Eating Recovery Center Partners with Insight Behavioral Health Centers to Expand Access to Specialized Eating Disorders Treatment
Eating Recovery Center’s Chicago-based partner program specializes in outpatient eating disorders treatment and evidence-based treatment for obesity, mood and anxiety disorders
Eating Recovery Center, an international center providing comprehensive, specialized eating disorders treatment to female and male adults, adolescents and children, has partnered with Insight Behavioral Health Centers. Insight specializes in outpatient treatment for adolescents and adults dealing with eating disorders including anorexia, bulimia, and binge eating. Insight also offers evidence-based treatment for obesity, mood and anxiety disorders. Accredited by the Joint Commission, Insight currently operates four treatment centers in the Chicago area including Northbrook, Evanston, Oak Park and downtown Chicago. Insight is a teaching affiliate of Northwestern University Medical School and Rush University Medical School. Additionally, Insight and the University of Chicago’s Eating Disorder Program, led by Daniel LeGrange, have teamed up to study new options for adolescent patients with anorexia nervosa who do not respond to current treatment protocols.
“Eating Recovery Center partners with programs that excel in the medical and clinical treatment of eating disorders and share our philosophies related to lasting recovery,” explains Ken Weiner, MD, FAED, CEDS, Founding Partner and Chief Executive Officer of Eating Recovery Center. “Insight absolutely embodies competence, commitment and excellence in the treatment of these complex illnesses. Working collaboratively, Eating Recovery Center and Insight will be able to expand access to specialized eating disorder treatment for patients and families in the Midwest.”
“Partnering with Eating Recovery Center fuses the trust and familiarity earned from nearly a decade of Insight providing outpatient eating disorders treatment to patients and families in the region with the reputation, resources and expertise of an international provider of comprehensive eating disorders treatment,” says Susan McClanahan, PhD, Founder and President of Insight. “Close connection to an international eating disorders treatment center with the full spectrum of programs and services will yield many benefits to Insight’s patients, families and referring professionals. These benefits include best practice sharing with the field’s esteemed experts, access to a higher level of care resource for patients requiring inpatient hospitalization, and resources to expand Insight’s treatment programming to help more individuals touched by these serious illnesses.”
In an effort to increase access to residential eating disorders treatment to patients and families in the Midwest, Eating Recovery Center will work collaboratively with Insight to expand its 24-hour treatment program for male and female adults. Slated to open in early 2014, Eating Recovery Center of Chicago will provide specialized eating disorders care for up to 16 patients in a state-of-the-art treatment center in downtown Chicago’s Streeterville neighborhood. The treatment program will mirror Eating Recovery Center’s Residential program for adults in Denver, Colorado, which was created and is overseen by internationally recognized eating disorders treatment experts Drs. Ken Weiner, Craig Johnson, Emmett Bishop and Ovidio Bermudez.
Insight’s medical and clinical leadership will collaborate with Eating Recovery Center’s experts to ensure effective delivery of Eating Recovery Center’s evidence-based treatment philosophies, processes and interventions in a 24-hour treatment environment. Recognizing the importance of continuity of care between Residential and outpatient levels of care for sustainability of recovery, Eating Recovery Center of Chicago is located in close proximity to Insight’s four area treatment centers. Following discharge from 24-hour eating disorders treatment, patients can benefit from the structure and support of Insight’s 7-day-per-week Partial Hospitalization Program, which offers opportunities to practice recovery outside of the controlled treatment environment during evenings at home or in recovery-focused apartment communities.
In addition to its comprehensive, Denver-based treatment programs offering the full spectrum of eating disorders care, Eating Recovery Center provides centers of excellence for the treatment of eating disorders across the country. Sacramento-based Eating Recovery Center of California offers Partial Hospitalization, Intensive Outpatient and Outpatient Services, as well as Outpatient Services in Fresno, and The Moore Center offers Partial Hospitalization, Intensive Outpatient and Step-Down Services in Bellevue, Washington.
New Name, Same Trusted Program: Summit Eating Disorders and Outreach Program Is Now Eating Recovery Center of California
Sacramento-based eating disorder treatment center changes name to reflect the medical and clinical excellence of its programs and close connection to internationally-recognized Eating Recovery Center
Eating Recovery Center of California is the new program name of Sacramento’s trusted provider of comprehensive outpatient eating disorder treatment for adults, adolescents and families, formerly known as Summit Eating Disorders and Outreach Program. Eating Recovery Center of California fuses the trust and confidence earned from 14 years of providing specialized eating disorders care to patients and families in the Northern California region with the reputation, resources and expertise of an international provider of comprehensive eating disorders treatment led by the field’s esteemed experts.
The program name change from Summit Eating Disorders and Outreach Program to Eating Recovery Center of California seeks to more effectively communicate the medical and clinical excellence of its programs and services, as well as its intimate connection to Eating Recovery Center, an international eating disorders treatment center providing all levels of care to women, men and children with the full range of eating disorder diagnoses.
“In light of growing regional demand for specialized eating disorders treatment, it is important that patients, families and referring professionals understand the benefit that results from our close collaboration and best practice sharing with Eating Recovery Center,” explains Jennifer Lombardi, MFT, Executive Director of Eating Recovery Center of California. “The program name Eating Recovery Center of California clearly acknowledges our strong connection to a leading international treatment provider, and communicates that the California-based programs and services match the treatment philosophy, medical and clinical interventions and eating disorders expertise of Eating Recovery Center’s Denver area programming.”
Acknowledging the growing demand for specialized eating disorders treatment and in an effort to meet the treatment needs of patients and families in the region, Eating Recovery Center of California has expanded its programs and services for eating disordered adults and adolescents. A 2013 renovation, slated for completion this coming January, will nearly double the size of the Sacramento treatment center. Improvements include upgraded and expanded spaces for Partial Hospitalization and Intensive Outpatient Programs for adults, creation of dedicated therapeutic space for adolescent and family programming, and the addition of a spacious, state-of-the-art teaching kitchen supporting hands-on culinary education and cooking groups.
While the name of the treatment center has changed to Eating Recovery Center of California in order to better communicate the medical and clinical excellence of the California programs and services and the connection to Eating Recovery Center, several important aspects of Eating Recovery Center of California’s treatment philosophy and leadership will not change, including:
- Eating disorder treatment programming will continue to be comprehensive and medically-supervised, leverage evidenced-based therapeutic interventions, acknowledge and address co-occurring illnesses, engage families in the recovery process and support program alumni at all stages of the recovery journey.
- Jennifer Lombardi, MFT, Executive Director, Lisa Petersen, PhD, Clinical Director, and Anna Vinter, MD, Medical Director, will continue to lead Eating Recovery Center of California to ensure clinical and medical excellence of care, and provide guidance and direction to the multidisciplinary staff.
- Eating Recovery Center of California’s leadership will continue to work closely with Drs. Ken Weiner, Craig Johnson, Ovidio Bermudez and Emmett Bishop, Eating Recovery Center’s medical and clinical leadership who together possess over 130 years of specific eating disorders experience, to develop and implement innovative, evidence-based treatment strategies.
- Eating Recovery Center’s Denver-based behavioral hospitals—the Behavioral Hospital for Adults and the Behavioral Hospital for Children and Adolescents—will continue to serve as a resource for Eating Recovery Center of California patients requiring a higher level of care (Inpatient or Residential treatment). Following discharge from 24-hour care, patients will return to Eating Recovery Center of California to participate in the Partial Hospitalization, Intensive Outpatient and Outpatient programs.
For more information about Eating Recovery Center of California and its comprehensive outpatient eating disorder treatment programs and services, call 916.574.1000, email info@EatingRecoveryCenterCA.com, or visit www.EatingRecoveryCenterCA.com to chat confidentially with a Master’s-level eating disorders therapist from the Clinical Assessment team.
Eating Disorders Treatment Experts Cindy Pikus, PhD, and Nadine Dexter, RN, MSN, Join Eating Recovery Center Leadership Team
Pikus and Dexter bring extensive eating disorders and mental health treatment experience and clinical insight to Denver-based eating disorders treatment hospital system
Eating Recovery Center, an international center providing comprehensive treatment for anorexia, bulimia, EDNOS and binge eating disorder, today announced that it has recruited two eating disorders and mental health treatment experts to join its leadership team. Cindy Pikus, PhD, has been named clinical director of adult inpatient and residential services and associate chief clinical officer, and Nadine Dexter, RN, MSN, has been named chief nursing officer.
“Pikus and Dexter each bring a coveted combination of eating disorders and mental health treatment expertise in their respective disciplines as well as administrative experience to Eating Recovery Center’s clinical leadership team,” said Kenneth L. Weiner, MD, FAED, CEDS, chief executive officer and founding partner of Eating Recovery Center. “These qualities will be instrumental in the delivery of guidance, insight and supervision to our multidisciplinary treatment teams providing care to individuals struggling with these complex illnesses. This expert insight will be particularly valuable as Eating Recovery Center continues to grow to meet the treatment needs of more patients and families across the country.”
In her role as Eating Recovery Center’s clinical director of adult inpatient and residential services and associate chief clinical officer, Dr. Pikus is tasked with overseeing the delivery of clinical care by a team of skilled therapists providing individual, family and group therapy to adult eating disordered patients at the Center’s Behavioral Hospital for Adults. Additionally, she collaborates with Craig Johnson, PhD, FAED, CEDS, chief clinical officer, in the development of clinical treatment approaches and policies, and consults with the multidisciplinary treatment team regarding patient care issues.
Dr. Pikus brings more than 17 years of eating disorders treatment experience, working with adults, adolescents and children at multiple levels of care to her position at Eating Recovery Center. Previously, she served as associate director of the UCLA Eating Disorders Program, where she was responsible for program development and coordination and oversight for multidisciplinary clinical teams in the program’s inpatient and partial hospitalization levels of care. Additionally, Dr. Pikus co-founded the UCLA Campus-wide Eating Disorders Partnership to promote collaboration across the departments on campus providing treatment to students with eating disorders.
Nadine Dexter, RN, MSN, has worked in psychiatric nursing for more than 35 years in both clinical and administrative capacities. In her role as chief nursing officer, Dexter will oversee the nursing staff at Eating Recovery Center’s four Denver-based eating disorders treatment facilities, providing guidance and insight regarding the nursing management of eating disordered patients as part of the multidisciplinary treatment team.
Prior to joining the Eating Recovery Center clinical leadership team, Dexter served as chief nursing officer and director of clinical services for the Wyoming Behavioral Institute, where she was responsible for strategic and operational oversight for nursing, therapy, lab, pharmacy, infection control, dietetics and education services across the full spectrum of psychiatric disorders for adults, adolescents and children. She has also held director-level administrative positions at Lawrence Memorial Hospital in Lawrence, Kan., Stormont Vail Medical Center and Menningers in Topeka, Kan. Before moving into a series of administrative nursing roles, Dexter worked as a staff nurse/team nurse, including providing care to eating disordered patients. In 2012, Dexter was named the Wyoming March of Dimes Nurse Administrator of the Year.
Since its inception in 2008, Eating Recovery Center has grown from a single 12-bed/12-partial hospitalization slot adult behavioral hospital to a six-facility hospital network in Denver, Colo., California and Washington treating adults, adolescents and children with 46 beds/128 partial hospitalization slots. In an effort to expand patient access to care throughout the United States, Eating Recovery Center has partnered with Summit Eating Disorders and Outreach Program in Northern California and The Moore Center in Bellevue, Wash.
Disordered Eating Behaviors, Intentional and Unintentional, Can Heighten Women’s Risk for Fertility Challenges
Disordered Eating Behaviors, Intentional and Unintentional, Can Heighten Women’s Risk for Fertility Challenges
Eating Recovery Center shares advice to help women recognize and address eating and exercise behaviors that may be contributing to fertility issues
Denver, Colo. (July 11, 2013) – Women seeking answers to fertility challenges frequently look to reproductive issues as the primary source of problems. However, few women are aware that their own eating or exercise behaviors – past or current – may actually be a contributing factor in their inability to conceive. Eating Recovery Center, an international center providing comprehensive treatment for eating disorders, often observes women seeking eating disorders treatment after unsuccessful attempts to get pregnant. For this reason, Eating Recovery Center urges women to evaluate their patterns of eating and exercise for possible disordered behaviors before making the decision to start – or expand – a family.
Studies confirm the unfortunate connection between eating disorders and fertility issues. A 2000 survey of women attending a fertility clinic revealed that among women with irregular or absent menstrual periods, 58 percent had an eating disorder. Furthermore, none of these women volunteered this information without prompting. Another study featured in the journal Fertility and Sterility looked at a group of women with unexplained infertility who restricted calories for vanity reasons, but did not meet the criteria for an eating disorders diagnosis. When these women increased their body weight and caloric intake, 73 percent of them quickly conceived.
“An active eating disorder can significantly impair a woman’s ability to conceive, as can unhealthy behaviors including starving, bingeing, purging or over exercising that may have occurred over prolonged periods of time in the past,” said Ken Weiner, MD, FAED, CEDS, founding partner and chief executive officer of Eating Recovery Center. “Despite the clear connection between eating disordered behaviors and infertility illustrated by the research in the field, many women struggling to get pregnant hide their disordered eating behaviors – past or present – from their OB-GYNs and fertility specialists.”
As such, Eating Recovery Center offers the following guidance to help women who may be struggling with infertility and eating disorders to understand the impact of disordered eating behaviors on their ability to conceive and seek appropriate treatment.
1. Consult with a doctor before changing diet or exercise behaviors. Many women make changes to their diet and exercise patterns in an effort to be healthier while trying to conceive. However, if women have a family history of eating disorders or a personal history of disordered eating, these seemingly healthful changes could trigger disordered eating behaviors for those with a genetic predisposition toward developing an eating disorder.
2. Understand that regular or absent menstrual periods may indicate that eating or exercise behaviors are adversely impacting the natural body cycles that support conception. Although irregular or absent menstruation can be caused by a variety of factors not related to diet, weight or exercise, restricting calories or excessive exercising behaviors may play a role in irregular menstruation and contribute to fertility challenges. Additionally, it is important to understand that eating or exercise behaviors can impact the menstrual cycles of women even if they are of normal or healthy weight. Many people mistakenly believe that women must have experienced significant weight loss and/or be of very low weight for irregular or absent periods to occur.
3. Ask an expert. Concerns about eating or exercise behaviors and the possible impact of these behaviors on fertility should be directed to an OB-GYN, fertility specialist, family doctor, therapist, dietitian or eating disorders specialist. These healthcare professionals can help women determine whether behaviors may be fertility-impeding, as well as identify an appropriate course of treatment if necessary. Remember that healthcare professionals need all relevant information to make accurate diagnoses and help their patients.
4. Be honest about eating disordered behaviors. While an active eating disorder cannot only lead to infertility, it can also contribute to miscarriage, low birth weight and other dangerous complications for mother and child upon becoming pregnant. Therapeutic intervention and medical monitoring can be integral components in supporting healthy pregnancies for individuals that are able to conceive.
“It is incredibly important that women be transparent regarding their eating disorders struggles in order for reproductive healthcare professionals to effectively diagnose fertility issues and prescribe a treatment plan that meets each individual’s unique needs,” added Dr. Weiner. “Because eating disorders are often shrouded in shame and secrecy, it is equally important that healthcare providers be aware of the connection between eating disorders and fertility, and that they learn to recognize the signs and symptoms of eating disorders in their patients.”
For more information about infertility, pregnancy and eating disorders, approaching a loved one displaying troublesome eating disorders warning signs, broaching the topic of eating disorders with a doctor or effective eating disorders treatment, visit www.EatingRecoveryCenter.com
Eating Recovery Center’s Bonnie Brennan, MA, LPC is featured in this Psychology Today article on ten eating disorder signs parents should be vigilant of during their children’s summer break. Read an excerpt from the article below or to view it in its entirety click here.
They’re starting to come home now from college, the weary millennials. If you’re the parent or grandparent of college students coming home for summer –especially if your student is female and a freshman—experts from the Eating Recovery Center urge you to pay close attention to possible signs that she has developed an eating disorder at college.
Their advice is based on students coming back during Winter break, so I’m sharing it with you in anticipation of similar issues arising again. In an article titled: “Eating Disorders Identified in College Freshmen as They Return Home for Winter Break,” the Denver organization reports:
”As college freshmen across the U.S. return home for the holidays, thousands of parents will – for the first time – discover eating disorders that developed during their child’s first semester. Because the transition to college is one of the two most common life stages in which eating disorders develop, Eating Recovery Center, an international center for eating disorders recovery providing comprehensive treatment for anorexia, bulimia, EDNOS and binge eating disorder, encourages parents to be vigilant for symptoms of eating disorders as their teens return home for the mid-year break.”
Is it an eating disorder?
Bonnie Brennan, clinical director, explains: “For many young adults, the pressures of the first semester of college can create the perfect storm for eating disorders development, and it’s easy for teens to hide behaviors from their families – particularly if they go to school far away from home. …Many parents won’t see the outcome of this devastating development until their children return home for winter break.”
To help parents recognize eating disorders in college students, Eating Recovery Center highlights five winter break warning signs that may indicate their teen has an eating disorder or could be at risk for developing one:
1. Noticeable weight loss or weight gain since he or she entered college.
2. Helping with the preparationof holiday meals but not eating them.
3. Excessive exercise, even outdoors in poor winter weather conditions.
4. Withdrawal from family and friends and avoidance of gatherings, even if he or she has not seen loved ones for months.
5. Discussing college in a “stressed out” or obviously anxious manner or altogether avoiding conversations about school.
I’d Add These 5 More:
6. Pay attention to your instincts: If you feel something isn’t right or if your kid seems different, sad, lethargic, disinterested or depressed, don’t ignore it.
7. Talk to her (or him): Let your child know he or she is safe and loved and that you are not judging them.
8. Notice, but don’t discuss what she’s wearing: Is she hiding beneath huge sweatshirts and baggy pajama pants no matter what? Is the house warm but she’s constantly wearing many layers and won’t take any off?
9. Note dramatic changes in privacy issues: Maybe she used to change in front of you or run into the kitchen in a bathrobe after a shower but now she locks her door and seems oddly tense and newly private.
10. Focus on Feelings: Keep the focus on how she’s feeling, not how she looks. The more attention you give to her body the more self-conscious and shut down she may become.
Eating Recovery Center’s Founding Partner and CEO Ken Weiner, MD, was named the 2013 Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year in healthcare services last week. Read an excerpt from the awards recap below or to view it in its entirety click here.
This year brings about the 27th year for the Mountain Desert Region Entrepreneur of the Year awards presented by Ernst & Young LLP and the winners were announced Thursday evening in Denver.
Awards are given to entrepreneurs who demonstrate excellence and extraordinary success in such areas as innovation, financial performance and personal commitment to their businesses and communities.
Seven category winners were selected from the 23 finalists.
Formerly known as the Rocky Mountain Region, the Mountain Desert Region includes Colorado, Arizona and New Mexico.
And the winners and finalists are:
Winner: Justin Gold, Justin’s.
Finalist: Gary Hammerslag, Boa Technology Inc.
Finalist: Stacey Caron, Spellbinders Paper Arts LLC.
Winner: Brad Jannenga, WebPT.
Finalist: Bart Lorang, FullContact Inc.
Health Care Services
Winner: Kenneth Weiner, Eating Recovery Center.
Finalist: Mario Martinez, 360 Vantage.
Finalist: Jeremy Freer, Angel MedFlight.
Finalist: John Musil, Avella.
Eating Recovery Center Founding Partner and CEO, Ken Weiner, MD, Named Ernst & Young Entrepreneur Of The Year® 2013 Mountain Desert
Award acknowledges Dr. Weiner’s vision, persistence and skill in creating and leading Eating Recovery Center; represents culmination of decades of service to the eating disorders treatment community.
Ken Weiner, MD, FAED, CEDS, founding partner and chief executive officer of Eating Recovery Center, an international center providing comprehensive treatment for anorexia, bulimia, EDNOS and binge eating disorder, has been named Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year 2013 (Mountain Desert region) in the Healthcare Services category. This annual award seeks to acknowledge individuals who have created outstanding, high-growth organizations through innovation, financial performance and personal commitment to their businesses and communities.
“The Entrepreneur of the Year honor confirms that, through Eating Recovery Center, Dr. Weiner has created something unique, lasting and relevant in our space,” said Richard C. Kraus, founding partner and board chairman of Eating Recovery Center. “The award not only recognizes Dr. Weiner’s decades of service to the eating disorders treatment community, but also acknowledges his vision, passion, drive, energy, commitment and persistence in creating and leading Eating Recovery Center. Under his leadership, Eating Recovery Center is making a difference, doing good every day for countless patients, families, friends and professionals across the United States and beyond.”
Additionally, the Entrepreneur of the Year award underscores Dr. Weiner’s ability to attract and retain talented, compassionate and intelligent professionals skilled in the provision of excellent patient care as well as strategic business administration.
“While this award is certainly a tremendous honor for me and validates what a special organization Eating Recovery Center has grown to be, it would not have been possible without the passion and dedication of our clinical, medical and administrative teams,” commented Dr. Weiner. “The Entrepreneur of the Year award also honors all of the Eating Recovery Center staff who works tirelessly to change people’s lives and help them recover from these complex illnesses. I want to thank each and every outstanding individual for all they do to care for our patients, families and referring professionals.”
Dr. Weiner’s vision for Eating Recovery Center was the creation of privately owned, vertically integrated psychiatric hospital system exclusively focused on eating disorders and providing the full spectrum of treatment services to patients and their families. He founded the company in October 2008 with five partners with diverse experience in eating disorders research, diagnosis and treatment, business development and behavioral healthcare administration. He created a leadership team with as much clinical expertise as business acumen, comprised of nationally recognized eating disorders experts and seasoned business executives alike. This combination sought to ensure the delivery of best-in-class treatment and strategic navigation of formidable industry obstacles, including insurance contracting/reimbursement, licensure/accreditation and development of administrative infrastructure to support growth.
In just under five years, Eating Recovery Center has grown from a single 12-bed/12-partial hospitalization slot adult behavioral hospital to a six-facility hospital network in Denver, California and Washington treating adults, adolescents and children with 46 beds/128 partial hospitalization slots. In an effort to expand patient access to care throughout the United States, Eating Recovery Center has partnered with Summit Eating Disorders and Outreach Program in Northern California and The Moore Center in Bellevue, Wash. Learn more about Eating Recovery Center’s comprehensive eating disorders treatment programs for male and female adults, adolescents and children at www.EatingRecoveryCenter.com.
Jane Miceli, MD, Medical Director of Adult Inpatient and Residential Services, is quoted in the June 2013 Prevention article on body image, which discusses a new study on how having a distorted version of yourself unconciously affects your physical actions. Read an excerpt of the article below or to view it in its entirety click here.
What they found: while patients with eating disorders overestimated their size on a much more severe scale, healthy women were just as likely to unconsciously rotate their shoulders to “fit” through openings 25% wider than their actual shoulder width.
“Psychologically, the way people experience the size of their bodies is often unconsciously tied to their emotions,” says Nina Savelle-rocklin, PsyD, a psychoanalyst and eating disorder specialist in Los Angeles. Negative body image is not limited to teenagers or females or even people with eating disorders. And whether or not you’re aware of the physical signals you’re sending, you can make an effort to mend the psychology behind them. “The good news is, you can find the truth by going beyond the mirror and looking inward, you can change your distorted view of yourself and feel good,” she says. Here are some tips from industry experts on viewing yourself in a more realistic light:
Buy a yoga mat. Yoga can help reacquaint yourself with your body, says Jane Miceli, MD, Medical Director of Adult Inpatient and Residential Services for Eating Recovery Center in Denver. “You’re not just going through the motions, but focus on what each pose and breath means for your body.”
Get inspired. “Identify women you admire and look for ways you can adapt their philosophy,” suggests Mary Jo Rapini, a psychotherapist, columnist, and author.
Live consistently. Ask yourself, what would you like to be remembered for in your life, says Marla W. Deibler, PsyD, executive director of The Center for Emotional Health of Greater Philadelphia. “Does this involve your body image? Live consistently with these goals and live based on the meaning you would like to give it.”
Practice non-judgmental observation. Take the Dr. Deibler challenge: Stand in front of a mirror, look closely, and describe your features—without using negative or judgmental language.
We can’t help but express emotions physically. And like a sport or a new cooking skill, confidence and self-acceptance takes practice. Use the results of this new study as a reminder to keep the signals you send out to the world in check—and that body image issues, while normal, can be mended.
5th Annual Eating Recovery Center Foundation Eating Disorders Conference Offers Professional Education from Leading Eating Disorders Experts
Registration now open for educational conference focused on research, eating disorders trends and emerging treatment best practices
Outstanding opportunities for professional development and intensive exploration of the latest in research and innovative eating disorders treatments are highlights of the 5th Annual Eating Recovery Center Foundation Eating Disorders Conference, to be held in Denver, Colo., August 23-24, 2013. Nationally recognized eating disorders experts and behavioral healthcare professionals dedicated to understanding and treating eating disorders will converge in the Mile High City to discuss the medical and clinical breakthroughs and treatment best practices, providing an invaluable opportunity for attendees across various disciplines to learn from and connect with thought leaders in the field.
“Supporting the dedicated professionals in the eating disorders treatment field through education, networking and collaboration is a key tenant of the Eating Recovery Center Foundation,” said Julie Holland, MHS, CEDS, chief marketing officer at Eating Recovery Center. “This conference is intended to foster best practice sharing from which our colleagues from across the country can learn and grow as treatment professionals.”
The 5th Annual Eating Recovery Center Foundation Eating Disorders Conference features an interactive educational program alongside collaboration among all areas of the eating disorders treatment community. Physicians, therapists, dietitians, nurses and advocacy organizations will gather to provide attendees access to the latest information on developing industry standards, recent trends and evolving treatment while allowing them the opportunity to increase their knowledge, build on their clinical treatment skills and accrue continuing education credits. The 2013 eating disorders conference will explore topics including:
- Medical care of patients with anorexia and bulimia
- New developments in the field of eating disorders treatment
- Understanding and addressing patient resistance
- Eating disorder causes, treatment and the recovery process
- Sustainable eating disorder recovery for children and adolescents
- Ethical challenges in the treatment of eating disorders
- Nutrition and meal plan compliance in eating disorder recovery
- Expert panel featuring Ken Weiner, MD, FAED, CEDS; Craig Johnson, PhD, FAED, CEDS; Ovidio Bermudez, MD, FAAP, FSAHM, FAED, CEDS; and Emmett Bishop, MD, FAED, CEDS
A pre-conference workshop, “Understanding and Using Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) in the Treatment of Eating Disorders,” on Friday, August 23, is offered in advance of the standard conference program, and will be led by a multidisciplinary team of Eating Recovery Center experts. The workshop includes conference handouts and resources and provides four education credits. Workshop registration is $50 with conference registration and $75 without conference registration.
On or before July 26, 2013, registration for the 5th Annual Eating Recovery Center Foundation Eating Disorders Conference is $175. Registration includes all sessions, up to 16 continuing education credits, conference handouts and resources, lunch and dinner on Friday and breakfast and lunch on Saturday, as well as refreshment breaks. Discounted rates are available for student registration and single-day attendance. Early registration is recommended. Download the full conference invitation at www.EatingRecoveryCenter.com, or register online here.
Continuing education credits for conference attendees are available for any master’s-level professionals through National Board for Certified Counselors, registered dietitians through Commission on Dietetic Registration, registered nurses through Colorado Nurses Association, California MFTs and LCSWs through California Board of Behavioral Sciences and Psychologists through American Psychological Association. Applications are pending for physicians through the American Medical Association (continuing medical education) and social workers through National Association of Social Workers (NASW).
Established in 2012, the Eating Recovery Center Foundation is a 501c3 seeking to achieve a three-fold mission: provide professionals in the eating disorders field with education and development programs that increase their knowledge and strengthen clinical treatment skills; support research initiatives that deepen understanding of these illnesses and how they can best be treated; and provide scholarships to Eating Recovery Center patients requiring additional financial resources to complete a course of treatment.
For more information or to register for the 5th Annual Eating Recovery Center Foundation Eating Disorders Conference, visit http://bit.ly/EatingDisordersConference2013 or call 720-258-4021.
Chief Marketing Officer Julie Holland, MHS, CEDS is the National Eating Disorders Examiner. Read an exceprt from her blog on how retail clothing chains impact our perceptions of “ideal” size and body shape, or to read it in its entirety, click here.
The average American woman is a size 12 or 14, yet the normal size of a mannequin in a retail store is a size 4 or 6. Like it or not, retail clothing chains impact our perceptions of “ideal” size and body shape; and recently, two of these retailers were in the news for their stances on this very topic.
Last month, H&M, an international clothing retailer, made headlines with a swimsuit ad featuring plus-size model Jennie Runk. While some critics disparaged H&M for this ad, as well as its use of size 12 mannequins in H&M’s retail stores, the company received significant positive attention and support for using Runk as a normal model in its pervasive ad campaigns, and not just in content to specifically promote its plus-size styles.
Conversely, national teen clothing brand Abercrombie & Fitch recently came under scrutiny when the fact the retailer does not stock women’s XL or XXL sizes came to light. A Business Insider article succinctly organizes the philosophy of the brand, which has been clearly articulated by CEO Mike Jeffries on several occasions. Simply put, Abercrombie & Fitch wants the good-looking, “cool kids” as clientele and the company does not believe that plus-sized individuals can be cool or good-looking. The brand’s stance on the definition of beauty and who deserves to wear its clothing stands in sharp contrast to that of several competitors, who not only offer sizes XL and XXL but are also increasingly developing plus-size fashion lines.
Compared to sales and brand awareness, fostering healthy body image in women and teenage girls may not rank among the top priority for clothing retailers. However, these businesses would be wise to be thoughtful about and take responsibility for the messages they communicate to consumers, particularly young Americans. For example, H&M’s use of Runk as a swimsuit model debunks the stereotypical image of a model, equates health and beauty, and encourages women and girls to accept their bodies, no matter the size. Abercrombie & Fitch, on the other hand, has brazenly adopted a stance on sizing that promotes an exclusionary, unrealistic beauty ideal and sends a potentially dangerous message to women and girls of different shapes and sizes, particularly those millions of Americans who are predisposed to developing an eating disorder.