New Programs Added to iaedp's Symposium 2012 Offer Increased Recognition Opportunities for Eating Disorder Professionals

Dec 15, 2011, 15:47 ET from iaedp

PEKIN, Ill., Dec. 15, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- Offered for the first time at the iaedp Foundation's Symposium 2012, members will be honored before their professional peers by the Awards Committee recently established by iaedp's Board of Directors.

"Our dedicated members are a huge part of iaedp's success and growth," said Bonnie Harken, Managing Director at the iaedp Foundation. "We're very excited about incorporating the Awards Ceremony into our annual Symposium as an important, new step recognizing members for their exemplary support and contributions to eating disorder treatment."

Members, and in one instance, non-members, will have four opportunities for recognition:

  • The Spirit of iaedp Award will be given to a member of iaedp for ten years or more who demonstrates consistent service and loyalty to iaedp's mission.
  • The New Professional Award recognizes a member who has been in the field five years or fewer for innovative and substantial contributions to iaedp and the eating disorder treatment field. Possible contribution includes organizing a training event, supporting research through a fundraising program or assisting other new professionals.
  • The Member of the Year Award will honor a member with six or more years of experience in the field who demonstrates noteworthy service to iaedp and consistently exceeds expectations for contributions to the iaedp conference, chapters, program development and good will ambassadorship.
  • Special Service Recognition Award will award special contributions whenever applicable from a person who may not fit another award category and are not required to be iaedp members.

The Board of Directors and Awards Committee also present the Fellow of iaedp (F.iaedp), a new category of elevated membership status available to highly committed and accomplished professionals. 

"The new awards and Fellow status are more than just an acknowledgement of achievement from iaedp," said Roy Erlichman, PhD, CEDS, CAP and Awards Committee member. Award recommendation forms and Fellow of iaedp applications are online at

About iaedp:
Since 1985, the International Association of Eating Disorders Professionals has provided education and training standards to an international and multidisciplinary group of various healthcare treatment providers. iaedp is excited about Charleston as the site for iaedp Symposium 2012! Enjoy this city during its Historic Home and Garden Week while experiencing the conference attendees call "the best eating disorder conference."  Visit:  International Association of Eating Disorders Professionals.

Contact: Susie Lomelino/Tammy Hammond

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