2018 iaedp™ Symposium Attracts Record Attendance, Renowned Keynote Speakers for 32nd Annual Conference

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At the 2018 Symposium for the International Association of Eating Disorders Professionals (iaedp™), March 22-25, a record of over 850 attendees gathered at the Omni at ChampionsGate in Orlando, Florida, to learn the latest research for eating disorder treatment, from treatment approaches and compelling patient histories of recovery to the latest findings from brain research.

“The Imagine Me Silent Auction was very successful with attendees bidding on the Mannequin Posters with proceeds to benefit the iaedp™ Foundation,” said Blanche Williams, Assistant Managing Director at the iaedp™ Foundation.

At the 2018 Symposium for the International Association of Eating Disorders Professionals (iaedp™), March 22-25, a record of over 850 attendees gathered at the Omni at ChampionsGate in Orlando, Florida, to learn the latest research for eating disorder treatment, from treatment approaches and compelling patient histories of recovery to the latest findings from brain research. The conference theme, “Focus on Neuroscience: Magic of the Mind and Language of the Body,” reflected the rapidly changing field of eating disorders diagnosis and treatment.

“This year’s Symposium attracted a record-number of attendees who were exposed to more than 70 presentations and workshops,” said Bonnie Harken, Managing Director of the iaedp™ Foundation. “The level of engagement was both exciting and intense, as the hundreds of professionals joined together, all seeking the latest information available in our country today about the treatment of eating disorders.”

Keeping with Symposium tradition, the winners of the 7th annual body image mannequin art competition, “Imagine Me Beyond What You See,” were announced:
First Place - “Greater than the Sum of its Parts (Ophelia),” created by the Art Group of Dr. Laura Riss from Kaiser Permanente in Atlanta, GA.

Runner Up - “Fragments to Making a Stepping Stone,” created by Art Group of Eileen Misluk from Under the Umbrella LLC in Bloomington, IN.

Honorable Mention - “Split Reflections,” created by Reflections Unit for Dominion Hospital in Falls Church, VA.

The Professionals Choice Award, with over 600 votes, both online and actual ballot voting at Symposium – “Brick by Brick,” created by Rogers Behavioral Health FOCUS Adult Residential Program in Oconomowoc, WI.

“The Imagine Me Silent Auction was very successful with attendees bidding on the Mannequin Posters with proceeds to benefit the iaedp™ Foundation,” said Blanche Williams, Assistant Managing Director at the iaedp™ Foundation. “Bidding stayed open from the opening events on Thursday through the activity on Saturday.”

Mannequin entries were judged on clarity of theme, creativity and originality, quality of composition design, and the overall impression and presentation of the artwork. The competition encourages treatment centers and private practices with art therapists to work with clients to provide entries but is open to everyone.

The iaedp™ Certification Committee announced the recipient of the 2018 Lifetime Achievement Award: Ovidio Bermudez, MD, FAAP, FSAHM, FAED, F.iaedp, CEDS.

Dr. Bermudez is the Chief Clinical Officer at Eating Recovery Center in Denver, Colorado. He holds academic appointments as Clinical Professor of Psychiatry and Pediatrics at the University of Oklahoma College of Medicine and Clinical Professor of Pediatrics at the University of Colorado School of Medicine. He is Board certified in Pediatrics and Adolescent Medicine.

Dr. Bermudez is a Fellow of the American Academy of Pediatrics, the Society for Adolescent Health and Medicine, the Academy for Eating Disorders and the International Association of Eating Disorders Professionals. He is Past Chairman and Senior Advisor on Media for the Board of Directors of the National Eating Disorders Association, Co-Founder of the Eating Disorders Coalition of Tennessee (EDCT), Co-founder of the Oklahoma Eating Disorders Association (OEDA) and a founding member of Houston Eating Disorders Specialists (HEDS). He is a Certified Eating Disorders Specialist of the International Association of Eating Disorders Professionals.

Dr. Bermudez has lectured nationally and internationally on eating pathology across the lifespan, obesity and other topics related to pediatric and adult healthcare and has been repeatedly recognized for his dedication and advocacy in the field of eating disorders.

Finally, with all Symposium attendees anticipating the 2019 iaedp™ Symposium location and dates, the reveal was finally made:
JW Marriott Desert Springs Resort and Spa in Palm Desert, CA; on February 7-10, 2019.

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; The Meadows Ranch; Rogers Behavioral Health; Rosewood Centers for Eating Disorders; Selah House; The Renfrew Center; Timberline Knolls; and Veritas Collaborative.    

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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