Announcing…Opening Day of the 2018 iaedp™ Symposium Brings Record-Breaking Attendance

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The International Association of Eating Disorders Professionals, provider of educational programs and training standards for eating disorder specialists and other healthcare professionals caring for those suffering from the full spectrum of disordered eating, is proud to announce the opening of its 32nd annual iaedp™ Symposium at the Omni at ChampionsGate in Orlando, Florida.

The International Association of Eating Disorders Professionals, provider of educational programs and training standards for eating disorder specialists and other healthcare professionals caring for those suffering from the full spectrum of disordered eating, is proud to announce the opening of its 32nd annual iaedp™ Symposium at the Omni at ChampionsGate in Orlando, Florida. The conference runs through March 26 with more than 800 registered to attend.

The 2018 Symposium kicks-off with the start of comprehensive courses and will continue with nine keynote speakers and events as headliners, interactive workshops as well as the reveal of the “Imagine Me” mannequin art competition winners.

“The field of eating disorders is always evolving with the development of new treatment methods, new research and even a new healthcare system,” says Bonnie Harken, Managing Director of the iaedp Foundation. “The purpose of our Symposium has always been to provide a forum for eating disorder professionals to discuss these changes as well as to educate, network and exchange information.”
The 2018 Symposium offers four days of training sessions, instructive presentations and special events. Highlights of over 70 sessions include: family involvement in eating disorders, the use of body language to interpret the relationship between exercise and eating disorder etiology and insights into the relationship of brain development and eating disorders, among many others.

Due to its extreme popularity, iaedp™ once again is offering comprehensive courses onsite at Symposium 2018. With these courses, professionals who are new to the field or do not specialize in eating disorders can receive a live and first-hand introduction to eating disorder treatment.

The 2018 Symposium also will reveal the winners of the 7th annual “Imagine Me Beyond What You See” body image mannequin art competition. Out of 15 total entries from treatment centers, private practices and individuals from around the nation, five recently were chosen as finalists, including a Professionals Choice Award with winners being announced and showcased at the Symposium.

For this year’s Symposium, the iaedp™ Foundation once again offers its mobile app, a free interactive app that makes it easy for attendees to plan and participate at the 2018 Symposium. The app, available online through the Apple iPhone “App Store” and Google Play, allows Symposium attendees to easily point and click on the different areas that encompass iaedp’s annual conference event.

“We couldn’t be more excited about this year’s Symposium,” says Harken. “With the return of comprehensive courses, record attendance and the amazing submissions for Imagine Me Art Competition, plus the renowned keynote speakers and featured workshops, the 2018 Symposium is our best yet.”

Exhibit space is still available for purchase for latecomers. Blanche Williams can be contacted at blanche(at)iaedp(dot)com for more information. Registration information, the 2018 program schedule and specific information about each presentation and all presenters at the 2018 iaedp™ Symposium can be found at http://www.iaedp.com.

About the iaedp™ Foundation: 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. The Presidents Council provides support to the organization and its mission and includes: Center for Change; Center for Hope of the Sierras; Eating Recovery Center; Laureate Eating Disorders Program; La Ventana Treatment Programs; McCallum Place Eating Disorder Centers; Monte Nido & Affiliates; Pine Grove Women's Center; Remuda Ranch at the Meadows; Rogers Behavioral Health; Rosewood Centers for Eating Disorders; Selah House; The Renfrew Center; Timberline Knolls; and Veritas Collaborative.

As a way to further its mission, the iaedp™ Foundation introduced MemberSHARE, an online peer community solely dedicated to fostering an environment to support its professional members.

The iaedp™ Foundation proudly announces the supporting sponsors for the 2018 iaedp™ Symposium:
Silver and Event Sponsor: Avalon Hills
Bronze Sponsor: Breathe Life Healing Centers
Bronze Sponsor: Montecatini Eating Disorder Treatment Centers
Bronze Sponsor: Fairwinds Treatment Center
Bronze Sponsor: Pine Grove’s Women’s Center

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