iaedp™ Symposium to Show Beauty, Embodiment and Image as Healing Agents in Eating Disorder Recovery

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Slated for March 26 – 29 at the Omni at ChampionsGate in Orlando, the 2020 iaedp™ Symposium will offer the presentation, Beauty, Embodiment and Image as Healing Agents in Eating Disorder Recovery, and more than 100 other presentations and networking events to the more than 1,000 eating disorder treatment professionals expected to attend.

According to primary presenter, Heidi Andersen, MS, LPC, CEDS-S, RYT, "Relationships with food and the human body will transform on a deep level only when underlying issues related to beauty, embodiment and image are addressed."

Beauty as a social justice issue is an invitation to challenge internalized self-objectification. Embodiment is learning to inhabit oneself from the inside out rather than reflecting on it. Developing an understanding of the nervous system leads to a kinder relationship with the human body. Image supports an individual in challenging inaccurate mirroring and allows for clarity. In a presentation scheduled for opening day at the 2020 iaedp™ Symposium, these elements of healing in the recovery process and how they relate to eating disorder behaviors will be explored, as well as the neurobiology of shame and learning how to heal shame related to beauty, embodiment and image that perpetuates disordered behaviors.

Slated for March 26 – 29 at the Omni at ChampionsGate in Orlando, the 2020 iaedp™ Symposium will offer the presentation, Beauty, Embodiment and Image as Healing Agents in Eating Disorder Recovery, and more than 100 other presentations and networking events to the more than 1,000 eating disorder treatment professionals expected to attend. For more information, visit iaedp.com.

According to primary presenter, Heidi Andersen, MS, LPC, CEDS-S, RYT, relationships with food and the human body will transform on a deep level only when underlying issues related to beauty, embodiment and image are addressed. Beauty is a social justice issue that expands the definition of worth from the current cultural definition to one that embraces a more soulful definition and challenges internalized self-objectification, prejudice and oppression. Embodiment is a process of learning to inhabit oneself from the inside out rather than from reflecting on it from the outside. Developing an understanding of the nervous system and building interceptive skills provides an individual the tools to develop a more capable relationship with the body and oneself.

Presenter Heidi Andersen, MS, LPC, CEDS-S, RYT is a Licensed Professional Counselor, Certified Eating Disorder Specialist and Embodiment Specialist. During her career, she has worked as a therapist in residential and outpatient levels of care with people struggling with eating disorders. She currently maintains an outpatient private practice as a Body-Centered Psychotherapist specializing in treating the intersection of trauma, attachment wounds and eating disorders through a somatic approach and offers psychotherapy groups, workshops and retreats. Andersen is the author of the Reclaiming Beauty Journal and Wisdom Deck, a resource created to engage women in the process of healing body image and self-image through the use of imagery and experiential exercises. Andersen holds the vision that all people will learn to see the beauty in themselves and those around them.

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. MemberSHARE.iaedp.com is an iaedp™ business journal and online member resource to learn about noteworthy member achievements, continuing education webinars and U.S. and international chapter activity and events; for more information, visit MemberSHARE.

The Presidents Council provides iaedp™ support and includes: Center for Change; Center for Hope of the Sierras; Center for Discovery; Eating Recovery Center; Willow Place; Laureate Eating Disorders Program; McCallum Place Eating Disorder Centers; The Meadows Ranch; Rogers Behavioral Health; Rosewood Centers for Eating Disorders; Selah House; The Renfrew Center; Timberline Knolls; Turning Tides Eating Disorder Treatment Center; Veritas Collaborative; Focus Treatment Centers; Alsana Eating Disorder Treatment & Recovery Centers; Silver Hill Hospital and Walden Behavioral Care.

The 2020 iaedp™ Symposium is proud to announce Bronze Sponsors: ViaMar Health, Eating Disorder Recovery Specialists, Simple Practice and Transcend ED.

More information about all aspects regarding iaedp™ and its 2020 Symposium can be found at iaedp.com.

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