Please note that this is an Archived article and may contain content that is out of date. The use of she/her/hers pronouns in some articles is not intended to be exclusionary. Eating disorders can affect people of all genders, ages, races, religions, ethnicities, sexual orientations, body shapes, and weights.

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 the support that the alumni give each other as they walk down recovery’s path. It’s an honor to see them share an encouraging word, to learn from each other, give needed support, and celebrate their progress.

The following day, Center for Change put on a free community event for those suffering with eating disorders, their families and friends, professionals, and others in the community. The full day workshop focused on the impact of media, how families can help, intuitive living, and the hopeful road to recovery. It is our sincere hope and belief that the information that was provided will be helpful to the brave souls who battle these difficult illnesses.

As a provider of care, alumni and community events are just two ways that we can reach out to those in need of education, prevention, and treatment. It is important to ask ourselves, “Are we inviting those in need to seek and receive treatment? Are we helping to move out of the way obstacles which prevent the pursuit of recovery? Are we providing opportunities as an organization? Are we reaching out to the individual by giving the simple gift of a smile, friendship, an encouraging word, a compassionate message, or few moments of our time?”

May we all have the desire, the love, and the courage to reach out with practical assistance and emotional support whether it be small or grand. If we all reach out, sooner or later, someone will grab our hand and be forever grateful, and doing so will be a blessing for us as well as those to whom we reach out.

With Sincerity,

Dr. B

Michael E. Berrett, PhD
Licensed Psychologist
CEO, Managing Director, Co-Founder
Center for Change



News & Announcements

IAEDP Event held by Center for Change
“Beyond Recovery: How Clinicians Can Teach Clients the Art of Living After an Eating Disorder”
Wednesday, September 15, 2010
6:30pm – 8:00pm
University of Utah Student Union Building
Includes presentations by Michael E. Berrett, PhD and Jenni Schaefer
2 CEU’s will be offered for a $25 charge for IAEDP members, $35 for non-members
Click here for more information

National Eating Disorder Association (NEDA) Annual Conference
“Building Bridges to Recovery”
Friday, October 8, 2010 – Sunday, October 10, 2010
New York City, NY
Click here for more information

Until Your Heart’s Content
Featuring a presentation by Michael E. Berrett, Phd and Jenni Schaefer
Sponsored by Center for Change
Saturday, October 16, 2010 at 7:00pm
Vancouver, BC Canada
The evening also includes a silent auction fundraiser and an all size fashion show
Email Shelley Jensen for information and tickets ([email protected])


Where’s Jenni

Wednesday, September 15, 2010
6:30 PM
Salt Lake City, UT
University of Utah (Student Union Building)iaedp-Utah Chapter’s professional event with Michael E. Berrett, Ph.D. and Jenni Schaefer. Presentation titled “Beyond Recovery: How Clinician’s Can Teach Clients the Art of Living After an Eating Disorder.”

Friday, September 17, 2010
Orem, UT
Center For Change Family Week
Jenni will be speaking with patients and their family members at Center For Change. This event is not open to the general public. For more information about Center For Change, visit

Saturday and Sunday, September 25 and 26, 2010
Anchorage, AK
Annual Alaska Women’s Show (at the Sullivan Arena) — Jenni will present on both Saturday and Sunday! For more information, visit or contact Steve Shepherd at 907-562-9911 or [email protected].