I am proud to announce a wonderful educational and supportive conference designed especially for families of children with eating disorders. All of the speakers are respected colleagues of mine and top of their fields.

There's No Place Like Home: Eating Disorders and the Family

November 30-December 1, 2012

Alexandria, Virginia

Sponsored by F.E.A.S.T. (Families Empowered And Supporting Treatment of Eating Disorders) 

F.E.A.S.T., a parent advocacy organization for Eating Disorders, announces its 2nd Annual Conference: "There's No Place Like Home: Eating Disorders and the Family,"Nov. 30 & Dec 1, 2012, Alexandria VA. This conference is aimed at parents and caregivers at all levels, of people diagnosed with eating disorders. Attendees will learn about media and eating disorders, support for all family members, navigating insurance coverage, and updates in effective treatment options from inpatient and residential to outpatient and individualized therapy.

The Keynote Speaker on Nov 30th will be “Mental Health and the Media” by Jeff Bell, author of “Rewind, Replay and Repeat” and nationally recognized speaker and advocate for OCD awareness . Featured presentations will be given by: Dr. Craig Johnson PhD, FAED: Chief Clinical Officer Eating Recovery Center, Denver CO on “The Evolution of the Field of Eating Disorders: Parents, Patients, and Professionals”; "History of Media Coverage of Eating Disorders: How Parents Can Understand & Respond" by Carolyn Costin, MA, MED, MFT, author and pioneer ED advocate and clinician; and Lisa Kantor, JD, on "Paying for Treatment: How Does Insurance Work?".

In the past 10 years, there have been revolutionary changes in how eating disorders are understood and treated. Media messages regarding eating disorders are often full of misleading information, or don’t seem to apply to your situation. Navigating the new information and all the treatment options can be overwhelming, particularly in today’s changing healthcare climate.

Parents are often frustrated by a lack of readily available, good information about eating disorders and confusion as to what treatment options are available. This is an opportunity to network with providers and other parents and find out more about eating disorder resources near you. If you'd like to learn more about current treatments and what you can do for your child or loved one with an eating disorder AND your family, this conference is for you.

There is also an opportunity to participate in a Congressional Briefing in Washington, DC on Thurs, Nov 29th 2012. Conference fees include breakfast, lunch, snacks, all conference sessions and access to the Learning Room. This conference accepts no industry funding, and has no corporate sponsor. For registration and more information go to:

F.E.A.S.T. 2012 Symposium 

F.E.A.S.T. - Families Empowered And Supporting Treatment of Eating Disorders

P.O. Box 331 Warrenton, VA 2018

Phone: 540-227-8518




Nutritionist Marcia Herrin and Nancy Matsumoto, co-authors of The Parent’s Guide to Eating Disorders, Gūrze Books, Marcia is also author of the soon to be published Nutrition Counseling in the Treatment of Eating Disorders (December 2012). Copyrighted by Marcia Herrin and Nancy Matsumoto

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Marcia Herrin, Ed.D., M.P.H., R.D.

Marcia Herrin, Ed.D., M.P.H., R.D., is the founder of Dartmouth College's nationally renowned nutrition programs. Currently, Dr. Herrin conducts a private practice in Lebanon, NH.

Nancy Matsumoto

Nancy Matsumoto is a freelance journalist who has written numerous stories on health, eating disorders, and body image.

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