Monday, October 31, 2011

Weight Matters Workshop The Body Image Transformation Experience BITE®

Mondays, NYC (January -May, 2012) Led by Fran Weiss, LCSW-R,BCD,DCSW,CGP,DPNAP Associate Clinical Professor, Mount Sinai School of Medicine; Sr. Psychotherapy Consultant, New York Obesity Research Center, St. Luke's Roosevelt Hospital Center.

For more information and registration:, *Individual consultation required for admission BITE®, is a structured 20 week workshop, separated into Workshop I + II, to explore and change the powerful habits and compulsions regarding eating and weight that can cause lifetime suffering. BITE® augments existing individual therapy, nutritional, and exercise programs, grappling with issues of body image, shame, "fat as armor" and eating to mask emotional distress and anxiety.

Workshop I addresses the questions: "Why can't I just do it? Why can't I regulate my impulses and change my eating patterns?" The focus is on understanding your personal roadblocks, respecting the experiences that formed them, and most of all keying into your own power to manage destructive thoughts and impulses.

Workshop II takes this to a higher level, teaching you how to listen to your body, which is constantly changing in response to internal and external cues. Somatic and movement techniques are explored that help you move towards attunement and mastery.
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Magnolia Creek Announces 15-Day "Holiday Refresh" Program


The holiday season can be tough, especially for those struggling with eating disorders.

BIRMINGHAM, AL — That is why Magnolia Creek Treatment Center for Eating Disorders is pleased to once again offer its "Holiday Refresh" program. This one of a kind, 15-day partial-hospitalization program is designed specifically to help keep clients on the path toward recovery while causing minimal disturbance to their work or school schedules.

Specifically designed for those simply in need of some extra structure or assistance during the holidays, "Holiday Refresh" participants will receive a spectrum of support including but not limited to: comprehensive nutritional guidance and meal planning, life-skills coaching, one-on-one individual therapy with licensed therapists, and tips for coping upon return to work, school or home following the holiday season.

“Many individuals get off track in their recovery at the end of the year or around the holidays,” explains Dr. Nicole Siegfried, Magnolia Creek’s Clinical Director. “We offered this program last year, and it was very helpful for many clients, especially some of our alumnae, who just needed a ‘tune up’.”

Magnolia Creek’s "Holiday Refresh" program is for those not looking for long-term care but simply a reboot or re-energized approach to their recovery. The ultimate goal being to provide the support and structure needed to help those through the holiday season and forward in their new year’s transition back to work or school.
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Source: Magnolia Creek
If you are currently in recovery for an eating disorder, what resources and support have you relied on throughout your journey to help you stay on the recovery path?

Friday, October 28, 2011

Using a Holistic Approach to Treat Clients with Complex Co-Occurring Disorders

By Guy Oberwise, LCSW, Mood Disorders Coordinator at Timberline Knolls Residential Treatment Center in Lemont, Ill.  Guy is also a primary therapist and Clinical Training Coordinator at TK.

April 1, 2011

Complex co-occurring disorders- three or more diagnosable addictions or disorders-occur regularly in clients, causing them continued struggle with finding a meaningful life. This article will discuss how to effectively treat those clients that come to our offices, hospitals or residential treatment centers with complex co-occurring disorders.

It is imperative for treatment professionals to understand how to holistically treat clients who have complex co-occurring disorders. These types of clients, for example, have been diagnosed with an eating disorder, substance dependence, major depression, impulse control (self harm behaviors) and post traumatic stress disorder and/or anxiety disorder.  They have spent many years trying to live a life battling these mental disorders and addictive diseases. Not until the mid 1980s did programs begin using the terms "co-occurring disorders" and "dual diagnosis" while attempting to treat co-morbid mood, thought and addictive disorders. These more comprehensive approaches address the whole person from a biopsycho-spiritual approach (Stillman-Corbitt, 2009).

As a social work professional, it is essential to arm clients with key recovery tools, allowing them to have hope for the future and an understanding of how to manage these disorders and addictions. "The treatment field is now confronted with an equally daunting challenge: a skyrocketing degree of acuity and complexity seen in outpatient and inpatient settings alike. Individuals presenting for care with a simple history of alcohol dependence and depression are a rare find." (Stillman-Corbitt, 2009)

After over 25 years treating clients in a variety of settings, it was only in the last five years that there was a realization of the importance of treating clients with a holistic approach. There are several key tools available to clients that can provide the recovery structure they will need to lead them on a path of recovery..finish reading article

Men Struggle With Binge Eating Too, Study Finds


Binge-eating disorder, in which people compulsively and frequently consume large amounts of food, is as destructive for men as for women, a new study finds. Nonetheless, men are less likely than their female counterparts to seek treatment.

In part, this reluctance to get help may be because research on binge eating tends to focus on women, and eating disorders aren't seen as "male" diseases, said study researcher Ruth Striegal of Wesleyan University.

“Binge eating is closely linked to obesity and excessive weight gain as well as the onset of hypertension, diabetes and psychiatric disorders such as depression,” Striegal said in a statement. “However, most of the evidence about the impact of binge eating is based on female samples, as the majority of studies into eating disorders recruit women.”
Why is it though that men who are suffering from eating disorders may be more reluctant to receiving treatment than women?  What is the importance of raising awareness of the clinical implications of binge eating for men?

Thursday, October 27, 2011

MentorCONNECT Announces Collaboration with UCSD Eating Disorder Research Program

The first global eating disorders non-profit mentoring organization teams up with the nation's pre-eminent eating disorders neurobiology research team to study recovered women and promote a better understanding of how people recover

HOUSTON, Oct. 27, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- MentorCONNECT, the first global eating disorders mentoring community and a registered non-profit organization, announces collaboration with the University of California, San Diego (UCSD) Eating Disorder Program. Specifically, MentorCONNECT will be collaborating with Dr. Walter Kaye's research team at UCSD. Dr. Kaye is an internationally renowned leader in neurobiological research and has published over 300 papers and articles on the subject of eating disorders treatment and research. Shannon Cutts, MentorCONNECT's founder and executive director, is an internationally known advocate for the vital role recovered persons fulfill in providing mentorship and support to recovering persons.

Dr. Kaye and his team are currently conducting a study to identify brain processes that contribute to the development of eating disorders. This study utilizes functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI) and positron emission tomograph (PET) to study neural pathways related to appetite, reward and other symptoms. This study is being conducted on women who have successfully recovered from an eating disorder. Hopefully, knowledge gleaned from this study will help researchers understand some of the neurobiological factors of disordered eating as well as aid clinicians in the development of novel treatments.
The UCSD/MentorCONNECT collaboration aims to provide MentorCONNECT members with opportunities to take part in vital research and participate in educational initiatives to better understand the needs of recovering persons.

Shannon Cutts
Executive Director, MentorCONNECT

Walter Kaye, MD
Professor, Psychiatry
UCSD Eating Disorders Program
            (858) 534-8019

More About the University of California-San Diego Eating Disorders Research Team:
The causes and neurobiological correlates of anorexia nervosa (AN) and bulimia nervosa (BN) are poorly understood. Consequently, treatments remain unsatisfactory and the process of recovery often is quite difficult. The primary purpose of our research at the University of California - San Diego (UCSD) Eating Disorder Treatment and Research Program is to develop new understandings of how behavior is coded in the brain in order to develop better treatments. Improvements in the understanding and treatment of eating disorders (EDs) remain an issue of immense clinical and public health importance. EDs are often chronic and relapsing illnesses with substantial and costly medical morbidity. Innovative brain imaging technologies offer new insights into brain mechanisms that help explain ED symptoms.

More About MentorCONNECT:
MentorCONNECT, a non-profit organization, is the first global eating disorders mentoring community. Females and males aged 14 and up actively engaged in recovery from anorexia, bulimia, binge eating disorder, and eating disorders not otherwise specified are encouraged to join. Members can match with a mentor for individual support, participate in group mentoring activities, join in weekly support group meetings, receive daily supportive emails, enjoy monthly teleconferences, create a personal recovery blog, and more. MentorCONNECT is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization (Tax ID: 32041949804).

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Wednesday, October 26, 2011

Find Help for Eating Disorders; Announcing a new Smartphone App to find treatment for Obesity, Anorexia, Bulimia and Binge Eating


The most trusted eating disorder referral service on the Internet is now available using a smartphone app.

WEBWIRE – Monday, October 24, 2011
The most popular app in the eating disorder arena is the new treatment finder which makes it very easy to access all of the available treatment options for eating disorders right from your smartphone.  The app was created by, which is the only ED referral service NOT backed by a large corporation or trying to steer you into one particular eating disorder center. is a family-based referral service started by Christine Hartline, MA who herself is recovered from an eating disorder.  This online referral service has been providing referrals since 1979 -- longer than any other eating disorder referral service.
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In you have been or are currently in recovery from an eating disorder, what resources have been a valuable part of your journey?

Christian Therapists of Orange County and Timberline Knolls invite you to a special lunch honoring local pastors

CTOC is a group of Christian therapists who maintain or work in a professional setting. The group mainly consists of psychologists, licensed marriage and family therapists, and licensed professional counselors. We also invite interns, psychiatrists, and other mental health professionals to our bi-monthly meetings.

CTOC was founded with a heart and mission to serve Christ and the Church. We see the tremendous need for spiritual and emotional healing within the Body of Christ. Our vision is to use our talents and gifts to help support pastors and churches wherever the need. If you share a similar passion, we hope you will join us. Our goal is to get to know some local pastors and have them get to know us. For the lunch in November we have asked a small number of pastors to be on a panel and discuss issues pertaining to pastoral care and therapists.


The event is free and lunch will be provided by Timberline Knolls Residential Treatment Center

Kara Miller, Professional Outreach Representative, Southwest Region, Timberline Knolls | |             949.413.6945      

Guests can park in lots D and E. Our meeting will be in Building 15, Room 101.
Please do not park in spots designated for Newport Mesa Church. | |             1.877.257.9611       | |

Monday, October 24, 2011

Shedding Light on the Spiritual Component of Recovery

By Kim Dennis, MD, Medical Director of Timberline Knolls Residential Treatment Center

Oct. 15, 2011

Today, millions of people throughout our country are focused on recovery. They think about it, work toward it, they try desperately to hold on to it. Many are eventually able to live it each day with ease, freedom and joy. Their experiences are diverse: an adolescent girl knows she must stop cutting herself; a mother of two recognizes that a single drink will inevitably lead to a dozen; a college student feels such a strong desire to binge and purge she can think of nothing else. No matter how dissimilar the experience, they all know one absolute: recovery is the most difficult, challenging thing they will ever do in their entire lives.

Then, why do it alone?

Humans are multi-dimensional beings, comprised of a body, soul and spirit. Each aspect is unique, separate and of equal importance. At Timberline Knolls, addressing a patient's spirit is as important as attending to her body and soul. Her spirit is the most potently healing part of her; it also has been hurt, damaged or wounded by a disorder or addiction. It too needs and deserves to be restored. And we know without a single doubt that there is a powerful force immediately available to provide that healing. Call it God, a Higher Power, or the universe - the label is not the issue. What is the issue is the love, grace, mercy and support that truly is right there, simply waiting to be tapped into.

We want every resident to recognize that she has incredible value and worth; she doesn't have to earn or work for it, she has it simply because she exists, an equal member of the human race, another one of God's kids. A higher power exists and will extend everything needed for complete healing, and will do so in great abundance for those willing to seek it.
Do you see yourself in the adolescent, mother, or college student mentioned above? If you are seeking recovery or trying to maintain it, you have probably consulted a physician to support your physical body; undoubtedly, you have sought professional counseling to heal your thoughts and emotions. Please consider offering similar support to your spirit. Recovering all parts of you - your mind, soul and spirit - offers the best chance for complete and lasting recovery.

Timberline Knolls Residential Treatment Center
is located on 43 beautiful acres just outside Chicago, offering a nurturing environment of recovery for women ages 12 and older struggling to overcome eating disorders, substance abuse, mood disorders, trauma and co-occurring disorders. By serving with uncompromising care, relentless compassion and an unconditional joyful spirit, we help our residents help themselves in their recovery. For more information, visit or call 877.257.9611.

Too Much of a Good Thing? What You Need to Know About Compulsive Over-Exercising


Founding Partner, Chief Medical Officer, Chief Executive Officer, Eating Recovery Center


Exercise is good for you. This shouldn't come as shocking news to anyone; the risks of a sedentary lifestyle are abundant and well reported, particularly as the country faces a public health crisis in which one-third of adults and 17 percent of children are obese.*

However, like most things in life, you can get too much of a good thing when it comes to exercise. Compulsive over-exercise is characterized by frequent episodes of excessive physical activity. Individuals will go to great lengths to fit exercise regimens into their schedules, even if it means skipping work, cutting school, avoiding social events with friends and family, even exercising in secret. Instead of supporting health, excessive exercise, inadequate rest and recovery time between physical activities can damage a person's body and overall health, causing joint injuries, tendonitis, stress fractures, muscle tears, exhaustion, fainting and dehydration.
...Continue reading here.
What are physical activities that you enjoy that can be done in moderation?

Friday, October 21, 2011

Author Leslie Goldman discusses the effect of media on body image

by Alicia Hesse

Fifty-four percent of women would rather be hit by a truck than be fat.

This was one of the statistics on pencils given by author Leslie Goldman at "The Naked Truth" program in Grafton-Stovall Theatre on Tuesday.

Goldman, author of the book "Locker Room Diaries: The Naked Truth About Women, Body Image, and Re-imagining the ‘Perfect' Body," discussed the challenges women face in accepting their bodies to an audience of about 250 students. The program was sponsored by the University Health Center and Student Wellness and Outreach as part of Fat Talk Free Week, a national campaign.

Goldman battled with an eating disorder through her college years. She said it began when she first got to college and noticed men were paying attention to thinner girls. She began working out obsessively and scarcely eating.
...Continue reading here.
To what degree does the media effect body image? What are ways to improve your own body image today?

Join Timberline Knolls in Denver for a Special FILM Screening

Timberline Knolls is sponsoring a screening of Darryl Roberts’ new documentary film, “America the Beautiful 2: The Thin Commandments.” Roberts is an award-winning director, who in a follow-up to his “America the Beautiful,” examines the cause of our country’s obsession with dieting. The sequel weighs in on the raging debate between doctors who say fat is healthy versus those who disagree. Dr. Kim Dennis, Medical Director of Timberline Knolls, is featured in the movie.

Thursday, November 17, 2011-Denver Film Society’s Denver FilmCenter/Colfax
2510 East Colfax | Denver, CO

6:30-7:15 p.m. Check-in and reception with complimentary hors d’oeuvres and refreshments
7:15-7:30 p.m. Welcome and introductions
7:30-9:15 p.m. Film Presentation
9:15- 10:00 p.m. Q&A

Following the film, Roberts will be joined by TK’s Dr. Dennis and Juliet Zuercher, Nutrition Coordinator, during a panel discussion/Q&A session. Former Miss America Kirsten Haglund will emcee the event, which is open to eating disorder professionals in the area as well as lay people interested in the film.

There is no charge to attend, however pre-registration is required. Space is limited, so reserve your seat today: | | 1.877.257.9611 |

Timberline Knolls is a residential treatment center located on 43 beautiful acres just outside Chicago, offering a nurturing environment of recovery for women ages 12 and older struggling to overcome eating disorders, substance abuse, mood disorders, trauma and co-occurring disorders. By serving with uncompromising care, relentless compassion and an unconditional joyful spirit while helping our residents help themselves in their recovery.

Kirsten Haglund
Miss America 2008
Community Relations Specialist, Timberline Knolls
Event Emcee
 Darryl Roberts
Writer, Director and Producer
ATB and ATB2
 Kim Dennis, MD
Medical Director, Timberline Knolls

Juliet Zuercher, RD
Nutrition Coordinator, Timberline Knoll