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Discovering the Role of Yoga in Eating Disorder Treatment

January 19, 2016. Written by Lisa Diers, R.D., L.D., E-R.Y.T.
  • Reprinted with permission from SCAN'S PULSE, Winter 2016, Vol 35, No 1, official publication of Sports, Cardiovascular, and Wellness Nutrition (SCAN), Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, Chicago, IL.

    The popularity and accessibility of yoga has grown exponentially in the past decade. According to a study by Yoga Journal, approximately 20 million Americans older than 18 years practiced yoga in 2012, constituting 8.7% of the adult population.1 An industry report by IBIS World estimates there are more than 30,000 yoga and Pilates studios in the United States.2 Many of the 170+ eating disorder (ED) treatment facilities in the U.S. offer yoga or other mind-body based activities as a component of treatment.3 A 2006 study of 18 residential ED treatment programs in the nation found that two-thirds of the programs offered yoga.4

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What is the best treatment at any given time when recovering from an eating disorder?

February 10, 2015. Written by Mark Warren, M.D.
  • By: Mark Warren, MD, chief medical officer at The Emily Program

    What is the best treatment at any given time when recovering from an eating disorder? This is one of the great questions providers, clients, and families alike struggle to answer.

    We know there are significant scientifically based therapies that deliver positive outcomes, including weight restoration and behavior cessation. In fact, The Emily Program incorporates these therapies in our programs — Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Dialectical Behavioral Therapy, and Family-Based Therapy — and has experienced much success through them.

    Having said that, however, we also know that many clients who are able to cease behaviors and achieve weight restoration may continue to experience physiological distress, urges, body dissatisfaction, and anxiety, among other eating disorder symptoms.

    Further complicating the issue, eating disorders often occur in secret and many clients may not reveal the intensity of their behaviors, thoughts and feelings during treatment.

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Integrating Into the Communities We Serve

September 23, 2014.
  • By Sarah Hrudka, Outreach Specialist at The Emily Program

    As The Emily Program continues to expand treatment options across the country, it’s more important than ever to truly be part of and contribute to the richness of each community we join. To do this, The Emily Program has designated outreach staff who are able to take on this important community role.

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The Emily Program – Cleveland’s Open House and CEU Event

July 03, 2014.
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    (L to R)  Lucene Wisniewski, PhD, Dirk Miller, PhD, Mark Warren, MD, and Jillian Lampert, PhD

    Join us for The Emily Program – Cleveland's Open House on Tuesday, July 15, beginning at 5 p.m. The event will be held in Cleveland offices in Beachwood. Hors d'oeuvres will be served.

    Come help us celebrate our partnership. Dirk Miller, CEO of The Emily Program, CCED's Mark Warren, newly appointed chief medical officer of The Emily Program, and CCED's Lucene Wisniewski, newly appointed chief clinical officer of The Emily Program, and other senior leadership of The Emily Program will be there. We would love to meet you and tell you about our future plans in Cleveland, including a new residential facility opening in 2015.

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Join us July 21 for a CEU Event in South Sound, WA

June 17, 2014.
  • Attention Lacey, Olympia, South Sound, Washington professionals.

    Please join The Emily Program for a complimentary continuing education event at the Lacey Community Center on July 21, 2014 from 9:00 AM-12:00 PM.

    Dr. Jillian Lampert, Chief Development Officer of The Emily Program and nationally renowned eating disorder expert will present on The Overlap Between Compulsive Overeating, Binge Eating and Obesity.

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Stay Up To Date With The Emily Program

March 18, 2014.
  • 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.

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Eating Disorder Education in the Community

March 17, 2014.
  • Re-posted from Cleveland Center for Eating Disorders (CCED) blog archives. CCED and The Emily Program partnered in 2014.

    By Dr. Mark Warren

    I co-taught a day long conference at the Gestalt Institute a few weeks ago on eating disorders, the science behind them, when to refer, and when to treat. It's a topic that forms the core of the work we do and is very dear to my heart. The participants at the conference were a terrific group.

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Provider Lunch & Learn Dec 10

November 06, 2013.
  • Multiple Disorders and Intervention: Now What?

    Join The Emily Program, AiR, Hazelden, and PrairieCare for a complimentary lunch and 60 minutes of engaging discussion around the complexities and resources for individuals with multiple disorders.

    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
    Cost: FREE

    Click here to register for Now What?

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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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Dr. Wisniewski Receives AED Outstanding Clinician Award!

May 17, 2013.
  • Re-posted from Cleveland Center for Eating Disorders (CCED) blog archives. CCED and The Emily Program partnered in 2014.

    CCED is very proud to announce our very own Lucene Wisniewski, PhD, received the 2013 Outstanding Clinician Award from the Academy for Eating Disorders "for her contributions to the clinical care and well-being of individuals with eating disorders through clinical contributions to the field."

    "I feel really lucky to be part of this community of experts in eating disorder treatment," Dr. Wisniewski said during her acceptance speech. "On a day-to-day basis, if I feel stuck with a patient, I can call people literally all over the world because of this group. I have learned so much from being a part of the AED, and it is just an honor to receive this award."

    Dr. Wisniewski was honored during an award's ceremony at this year's International Conference on Eating Disorders, Crossing Disciplinary Boundaries in Eating Disorders, held in Montreal, May 2 – 4. During her acceptance speech, she joked that the irony of this award is the fact that she never wanted to be a clinician. So, she offered the audience one piece of advice: Take the opportunities that come to you, even if you don't think they will lead you down what you think is your desired path.

    Watch Dr. Wisniewski receiving her award live at the AED's award ceremony below. Her acceptance speech begins at timestamp 5:45.

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