss by March 10, 2011 @
or 214-862-8040

Wednesday, February 23, 2011

Action Alert: Eating Disorder Bill Introduced in Texas

Action Alert!

Eating Disorder Bill Introduced in Texas!

House Bill 1292, sponsored by Representative Garnet Coleman, will amend the existing insurance code, adding eating disorders to the list of serious mental illnesses, requiring insurers to cover treatment for these devastating conditions. Adoption of this important initiative could help to save lives by ensuring that individuals with eating disorders have access to the care that they so drastically need.

Your support is needed to pass this important initiative.

1) Please email to hear updates about the bill and to find out how you can continue to support the effort, and

2) Please take a few moments to contact your representatives today.

You can call, write, or email to encourage them to Vote Yes on House Bill 1292 to add eating disorders to the list of covered conditions under the state mental health parity law.

Your help could be invaluable.

Attached you will find information about writing to your legislator, and a letter/email template.

Your representatives can be found by visiting: and entering your address in the “Who Represents Me” box.

Click here to read the full text of the bill.

Currently we believe that there are 24 million people in the US who suffer from anorexia, bulimia, or binge eating disorder. We also know that so many cases go undiagnosed and people suffer in silence due to the lack of insurance coverage. Providing access to early, adequate care would help alleviate the serious health consequences that accompany prolonged eating disorders, it could save the emotional turmoil involved for the entire family, and of course the financial burden of treatment would lessen significantly if the there were adequate access to treatment.

Tuesday, February 22, 2011

Eating Disorder Hope Features The Center for Change in the Eating Disorder Specialist Library

Center For Change

Getting There

Eating disorders are complicated illnesses, and they require advanced, sophisticated treatment. At Center for Change we treat adolescent and adult women struggling with eating disorders and we provide a multifaceted, interdisciplinary approach to treating the whole person. We believe that everyone has the ability for a complete and full recovery.

Eating disorders are complex. They are often accompanied by related health and psychological concerns such as trauma, addiction, anxiety, depression, malnutrition, relationship problems, and more. At Center for Change, we have the ability to diagnose and treat those concerns, and concurrent illnesses, helping women fully recover from the devastating effects of their illness and live healthier, more balanced lives.

Our staff is carefully selected, not just for their expertise in treating the symptoms and underlying causes of eating disorders, but also for their compassion and willingness to extend themselves in behalf of our clients.

Comprehensive Treatment for Anorexia, Bulimia, and Compulsive Eating

Eating disorders and associated illnesses, cause pain, fear and disruption in the lives of far too many young women. Often chronic, painful and severe anorexia, bulimia, compulsive eating, and binge eating take their toll on individuals and families. At Center for Change, we have been nurturing very real hope to our clients since 1994.

Our active yet caring approach to treatment includes acute inpatient care, long-term residential care, transitional care, day & evening programs, and outpatient services. We employ a specialized, multidisciplinary approach that helps women establish regular patterns of eating while offering constant encouragement of healthy exercise, body-image improvement, and a return to a full, happy life. We utilize dietary and nutritional therapies that help women develop an understanding of an intuitive eating approach that will continue to help them in their long-term recovery. We empower clients with the commitment and the tools they need to reclaim their lives.

Throughout our program clients receive individual, family, and group therapy, individual nutritional counseling, medical care and monitoring, medication management, and a variety of experiential therapies. Individualized, compassionate care is offered by our experienced team of physicians, psychiatrists, psychologists, therapists, dietitians, nurses, care technicians, and other professionals.

Cascade Mountain High School is our Northwest Accredited academic program located in-house with curriculum taught by certified teachers. Our outstanding academic program also includes collegiate support, adult education, and life-skills training.

Throughout each stage of recovery, two things remain constant: Our unwavering compassion and our complete conviction that there is hope.

A Whole New Light

Center for Change was established in 1994 by a team, including psychologists and a physician, who have worked together since 1989. The founders have been treating eating disorders for more than 25 years. We offer the most comprehensive therapy and treatment program available, focusing on healing the whole person – mind, body, and spirit. We work to free those suffering from the pain and loneliness that have overcome their lives.

Center for Change is located in Orem, Utah and offers a full continuum of care with inpatient, residential treatment, day & evening programs, and outpatient services. In the mountains of Utah, hope is real. The prospect of a life filled with health, peace and fulfilling relationships is real. Often, those who come to us tell us that the Center has given them their lives back. They experience freedom from the darkness, pain and isolation that only individuals stricken with eating disorders can know. They come to see themselves in a whole new light.

Center for Change is accredited by the Joint Commission and the Northwest Accreditation Commission.

Joint Commission Northwest Accreditation Commission

Center for Change
1790 N. State Street
Orem, UT 84057


Details About the New Eating Disorder Specialist Library:

Eating Disorder Specialist Library features detailed overviews and pictures of eating disorder treatment centers and providers. Simplifying the search for specialized treatment!

Many eating disorder sufferers and families find that reviewing the online 'virtual brochures' offered in the Eating Disorder Specialist Library greatly simplifies their search and puts them in touch with some of the best treatment centers and providers for their loved one suffering from anorexia, bulimia or binge eating disorder.

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 is key to successful recovery. Begin your search @

*Interested in featuring your treatment center in the popular Eating Disorder Specialist Library? Contact Eating Disorder Hope for more information.

March 10, 2011 Eating Disorder Treatment Professionals Seminar by Loma Linda University Behavioral Medicine Center

March 10, 2011

Loma Linda University Behavioral Medicine Center hosting ~ Interdisciplinary Assessment and Treatment of Eating Disorders: Knowing and Working with the Continuum of Care

1686 Barton Road, Room 1100, Redlands, California 92373

For Eating Disorder Treatment Professionals - for more information, call Staff Development at 909-558-3500 or find information at pdf download.

To register, go to:

Additional eating disorder treatment, prevention and awareness events can be found on the Eating Disorder Hope Events Calendar

Sunday, February 20, 2011

Student Film Makers Raise Awareness about the Dangers of Eating Disorders

National Eating Disorders Awareness Week is February 20-26, 2011

Anonymous Screenings Available at

Wellesley Hills, MA (February 18, 2011) – Screening for Mental Health® (SMH) is pleased to announce the winners of the first annual National Eating Disorders Screening Program® (NEDSP) public service announcement contest. SMH started the video contest to give college students a chance to educate their peers about the consequences of anorexia, bulimia and binge eating disorder and to encourage students to assess their risk by taking an online screening at

Students across the country will see the winning public service announcements as part of NEDSP, which is an education and screening program hosted by hundreds of colleges and universities nationwide. Schools participate in NEDSP by hosting in-person events and/or providing anonymous screenings online.

“Food concerns, body dissatisfaction and low self-esteem can keep a person from being successful at school or work, and hinders social activities like being with friends, family and functioning as a person. The National Eating Disorders Screening Program offers education and screening to help young men and women recognize unhealthy eating habits before they evolve into full-blown eating disorders,”says Douglas G. Jacobs, MD, associate professor of psychiatry at Harvard University Medical School and founder and president of SMH.

In the United States, as many as 10 million females and 1 million males are fighting a life and death battle with an eating disorder. Data reveals that nearly 20% of college students admit to having an eating disorder and nearly three-quarters have never received treatment (National Eating Disorders Association).

Eating disorders frequently co-exist with depression, anxiety disorders and substance abuse. A comprehensive new study from The National Center on Addictions and Substance Abuse reveals that nearly half of those suffering from an eating disorder also abuse alcohol or illicit drugs, compared to just nine percent of the general population. People suffering from eating disorders may use drugs or alcohol for the same reasons they engage in eating disorder behaviors, to control their weight or to self-medicate negative emotions.

“I seriously struggled with an eating disorder in high school,” says Sarah Garrett, a student at Auburn University in Alabama and producer of the winning PSA video. “It took literally hitting rock bottom to get me to a therapist, and I swore then I would one day make a difference for someone else through eating disorder awareness.”

The second place winning PSA comes from Danielle Rollins, a 37-year old nursing student at Aultman College of Nursing in Canton, Ohio. The video was selected because of its powerful message and supporting statistics.

Lauren Webb, an 18 year old studio art major at Virginia Tech, whose PSA took third place says, “I understand how difficult an eating disorder can be... I used to get sick a lot and over my teenage years my problem developed into bulimia. I also struggled with anxiety, and soon realized there was a connection with all of my symptoms. I was able to express my major battle with food to my parents through my drawings and artwork. With their help, I got into therapy and am now on my way to recovery.”

The winning PSAs can be viewed at

About CollegeResponse: CollegeResponse®, a program of the nonprofit Screening for Mental Health, Inc., promotes the prevention, early detection and treatment of prevalent and often under-diagnosed mental health disorders. CollegeResponse programs are provided in-person and online and include the National Eating Disorders Screening Program, National Depression Screening Day®, National Alcohol Screening Day® and The DORA College Suicide Prevention Program. Learn more at The National Eating Disorders Screening Program is funded in part by donations from Timberline Knolls Treatment Center, Eating Disorder Hope and Remuda Ranch Treatment Center.

Saturday, February 19, 2011

March 10, 2011 Eating Disorder Treatment Professionals Seminar by Loma Linda University Behavioral Medicine Center

March 10, 2011

Interdisciplinary Assessment and Treatment of Eating Disorders: Knowing and Working with the Continuum of Care

1686 Barton Road, Room 1100, Redlands, California 92373

For Eating Disorder Treatment Professionals - for more information, call Staff Development at 909-558-3500 or find information at pdf download.

To register, go to:

Additional eating disorder treatment, prevention and awareness events can be found on the Eating Disorder Hope Events Calendar

Wednesday, February 16, 2011

Healing the Scars of Emotional Abuse - Free Book Drawing

Win One of 10 Free Books Offered in Drawing

Please complete the contact form, enter Healing the Scars of Emotional Abuse in message, and you will automatically be entered into our March 15, 2011 drawing!

Healing the Scars of Emotional Abuse

By Dr. Gregory L. Jantz with Ann McMurray @

The signs of emotional abuse are easy to overlook. There is no scar tissue to stretch, no bruises to yellow and heal, no gaping wound to point to. In spite of their invisibility, emotional wounds comprise a very damaging form of abuse.

While emotional abuse always accompanies physical and sexual abuse, it can also be present on its own. Because its implications have been overlooked, it's been left to do its damage in silence. The abused have no recourse but to wonder why they just can't seem to get their lives on track.

Each will think back to his or her childhood and won't be able to come up with a single time they were back-handed across the room or left alone with no food, or forced to do something "naughty" in secret. They conclude they were never abused and delve no further into the past to discover why their present doesn't seem to be working. But just as physical and sexual abuse have signposts to mark their presence, emotional abuse, being a systematic attack on one's sense of self, has common traits and runs the gamut of intensity and damage.

Purchase @ A Place of Hope Bookstore

Dr. Jantz has generously donated 10 books to be given away in this drawing!

University of Utah National Eating Disorders Awareness Week Events

University of Utah ~ Utah

Students Promoting Eating Disorder Awareness and Knowledge {SPEAK} SPEAK is a group of diverse students from many different educational backgrounds such as exercise and sport science, public health, nutrition, and sport psychology, psychology, and health promotion and education.

Our Goals & Objectives include:

  • Promote self-esteem
  • Promote self-efficacy
  • Promote healthy body images
  • Promote healthy eating habits

Our Mission: To promote awareness of eating disorders and body image issues through educating diverse populations, developing strategies for prevention, providing resources for treatment, and conducting relevant research. Schedule an outreach with SPEAK: SPEAK would be happy to prepare an outreach event specifically designed to address your interests. Outreach events may include a presentation, interactive discussion, or educational activities. Possible topics include but are not limited to: positive body image, prevention and treatment of eating disorders, healthy eating habits, self-esteem, and self-efficacy.

To schedule an outreach, simply email our Outreach Director with the details and we'll contact you.

Mailing Address:
1901 E. South Campus Drive, Rm 2135
SLC, UT 84112

SPEAK Webmaster ( Disclaimer

Contact: Justine Reel, Ph.D. SPEAK Outreach Director:

Outreach Events

Research Projects

Love Your Body Week
(events scheduled for 2011 National Eating Disorder Awareness Week)

***Learn more about colleges nationwide and their efforts to promote eating disorder awareness and prevention at:

Tuesday, February 15, 2011

February 15, 2011 Eating Disorder Hope Newsletter released

February 15, 2011

In this Issue

Treatment Centers
Professional Resources


Eating Disorders and the Obesity Epidemic: Why the Controversy?

By Jacquelyn Ekern, MS, LPC, Founder and Executive Director of Eating Disorder Hope

A controversy is brewing about how to best address the rise of overweight and obese youth in the United States while also preventing eating disorders that can inadvertently be encouraged by the very behaviors suggested to help control weight.

Continue reading the article

How to be a Good Mentor

By Shannon Cutts

FALL 2009 Volume 7, Number 4
Reprinted from ©2009 G├╝rze Books

We can all think of at least one person whose path has crossed our own and left us forever the better for it.

Maybe this person arrived at a time in our life when we were feeling negative, discouraged, uninspired, or outmatched by life"s challenges. After time spent in their company, however, we came away feeling refreshed, encouraged, renewed, and determined to overcome... with a dream of one day helping someone else in turn.

Continue reading the article

View Entire Newsletter @

Wednesday, February 09, 2011

Check Out Jenni Schaefer's College Campus Presentations for National Eating Disorders Awareness Week

Jenni Schaefer - Presentations during National Eating Disorders Awareness Week is February 20-26, 2011.
Monday, February 21, 2011
Duluth, MN
University of Minnesota (200 Chemistry - 1049 University Drive, zip: 55812) - 7:00 - 8:00 PM Presentation followed by Q&A and book signing (FREE and open to the public). For more information, contact Breanna Sinner at or (218) 838-0726 OR Jean Baribeau-Thoennes at or (218) 726-6967.

Wednesday, February 23, 2011
Cortland, NY
SUNY Cortland (Corey Union Function Room) - 7:30 PM - FREE community event followed by book signing. For more information, contact Billie Jean Goff at or (607) 753-4728.

Thursday, February 24, 2011
Clinton, NY
Hamilton College (Events Barn - 198 College Hill Road, zip: 13323) - 5:00 PM - 6:00 PM* - FREE community event followed by Q&A. For more information, contact Perry Ryan at or (207) 400 6765. * Please note NEW time is 5 PM.

After NEDAW, there is one more:

Monday, February 28, 2011
Framingham, MA
Framingham State University (Dwight Performing Arts Center, 100 State Street, zip: 01701-9101) 7:00 - 8:00 PM - Presentation, Q &A and book signing. For more information, contact Justin Bailey at or 508-626-4891, Kristen O'Brien at, or click here.
* Signs will be posted for parking.
Cost: TBA

About Jenni Schaefer
Author, Life Without Ed and Goodbye Ed, Hello Me
Consultant, Center for Change,
Ambassador Council, National Eating Disorders Association (NEDA),

Also find more resources for College Campuses interested in prevention and awareness of Eating DIsorders at:

Tuesday, February 08, 2011

College Hope Features 2011 National Eating Disorders Awareness Week Campus Events

Colleges and University Campuses @ College Hope

Get creative ideas to build a successful resource center and/or National Eating Disorder Awareness Week on your campus!

  • College Hope is a national collegiate effort to promote Eating Disorder Awareness and Recovery on college campuses. In an effort to share ideas between schools and provide easily accessible resources for eating disorder treatment and info, we are gathering resources and counseling center info from different schools to publish here for students seeking help.
  • Please share your school's eating disorder resource information with us at College Hope Submissions
  • We will publish all School resources on this page as a service to the college community. (subject to approval before publishing).

    Check out What Towson University in Maryland is doing:

Towson University Counseling Center ~ Maryland

Towson University Counseling Center, Glen Esk
8000 York Road
Towson, MD 21252
410-704-2512; (F) 410-704-3453
Contact: Jaime M. Fenton, Ph.D.
Psychologist; Coordinator of Eating Disorder Services

Everybody is Beautiful:
National Eating Disorders Awareness Week
February 21-25, 2011

Donate jeans at the Counseling Center, Center for Student Diversity, Alpha Phi tables and NEDAW events and be entered into a drawing for cool prizes!

Win Free Prizes at Body Image Peer Eds Tables!
February 21 11-1, Union Second Floor : February 23 11-1, Center for the Arts

Mirror of My Self: Art Activity
February 22, 11-1 pm, Union-Lock Raven
When you look in the mirror, do you acknowledge all of your strengths? Join BIPE for an art activity aimed at appreciating the entire you. Win a prize!

Thinspiration & Culture
February 22, 4-5 pm, Union-Chesapeake #1
Interested in learning about how media, culture, relationships, and perfectionism influence body image and eating? Learn about eating issues among Asian American and Asian International students living in the US.

Beach Body Countdown
February 23, 7 pm, Union #306
Learn effective ways of building muscle & staying in shape while in college. Knowledgeable speakers will cover topics including supplements, steroids, & male body image. Win a three session package with a personal trainer!

Events sponsored by Alpha Phi, Campus Rec, Center for Student Diversity, Counseling Center, Housing & Residence Life, and TU Eating Disorders Outreach Committee

Concerned that you may have an eating disorder? Take a screening at

Towson University Counseling Center 410-704-2512

Friday, February 04, 2011

Rogers sponsors eating disorders events National Eating Disorders Awareness Week Feb. 20 through 26

Feb 3, 2011 For immediate release

Oconomowoc Rogers Memorial Hospital is sponsoring several special events in recognition of National Eating Eating Disorders Awareness week 2011, Feb. 20-26.

Doctor Theodore E. Weltzin, Medical Director of Eating Disorders Services at Rogers, will be part of a discussion panel following a free performance of the eating disorders Musical “Normal: In Schools” in Madison on Sunday, Feb. 20. The show is being held at The University of Wisconsins Memorial Union and starts at 7 p.m.

NORMAL in Schools is a national nonprofit that teaches about the effect of eating disorders, the therapeutic impact of the arts and self-esteem, body image and family communication. Rogers is a lead sponsor for the NORMAL in Schools’ Inside Out Gala held Saturday, Feb. 26 from 5:30 to 11 p.m. at Turner Hall in Milwaukee.

Weltzin will also speak as part of a half-day seminar on eating disorders at Iowa State University on Feb. 24. Finally, Rogers is sponsoring a performance of “Beauty Undressed” featuring Shannon Cutts at the Marquette Universitys Alumni Memorial Union at 7 p.m. on Wednesday, Feb. 23. Shannon Cutts is an internationally-known advocate for the value mentoring adds to the eating disorders recovery process.

National Eating Disorders Awareness Week is a sponsored by the National Eating Disorders Association and aims to ultimately prevent eating disorders and body image issues while reducing the stigma surrounding eating disorders and improving access to treatment. Find out more at

Rogers Memorial Hospital is a leading provider of eating disorders treatment, with five locations in Wisconsin. Information about Rogers’ eating disorders programs are online at

Rogers Memorial is a not-for-profit behavioral health care provider for children, teens and adults. The hospital is nationally recognized for its residential treatment centers including the Eating Disorder Center, the Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder Center, the Child Center and the Child and Adolescent Center. Rogers Memorial also provides residential treatment services for chemical dependency at the Herrington Recovery Center. Inpatient and partial hospitalization services are also available. Rogers Memorial is licensed as a psychiatric hospital by the State of Wisconsin and accredited by The Joint Commission. It offers treatment programs at five Wisconsin locations: Oconomowoc, Milwaukee, Madison, Kenosha and Brown Deer. To learn more, call

800-767-4411 or visit

This release can be downloaded by visiting

If youd like more information on this topic, or to schedule an interview, please contact Gabe Wollenburg at 262- 646-1389 or