• Center for Change News August 2014

    Center for Change National Eating Disorders Conference for Professionals The Art of Individualizing Care: Crafting & Mixing the Best Treatments Available, One Patient at a Time  January 30 – January 31, 2015 Center for Change Orem, UT Keynote Speaker:  Beth Hartman McGilley, PhD, FAED, CEDS Stay tuned for registration information! Did You Know? Did you… Read More »

  • Center for Change News May 2014

    Save the Date Center for Change National Eating Disorders Conference for Professionals January 30 – January 31, 2015 Center for Change Orem, UT Center for Change is proud and honored to treat our military service members and their families “Wall of Awesome” Check out this past month’s “Wall of Awesome: A Positive Mind” designed by… Read More »

  • Center for Change News April 2014

    LEGACY AND THE GIFT OF FOOTPRINTS IN THE SAND Having grown up surrounded by majestic alpine mountains with the beautiful red rock deserts of Utah close by, I consistently felt that there was nothing more I could ever desire in the “natural environment” which surrounded me and my family. But then, I was introduced and… Read More »

  • Center for Change News March 2014

    Independent Living Program at Center for Change The Independent Living Program (ILP) at Center for Change is for adult women ages 18+ and offers the structure of participating in our day treatment (PHP) program while residing off site.  This program offers real world experiences as the Center provides a low cost housing option in conjunction… Read More »

  • Center for Change News February 2014

    National Eating Disorders Awareness Week February 23 – March 1 “Get in the Know” Center for Change is proud to be a sustaining sponsor of the National Eating Disorders Association (NEDA).  This year Center for Change is participating in Awareness Week events including NEDA Walks – both community based and virtual, educational activities, and advocacy… Read More »

  • Center for Change News January 2014

    THE SUN IS COMING UP: LET’S EMBRACE THIS DAWNING OF A NEW DAY IN 2014 A couple days ago, during the holidays, just when we needed some inspiration and relief from momentary boredom, my son Sawyer and his girlfriend showed up at the house with a small tool box and a bag of goodies. These… Read More »

  • Center for Change News November 2013

    IT’S ALWAYS THE SEASON FOR LOVING KINDNESS Michael E. Berrett, PhD First of all, I express on behalf of myself and all at Center for Change, gratitude for the friendship you have freely given to us. That friendship has been more sharply in focus, as personal ponderance of the holiday season begins. With the holidays… Read More »

  • Join Us for the 2014 Center for Change Professional Conference

    Registration Now Open! Center for Change National Eating Disorders Conference for Professionals    Helping Patients Change From the Outside In, and the Inside Out January 31 – February 1, 2014 (Optional Ski Day February 2nd) Held at Center for Change in Orem, UT Register before November 29th and receive a discount! Keynote Speaker:   The Brain… Read More »

  • Exciting News From Center for Change

    Announcing the Independent Living Program for Eating Disorders at Center for Change The Independent Living Program (ILP) at Center for Change is for adult women ages 18+ and offers the structure of participating in our day treatment (PHP) program while residing off site.  This program offers real world experiences as the Center provides a low… Read More »

  • Center for Change News September 2013

    Center for Change National Eating Disorders Conference for Professionals January 31 – February 1, 2014 Helping Patients Change From the Outside In, and the Inside Out Almost Anorexic: Does Everyone Have an Eating Disorder? – Jenni Schaefer Integrated Approach to Multidisciplinary Care for Patients with Eating Disorders – Elizabeth Joy, MD, MPH Exploring the Complexities… Read More »

  • Join Us for the 2014 Center for Change Professional Conference

    Save the Date Center for Change National Eating Disorders Conference for Professionals Helping Patients Change From the Outside In, and the Inside Out January 31 – February 1, 2014 Optional Ski Day Sunday, February 2, 2014 Center for Change Orem, UT Keynote Speaker:  Ralph E. Carson, RD, LRD, PhD Other presenters include: Michael E. Berrett,… Read More »

  • Our Friend, Jenni Schaefer

    July 2013 Dear Colleagues and Friends of Center for Change, I am sending this letter in light of the recent announcement from Jenni Schaefer that her life is changing and taking some new and wonderful turns, and that she will no longer have a formal consulting relationship with Center for Change.   Jenni has been… Read More »

  • Center for Change News May 2013

    Save the Date 2014 Center for Change National Eating Disorders Conference for Professionals Friday & Saturday January 31 – February 1, 2014 Optional Ski Day Sunday, February 2, 2014 Stay tuned for more information! May is National Military Appreciation Month            Did You Know?   Did you know that Center for… Read More »

  • Center for Change News April 2013

    LESSONS FROM SPRINGTIME: THE SEASON OF RECOVERY, RENEWAL, AND NEW LIFE Michael E. Berrett, PhD As a community of humankind, we have much to learn from Mother Nature. The seasonal change from Winter to Spring teaches useful metaphors for change, growth, recovery, renewal, and even “new life.” These lessons are here for the learning and… Read More »

  • Center for Change News February 2013

    National Eating Disorders Awareness Week  February 24 – March 2, 2013 Body Image Workshop Thursday, February 28, 2013 12pm-1pm University of Utah, Salt Lake City, UT Please join Nicole Hawkins, PhD, Clinical Director at Center for Change as she presents on Body Image and Self-Acceptance   MentorCONNECT’s 3rd Annual Virtual Walk February 24 – March… Read More »

  • Center for Change News December 2012

    12 Ideas to Help Those With Eating Disorders Negotiate the Holidays By Michael E. Berrett, PhD Psychologist, CEO, and Executive Director Center for Change Eat regularly and in some kind of reasonable pattern. Avoid “preparing for the last supper.” Don’t skip meals and starve in an attempt to make up for what you recently ate… Read More »

  • Center for Change News October 2012

    “AND THEY WENT ABOUT, DOING GOOD” Dear friends and colleagues, I honor each of you today, as one of those who “went about, doing good.” In holy writ, the story is told of one who “went about doing good.” In many cherished religious or spiritual traditions, there are stories of a man, or a woman,… Read More »

  • Inpatient Short-Term Stabilization Program For Eating Disorders

    Inpatient Short-Term Stabilization Program For Eating Disorders Center for Change offers a short-term triage and stabilization program to meet the needs of families who may have limited financial resources and/or limited insurance benefit coverage. The anticipated length of stay in this short-term program will likely be between 7 and 21 days, depending on individual circumstances… Read More »

  • Athletes & Eating Concerns

    Author: Melissa H. Smith, PhD Center for Change Eating concerns among athletes are both common and complicated.  While sport can be a protective factor in motivating the athlete in caring well for the body, there are also sport-related risk factors that must be considered.  These include felt pressure to conform the body to strict and narrow parameters in order to enhance performance.… Read More »

  • Center for Change News August 2012

    Dear Friends and Colleagues, I am excited for you to read, as I have, the feature message in this newsletter written by our Business Development Director, Tamara Noyes. The message is timeless, of great importance, and beautifully written. It is about “kindness.” Tamara is one who has not only written a beautiful message in words,… Read More »

  • Center for Change News July 2012

    Dear Friends, The first part of July, especially July 4th – our day of Independence, is a great opportunity to reflect on the freedoms which we enjoy in this great land.  We celebrate our freedom not only “on the outside,” with meaningful ceremony and time with family and friends, but also “on the inside,” deep… Read More »

  • Center for Change News April 2012

    Dear friends and colleagues, As we begin to finalize our plans for our 2013 National Conference (watch for a “Save The Date” notice soon), I have been reflecting back to our 2012 conference and the incredible opportunity we all had to learn from each other and come away with renewed energy and commitment to help… Read More »

  • Center for Change News February 2012

    LET’S FIND “WHAT’S RIGHT” IN THE WORLD, IN OUR LIVES, AND IN OTHERS About four weeks ago, we experienced our 2nd annual National Eating Disorders Conference for Professionals at the Center for Change. It was a memorable and uplifting experience for all. We express gratitude for the generous and talented presenters, the friendly and engaging… Read More »

  • Center for Change News January 2012

    Becoming a True Learner By Michael E. Berrett, PhD It won’t be long now. In about one week Center for Change will present its 2nd Annual Center for Change National Eating Disorders Conference for Professionals, on site, at our Center in Utah. Selected teachers will come to teach, and eager professionals will come to nurture… Read More »

  • Center for Change News December 2011

    HOLIDAY LIGHTS: SYMBOLIC REMINDERS ABOUT LOVE AND LIGHT IN OUR LIVES By Michael E. Berrett, PhD What is light? Light has many beautiful meanings: – We can light a fire, or “ignite”- In a literal way, we can start a fire -or symbolically we can “light a fire under someone we care about” in the… Read More »

  • Center for Change News November 2011

    Honoring our Military Members & Families: A Personal Glimpse By Michael E. Berrett, PhD It was 1971. Graduation from high school for me was possible, but not certain. It was just around a few corners, and I was looking forward to life beyond high school but knew very little about the direction I wanted my… Read More »

  • Center for Change News September 2011

    FIND A REASON, FIND RECOVERY: NURTURE A REASON, LIVE RECOVERY It’s September again – and happily – again it is Recovery Month. Recovery Month is a proclamation and a reminder of hope. As I ponder “Recovery” I am reminded of our opportunity – even our stewardship – to help our clients, and our loved ones… Read More »

  • Center for Change News August 2011

    Thank You For Your Support of Our Regional Workshop, Community Event & Alumni Reunion Center for Change hosted a Regional Workshop for professionals, an alumni reunion, and a free community event July 14-15, 2011. The Regional Workshop featured eating disorder specialist and clinical psychologist, Johanna Marie McShane, PhD, as well as our own Dr. Michael… Read More »

  • Center for Change Regional Workshop for Professionals July 2011

    Center for Change Regional Workshop for Professionals Thursday, July 14, 2011    9:00am – 12:30pm Strengthening Body Image & Self Esteem in Adolescents and Young Adults   Agenda: 9:00am – 9:15am         Registration 9:15am – 10:45am       Connections Between Self Esteem and Body Image: Ensuring Healthy                                   Development – Johanna Marie McShane, PhD 10:45am – 11:00am     Break 11:00am… Read More »

  • Center for Change Community Event July 2011

    “Support for Those in an Addictive Process and the People Who Love Them”   Michael E. Berrett, PhD, Licensed Psychologist, author, and CEO, Executive Director, and Co-founder of Center for Change Jenni Schaefer, Singer/Songwriter, International Speaker, and author of Life Without Ed and Goodbye Ed, Hello Me   Presentations include: Helping a Loved One Who is… Read More »

  • Press Release May 2011 – Center for Change is Now TRICARE Certified

    Contact: Tamara Noyes Tel: 801.224.8255, x-267 Cell: 801.664.6228 Email: tnoyes@centerforchange.com FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE CENTER FOR CHANGE ANNOUNCES TRICARE CERTIFICATION FOR RESIDENTIAL TREATMENT May 2, 2011, Orem, Utah Center for Change, a nationally known and respected eating disorder treatment program, is now a certified TRICARE provider! Center for Change has become a certified provider for the… Read More »

  • Center for Change News May 2011

    Eating Disorders – How Friends & Family Can Help When you realize that someone you love may be struggling with anorexia nervosa or bulimia nervosa, naturally you want to know more about it. And because you care, you also want to understand what they are experiencing so that you can be as supportive as you… Read More »

  • Center for Change News April 2011

    Center for Change Director of Clinical Services, Nicole Hawkins, PhD Comments on Body Image: With summer quickly approaching, it seems that many women and men are focused on weight loss and achieving the “swimming suit body.” There is more pressure now on young girls and women to lose weight and achieve this picture perfect image.… Read More »

  • Center for Change Eating Disorders Conference for Professionals January 2011

    Center for Change Eating Disorders Conference for Professionals January 28-29, 2011 Putting the Pieces Together…An Integrated Approach   Friday, January 28th 7:00am – 8:00am       Registration and breakfast 8:00am – 8:30am       Welcome and Announcements – Tamara Noyes 8:30am – 10:00am     The Assessment and Treatment of Negative Body Image – Nicole Hawkins, PhD 10:00am – 10:15am    Break… Read More »

  • Center for Change News January 2011

    A Message from Dr. B: DON’T JUST MAKE A NEW YEAR RESOLUTION – MAKE A REAL CHANGE! Dear Friends: I sincerely hope that for each of you, your Holiday Season brought into your life joy, peace, meaningful connections with those you love, and a spiritual renewal. It is the New Year. The traditional, repeated, and… Read More »

  • Center for Change News November 2010

    Coping With A Loved Ones’ Eating Disorder During the Holidays For most people, the holiday season is a wonderful time of year. It is often a time of family reunion, socializing, and celebration – a time when families, friends, and coworkers come together to share good will and good food. The season is meant to… Read More »

  • Center for Change News August 2010

    Let’s Reach Out – There Are Lives to be Saved If we will reach out, sooner or later, sometime, someone will take our hand. On July 15th, 2010 Center for Change hosted our annual alumni reunion event. The theme of that event was “Listening to and Following Your Heart”. It was heart warming to see… Read More »

  • New Program Offered at Center for Change

    SHORT-TERM INPATIENT TRIAGE PROGRAM OFFERED AT CENTER FOR CHANGE Dear Friends & Colleagues, On behalf of our staff I am pleased to announce that Center for Change now offers a short-term inpatient triage and stabilization program to address the changing needs of the eating disorder community. We have added this service to meet the needs… Read More »

  • Center for Change News July 2010

    Defining Me by Melanie Aldis Regional Director of Business Development Center for Change My name is Melanie Aldis and I have a message of hope for recovery. My message comes from personal experience, passion, and from the heart. I had an eating disorder for ten years, from the age of thirteen to twenty-three. I am… Read More »

  • A Physician’s Guide to Diagnosis and Treatment of Anorexia and Bulimia

    Author:  Center for Change The following indicators are significant and common signs and symptoms of anorexia and bulimia. Critical or multiple indicators suggest the need for medical, dietary and psychological intervention. The items marked by an asterisk (*) may indicate an urgent need for intervention and treatment. PHYSIOLOGICAL AND MEDICAL INDICATORS Below 85% of normal… Read More »

  • Battling Our Bodies: Understanding and Overcoming Negative Body Images

    Author:  Nicole Hawkins, PhD How often do you look in the mirror and say “If I could just lose ten pounds, then I would be happy”? Unfortunately, the majority of American women and girls are dissatisfied with their bodies, and many take extreme measures in an attempt to change their bodies. For example, one study… Read More »

  • Team Up for Teens: Guidelines for Treating Adolescents with Eating Disorders

    Author:  Michael E. Berrett, PhD When approaching the important and humbling task of treating teenagers with eating disorders, it is important to understand: The urgency about this adolescent epidemic, The basic developmental needs which are the foundation of treatment, The differences in treating adolescent vs. adult populations, and General and basic principles for treating eating-disordered… Read More »

  • Happenings

    Workshop  In August 2008, Center for Change hosted a free day-long workshop and invited anyone suffering with an eating disorder, as well as family and friends, to participate. We were thrilled that more than 150 people attended! Attendees were able to hear a panel presentation from Melissa Smith, PhD, Nicole Hawkins, PhD, and Melissa Taylor,… Read More »

  • For the Loved Ones of Those Suffering with an Eating Disorder

    Author:  Michael E. Berrett, PhD CLINICAL ADVICE One of the most difficult tasks any of us face is watching the struggle and suffering of those we love. It is especially difficult and heart wrenching to watch a loved one suffer with an eating disorder. What makes it so difficult are its far reaching effects: physical,… Read More »

  • What’s New at CFC? Mid-Track Intensive Program™

    By: Tamara Noyes Center For Change now offers a specialized intensive treatment track for clients that are currently in residential treatment. Clients can transfer to Center for Change for specialized and intensive treatment and then return to the referring facility. Clients that have recently completed an inpatient or residential treatment program are also eligible for… Read More »

  • What is ‘Better': Chocolate Milk and More

    Author: Jenni Schaefer My motto these days seems to be, “It gets better.” Even though my struggle with food and weight actually got worse before it got better, it did get better. Recovery is very difficult and oftentimes excruciatingly painful, but it does get better. I am definitely starting to sound like a broken record… Read More »

  • HOPE: Believing in Yourself and Letting Go

    By: Jenni Schaefer You gave me hope. People like you who have confronted and overcome challenges in life gave me hope. Those who have battled addictions, triumphed over abuse, and survived broken hearts gave me hope. My hope deepened when I met men and women who had found freedom from anorexia and bulimia. Maybe, just… Read More »

  • Coping With A Loved Ones’ Eating Disorder During the Holidays

    Authors: Randy K. Hardman, PhD and Michael E. Berrett, PhD For most people, the holiday season is a wonderful time of year. It is often a time of family reunion, socializing, and celebration – a time when families, friends, and coworkers come together to share good will and good food. The season is meant to… Read More »

  • Dieting is Out; Listening to Our Bodies is In

    Author:  Alice Covey, RD, CD and Kim Passmore, RD, CD While dieting may not cause eating disorders, it is often a precursor. The National Eating Disorders Association reports that 35% of “normal dieters” progress to pathological dieting and that 20-25% of those individuals develop eating disorders. It is far too common that eating disorders start… Read More »

  • The Importance Of Outpatient Follow-Up With A Registered Dietitian

    By: Rachel Scott, RD, CD, CNSD Inpatient treatment for individuals with eating disorders is an important time for receiving adequate therapy, working on underlying issues, changing relationships with food, and establishing healthy eating behaviors. It can be more cost-effective than intensive outpatient treatment alone1. However, 80% of women who receive treatment for their eating disorder… Read More »

  • New Book Published By The APA

    By: American Psychological Association (APA), July 31, 2006   “Spiritual Approaches in the Treatment of Women with Eating Disorders” P. Scott Richards, PhD, Randy K. Hardman, PhD and Michael E. Berrett, PhD. This book is for the practitioner who is curious about how to incorporate therapy that draws on clients’ spirituality or religious background as… Read More »

  • Celebrating Our 10-Year Anniversary At The Center For Change

    By: CFC July 1, 1996 -July 1, 2006 On July 13, 2006 we celebrated the 10-Year anniversary of Center for Change with a summer party, gifts of gratitude to every employee, Long Term Service and Exemplary Service Awards given to employees. In Honor of all our wonderful employees:  On the 10th Anniversary of Center for… Read More »

  • It Gets Better: Not Just For Everyone Else

    By: Jenni Schaefer Hello. I would like to introduce myself. I am the only person in the world who cannot recover from an eating disorder. No matter how hard I try or how desperately I want to let go of my eating disorder, I am doomed to failure. It will never get better. That was… Read More »

  • A Message From The Executive Director

    By: Michael E. Berrett, Ph.D January, 2006 Dear Friends; I want to inform you of some very exciting and positive changes here at Center For Change. We are pleased to announce that on December 7th, 2005, we became a part of Universal Health Services, Inc. The UHS Behavioral Health Division is the nations largest provider… Read More »

  • Tamagotchi, Education, and Eating Disorder Treatment

    Author: Elayne McArthur Did you know that by playing an electronic game you could learn about life? One of the hottest holiday items this year is the Tamagotchi electronic pet. If you haven’t heard of a Tamagotchi, it is simply a hand held, LCD screen with attitude. It has real life demands such as needing… Read More »

  • A Message From The Executive Director

    By: Michael E. Berrett, Ph.D January, 2006 Dear Friends; I want to inform you of some very exciting and positive changes here at Center For Change. We are pleased to announce that on December 7th, 2005, we became a part of Universal Health Services, Inc. The UHS Behavioral Health Division is the nations largest provider… Read More »

  • Center for Change Privacy Policy

    THIS NOTICE DESCRIBES HOW MEDICAL INFORMATION ABOUT YOU MAY BE USED AND DISCLOSED AND HOW YOU MAY GAIN ACCESS TO THIS INFORMATION. PLEASE REVIEW IT CAREFULLY. READ THE UNIVERSAL HEALTH SERVICES, INC PRIVACY STATEMENT Center for Change understands that your medical and health information is personal. Protecting your health information is important. We follow strict… Read More »

  • A Story Of Hope

    By: Loni Kennington – Care Tech This is a rare and unusual story – a true story about a girl with whom I became close friends, and who I later observed and supported as she made significant life changes in treatment for her eating disorder at Center for Change. Except for our prior friendship, this… Read More »

  • Structured and Intuitive Eating Approaches for Treating Eating Disorders at Center for Change

    Author:  Kim Passmore, RD, CD and Michael E. Berrett, PhD Since first teaching its concepts in 1999, Center for Change has been a pioneer in using the concept of “intuitive eating” (based off of Intuitive Eating by Evelyn Tribole, MS, RD, and Elyse Resch, MS, RD, FADA) in the treatment of eating disorders. The intuitive… Read More »

  • Tamagotchi and Eating Disorder Treatment

    Author:  Elayne McArthur Did you know that by playing an electronic game you could learn about life? One of the hottest holiday items this year is the Tamagotchi electronic pet. If you haven’t heard of a Tamagotchi, it is simply a hand held, LCD screen with attitude. It has real life demands such as needing… Read More »

  • Eating Disorder Treatment Questions and Answers

    The following three questions were asked of professionals who were presenting at a recent Center for Change Training Conference on Eating Disorders. These presenters had no prior knowledge of these questions and each of them, at the time of their presentation, were asked to respond to these questions with whatever first came to their mind.… Read More »

  • Social Support: The Cradle for Growth and Recovery with Eating Disorders

    Author:  Michael E. Berrett, PhD It was 1970. I learned at a young adolescent age to appreciate the value of support. I remember well my teacher, Mr. Monson, and his tall lanky frame, his worn black flood pants, his shortsleeved white shirt and black tie. I remember most his gentle kindness to a longhaired, tuned-out,… Read More »

  • Eating Disorder Characteristics

      Physiological Characteristics and Medical ComplicationsAnorexic and Bulimic clients are at risk of serious medical consequences. Consequences range from gastrointestinal distress to death. The mortality rate for anorexia is roughly 10 percent. Although most individuals with eating disorders endeavor to present a facade of good health, the severity and variety of their physical ailments tell… Read More »

  • Social Support: The Cradle for Growth and Recovery with Eating Disorders

    Author:  Michael E. Berrett, PhD It was 1970. I learned at a young adolescent age to appreciate the value of support. I remember well my teacher, Mr. Monson, and his tall lanky frame, his worn black flood pants, his shortsleeved white shirt and thin black tie. I remember most his gentle kindness to a longhaired,… Read More »

  • Exploring the Daughter and Father Connection in the Treatment of Eating Disorders

    By: Melissa H. Smith, PhD Introduction Attachment theory is very useful for understanding the complex relationships between individuals with eating concerns and their parents. Attachment theory attends to the earliest interactions between children and parents, with specific focus on how emotional connections are either strengthened or weakened. Over time, and based on these early interactions,… Read More »

  • My Experience in Center for Change

    Author: Jan Checking into Center for Change was the best decision I have ever made. My Eating Disorder had complete control over me. I wanted to want to get better, but there is no way I could have made the commitment to change without the help of the Center. I was able to express my… Read More »

  • Intuitive Exercise

    Author: Nancy Heiber, RD and Michael E. Berrett, PhD Intuition is that inner sense which can guide our lives and what we do, not only towards external and sought after goals, but also towards inner peace and harmony. Living by intuition requires noticing, listening, understanding, and then following that inner sense and voice. You have… Read More »

  • Experiencing Change

    Author: Kara Ohlsen CTRS, TRS All of us learn by discussing principles and by actually experiencing the impact of these principles. Understanding mentally and feeling are both vital in making the lasting changes necessary to overcome an eating disorder. Mark Twain put it well when he said, “The man walking down the street carrying a… Read More »

  • Defining Me

    Author: Melanie Aldis My name is Melanie Aldis and I have a message of hope for recovery. My message comes from personal experience, passion, and from the heart. I had an eating disorder for ten years, from the age of thirteen to twenty-three. I am now in my thirties. Unfortunately, I don’t have much memory… Read More »

  • Therapy Insights in Treating Binge Eating Disorder

    Author:   Kimberly Crossley, LCSW and Wendy Jensen, LCSW Center for Change is committed to ongoing research with eating disorders to enhance the awareness and treatment of this population and our clientele. Last year we became part of a research team on Binge Eating Disorder (BED). Generally this disorder has been included in the diagnosis of… Read More »

  • Coping With An Eating Disorder During The Holidays (2004)

    By: Randy K. Hardman, PhD Five years ago, I researched and wrote an article on eating disorders and the holidays based upon my experiences working with women of different ages who were struggling with anorexia and bulimia. They provided me feedback concerning aspects of the holiday season that were difficult for them, from which I… Read More »

  • Intuitive Eating Research

    By: Kimberly Passmore, RD, CD Center for Change has used a non-diet approach (intuitive eating) in nutrition counseling since 1999. This approach focuses on rejecting dieting and dieting concepts as well as tuning into the body’s internal regulatory cues (hunger cues, fullness cues, etc.) Our clients have responded positively to this dietary concept. We’ve seen… Read More »

  • Plan To Conquer The Eating Disorder

    By: Jenelle West, RD, CD Article based on Jessica Setnick RD/LD’s seminar: “What’s Eating Your Clients? Solving Eating Disorders from the Inside Out”; Center for Change; August 22, 2004 Many patients lose the battle with their eating disorder because they fail to recognize their enemy. Factors contributing to an eating disorder may include genetics, the… Read More »

  • Eating Disorders, School, And Academic Achievement: A Formula For Failure

    By: T. O. Paul Harper, PhD and Randy K. Hardman, PhD When a parent, teacher, or school counselor is faced with the need to give advice on ways to help an adolescent with slacking academic performance, it is important to consider if that student has an eating disorder. An eating disorder is born out of… Read More »

  • Eating Disorders: Through the Eyes of a Care Tech

    By: Lindsay Lovell, Care Technician I never realized how much control an eating disorder can have on an individual until I lived with someone suffering from one. With secret binges, constant lying, calorie counting, food restricting, and obsessive-compulsive behaviors, I tried my hardest to support her as she constantly battled her eating disorder. After seeking… Read More »

  • A Personal Story by Amy

    Author: Amy Gould – High School Senior A great man once said, “That which doesn’t kill me only makes me stronger.” If this statement has any validity, and I believe it does, then that means my eating disorder has been a strengthening agent in my life because it hasn’t terminated me yet. Yes, this paradox… Read More »

  • The Neglected Addiction: Binge Eating

    Author: Paul Harper, PhD Mary is 47, lonely, socially phobic about relationships, and weighs 525 lbs. She is constantly dieting, having tried numerous diet plans. She is obsessed with thoughts of food. She reports hearing a voice in the back of her mind that continually tells her to eat. When she is not dieting she… Read More »

  • Managed Care

    Author: APA Editor’s Note: “From the Therapist’s Chair” is intended to be a forum for professionals in the field. We invite you to forward articles or papers to : ANAD, Newsletter Editor, Box 7, Highland Park, IL 60035. Insurance companies, faced with the rising costs of health care and reduced profits over the past decade… Read More »

  • Limiting Dependency

    Author: Kara Lowe, CTRS, TRS One of the most common dangers therapists are faced with is dependency. If a therapist helps a person to overcome a problem or conquer an addiction, it is very easy for the patient to feel that they need their therapist to overcome other problems. Aaron Beck shared the following insight… Read More »

  • Exercise…What Kind of Shape are You Getting Yourself In?

    Author: Calene Van Noy, RD, CD As the Olympics begin and we see the dedicated athletes run, jump, or swim across our television screens, it raises an interesting question related to eating disorders. When does “dedication” turn into an unhealthy obsession? When does exercise become part of an illness known as anorexia or bulimia? Individuals… Read More »

  • Food For Thought – Ten New Year’s Resolutions

    By: Unknown 10 New Year’s Resolutions You Will Want to Keep! Be Patient. You have to eat a lot of cereal before you find the free toy. Strategize. If you want a kitten, start out asking for a Jaguar. Be Flexible. That way you’ll never get bent out of shape. Embrace your greatness within. Objects… Read More »

  • Understanding The Three Aspects Of Self: Aids Along The Road To Recovery

    By: Randy K. Hardman, PhD It is apparent to me from years of work with women who suffer with anorexia and bulimia that they often have a great deal of confusion about who they are and their different aspects of self. Much too often, these clients believe that who they are is found only in… Read More »

  • Music Therapy: An Innovative Approach In The Treatment Of Clients With Eating Disorders

    By: Lynette L. Taylor, MT-BC Many of you probably use music therapeutically on a daily basis without even realizing it. How many of you listen to music that is more upbeat than usual when you need a little extra energy? Or, conversely, when you are feeling a little blue, pop in that perfect sad song?… Read More »

  • Family Therapy For Clients With Eating Disorders

    By: Kipling Rasmussen, PhD Although the origins of eating disorders are complex and multifaceted, the family can be one of the most important means to intervene in the lives of clients suffering from these difficult problems. What nearly all family members of eating-disordered clients want to know is how they can help in the healing… Read More »

  • Center for Change: Complete and Comprehensive Treatment for Eating Disorders

    By: CFC Announcing a new Program opening in September 2003 as an expansion to the current Inpatient Program. “We offer the most complete and comprehensive treatment available anywhere for women suffering with anorexia and bulimia. Through extensive experience we have developed intensive and transitional treatment programs which are complementary and preparatory to resuming a full,… Read More »

  • Eating Disorder Recovery – A Spiritual Perspective

    By: Randy K. Hardman, PhD And Michael E. Berrett, PhD Women who suffer from eating disorders battle intense emotions and inner conflicts that negatively impact their recovery. For many of these women, deep spiritual struggles are a major impediment to their ability to recover from an eating disorder. The purpose of this article is to… Read More »

  • Effects Of Self-Concept, Media, And Gender Differences On Eating And Exercise Disorders

    By: Kristine Wright, Care Tech Eating disorders have been on the rise and a center of study since the 1980’s. They have been a serious concern for patients suffering from these disorders, their families, friends, and health care professionals. According to the National Association of Anorexia Nervosa and Associated Disorders (ANAD)(2004), eating disorders affect seven… Read More »

  • Using Creative Strategies to Reach Sexually Traumatized Clients Who Engage in Eating Disorders

    Author: Melissa K. Taylor, MS, LMFT As I worked with my client in therapy, we reviewed once again how her efforts to deal with her sexual abuse eventually led to her eating disorder. The connection, although not logical to some, had emotional reason and logic to her. She needed to own her body, control it,… Read More »

  • A Story of Hope

    Author: Loni – Care Tech This is a rare and unusual story – a true story about a girl with whom I became close friends, and who I later observed and supported as she made significant life changes in treatment for her eating disorder at Center for Change. Except for our prior friendship, this unique… Read More »

  • Getting Practical: Using the Life Skills in the Treatment of Eating Disorders

    Author: T. O. Paul Harper, PhD SUPPORTING NEW BELIEFS, EMOTIONS AND BEHAVIORS “Cindy (name has been changed) was seventeen but looked more like twelve. She was pretty, smart, athletic and a twin. She was talkative and open in session, but painfully shy around other young people. She was afraid of other people, deeply depressed, and… Read More »

  • Experiential Art as Therapy for Women Suffering with Eating Disorders

    Author: Kathleen Slade Hofer, MS TRS Art can be used as a powerful therapy to help a woman recover from an eating disorder. In the process of creating her own art, she must participate in her own therapy, and thereby her own recovery. The initial commitment to paper is also a commitment to the recovery… Read More »

  • Facts and Figures

    By: Unknown * The average American woman is 5’4″, weighs 140 lbs., and wears a size 14 dress. * The “ideal” woman-portrayed by models, Miss America, Barbie dolls, and screen actresses–is 5’7″, weighs 100 lbs., and wears a size 8. * One-third of all American women wear a size 16 or larger. * 75% of… Read More »

  • Suggestions To Help Anyone With An Eating Disorder “Get Through” The Holiday Season A Little Better

    By: CFC These suggestions and ideas come from women at Center for Change who are currently engaged in treatment for an eating disorder and are at various stages in their own recovery: Be honest about your feelings with your family. Be open with your family about your struggles and allow them to help you. Do… Read More »

  • Hope

    By: Meghan Raab Hope can be hard to see, When under the rubble is me. I get scared and lost, As my ship gets tossed. My mast may be broken But I assure you I still sail For rips ‘n’ tears tell its tale Of a struggle and fight Where I almost lost my might.… Read More »

  • Avoiding Avoidance And Other Antidotes To Low Self-Esteem

    By: Michael E. Berrett, PhD Introduction I write this article as one having great interest in self-esteem and the impact of avoidance on one’s sense of self. This interest has come from personal life experience growing up and professional experience as a clinician working with many different kinds of clients who have struggled with poor… Read More »

  • 10 Tips To Help Deal With Images Of Women Presented In The Media

    By: Nicole Hawkins, PhD 1. Avoid or decrease exposure to publications or television programs that promote unrealistic body images of women. 2. Remember that many of the images presented in the media have been computer enhanced and airbrushed. The models’ hips and waists have often been slimmed and their breasts enlarged. 3. Only 4% of… Read More »

  • Eating-Disorder “Proofing” Your Home

    By: The Staff at Center for Change There is no sure way of ridding your home of everything that triggers an eating disorder. However, there are ways to help make your home a safer place. Whether you yourself or a family member are recovering from an eating disorder, here are a few suggestions to make… Read More »

  • In The Arms Of Angels

    By: Laura Johnson “In the arms of an angel, may you find some comfort here.” To borrow words from a favorite song, Center for Change is full of angels. When Whitney’s eating disorder came to light, I called centers all over the country that spoke more of the huge amounts of money than of hope.… Read More »

  • Wow, Ladies

    Author: Julia Wow, ladies- I can’t believe that I’m actually writing one of these! From the moment I stepped through the doors of CFC, discharge seemed surreal; some days I honestly never thought I would make it here (although I was good at hiding my desperation). However, upon walking through those doors, there were a… Read More »

  • Who Else But Angels

    Author: Anne To all the therapists, staff & residents at Center for Change, with love by Anne Edwards – Former Patient I’ve been asked if I believe in God In angels Or in hope. How could I not believe! For who else but angels could hold so frail a person as I so close to… Read More »

  • When Difficulties Arise…

    Author: Gina Maria Paulina Difficulties arise in the lives of us all. What is most important is dealing with the hard times, coping with the changes, and getting through to the other side where the sun is shining just for you. It takes a strong person to deal with the tough times and difficult choices.… Read More »

  • Risk Taking is Free

    Author: Author Unknown To laugh is to risk appearing the fool To weep is to risk appearing sentimental To reach out for another is to risk involvement To expose feeling is to risk exposing your true self To place your ideas, your dreams before the crowd is to risk their loss To love is to… Read More »

  • Perfectionism and Eating Disorders: The Pedestal With A Cage – A Guide for Parents and Families

    Author: Diane Starks, LCSW I once heard it said that when you reach the top of the pedestal, you will find there, a cage. What brings one to the top of a pedestal is some form of excellence. The cage is created by the demands of self and the expectations of others to maintain or… Read More »

  • Life Changes: The View of the Care Giver

    Author: Julie Johnson, Care Technician at Center for Change Early last summer I took a job at Center for Change, a treatment center for women with eating disorders. This is not a direction I thought my life would take; I have not had a passion for this issue, personal experience or someone I love suffering… Read More »

  • Exploring the Relationship Between Eating Disorders and Academic Education

    Author: T. O. Paul Harper, PhD, Former Education Director An eating disorder victim’s body is not the only thing being wasted as a result of his or her food, eating, purging, and/or restriction obsessions. The mind and mental capabilities of the victim are also being impacted and impaired. As eating disorder obsessions increase, the mental… Read More »

  • Introduction

    By: Julie B. Clark, PhD The lyrics to a song from Anastasia give an apt description of the journey of healing – the fear, the hope, the reunion with the love of those who are excited and longing to give it, the courage to see the journey through and know that the road to recovery… Read More »

  • 2001 Outcome Study

    By: Center for Change Research Team Based on data collected from 79 patients during the year 2001, we found that the Center for Change inpatient treatment approach resulted in a substantial decrease in anxiety about eating, preoccupation with food, and other eating disorder symptoms, and that patients’ scores at discharge were well within the normal… Read More »

  • The Value of Recreation Therapy for Women Suffering with Eating Disorders

    Author:  Kathleen Slade Hofer, MS, TRS and Alta Swarnes, CTRS Quality of life is intimately associated with leisure experience and opportunities for self-development and self-expression. Play, recreation, and leisure experiences are an important aspect of the quality of human existence. If we are to affirm our humanness and enjoy genuine happiness, we must play. True… Read More »

  • A Commitment to Change

    Author:  Former Patient Change! What does it really mean to me? What makes me want to change, and why? Is it permanent? These are a few of the questions that I have been asking myself. I believe that the bottom line is: “Do I want to change?” The answer is YES! If I want to… Read More »

  • Eating Disorder Awareness Week

    By: Denise Stewart Orem, Utah, January 25, 2001- Nearly seven million women in the United States currently struggle with anorexia or bulimia. The goal of Eating Disorders Awareness Week (EDAW) is to raise awareness of this growing problem and to provide help to those who are struggling. Under the direction of EDAP, a national eating… Read More »

  • When the Road to Recovery is Full of Potholes

    Author: Julie B. Clark, PhD You seem to be sailing along with the wind in your hair and then bam! – you fall into a pothole. Finding yourself engaging in the same eating disorder behaviors you’ve been fighting so hard to be free from can be discouraging. Some refer to this pothole process as a… Read More »

  • One at a Time

    Author: Jack Canfield and Mark V. Hansen A friend of ours was walking down a deserted Mexican beach at sunset. As he walked along, he began to see another man in the distance. As he grew nearer, he noticed that the local native kept leaning down, picking something up and throwing it out into the… Read More »

  • Listen to Your Body

    Author: Rebekah Mardis, RD, CD Life is precious and fragile. Through the senses of your body, you have a unique experience of life. As a child you lived in the moment, you honored your body by doing what comes naturally. You ate when hungry, scratched when you had an itch, and yelled and laughed when… Read More »

  • A New Day

    “Being in Center for Change has changed my life forever! I have learned to be true to myself, to ask for help, to express my emotions, to trust, to be honest, to respect myself, and to think ‘in all colors’ – not just in black and white. I have learned the healthy coping skills that… Read More »

  • Center For Change 2000 Year End Outcome Report

    By: P. Scott Richards, PhD Director of Research At Center for Change, we use a variety of measures to assess patients’ progress. We assess specific eating disorder symptomatic behaviors such as bingeing, purging, and food restriction as well as beliefs about food, dieting, body shape, and so on. We also assess patients’ general psychological and… Read More »

  • Dance/Movement Therapy at Center for Change

    By: Laraine Miner, MS, LPC The American Dance Therapy Association defines dance/movement therapy as “the psychotherapeutic use of movement as a process which furthers the emotional, cognitive, and physical integration of the individual.” This form of therapy is uniquely suited for those suffering from the symptoms of eating disorders since the goal is to engage… Read More »

  • Report On Foundation For Change Activities

    By: Randy K. Hardman, PhD “Exquisite Pain – Exquisite Joy: Artistic Expressions of Anorexia and Bulimia” This art show sponsored by Foundation for Change, has shown in a number of galleries along the Wasatch Front since October 2000: The Springville Art Museum, Art Access in Salt Lake City, the SCERA Gallery in Orem, and the… Read More »

  • Over-Scheduling As Self-Harm

    By: Kipling Rasmussen, PhD It’s difficult to convince clients with eating disorders that there is a limit to how little food they can eat and still live. Almost as difficult is helping them understand that there is also a limit to how little rest and relaxation they can get and still function. Clients often treat… Read More »

  • My Experience At Center For Change

    By: Jan Birchell – Former Client Checking into Center for Change was the best decision I have ever made. My Eating Disorder had complete control over me. I wanted to want to get better, but there is no way I could have made the commitment to change without the help of the Center. I was… Read More »

  • My Experience In Center For Change

    By: A Personal Story by Amy Gould – High School Senior A great man once said, “That which doesn’t kill me only makes me stronger.” If this statement has any validity, and I believe it does, then that means my eating disorder has been a strengthening agent in my life because it hasn’t terminated me… Read More »

  • Interpersonal Reconstructive Therapy (IRT): A Useful Framework For Working With Eating Disorders

    By: Harold A. Frost, PhD Children born into this life come with an innate capacity to learn, to grow, to love, and to experience. Children enter this existence ready to receive joy; ready to take on the challenges of this glorious journey called life. If children are born into a warm, accepting environment, there is… Read More »

  • What Spring and Summer Bring

    Author:  Julie B. Clark, PhD Summer is coming. What does that mean to you? Is it the renewal of life, warmer and longer days, wonderful smells and beautiful colors, playing outdoors, coming out of hibernation? These sound like positive and pleasant things. Unfortunately, for most women spring is not a time of rejoicing, but a… Read More »

  • The Neglected Addiction: Binge Eating

    Author:  Paul Harper, PhD Mary is 47, lonely, socially phobic about relationships, and weighs 525 lbs. She is constantly dieting, having tried numerous diet plans. She is obsessed with thoughts of food. She reports hearing a voice in the back of her mind that continually tells her to eat. When she is not dieting she… Read More »

  • Managed Care

    Author:  APA Editor’s Note: “From the Therapist’s Chair” is intended to be a forum for professionals in the field. We invite you to forward articles or papers to : ANAD, Newsletter Editor, Box 7, Highland Park, IL 60035. Insurance companies, faced with the rising costs of health care and reduced profits over the past decade… Read More »

  • Recovery: A Matter of the Heart

    Author:  Randy K. Hardman, PhD I would like to share a few observations from my ten years of experience at Center for Change. These observations will be about treatment and recovery from eating disorders and are related to the many wonderful women who have been in the clinical programs here at the Center. I have… Read More »

  • Decreasing the Mystery of Emotions

    Author:  Espra L. Andrus, LCSW EATING DISORDERS AND THE AVOIDANCE OF EMOTIONS “I’m so scared.” “What do I do?” “What do I do with these feelings building up inside of me?” “How do I make it go away?” “I hate feeling like this – I just can’t stand it!” Many individuals with eating disorders believe… Read More »

  • Hunger in a Person Experiencing an Eating Disorder

    Author:  Rebekah Mardis, RD, CD The scale described below is as follows: 0 =no hunger 2.5 =minimal hunger 5 = moderate hunger 7.5 =moderately intense hunger 10 =intense hunger NORMAL HUNGER A person, who has a normal relationship with food, may fluctuate on the hunger scale between a 0 for no hunger and approximately a… Read More »

  • A Dentist’s Perspective on Diagnosing Eating Disorders

    Author:  John M. Farley, DDS During the past year I have had a couple of patients present with some interesting health problems. Of course, the reason they were in my chair was to receive dental treatment, which I was happy to do. After their treatment I have given thought and consideration to how I could… Read More »

  • Listening to the Heart (With Artwork)

    Author: Randy K. Hardman, PhD Broken Hearts This heart is covered by a dark cloud with empty space around the heart.   This is a heart of gold that is “always broken” and “Always feeling pain.”   Her heart is in a cage and bleeding green blood.  The green blood represents how she does not feel… Read More »

  • Food for Thought – Worry Chart

    I heard of a businessman who drew up what he called a “Worry Chart,” in which he kept a record of his worries. He discovered that 40% of them were about things that probably would never happen; 30% concerned past decisions that he could not change; 12% dealt with other people’s criticism of him; and… Read More »

  • Eating Disorders: The Internalization of the Thin Body Ideal

    Author:  Nicole Hawkins, Ph.D Research over the last two decades has indicated that the incidence of eating disorders appears to be increasing. Health care professionals have reported what some consider to be epidemic rates of these disorders in recent years, particularly among adolescents. The rate of development of new cases of eating disorders has been… Read More »

  • Hope for the Hopeless – Depression and Eating Disorders

    Author:  Randy K. Hardman, PhD Approximately 80% of all severe cases involving anorexia or bulimia have a coexisting major depression diagnosis. Depression is a very painful and all consuming disorder in and of itself. However, in combination with an eating disorder, depression is beyond devastating and is often masked within the eating disorder itself. Depression… Read More »

  • Fighting the Battle with Depression and Hopelessness

    Author:  Emily A. Washburn, Recreation Therapist In this day and age, it is easy to become depressed, and lose hope. For those who struggle with depression, it is a very real thing. The feelings that accompany depression can prevent us from doing the activities we once enjoyed and can even attempt to isolate and separate… Read More »

  • Twelve Ideas to Help Women with Eating Disorders Negotiate Thanksgiving, Hanukkah, and Christmas

    Author:  Center for Change Treatment Team Eat regularly and in some kind of reasonable pattern. Avoid a pattern of “preparing for the last supper.” Don’t skip meals and starve in attempt to make up for what you recently ate or are about to eat. Keep a regular and moderate pattern or self nourishment. Strive to… Read More »

  • Towards an Understanding of Self-Esteem and Eating Disorders

    Author:  Melissa H. Smith, PhD During a session with a client who has long suffered with an eating disorder I was discussing what it would be like if she could feel positive about herself. I was shocked with the response she gave me. Instead of reporting a desire to feel better about herself, this client… Read More »

  • Assessment for Eating Disorders

    Author:  Michael E. Berrett, PhD Center for Change desires to help any professional who is trying to help those who suffer with anorexia or bulimia. The following comprehensive assessment was developed by Michael E. Berrett, PhD, and is used extensively by professionals at Center for Change in completing initial psychological interviews, histories and eating disorder… Read More »

  • Anorexia Nervosa and Bulimia Nervosa – Diagnosis & Treatment Guide for Professionals

      A POTENTIAL SAFETY NET Medical Doctor, Minister/Clergy, Psychologist, Psychiatrist, School Nurse, Dietitian, Dentist, Orthodontist, Social Worker, Teacher (junior high through college), School Administrator, Athletic Coach, School Counselor, Dance Teacher, Human Resources/Personnel Manager, Health Club Owner/Manager, Professional Counselor. If you are a member of one of these professions, you regularly work with individuals who are… Read More »

  • Therapeutic Guidelines and Experiential Interventions in the Treatment of Eating Disorders

    Author:  Randy K. Hardman, PhD and Michael E. Berrett, PhD In this article we describe general guidelines as well as a few examples of the experiential and structured interventions that we use when facilitating individual, group, and family therapy with eating disorder patients. The purpose of these experiential and structural interventions is to help patients… Read More »

  • Anorexia and Bulimia – How Friends and Family Can Help

    Author:  Center for Change AN EATING DISORDER – WHAT HAPPENS NOW? When you realize that someone you love may be struggling with anorexia nervosa or bulimia nervosa, naturally you want to know more about it. And because you care, you also want to understand what they are experiencing so that you can be as supportive… Read More »

  • Emotional Eating Is Not Just About Emotions

    By: Guest Author, Andrea LoBue, MFT Helping our clients discover the emotions they are eating over is one very important aspect of working with compulsive eating. The clients need to safely uncover the unexpressed pain they have been masking with excess food, body obsession, restriction and/or purging. They also need to find some means of… Read More »

  • EDAW 2000 A Success – Awareness Week Raises Public Consciousness To The Growing Problems Of Eating Disorders

    By: Denise T. Stewart As I walked through the grocery store proudly wearing my purple ribbon (although having forgotten it was even there) I was stopped by a young woman who inquired about its meaning. As I explained its significance as the symbol for eating disorder awareness, she tearfully shared the current struggle one of… Read More »

  • Eating Disorders Awareness Week

    By: Denise T. Stewart A recent People magazine article profiled the shockingly disordered eating behaviors of several female celebrities and their “ideal” bodies. The alarming aspect of this story was the fact that none of these women seemed to recognize any kind of dysfunction in their lifestyles, and they certainly denied struggling with anorexia or… Read More »

  • A Commitment to Change

    Author: Former Patient Change! What does it really mean to me? What makes me want to change, and why? Is it permanent? These are a few of the questions that I have been asking myself. I believe that the bottom line is: “Do I want to change?” The answer is YES! If I want to… Read More »

  • In the Arms of Angels

    Author:  Laura Johnson “In the arms of an angel, may you find some comfort here.” To borrow words from a favorite song, Center for Change is full of angels. When Whitney’s eating disorder came to light, I called centers all over the country that spoke more of the huge amounts of money than of hope.… Read More »

  • Don’t Be Afraid to Fail

    By: Unknown A message as published in the Wall Street Journal by United Technologies Corporation, Hartford, Connecticut 06101 and Chicken Soup for the Soul, written and complied by Jack Canfield and Mark Victor Hansen. You’ve failed many times, although you may not remember. You fell down the first time you tried to walk. You almost drowned the… Read More »

  • Book Review – Of Two Minds: The Revolutionary Science Of Dual-Brain Psychology

    By: Fredric Schiffer, MD Reviewed by T. O. Paul Harper, PhD Some may think it odd to find a book review about a book that does not mention eating disorders in a newsletter dealing with recovery from eating disorders. But in light of the recent attention focused on the impact of the “negative mind” on… Read More »

  • The 12-Step Program At Center For Change

    By: Bobbi Carter A former patient stated: “I wanted to go to a treatment center that addressed all aspects of my eating disorder – my mind, body, emotions, and you know, my spirituality.” In their book, SQ Spiritual Intelligence; The Ultimate Intelligence ,Zohar and Marshall write, “Many of us are spiritually stunted to some extent – some… Read More »

  • My experience

    Author: Denise My experience at the Center for Change has been the most valuable experience of my life; it’s almost indescribable. I came in with little expectation of recovery. I felt hopeless, scared, and incapable of ever getting my life back. But now I am leaving in less than a week and I feel confident… Read More »

  • Me Taking a Risk

    Author: Allison The following is me taking a risk and stating some very personal things that help me. Some things are Christian-based and not meant to offend, but rather share the things that are closest to my heart versus me putting on a facade and conforming to what I perceive acceptable. “The greatest reason for… Read More »

  • Master of the Ship: Journey Through an Eating Disorder

    Author: Anne It starts with just a few pounds. Then just a few pounds more. And more….. Will it ever be enough? But, I can handle this. I am the master of my ship. I am in control. Yet, all too soon, It feels so wrong. Caught in a Swirling, Downward spiral, Gasping for air.… Read More »

  • Letter of Hope

    Author: Former Client “Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate. Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure. It is our light, not our darkness that most frightens us. We ask ourselves, ‘Who am I to be brilliant, gorgeous, talented, fabulous’? Actually, who are you not to be?…. When we let… Read More »

  • It’s Been a Long Road

    Author: Rachel It’s been a long road. A long, bumpy, torn up road, but I’ve made it. I have made it through the darkness and through the tunnel of despair. I am now ready to step out into the sunlight where I can see others, and most importantly, where I can see me. I can’t… Read More »

  • It’s Been Hell to go Through

    Author: Allison It’s been hell to go through. I know – I have been there. Everyone would say to me that I am hopeless and I am lost, confused and mislead. I have felt that way and so have each of you a thousand times over again. Now is the time to prove them wrong… Read More »

  • How I Fought My Battle with Bulimia

    Author: Karolee I was fighting a losing battle. My army reserves were depleted and I was contemplating surrendering and accepting failure. I was exhausted from the uphill struggle and I continually found myself in a dark room with no known exit or source of light. My ever-weakening body clung on to the last whisps of… Read More »

  • Everything Changes

    Author: Mary and Cory Webster When a child comes into this world, there is nothing more wonderful. You love them from that very first moment. You spend your whole life taking care of them, providing for them, watching them grow. You think they are perfect and then one day everything changes. You discover they have… Read More »

  • Eating Disorders: Through the Eyes of a Care Tech

    Author: Lindsay Lovell, Care Technician I never realized how much control an eating disorder can have on an individual until I lived with someone suffering from one. With secret binges, constant lying, calorie counting, food restricting, and obsessive-compulsive behaviors, I tried my hardest to support her as she constantly battled her eating disorder. After seeking… Read More »

  • Do You Want to Live?

    Author: Former Patient San Diego, California — Think for a moment…do you truly want to live? This question can be very difficult for a person with an eating disorder to answer. Their self-hatred is so intense that they would rather die than gain weight. I know… I am anorexic. I am one of them. For… Read More »

  • Dedicated to the Past

    Author: Jenny Dedicated to the past, present and future girls at Center for Change – You can make it through the darkness. You are all beautiful and inspirational. Believe it. I send my love to every one of you who reads this. Stand with me I’m the dead leaves of a weeping willow An orchid… Read More »

  • Dearest Women and Young Women

    Author: Jenn Smith I want you to know that I believe in you and your great strength. I believe in your recovery and your ability to recover. We have been given a great deal of trials to overcome. We have been given such trials because of our ability to overcome and be triumphant. I hope… Read More »

  • Dear Girls

    Author: Mackenzie Seven months ago, I never would have guessed that leaving the Center for Change would be so difficult. All I could think about was the food on my plate, the weight I had to gain, and how miserable I was. I remember calling my parents about 3 weeks into my stay, crying about… Read More »

  • Darling CFCers

    Author: Jane Darling CFCers, awesome techaroos, and fabulous staffers, too: I can’t describe to you how excited I am to discharge from Center for Change – not because I can’t wait to leave, because this has become one of my favorite places, but because after trying to utilize the opportunities given to me here I… Read More »

  • Dilemmas For Parenting Amid The Social Pressures Of Eating Disorders

    By: Dr. Kip Rasmussen, PhD The World of Those With Eating Disorders  The first thing to understand about eating disorders is that they are extremely difficult to grasp and treat. But if there is a shortcut to this understanding, it is to remember this definition: Eating disorders are a desperate and ultimately self-destructive attempt to… Read More »

  • Center For Change 1999 Year End Outcome Report

    By: P. Scott Richards, PhD Center for Change Director of Research This is a condensed version of the 1999 Outcome Report which can be found in its entirety on the Center for Change Web Site: http://centerforchange.com/articles/1999patients.php At Center for Change, we use a variety of measures to assess patients’ progress. We assess specific eating disorder symptomatic… Read More »

  • Summary Of Cimmaron High School Eating Survey – Las Vegas, NV

    By: P. Scott Richards, PhD. During October, 1999, 423 students at Cimmaron High School in Las Vegas, Nevada, completed the Eating Survey (Hardman & Richards, 1999). The Eating Survey is a 20-item measure that asks students to report how frequently (often, sometimes, rarely, or never) they experience dysfunctional eating and weight-related attitudes, beliefs, and behaviors.… Read More »

  • When Difficulties Arise…”Hang In There”

    By: Gina Marie Paulina – Soon to be: Gina Marie Andrews Difficulties arise in the lives of us all. What is most important is dealing with the hard times, coping with the changes, and getting through to the other side where the sun is shining just for you. It takes a strong person to deal… Read More »

  • Letter Of Hope

    By: a 19-Year-Old I have spent countless days and nights sitting on the sidelines and living as my own worst enemy. For five years I lived as a hollow beaten shell of myself. I was ruled by the tyranny in my mind. I hated myself; I despised who I saw in the mirror, and I… Read More »

  • Letter Of Hope

    By: a 26-Year-Old I would like to write a letter of hope to all you wonderful women sitting before me. I would like to just tell you how wonderful of a place the Center Of Change is. The Center is a very special place filled with spirituality, caring, compassion, support, and most of all love.… Read More »

  • Letter Of Hope

    By: Erin Marcoe Being in the Center for Change has changed my life forever! I now know who I really am and I have realized that who I am is wonderful, a sweet little girl that I no longer need to starve, put down or be cruel to. I also want to ask you all… Read More »

  • Letter Of Hope

    By: Angela Hobbs It wasn’t long before I came into the Center that I was driving in a really bad thunder storm. The rain was so thick that the windshield wipers were practically useless. I could hardly see the road. I remember slowing down to 25 MPH. Besides the bad rain, there was thunder and… Read More »

  • Letter Of Hope

    By: Amy Elaine Torres Hey Ladies, First of all, I’d like to say that I am going to miss each and every one of you so much! You have all been such a great asset to my recovery and helping me be able to conquer and overcome my eating disorders and struggles. Our biggest challenge… Read More »

  • Treatment Cost Analysis: One Patient’s Experience

    Author:  Center for Change As the cost of health care increases, therapists, hospitals, clinics, and other healthcare related companies are struggling with justifying costs and keeping expenses to a minimum. Inpatient treatment of mental conditions is hard to justify. In an effort to create rationale for inpatient treatment of eating disorders the Center for Change… Read More »

  • Summary Of Eating Disorder Survey Taken From Clark High School In Las Vegas, Nevada

    By: P. Scott Richards During April, 1999, 296 students at Clark High School in Las Vegas, Nevada, completed the Eating Survey (Hardman & Richards, 1999). The Bating Survey is a 20-item measure that asks students to report how frequently (often, sometimes, rarely, or never) they experience dysfunctional eating and weight related attitudes, beliefs, and behaviors.… Read More »

  • Summary Of Foundation For Change 1999 Utah High School Eating Survey

    By: P. Scott Richards During February and March, 1999, 859 students at 5 Utah County schools completed the Eating Survey (Hardman, 1999). The Eating Survey is a 20-item measure that asks students to report how frequently (often, sometimes, rarely, or never) they experience dysfunctional eating and weight related attitudes, beliefs, and behaviors. A principal components… Read More »

  • Eating Disorder Awareness Week (EDAW) Success

    By: Denise Stewart As Intermountain Regional Coordinators for Eating Disorder Awareness Week (EDAW), Foundation for Change and Center for Change had the opportunity this past month to engage in several activities aimed at raising awareness of the growing problem of eating disorders. The primary focus of this week (Feb. 20-28) was on our local college… Read More »

  • EATING DISORDER AWARENESS WEEK

    By: Unknown Growing Problem of Eating Disorders is Focus of Utah Eating Disorders Awareness Week (Feb. 20-28, 1999). Foundation for Change and Center for Change Named Inter-mountain Regional Coordinators for Annual National Observance. February 12, 1999, Orem, Utah-Foundation For Change, a non-profit charitable foundation devoted to promoting eating disorder awareness and education, and Center for… Read More »

  • Eating Survey

    By: Unknown This is the Survey used in the High Schools and was developed by Foundation for Change Age _____ Sex _____ Height _____ Weight _____ Answer the following questions honestly. Write the number of your answer in the space at the left. Use the following scale to respond to each question: 1= OFTEN 2=… Read More »

  • Be a Queen

    By: Oprah Winfrey Be a queen. Dare to be different. Be a pioneer. Be a leader. Be the kind of women who in the face of adversity will continue to embrace life and walk fearlessly toward the challenge. Take it on! Be a truth seeker and rule your domain, whatever it is; your office, your… Read More »

  • Art Effectively Conveys The Personal Journey Of Anorexia And Bulimia

    By: T. O. Paul Harper, PhD – Foundation for Change Foundation for Change is a non-profit organization involved in helping families, friends, and the general public understand the powerful and negative impact eating disorders have on individual lives. Over the course of the past year the Foundation has sponsored an art show which has been… Read More »

  • For the Loved Ones of Those with Eating Disorders

    Author: Michael E. Berrett, PhD CLINICAL ADVICE One of the most difficult tasks any of us face is watching the struggle and suffering of those we love. It is especially difficult and heart wrenching to watch a loved one suffer with an eating disorder. What makes it so difficult are its far reaching effects: social,… Read More »

  • Dearest Women and Young Women

    By: Jenn Smith I want you to know that I believe in you and your great strength. I believe in your recovery and your ability to recover. We have been given a great deal of trials to overcome. We have been given such trials because of our ability to overcome and be triumphant. I hope… Read More »

  • Letter Of Hope

    By: Former Client “Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate. Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure. It is our light, not our darkness that most frightens us. We ask ourselves, ‘Who am I to be brilliant, gorgeous, talented, fabulous?’ Actually, who are you not to be?…. When we let… Read More »

  • Letter Of Hope

    By: Jane (Name changed to protect confidentiality – Jane is the patient in the previous “A Story of Hope”) Darling CFCers, awesome techaroos, and fabulous staffers, too:  I can’t describe to you how excited I am to discharge from Center for Change – not because I can’t wait to leave, because this has become one… Read More »

  • Letter Of Hope

    By: Gina Paulino Dear Girls: I just want to start by saying how much I love and appreciate every single one of you. You girls have made my stay here wicked awesome! Without all of you I don’t think I’d be where I am today. You all have helped me grow in ways I never… Read More »

  • Letter Of Hope

    By: Margie Paulino My 18-year-old daughter suffered from bulimia for four years. She was at the Center for 3 ½ months and has been home for a little over one month. Fortunately for us, and for her, her recovery is going well. She is using the tools she was given at the Center to fight… Read More »

  • Letter Of Hope

    By: Holly Patterson To My Bestest Friends, Wow! My ninety days used to seem like it would last forever, but what looked like a miserable journey has sadly come to an end. It’s amazing how much I have grown over the last months from the girl that was first reluctantly forced to come here into… Read More »

  • Letter Of Hope

    By: Nikki Hartman – Former Patient When I walked into Center for Change, I was sure there was no hope. I had tried to change everything around me and nothing had worked. While at the Center I came to the realization that all I could really change is the way I perceived and reacted to… Read More »

  • Center for Change: Complete and Comprehensive Treatment for Eating Disorders

    Author:  Nicole Hawkins, Ph.D Announcing a new Program opening in September 2003 as an expansion to the current Inpatient Program. “We offer the most complete and comprehensive treatment available anywhere for women suffering with anorexia and bulimia. Through extensive experience we have developed intensive and transitional treatment programs which are complementary and preparatory to resuming… Read More »

  • A Clear Look at Center for Change

    Author:  CFC When a family member is suffering with the unrelenting effects of an eating disorder and all the rest of the problems that come with that illness—depression, anxiety, self-contempt, social fears, medical complications, etc., you are in a place that you may have never been in before in your life. You are filled with… Read More »

  • A Commitment to Change

    By: Heather Watts Change! What does it really mean to me? What makes me want to change, and why? Is it permanent? These are a few of the questions that I have been asking myself. I believe that the bottom line is: “Do I want to change?” The answer is YES! If I want to… Read More »

  • Center for Change Eating Disorder Inpatient Program – Outcome Summary

    By: Dr. P. Scott Richards, PhD, Research Director At the Center for Change, we use a variety of measures to assess patients’ progress, including patients’ self-reports, therapist ratings, and objective measures such as body weight. We assess specific eating disorder symptomatic behaviors such as bingeing, purging, and food restriction as well as beliefs about food,… Read More »

  • Letter of Hope

    By: a Former Patient So scared and frail, the desire to die, pain and anguish Coming in here completely ready to give up I take another shot at trying to live My self-worth diminished A broken spirit trying to fight alone Undeserving, self-induced punishment, and self-mutilation. Do I deserve to live? Do I let anyone… Read More »

  • Eating Disorder Awareness Week

    By: Lisa Von Colln The week of February 3-9, 1997, was Eating Disorder Awareness Week. Center for Change along with local schools (BYU and Orem High School) helped raise the awareness of eating disorders by speaking to the schools through assemblies and seminars. The theme of this year’s Eating Disorder Awareness Week is Don’t Weigh… Read More »

  • OVERCOMING AN EATING DISORDER

    By: Summer On August 8, 1996, I came to Center for Change because I knew I needed help and treatment through inpatient care to overcome my bulimia. I realized that I couldn’t overcome it on my own, but was very skeptical about checking in. As I look back over the last 6 weeks, I remember… Read More »

  • The Center for Change Experience

    By: Denise Harker September 6, 1996 — My experience at the Center for Change has been the most valuable experience of my life; it’s almost indescribable. I came in with little expectation of recovery. I felt hopeless, scared, and incapable of ever getting my life back. But now I am leaving in less than a… Read More »

  • Letter of Hope

    By: Denise Harker September 6, 1996 Life had become unbearable. I wasn’t living, I was just going through the motions. I had just graduated from the University of Utah with my Masters in Professional Accountancy and was on my way to what I thought would make me happy. I had a job with an accounting… Read More »

  • Conducting Practitioner Relevant Research About Eating Disorders

    By: Randy K. Hardman, Vice-President, Center for Change, P. Scott Richards, Vice-President and Director of Research, Foundation for Change Jan was a nineteen-year-old, caucasian female from the Western United States. Jan had suffered with anorexia since the eighth grade and it had become extremely severe in the year prior to her admission. She had also… Read More »

  • Comes the Dawn

    By: Unknown After a while you learn… The subtle difference between holding a hand, and chaining a soul. And you learn… That love doesn’t mean leaning and company doesn’t mean security. And you learn… That kisses aren’t contracts and presents aren’t promises. And you begin to accept your defeats with your head up and your… Read More »

  • You Can Enjoy FOOD!

    Authors: Evelyn Tribole, M.S., R.D. and Elyse Resech, M.S., R.D., F.A.D.A. Information taken from Chapter 10, “Discover the Satisfaction Factor. St. Martins Griffin Press, New York, NY; 1995. By Jenelle West, RD “The Japanese have the wisdom to promote pleasure as one of their goals of healthy living. In our fury to be thin and… Read More »

  • Our Deepest Fear

    By: Nelson Mandela 1994 Inaugural Speech Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate. Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure. It is our light, not our darkness, that most frightens us. We ask ourselves, who am I to be brilliant, gorgeous, talented and fabulous? Actually, who are you not to… Read More »

  • The Compulsive Eating Program

    Author: Paul Harper, PhD FOR A MORE FULFILLED LIFE “Hunger comes in many varieties and each requires the proper kind of nourishment to be satisfied. Trying to fill emotional hunger, or a hunger of the soul with food will never leave one feeling satisfied despite one’s best efforts to do so. Rather, we can learn… Read More »

  • “The Invitation”

    By: Inspired by Oriah Mountain Dreamer Native American Elder, May 1994 It doesn’t interest me what you do for a living. I want to know what you ache for, and if you dare to dream of meeting your heart’s longing. It doesn’t interest me how old you are. I want to know if you will… Read More »