The iaedp™ Foundation’s 2016 Symposium Offers Prestigious Recognition for Eating Disorder Professionals

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The iaedp Foundation’s 2016 Symposium will honor chosen members before their professional peers selected by iaedp’s Board of Directors’ special awards committee. The group also presents the Fellow of iaedp, a category of membership and honor available to highly committed and accomplished professionals.

The iaedp Foundation’s 2016 Symposium will honor chosen members before their professional peers selected by iaedp’s Board of Directors’ special awards committee. The group also presents the Fellow of iaedp, a category of membership and honor available to highly committed and accomplished professionals. Award nominations and Fellow of iaedp (F.iaedp) applications are encouraged from members through applications provided online with nominations closing on Dec. 31, 2015.

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

Members, and in one instance, non-members, have four opportunities for recognition:

  • The Spirit of iaedp Award will be given to a member of iaedp for 10 years or more who demonstrates consistent service and loyalty to iaedp’s mission. Certification is important but not required of this person, widely known to iaedp’s members.
  • The New Professional Award recognizes a member of five years or fewer for innovative and substantial contributions to iaedp and the eating disorder treatment field. Possible contribution includes but is not limited to organizing a training event, supporting research through a fundraising program or assisting other new professionals in training.
  • The Member of the Year Award will honor a member with six or more years of experience in the field who demonstrates noteworthy service to iaedp and consistently exceeds expectations for contributions to the iaedp conference, chapters, program development and good will ambassadorship.
  • Special Service Recognition Award will award special contributions whenever applicable from a person who may not fit another award category and are not required to be iaedp members.

For consideration for elevated membership status as a Fellow of iaedp, candidates’ collective contributions over time will be evaluated. Guidelines identify but are not exclusive to iaedp members of five continuous years or more who have been in practice for a minimum of 15 years, are preferably Certified Eating Disorder Specialists and have demonstrated accomplishment and participation in the field through activities such as teaching, presentations, training, research, writing and innovative community projects. Each honoree will receive a special certificate of recognition and may include “F. iaedp” with his or her credentials.

The 30th annual iaedp Symposium will be held Feb. 17- 21, 2016 at the Omni Amelia Island Plantation Resort in Amelia Island, Fla. Award recommendation forms, Fellow of iaedp applications and more information about Symposium registration are online at iaedp.com.

About iaedp:

Since 1985, the International Association of Eating Disorders Professionals has provided education and training standards to an international and multidisciplinary group of various healthcare treatment providers and helping professions.

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