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Client & Family Newsletter
April 2014
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In This Issue
Book Reading
Community Events
Mindful Moment

Every day, do something that will inch you closer to a better tomorrow. 

-Doug Firebaugh 

Recovery Night 

April 8, 2014 


Emily Neumann and

Emma Wallett

will speak about their own recovery journey. 


Emily is a go-getter, who is inspired to speak to others about the beauty of what recovery can look like. Working toward recovery in an eating disorder as well as sobriety is no easy feat, but she knows it is more than possible if you want it enough, and is well worth the fight.  She is living proof that recovery IS possible, and ultimately the happiest choice of all.

Date: April 8

Time: 6:30-8:00 PM 
2265 Como Ave, lower level, St. Paul, MN 55108

Recovery Night is a night of inspiration and hope, and occurs the 2nd Tuesday of every month. This is a free event that is open to the community. 
TEP Blog Posts 

Catch up on some reading:


Upcoming Professional Events in Spokane, WA


New Eating Disorder-Substance Use Disorder IOP


Nutrition Basics: A Simple Guide


Partial + Lodging Available in MN & WA


University of MN Recruiting Study Participants

The U of M is currently recruiting participants for the following study. 


Individuals with Anorexia Nervosa Needed for Anxiety Reactivity Study Researchers at the University of Minnesota are seeking adult females with anorexia nervosa to participate in a study to find out if people with anorexia nervosa respond to stressful experiences differently than people who do not have this disorder. Compensation is provided. If you would like more information, please call: 612-626-6147 or email
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NEW Washington BED/COE IOP Services


Higher Levels of Care for Compulsive Overeating/Binge Eating Disorder in Seattle, WA & Spokane, WA


"As a very large woman, I began taking a yoga and body image class and it has opened doors for me to become more comfortable in my own body and interested in doing more self care, because of the wonderful support from the therapist, instructor and members of the group. The Emily Program meets us "where we are". Not two people are alike and I've admired the creativity and integrity of the program."  

The Emily Program client in COE treatment


We enthusiastically announce the start of the intensive outpatient program (IOP) for compulsive overeating and binge eating disorder at our Seattle and Spokane locations.  Based on the recovery our clients have experienced in our Minnesota programs, we are expanding our offerings beyond COE/BED groups in Washington to include more intensive treatment.


At The Emily Program, we specifically address the unique recovery needs for those struggling with these issues. COE intensive programs offer a safe environment where clients can break free from the diet mentality, explore relationships with the body and movement, and challenge the focus on "good vs. bad foods" while moving toward a peaceful and healthier relationship with food and with themselves.


Using a multi-dimensional approach, participants meet with therapists and others in recovery to explore the feelings and emotions underneath their struggles with food. They are encouraged to become more comfortable with their bodies by working with a trained yoga therapist and heal through creativity by engaging in art therapy. The Intensive program provides therapeutic meal support using intuitive, mindful and prescriptive eating approaches. The Emily Program team creates a collaborative and supportive environment that reinforces a new relationship with food and body, allowing participants a road map to follow on their journey to recovery.


For more information or to make a referral to our outpatient groups or intensive programs, please contact:


our Seattle office at (206) 283-2220

our Spokane office at (509) 252-1366

A Mother's Journey Through the Death of Her Daughter from an Eating Disorder


Please join The Emily Program and 

Common Good Books

as Judith Sullivan, author of TheTerrifying Wind: Seeking Shelter Following the Death of a Child reads from her book and shares with us her experiences involving her daughter's passing and the subsequent healing and acceptance that slowly followed.

When: May 5 at 7:00 PM

Where: Common Good Books, 38 S Snelling Avenue, St. Paul, MN 55105


An Excerpt:

It took only one phone call to change a family's life forever. When twenty-five-year-old Melissa Sullivan arrived at the hospital, she was already in a coma. Several days went by as Judith Sullivan, her husband, and her son and his wife held vigil in the hospital waiting room. Holding on to hope, the family clung to each other and to friends who offered their support. But Melissa would not survive the cardiac arrest. They struggled to understand how Melissa could have died, and to accept the strong possibility that disordered eating behaviors had triggered the cardiac arrest.


Judith and her family then went on a journey. They struggled to understand how Melissa could have died. They realized that their family would have to be redefined. And they learned the value of good friends-life supporters-who walked with them on their journey. 


Judith Sullivan book The Terrifying Wind: Seeking Shelter Following the Death of  a Child is a haunting and honest account of how one family survived such a horrible assault to its psyche. Anyone who has lost a child or a loved one will find hope at the end of the storm. Anyone who has felt helpless watching a friend struggle to cope with such a loss will find guidance on how to become a life supporter to someone whose life has been turned upside down. And in the end, Judith Sullivan gives the reader hope that there is a way to go on. There is a way to find shelter.
Out And About in the Community

The Emily Program and The Emily Program Foundation will be participating at various events across the US over the next couple of months. If you live in these areas, please come by and say "hello". 


Spokane, WA (for professionals)

Monday, April 7 from 8:00-11:00 AM

The Overlap Between Compulsive Overeating, Binge Eating Disorder and Obesity -- A complimentary breakfast and continuing education event 
Location: The Emily Program Spokane, 2020 East 29th Ave, Suite 200, Spokane, WA 99203 

Click here to learn more and RSVP


Boston, MA (open to the public)

Sunday, May 4 from 10:00 AM-12:30 PM

Walk Toward Recovery 5K

This event will bring together not just the Boston area community, but also colleges and universities from all over New England to shine a light on the significant number of students that are struggling with body image and/or eating concerns. 
Location: Boston University's Nickerson Field
Emceed by Magic 1067's Candy O'Terry
Click here for more information and to sign up. 


Grand Rapids, MN 

Thursday, May 8 

in partnership with the Blandin FoundationEating Disorders presented by Keri Clifton and Kitty Westin of The Emily Program Foundation

  • A Clinical Introduction to Eating Disorders -a workshop for professionals
    • 1:00-4:00 PM, Blandin Foundation Auditorium
    • 12:30 PM registration at door
      First-come basis ($20 registration fee donated to The Emily Program Foundation); CEUs available
  • Media, Body Image, and Eating Disorders:  Building Community Awareness - open to the public
    • 7:00-8:00 pm, Blandin Foundation Auditorium
    • A basic understanding of eating disorders, reasons someone may develop an eating disorder, and tools for prevention.  How to promote positive body image and self-esteem while encouraging optimal health and well-being through joyful activity, nutrition and self-care.
Question of the Month

Each month we'll ask a question that relates to eating disorders, body image, or recovery. Responses may be used in a future blog post.


Our April question is: Whether you are struggling with an eating disorder or you are a support person, what advice would you give someone who is just beginning this journey?


Please This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. us your response. Responses used in blog posts will remain anonymous unless you indicate otherwise.


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