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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It's time once again for the annual Emily Program Client Satisfaction Survey and we want your feedback!
Each year we ask clients to share their thoughts and recommendations with The Emily Program. The feedback will help us continue to develop programming and enhance client experience.
The survey is open to all TEP clients at all locations. It runs from today (9/16) through Monday, September 30. Please be sure to share your feedback soon.
As a thank you for your time, we invite clients to enter a drawing for one of five The Emily Program canvas tote bags.*
Click HERE to take the survey now.
*Please note that the contact information you provide for this prize drawing will not be connected to your survey responses in any way.
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.
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People do not define beauty.
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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.
Download the flyer for more information about this event.
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.
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.
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.
Do you enjoy making jewelry, scrapbooking, knitting, crocheting, painting, or other art and craft activities?
Join the Crafting Club -- a social group of current and former Emily Program clients who gather on a regular basis to practice art and craft activities. It's a great time to practice your art or craft, meet new people, and connect with those you already know.
The Craft Club meets once per month to enjoy each other's company and be creative. Current and former Emily Program clients are welcome to participate. All you need is an interest in learning and doing arts and crafts.
There is no cost, no pre-registration, and no commitment to attend.
When: 2nd Saturday of each month
Where: 2265 Como Avenue, St. Paul, MN 55108
Time: 8:30 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
You can stay the whole time or show up for part of the time. Please bring your own supplies for the project(s) you are working on.
The Minneapolis-St. Paul summer group catalog is out and includes descriptions of all of our ongoing outpatient groups and a number of new groups being offered during summer quarter.
For clients who participate in intensive programs at our St. Louis Park office, this season also brings a pilot program that let’s you choose various groups to attend during your program day. To get involved with any group, please speak with your individual therapist. They can help you determine the group(s) that will be fit your needs and help get you signed up.
The Woodbury office will offer individuals increased access to care. Located off interstate 94 and 494, we’ll be conveniently located for those who live in the eastern metro area.
We’re excited about this new location and will provide an array of outpatient eating disorder services – from Intensive Day Program to individual appointments.
Check back later this summer for more updates about this new location.
On May 8th the newest Intensive Plus Lodging option opened near our St. Louis Park, MN office. This lodging option adds space for eight guests to stay while participating in an Intensive Day Program.
Intensive Plus Lodging offers adult women traveling from long distances a place to stay while participating in our Intensive Day Programs. Individuals are able to enjoy the comforts of home while getting the treatment they need.
Learn more about our lodging options, or contact our Lodging Manager at (651) 315-3302.
Mark your calendars for June 20th at 7 PM. Cindy Solberg, MA, LPC, LADC is a therapist at The Emily Program. She will discuss the topic: Eating Disorder and Recovery Addiction at The Recovery Church.
Date: Thursday, June 20
Time: 7:00 PM
Location: The Recovery Church, 253 State Street, St. Paul, MN 55107
Most people are usually very surprised to learn that eating disorders have little to do with food. Especially when one considers that many people who suffer from eating disorders actually have an unhealthy obsession with food. Eating disorders and addiction often come hand in hand as well. This session will provide a basic level of understanding of the multidimensional nature of eating disorder and addiction recovery. It will also discuss how someone might learn to have a non-addictive relationship with food.
Thank you to The Recovery Church and Minnesota Recovery Connection for hosting this event.
In January we introduced Hillside Lodging, a 4 bedroom lodging option located in St. Paul, MN for female clients in Intensive Day Program or Intensive Outpatient Programs. We are thrilled to be able to offer a convenient and peaceful lodging option for out-of-area clients.
Take a photo tour of the warm and welcoming interior of the house.Relax and unwind in this sunny room.Come home to a bright welcoming living room and dining room.Curl up to your favorite book in this cozy corner of the house.Our single bedrooms allow you to have privacy and a place to relax and reflect.
If you are interested in Intensive Programs and Hillside Lodging, or have any questions please contact our Lodging Manager, Erin at (651) 315-3302.