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posted: May 19, 2004

Eating disorders have reached epidemic levels in the United States and are now afflicting girls at younger and younger ages. In response to this growing trend, Remuda Ranch has developed an innovative new treatment program. The Children's Intensive Program will address the unique needs of young girls struggling with anorexia, bulimia and related issues.

Our new program will treat girls ages 8-13 and will encourage a high level of family involvement. As with Remuda's other Biblically based intensive programs, patients will receive individualized care in a safe, secure ranch setting. Our multidisciplinary treatment team will include a Child Psychiatrist, Primary Care Provider, Psychologist, Masters Level Therapist, Family Therapist, Registered Dietitian, Registered Nurse and an Education Coordinator.

Girls will participate in age-appropriate experiential therapies such as Art, Body Image, Creative Movement, Equine and Recreation Activities.

The Children's Intensive Program at Remuda Ranch will open in May of 2004. For additional information please call 1-800-445-1900.

posted: May 19, 2004

Several nation organizations are joining together in hopes of creating a calendar that consists solely of artwork created by those who suffer including family and friends. The artwork could be anything from poetry to painting.

The monthly calendar would also consist of listings of national organizations, events, and resources. A national committee will be formed that will be dedicated to the representation of this calendar, fundraising, and decision making. The calendar will be available for any and all eating disorder organizations to sell as a fundraiser.

Please help in the creation of this project with your input. Artwork submissions for those who wish to participate in the creation of this calendar can be emailed to EDcalendar05@yahoo.com. Questions about this project may be sent to the same address.

Submission deadline for artwork is August 1, 2004.

posted: May 19, 2004

My name is Esther Kane. I have a Masters degree in Social Work and am a Registered Clinical Counsellor specializing in disordered eating on Vancouver Island, British Columbia, Canada. I work in both the public and private health sectors and am extremely passionate about the work that I do with clients who struggle with disordered eating. For more information about me, please visit my website at: www.estherkane.com.

After working in this field for the past 13 years, I have come to the conclusion that there is a book that needs to be written that provides people who are struggling with disordered eating hope, courage, and tools for healing based on learning other�s recovery stories. My aim is to collect many personal stories of courage and bravery in the process of recovering from anorexia, bulimia, compulsive overeating, and any other type of problematic relationship with food and body image; pick those that stand out the most, and compile them into a book to offer hope, inspiration, and useful recovery tools to those who are still struggling. I will also be including my own personal journey of recovery from a 12-year struggle with bulimia and anorexia, highlighting how I got better.

If you are well on your way to recovering from disordered eating, have a flair for writing, and want to offer your story voluntarily in order to help others, please send it to me and I will consider it for the book. Please note that you can choose a pseudonym for your name if you like. If you decide to submit a story, it must conform to the following guidelines or it will not be considered for the book:

Up to 5,000 words MAXIMUM
E-mail to esther@estherkane.com in Microsoft Word format
Must be spell-checked and grammatically sound
Include your name, address, phone #, and e-mail address so that I can contact you should I decide to include your submission in the book.

Content must include: Your age; How long you struggled with an eating disorder and from what ages; Family involvement and whether anyone else in your family has/had an eating disorder; A history of your eating disorder and how bad it got; Most important part: (at least 2/3 of the written story)- how you got better: what tools you used to recover and what your life looks like today.

If you have any questions regarding this project, please contact me via e-mail: esther@estherkane.com or phone me at: (250) 338-1800

posted: May 19, 2004

May 11, 2004. Northborough, MA. MySelfHelp.com has announced the availability of "Take Control of Bulimia" � the latest addition to its series of self-help Internet programs, which also includes Defeating Depression and Stop Binge Eating. MySelfHelp.com members now receive all available programs for a $15 monthly subscription rate.

Take Control of Bulimia provides information, tools, and exercises that enable people who suffer from bulimia to identify underlying issues and problems, and learn techniques to identify triggers, eliminate bingeing and purging, and prevent a relapse. The program also includes sections on nutrition, body image, psychotherapy, medication, and personal stories.

The Stop Binge Eating program provides exercises that enable members to overcome misconceptions about dieting, and weight loss; identify and manage triggers for binge eating; and develop strategies to prevent overeating. Defeating Depression is a comprehensive, interactive, self-help program that provides information, tools, and exercises that help members to identify and change negative thinking, interrupt negative cycles of behavior, improve self-esteem, learn a variety of coping strategies, and prevent a relapse.

�Many healthcare professionals are recommending that their patients use our programs to help them get the most out of the treatment they are receiving. Members throughout the world are finding that our interactive exercises can help them develop new coping skills and make lasting changes in thinking and behavior,� said Richard Bedrosian, Ph.D., president and founder of MySelfHelp.com.

Other Online Programs on the Horizon
In addition to the Defeating Depression, Stop Binge Eating, and Take Control of Bulimia programs, MySelfHelp.com has a number of other programs in development. These include Hope for HIV and Depression, Como Derrotar a la Depresi�n (Latino Depression Program), Overcoming Guilt, Working on Low Self-Esteem, Help for Compulsive Buying, Considering Medication, Facing Panic and Anxiety, Grief: Moving Ahead, and Battling Substance Abuse. Healthcare professionals and individuals who would like to be notified when new programs are available can go to the MySelfHelp.com website and click on the New Product Releases button.

Moderated Discussion Board Available Soon
MySelfHelp.com members will also have full access to a new moderated Discussion Board, which will be available within a few weeks. The Discussion Board will cover a wide range of topics, and allow community members to add their own topics for discussion. All participants will remain anonymous.

Free Self-Help Newsletter
MySelfHelp.com also offers a free online self-help newsletter which includes inspirational stories, self-help tips, useful information, and advice. Anyone interested in subscribing can go to MySelfHelp.com and sign up, or send an email to info@MySelfHelp.com and request a newsletter. As a public service, the company also provides up-to-date research articles on its public website, along with links to other mental health-related sites.

About MySelfHelp.com
As the world�s premier site for online self-help resources, MySelfHelp.com consists of a growing family of highly interactive, easy-to-use programs featuring user-customizable exercises, tools, and resources designed to speed recovery and promote well being.

MySelfHelp.com is funded and supported by the National Institute of Mental Health and staffed by a team of highly experienced and reputable health care professionals and other experts who are devoted to helping people improve the quality of their lives.

For more information:
Visit the website: www.MySelfHelp.com
E-mail to: Caren Kenney

posted: May 19, 2004
IAEDP Symposium 2004: The international association of eating disorders professionals foundation

Date: July 29-Aug 1, 2004
Location: Hyatt Regency Lake Las Vegas

This exciting program features author Jean Kilbourne EdD, Slim Hopes: Advertising and the Obsession with Thinness. Special events include Celebrity Keynoter Speaker: Kathy Najimy (Sister Act 1 and 2) Hollywood Insider: Beating the Box-Office Beauty Myth and a photography exhibit and workshop presentation on photo therapy by reknown photographer and children�s play therapist Ellen Fisher Turk, co author of Making Peace with Your Body. Pre-conference three hour, in-depth trainings offered by Andrea Pennington MD, Medical Director, Discovery Health Network/ Discovery Health Online who will address Calming the Body: Alternative Treatments for Eating Disorders and Obesity and Craig Johnson PhD offering a Supervisory Session for Difficult Cases.

In addition, there will be two practical pre-conference sessions dedicated to helping those new to the field of eating disorders treatment: Eating Disorders 101 and Nutrition Education and Intervention for the Eating disordered Client. Additional keynotes are: Michael Levine EdD Ages and Stages of Eating Disorders: Is There a Place for Prevention?; Mark Schwartz, ScD and Lori Galperin, LCSW Working with Attachment Deficits with Eating Disordered Clients; Craig Johnson PhD Anorexia Research: Update from the National Institute of Mental Health Collaborative Genetic Study; Ovidio Bermudez, MD and Ralph Carson, PhD, RD The Childhood Obesity Epidemic: The Therapist�s Role in Making a Difference. Nine exciting, 3 hour Advanced Training Institutes and a Master Training Institute featuring George Cowan MD, Merri Goldberg LCSW BCD CEDS, Cathy Reto, PhD, and Jarole Boan Knowles MD on Bariatric Surgery Training for the Eating Disorder Professional: An Informative, Useful, and Practical Institute. In addition to this exciting lineup, there are over twenty-five concurrent workshops.

If you attend only one conference a year, this is the one you should attend! Email your request for a brochure to iaedpmembers@earthlink.net, call 800-800-8126 or visit www.iaedp.com.

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