Annual Traditions a High Mark for the 2016 iaedp™ Symposium

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When the 2016 iaedp Symposium officially opens on Feb. 17 at the Omni on Amelia Island, Florida, it will begin as it has for the past 29 years with the traditional Presentation of the Colors by the local Civil Air Patrol Cadets, followed by the iaedp Chapter State Flags and International Flags -- honoring the professionals who come together each year to advance learning, share groundbreaking information and engage with the world’s most renowned and committed eating disorders professionals.

When the 2016 iaedp Symposium officially opens on Feb. 17 at the Omni on Amelia Island, Florida, it will begin as it has for the past 29 years with the traditional Presentation of the Colors by the local Civil Air Patrol Cadets, followed by the iaedp Chapter State Flags and International Flags -- honoring the professionals who come together each year to advance learning, share groundbreaking information and engage with the world’s most renowned and committed eating disorders professionals.

“The iaedp International and iaedp Chapter State Flags celebrate and honor our national and international chapters,” said Bonnie Harken, Managing Director of The iaedp Foundation. “This year professionals will attend from not only the U.S., but also Canada, Costa Rica, Dominican Republic and Mexico.”

In fact, this year’s Symposium features three sessions presented in Spanish only, addressing the latest in eating disorder treatment, causes and science – much like the other 40 sessions that are in English. The 30th annual iaedp Symposium will take place over a five-day period, Feb. 17 – 21, and will feature presentations, workshops and various special events. Registration information can be found at iaedp.com.

Pre-symposium activity kicks off on Wednesday, Feb. 17 with the return of the popular pre-certification courses.

On Thursday, 18 different presentations take place, including the conclusion of the pre-certification courses and the grand opening reception. Other Thursday highlights include the first keynote panel discussion, featuring S. Roy Erlichman, PhD, CAP, CEDS, and the winners of iaedp’s sixth annual “Imagine Me Beyond What You See” Body Image Mannequin Art Competition.

Keynote speaker Rachel Yehuda, PhD, kicks off sessions on Friday, Feb. 19 with her presentation, “Epigenics: How Trauma and PTSD Affect DNA.” Other keynote speakers on Friday are Margo Maine, PhD, FAED, CEDS, covering “It’s Time to Talk About It! Invisible Women: Treating Eating Disorders at Midlife and Beyond” and Francine Lapides, MFT, who will present “Working Implicitly in Psychotherapy: What Decades of Neuroscience Study has Taught Me about Being a Psychotherapist.” Saturday’s keynote is Steven Porges, PhD, with his presentation, “Eating Disorders Through the Lens of the Polyvagal Theory.”

Saturday’s Annual Continuing the Legacy Award’s Luncheon honors members who have made outstanding contributions to the organization along with the announcement of the winners of iaedp’s sixth annual “Imagine Me Beyond What You See” Body Image Mannequin Art Competition.

The symposium closes on Sunday, Feb. 21 with the final keynote address, “Renewing your Passion: Protection from Burn-Out and Compassion Fatigue,” by Mary Bellofatto, MA, LMHC, NCC CEDS, TEP.

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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