By Christy Zender, MSW, LICSW, The Emily Program Site Manager, Woodbury & Toogood (Adolescent Outpatient Services, St. Paul)
Let’s start with a quick analogy.
Eating disorders and icebergs are more alike than one might think. Picture an iceberg floating in a vast ocean: You can only see the tip of the iceberg and have no idea of what is under the surface of the water. Most people look at an eating disorder the same way, only seeing what is on the outside, above the water. This generally represents the behavioral parts of an eating disorder – weight, size, shape, purging, excessive exercise, and so on – the things that you can see, measure, and quantify.
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By Sarah Hrudka, Outreach Specialist at The Emily Program
I remember the terror and anxiety that ran through my veins prior to confronting my friends about their eating disorder(s), because I was so unsure of how they might react. But I once heard the quote, albeit a bit cheesy perhaps, that “I would rather have a mad friend than a dead friend.” Not that I had enough power as a single human to save their life and well-being per se, but instead holding steadfast to the notion that I had enough of a voice to help, because I would rather say “I tried” instead of “I should’ve.”
We are excited to announce that Cleveland Center for Eating Disorders has partnered with The Emily Program. One of the most exciting outcomes of this partnership will be the opening of a 16-bed residential facility for adult males and females in early 2015.
The Emily Program offers all levels of care for teenagers, from outpatient services to 24/7 residential treatment. Our compassionate staff understand the complexities that come with eating disorders and that no two teenagers are alike. Working with the teenager and their family, we establish a treatment plan that will fit each individual’s needs.
In this brief, Ask the Expert video by Mpls-St. Paul Magazine, Dr. Jillian Lampert discusses the signs and symptoms to watch for and how to get started.
We welcome concerned parents and guardians to call us at 1-888-EMILY-77 (364-5977) if you are worried about your teenager. We’ll help answer questions and guide you through how eating disorder treatment can look for your teen.
The Emily Program is here to help clients struggling with eating disorders, wherever they are from. We provide lodging options in Minnesota and Washington for adult women over 18 who require a higher level of care, but live a long distance from treatment. Partial plus Lodging is also an alternative for women who might feel their current home environment isn't conducive to recovery.
Watch the video to learn more about our Partial plus Lodging program.
With personalized treatment programs for all eating disorders, The Emily Program helps bring recovery closer than ever. Contact our lodging manager at 1-888-EMILY77 (364-5977) ext. 2220 for more information or to get started.
At The Emily Program we’re committed to:
- providing the best eating disorder treatment to our clients and families,
- improving and growing the programs and services we offer,
- staying current within the eating disorders, mental health, and healthcare fields,
- learning more about and adjusting our research-based practices to fit client needs as well as sharing our lessons and knowledge with other professionals.
We have an incredible amount of useful and exciting information to share about all of these things.
Take Back the Tutu - Part 2February 27, 2014.
Eating Disorder Awareness Week is in full swing. There are many community and awareness events occurring this week. We were thrilled when Saint Paul City Ballet agreed to share their inspirational and courageous views of body image, and the idea that each and every person’s body is different. It’s important to embrace the body we have and take care of it. Our body is our body. It helps us do activities we enjoy and to move about our days. For these dancers, their bodies give them the ability to perform their art – ballet. And they vow to “Take Back the Tutu.”
Take Back the Tutu, Part 1February 25, 2014.
It’s Eating Disorder Awareness Week and we’re excited to share insight from dancers at Saint Paul City Ballet about being themselves and embracing their bodies for what they help them do – perform their art. This two part series will take you through the background of how “Taking Back the Tutu” came to be and share statements written by the nine dancers at the Company.
One week just isn’t enough time to highlight eating disorders awareness, so we’ve designated the entire month of February as Eating Disorder Awareness Month. The Emily Program and The Emily Program Foundation invite you to come out and participate in one (or all) of these events.
We're looking forward to seeing everyone who registered for our December event. Due to the overwhelming response and interest a second date has been added for the Now What? Lunch & Learn. If you were unable to register for the December date, please sign up for January.
With the success of our September Onsite tour still lingering around us, we are excited to be continuing this program with our next visit taking place December 5th and 6th.
As a healthcare provider, answering questions and helping people that struggle with eating disorders is becoming increasingly common. You want solid facts. You want evidence-based practices. You want to make referrals with complete confidence.
Multiple Disorders and Intervention: Now What?
This opportunity is open to:
- Anyone working with clients who are presenting co-occurring disorders.
- Anyone working with families struggling to get help for a loved one suffering from an unclear behavioral health issue.
- Anyone seeking to gain more knowledge about the resources available for complex and challenging cases.
A complimentary lunch will be served and providers will receive one CE credit.
When: December 10 from 11:30am-1:30pm
Where: The Emily Program Woodbury
576 Bielenberg Dr, Suite 250, Woodbury, MN 55125
Re-posted from Cleveland Center for Eating Disorders (CCED) blog archives. CCED and The Emily Program partnered in 2014.
By Dr. Mark Warren
The DSM V has brought formal recognition to a significant issue in those with eating disorders that have been previously excluded. The disorder "atypical anorexia" describes an individual who meet the criteria for anorexia, however despite significant weight loss the individual's weight is within or above the normal range. With the current focus on childhood obesity this awareness is particularly important as children and teens who are overweight may be directed to lose weight for their health. While weight loss may be good advice for some, for others who are biologically predisposed to developing an eating disorder weight loss may lead to the psychological and physical manifestations of this illness. A recent article in the Huffington Post summarized an article from the Journal of Pediatrics – It notes that overweight and obese children and teens who are at significant risk of developing an eating disorder may be ignored or overlooked due to our focus on obesity and weight loss. Pediatric eating disorders do not receive the same attention that pediatric obesity receives. It is estimated that at least 6% of children have an eating disorder and that close to half of high school females and a third of high school males engage in disordered eating behaviors including fasting, diet pills, and laxative abuse. As many as one third of children and adolescents with an eating disorder may be of normal or above normal weight and suffer the same medical consequences, psychological pain, obsessions, behaviors, and loss of quality of life that underweight individuals suffer from. Going forward it is crucial for all of us that we do not define anorexia and underweight as the same thing. Body mass index is not always a measure that can be used to determine if an eating disorder is present. Questions related to disordered eating and weight management behaviors should be asked and taken seriously regardless of weight.
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The Emily Program is excited to announce that our new Woodbury, MN office is officially open.
We are currently taking referrals and new clients in need of eating disorder treatment. Call us at (651) 645-5323. We believe that with the right treatment, recovery is possible.
Our new and improved group catalog will be in The Emily Program Minneapolis-St. Paul locations soon. For now, please feel free to click here to peruse all the offerings.
Here are some of the changes you'll notice in the fall catalog:
- The layout. We hope you will find this catalog easier to navigate.The Emily Program Minneapolis-St. Paul Groups
- Number of ongoing groups. Almost all of our groups are now ongoing. This should make joining a group easier. Our Body Image, Connections, DBT, and Tools for Couples are the only groups that have start and end dates. Talk with your individual therapist soon to get involved with those groups.
- Woodbury. Our newest Twin Cities location, Woodbury, is included in this catalog.
Watch the lobbies of our Twin Cities locations after Labor Day for the printed copies of the catalog.