New iaedp Symposium 2012 Program Reveals Record Number of Workshops for Eating Disorder Treatment

More Ways Than Ever Before for Professionals to Earn CEUs

Jan 11, 2012, 15:13 ET from iaedp

PEKIN, Ill., Jan. 11, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- The iaedp Foundation is pleased to announce its Symposium 2012 program, featuring a record-setting 40 workshops and other special events March 22-25 in Charleston, South Carolina.

The iaedp Foundation promises an extraordinary weekend designed by leading eating disorder professionals proud to present a warm and inclusive forum in an environment meant to inspire professionals. The program offers exploration of the latest treatment possibilities in eating disorder treatment while engaging in a weekend-long dialogue with other compassionate professionals and students.

"iaedp's success and growth is based on our dedication to provide eating disorder professionals a world class forum to explore contemporary methods for treatment and continue to learn and grow, serving those in need of treatment for eating disorders," said Bonnie Harken, Managing Director at The iaedp Foundation.

In addition to these workshops, iaedp has brought together a group of five world-renowned authors, scientists, and doctors as this year's Symposium keynote faculty. The upcoming Symposium will also provide attendees with exclusive events to entertain and spark new ways of approaching the topic of eating disorders in today's society. On Saturday night, a special performance of "NORMAL, the Musical" follows an afternoon presentation featuring Robyn Hussa, founder and president of NORMAL in schools, along with Jenni Schaefer and Doris Smeltzer. Highlights include:

  • Jean Kilbourne, internationally recognized author and groundbreaking advocate for women's causes, kicks off the series with a discussion based on her book, So Sexy So Soon: The New Sexualized Childhood. She examines the harmful consequences of the sexualization of children and teenagers and suggests some strategies for change.
  • Over 40 provocative concurrent workshops taught by experts and field professionals covering topics including the relationship between personal trauma and disordered eating, understanding the adolescent brain in the treatment of eating disorders and exploring the mysteries of addiction.
  • An exclusive presentation of "Normal, the Musical," an award-winning off-Broadway family musical that confronts eating-disorders while promoting hope and survival.


"'NORMAL' has not only inspired medical experts, parents, and educators, it has kick-started an entire nonprofit movement," said Bonnie Harken. "iaedp is pleased to present 'NORMAL' at the Symposium 2012 and hope that the infectious spirit of survival will captivate the entire audience."

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