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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

Eating Disorder Treatment Questions and Answers With Several Center for Change Staff

The following three questions were asked of several 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…

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…

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,…

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

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, children develop expectations about the…

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…

Intuitive Exercise

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 heard of intuitive living and intuitive eating. How about…

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…

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…

Therapeutic Insights in the Treatment of 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). After reviewing the current literature and in conjunction with our…

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…

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…

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…

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

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 intense distorted thoughts and beliefs, and an individual with an eating…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…