We are proud to post the announcement of The International Association of Eating Disorders Professionals Foundation (iaedp) 2012 Symposium to take place on March 22-25 at the Charleston Marriott in Charleston, South Carolina. Five keynote speakers will serve as the headliner events during the 26th anniversary of the upcoming action-packed conference. Established in 1985, iaedp provides educational programs and training standards for eating disorder specialists and other medical professionals caring for those suffering from the full spectrum of disordered eating.  The group offers a highly respected certification process for specializing in eating disorder treatment. "Each year, for the iaedp Foundation Symposium, it is our mission to bring together the leading authorities in research and treatment of eating disorders and co-occuring addictions," said Bonnie Harken, Managing Director at the iaedp Foundation. "We identify those truly outstanding in our field to help all of us in the treatment of eating disorders do the best job possible to fight for those who suffer from addictive diseases."

The 2012 Symposium offers four days of training sessions and instructive presentations including five keynote speakers: Jean Kilbourne, EdD; Joyce Hawkes, PhD; Corinne F. Gerwe, PhD, LCAS, CAS; Joel C. Robertson, Pharm.D; and Mark Gold, MD. Dr. Kilbourne is internationally recognized for groundbreaking work on the image of women in advertising, and recently published So Sexy so Soon: The New Sexualized Childhood and What Parents Can Do to Protect Their Kids. Dr. Hawkes, recognized for her demonstration on how science and spirituality can peacefully coexist in beneficial and refreshing ways, and has released Resonance: Nine Practices for Harmonious Health and Vitality. Dr. Gerwe is internationally recognized for the Gerwe Orchestration Method (G-OM) treatment approach, addressing the impact of early pivotal life-altering experiences in relation to the development of behavioral and addictive disorders, including eating disorders, and has published The Art of Investigative Psychodynamic Therapy. Dr. Robertson, internationally recognized for his work in brain chemistry and human behavior, has assessed over 14,000 individuals in 25 years, and his online brain chemistry programs have helped individuals overcome the personal inhibitors that compromise overall health and performance. Dr. Gold, the Chair of Psychiatry at the University of Florida, has contributed to new approaches in addiction treatment and has pioneered hedonic overeating as an addiction, developing imaging models to treat overeating and obesity.

About iaedp: Established in 1985, the International Association of Eating Disorders Professionals or iaedp is recognized today for its excellence in providing first-quality education and training standards to an international and multidisciplinary group of various healthcare treatment providers and helping professions, who treat the full spectrum of eating disorder problems. The organization offers a highly respected certification process for those who wish to receive specialized credentials in their work with people with eating disorders. All iaedp training and educational programs are designed by treatment professionals for treatment professionals who work with patients in a therapeutic setting.

We urge our blog readers to pass the word about this important symposium and organization to professionals who treat eating disorders.


Nutritionist Marcia Herrin and Nancy Matsumoto, co-authors of The Parent's Guide to Eating Disorders, Gūrze Books. Marcia is also author of Nutrition Counseling in the Treatment of Eating Disorders.

Copyrighted by Marcia Herrin and Nancy Matsumoto

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