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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, LMFT on the clinical perspectives of the journey from disordered to recovered. This was followed by a phenomenal presentation by Jenni Schaefer on that same journey, but from a patient’s perspective. After lunch we heard from Kim Passmore, RD, CD who talked about ending the diet mentality. The workshop concluded with our own Dr. Berrett, who talked about Hope for Recovery.

Alumni Event 
August 15th was an exciting day for the Center! Following the community workshop, we hosted our first annual Alumni event. CFC alumni from around the country gathered to reconnect, rejuvenate, and celebrate their recovery. There was food, fun, service projects, and a group process to celebrate miracles and milestones. The evening ended with a powerful drumming circle led by Jenni Schaefer and CFC music therapist, Lynette Taylor. Watch for a Save the Date announcement soon for the 2009 alumni event!

Guest Presenter 
At the end of August, the Center was honored to have renowned body image specialist, Adrienne Ressler, LMSW, CEDS lead an experiential in-service for our clinical staff. Adrienne was kind and generous in sharing her extensive knowledge and experience with our excellent staff. We are appreciative that she would take time to come to the Center.