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posted: June 21, 2003

Title: Outreach Coordinator
Reports to: Executive Director
Status: Full time exempt


  • Must possess a Bachelors Degree from an accredited College or University preferably in the field of Education.
  • At least one year of public speaking experience and knowledge of eating disorder prevention research.
  • Must demonstrate ability to work under pressure and be able to adhere to strict deadlines.
  • Must be able to relate well to persons of all ages.
  • Must be able to accommodate a flexible schedule and have transportation to various work sites.
  • Coordination of all educational presentations and contracts, including the coordination of educational presenters.
  • Prepare public relations and marketing materials for all education and prevention programs under the auspices of the Executive Director, Board of Directors and Marketing Committee.
  • Present educational programs to a diverse constituency.
  • Assist in the ongoing curriculum development and evaluation, under the auspices of the Board President.
  • Assist in the planning of the agency events including, but not limited to the Annual Conference, EDAW and other fundraising events.
  • Assistance with grant preparation and monitoring
  • Other responsibilities as designated by the Executive Director

This is a fast paced environment requiring an individual that is comfortable working independently and as a team player. Excellent benefits and flexible schedule.

Rebecca Manley, President, MEDA
(617) 558-1881 #15

posted: June 21, 2003

Featuring Judith Ruskay Rabinor, Ph.D., Treating Eating Disorders: An Integrative Approach July 7-11, 2003 Harvard Medical School Department of Continuing Education. Cape Cod, Ocean Edge, Brewster, MA.

Anorexia, bulimia, compulsive eating, and body image disturbances continue to challenge practitioners. This seminar will offer a skill-enhancing program for mental health professionals who work with clients suffering from eating disorders. It will provide a comprehensive framework to understand the multiple factors (intrapsychic, familial, cultural, and biochemical) leading to the development of an eating disorder, and demonstrate the process of assessment, evaluation and treatment planning. Using lecture, experiential exercises and case material, the seminar will cover the diagnostic criteria and dynamics of eating problems and explore the treatment of affective and cognitive disturbances, body image distortions, trauma and sexual abuse. This seminar will review The Stone Center Relational/Cultural Theory, its relevance to eating disorder treatment and help clinicians integrate relevant concepts from object relations, self-psychology and trauma theory into a comprehensive integrative approach. Case presentations will cover teenage anorexia, compulsive eating, and sexually abused eating disordered patients. We will discuss the integration of group and family therapies, cognitive behavioral therapy and twelve-step programs as well as transference, countertransference and burnout issues.

The objectives of this seminar are to: Identify the dynamics of disordered eating and the implications for treatment. Develop a multi-faceted treatment approach that addresses psychological and familial issues and includes medical, nutritional and psychopharmacological intervention. A variety of traumas that may lead to eating problems. Utilize specific strategies for successful therapy with eating disorders in diverse populations. Information available at www.cme.hms.harvard.edu

posted: June 21, 2003

Center for the Study of Anorexia & Bulimia: A Division of the Institute for Contemporary Psychotherapy

1841 Broadway, 4th Floor, New York, NY 10023
(212) 333-3444

posted: June 21, 2003

A week long-course on bodily self-harm at the Cape Cod Institute, during the week of August 4-8, 2003. Course Faciliatator: Dr. Sharon Farber

The prototypes of eating problems and self-mutilation will be used to understand self-harm, its multiple functions, its relationship to other psychosomatic illness, addictive-like tattooing and body piercing, substance abuse, suicidality, compulsive sex, compulsive shopping, sadomasochism, shoplifting and other disturbing trends. The role played by childhood neglect, abuse, other trauma, and religious factors in creating self-harm will be explored, along with the role of self-harm in regulating affect states and trauma states (dissociation, hyperarousal). Our emotional responses to these patients causes us to withdraw from them, preventing us from both becoming attached to them and from helping them to become attached to us. And it is a safe attachment to another human being that provides the necessary alternative to a deep attachment to self-harm and abusive relationships. This course will dispel some of the fear of working with these patients and will prepare you for the special difficulties encountered in this work - the management of potentially life-threatening self-destructive symptoms, obstacles to forming a therapeutic alliance, sabotaging the treatment, negative therapeutic reactions, special transference countertransference difficulties, enactments, and vicarious traumatization of the therapist. Using rich material from Dr. Farber�s practice and original research, an attachment paradigm will be used to understand the construction of the symptoms and to inform a process-oriented approach to treatment. It is through the development of a safe, secure attachment to the therapist that the patient can begin to relinquish the deep attachment to pain and suffering. Clinicians will find ways to conduct a treatment that safeguards both the patient�s and the therapist�s well-being.

For further information see www.cape.org or you can call Sharon at (914) 478-1924. She is also available for private consultation in office or by telephone.

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