The iaedp Foundation's Symposium 2013 Offers Prestigious Recognition for Eating Disorder Professionals

Dec 21, 2012, 11:54 ET from International Association of Eating Disorders Professionals (iaedp)

PEKIN, Ill., Dec. 21, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- The iaedp Foundation's Symposium 2013 will honor chosen members before their professional peers selected by iaedp's Board of Directors'  special awards committee. The group also will present the Fellow of iaedp, a category of membership and honor available to highly committed and accomplished professionals. Award nominations and Fellow of iaedp applications are encouraged from members through forms provided online with nominations closing on Dec. 31, 2012.

"Our dedicated members are a huge part of iaedp's success and growth," said Bonnie Harken, iaedp's Managing Director.  "We're very excited about these prestigious awards, recognizing members for their exemplary support and contributions to eating disorder treatment."

Members, and in one instance, non-members, 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. Certification is important but not required of this person, widely known to iaedp's members.
  • The New Professional Award recognizes a member of five years or fewer for innovative and substantial contributions to iaedp and the eating disorder treatment field. Possible contribution includes but is not limited to organizing a training event, supporting research through a fundraising program or assisting other new professionals in training.
  • 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.

For consideration for elevated membership status as a Fellow of iaedp, candidates' collective contributions over time will be evaluated. Guidelines identify but are not exclusive to iaedp members of five continuous years or more who have been in practice for a minimum of 12 years, are preferably Certified Eating Disorder Specialists and have demonstrated accomplishment and participation in the field through activities such as teaching, presentations, training, research, writing and innovative community projects. Each honoree will receive a special certificate of recognition and may include "F. iaedp" with his or her credentials.

Symposium 2013 will be held March 21-24 at the Westin Lake Las Vegas Resort and Spa. This year's conference includes unparalleled training sessions and presentations from five keynote speakers on ground-breaking treatment and eating disorder research.

Award recommendation forms and Fellow of iaedp applications are online at  For more information, visit:  International Association of Eating Disorders Professionals.

Contact: Susie Lomelino


SOURCE International Association of Eating Disorders Professionals (iaedp)