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There’s Help. There’s Hope! The Emily Program is a warm and welcoming place where individuals and their families can find comprehensive treatment for eating disorders and related issues. This blog is a place for us to share the latest happenings at The Emily Program, as well as helpful tidbits from the broader eating disorder community.

We want to hear your story. This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. and ask how you can become a contributor!

CEU Networking Breakfast & Workshop

August 20, 2013.
  • The Emily Program and The Retreat have partnered to present "Exploring Positive Body Image." CEUs are available for LADC and Social Workers.

    When: September 17 from 8:00-10:30 AM
    Where: The Retreat, Wayzata, MN

    While addressing addiction, providers often find themselves addressing co-occurring body image concerns and disordered eating behavior. This workshop will explore and offer suggestions for promoting positive body image and self-esteem, while encouraging optimal health and well-being through joyful activity, nutrition and self-care.

    Dr. Jillian Lampert, The Emily Program's senior director of business and community development, will discuss how providers can recognize and become more confident in addressing positive body image with clients dealing with co-occuring disorders.

    RSVP to Peggy at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. Seating is limited.

    Download the flyer for more information about this event.

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The Need for Evidence Based Care

August 09, 2013. Written by Mark Warren, M.D.
  • Re-posted from Cleveland Center for Eating Disorders (CCED) blog archives. CCED and The Emily Program partneredin 2014.

    By Dr. Mark Warren

    A recent article by Dr. Russell Marx, The National Eating Disorder Association's chief science officer, discussed evidence based treatment. The article noted Harriet Brown's New York Times piece, which we have discussed in previous blogs, concerning why surprisingly few patients get evidence based care. Dr. Marx discusses the NICE guidelines, which is the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence in the United Kingdom. What's particularly exciting about this article was that it noted the growing evidence for the efficacy of FBT and general family based interventions for clients with anorexia. The NICE guidelines are of significance specifically in the United Kingdom but are utilized worldwide in understanding evidence basis for eating disorder treatment. In the NICE guidelines Dialectical Behavioral Therapy is noted as a treatment well conducted with clinical studies for binge eating disorder, but is not included as a proven treatment for anorexia or bulimia. These guidelines were last completed in 2011 and will be reviewed again in 2014. It is our hope that recent studies on DBT will show the effectiveness of this treatment for other eating disorder diagnoses.

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Validation

August 02, 2013.
  • Re-posted from Cleveland Center for Eating Disorders (CCED) blog archives. CCED and The Emily Program partneredin 2014.

    By Samantha Mishne, LISW, LICDC

    Recently a client kept telling me how invalidating I was. Instead of getting defensive and saying all the things I was thinking in my head which I knew were not validating, I took a validation course. Recently when I was taking an online training the facilitator and a colleague both commented on how validating I was. I share this because it just goes to show when you take in feedback you can teach an old dog new tricks. Given this feedback, I am going to stop invalidating myself and start validating myself by telling people, "I am validating." Remember you can validate others and yourself.

    Why did I need to take in this feedback and learn to become more validating? I wish I could tell you it was because I wanted to be more adherent to dialectical behavioral therapy which is about pushing for change and validation, however it was more self-serving. As I say to the young people I work with: "validation makes people want to do things for you." Yes, it also shows that you understand, are listening, and want to tend to the relationship. Once I realized that to validate someone does not mean you agree with them, it became easy to validate. Remember you can only validate the valid.

    How do you validate someone? You make eye contact, stay focused and show that you are actively listening which is hard, you may need to put down your electronic devices in order to do this. Next be mindful of your verbal and nonverbal reactions, which for me is my tone. Try and identify how the other person is feeling and name that feeling. Yes, you might be wrong, but at least they will know you are trying to help them express their feelings. Try and find the kernel of truth in what the other person is saying. Lastly respond in a way that shows you are taking them seriously. We validate ourselves the same way-observe how we are feeling, reflect those feelings back, and look for how those feelings make sense. Remember validation also increases people's willingness. Whenever a client validates me, I feel my motivation increasing; I am more attentive and in turn more validating.

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Exciting Group Therapy Options Offered This Fall

July 31, 2013.
  • The Emily Program offers a variety of different groups to meet our client’s needs. Check out some of the exciting groups going on now throughout Minnesota! Please see you individual therapist for a referral to start a group.

    Check back in early September for a full listing of group offerings.

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Minneapolis-St. Paul Body Image Groups Starting in September

July 30, 2013.
  • Our Body Image Groups are a safe and welcoming space for clients of all experience levels.

    Body Image groups provide you a supportive and non-judgmental environment to explore your relationship with your body while practicing mindfulness, breath and yoga postures. Additionally, they allow you to deepen your mind body connection and notice how thoughts, feelings, and postures impact body image, awareness and experience.

    * Please talk to your individual therapist for a referral before attending an intake.

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