APTED: Association for Professionals Treating Eating Disorders

APTED is a nonprofit organization dedicated to helping in the treatment of eating disorders in the Bay Area. The Association of Professionals Treating Eating Disorders (APTED) is a non-profit corporation, a 501(c) 3, and as such we are tax-deductible for donations.

We offer education and training, we offer referral information to professionals and to the public, and we offer low-fee, sliding-scale direct service. APTED, the organization, is an affiliation of private practitioners – psychologists, MFTs, social workers, physicians, psychiatrists, nutritionists, body workers, coaches, dance and movement therapists, art therapists, drama therapists, and expressi

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menshealth.com 03/19/2019

Why Male Athletes Are Especially at Risk for Eating Disorders

menshealth.com An inside look at the troubling report on HBO's 'Real Sports With Bryant Gumbel.'

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You are invited

You are invited (Fall offerings for Eating Disorder Recovery and Maternal Mental Health)


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Women's Recovery Group, Feminism, and Eating Disorder Awareness Week

Women's Recovery Group, Feminism, and Eating Disorder Awareness Week

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Tired of the Diet/Riot Roller Coaster


us8.campaign-archive2.com This book is for kids who struggle with body image. Included is a fairy tale about a "Mirror Witch" who puts a spell on children, getting them to hate their bodies. There are 22 chapters, or “Spell Breakers,” which empower kids to question and change their thinking while learning how to love their b...

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Loving Your Belly, Before and After Halloween

Finding pride in your Postpartum Body

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Loving Your Belly, Before and After Halloween

Fall Loving Your Belly News

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myemail.constantcontact.com 10/31/2016

Loving Your Belly, Before and After Halloween

Loving Your Belly, Before and After Halloween

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Imperfection is Perfection | Moonshine Ink

Imperfection is Perfection: http://moonshineink.com/mountain-life/imperfection-perfection


[10/21/16]   From Cielo House on dealing with real-life challenges: https://www.cielohouse.com/dealing-with-real-life-challenges/

montenido.com 10/21/2016

8 Keys Series: Motivation, Patience & Hope - Monte Nido


montenido.com When talking about the 8 Keys to Recovery from an Eating Disorder, the first thing to note is that there are obviously more than just 8 steps in the process. The publisher’s directive to Monte Nido Founder Caorlyn Costin was to create 8, and only 8, keys. So in her trademark creative way she packed…

montenido.com 10/21/2016

8 Keys Series: Eating Disorder Self & Healthy Self - Monte Nido


montenido.com Key 2 describes one of the basic and most important concepts we teach our clients at Monte Nido – the idea of the eating disorder self and the healthy self. Carolyn Costin, our founder, has always said that if a client leaves our program with only one thing, she wants it to be a full appreciation of...

myemail.constantcontact.com 09/27/2016

Recovering Moms group, Going Back to Work Tele class, and Soulcollage

Support for Recovering Moms, Moms Going Back to Work, and Soulcollag-ers

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Complex Considerations for Parents of a College Student With an Eating Disorder - Eating Disorders Catalogue

Complex Considerations for Parents of a College Student With an Eating Disorder by Susan Beightol, APRN-CNS, Claire Gish, MS, RD/LD & Rosanne McDaniel, EdS, LPC, LADC, of Laureate Eating Disorders Program: http://www.edcatalogue.com/complex-considerations-for-parents-of-a-college-student-with-an-eating-disorder/

edcatalogue.com FacebookTwitter1Google+ Complex Considerations for Parents of a College Student With an Eating Disorder by Susan Beightol, APRN-CNS, Claire Gish, MS, RD/LD & Rosanne McDaniel, EdS, LPC, LADC, of Laureate Eating Disorders Program Attending college can be an exciting and stressful time for young adult...

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Why I Don't Believe In Cheat Days

Rachel Brehm on "Cheat Days": http://www.huffingtonpost.com/rachel-brehm/cheat-days_b_11336474.html?

huffingtonpost.com Last spring, the UK Fashion Retailer New Look was blasted for promoting dieting messages to some of its youngest shoppers. The shop offered a se...

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The Basics of BED: Binge Eating Disorder Workshop for Individuals, Caregivers, Family, Professionals
Do you struggle with binge eating disorder (BED)? Are you wondering how to support a family member or friend who has been diagnosed with BED? Are you a professional who is new to addressing this issue or who would like to learn more about how to talk with clients about BED?

Join The Basics of BED workshop at the Binge Eating Disorder Association’s Annual Conference—BEDA 2016: Many Paths, One Journey—in San Francisco, Thursday, October 27th 1:00 - 3:00 pm PST.

The workshop will educate about all aspects of BED to provide a positive framework and understanding. Topics include:
· The causes of BED,
· The role of cultural influences and weight stigma,
· How to break the diet/binge cycle and normalize eating,
· The definition of the Health At Every Size® paradigm, and
· How to help children and teens develop a healthy relationship with food and their bodies.

The Basics of BED workshop will provide new insights for participants to keep top of mind as they participate in following BEDA 2016 workshops and sessions, in addition to new strategies to implement after the conference.



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We met because of a an ED but found we had so much more in common throughout our journey to recovery. Never, ever, ever give up....

[08/30/16]   Lauren Ozbolt, MD, CEDS, Medical Director at Clementine (a Monte Nido affiliate for adolescents), writes about evaluating psychiatric medications in adolescents: "
AFTER YEARS OF TREATING adolescents with eating disorders, I know the word "psychiatric medications" often sends concerns to teens and parents alike. It is true some adolescents have been scarred by memories of taking medications and simultaneously find many teens are terrified of psychotropic medications and have false preconceived notions about how they work. As one young girl timidly told me, "I'm concerned I will be a zombie."

The truth is, psychotropic medications can be very helpful in the treatment of certain eating disorders targeting such symptoms as anxiety, depression, obsessive thoughts and food preoccupations. But there is a point in time at which I find it most helpful to introduce. Thus, upon meeting a new adolescent at Clementine, I typically don't broach the idea of medications for the first few weeks of treatment so long as they are psychiatrically stable. I find it is much more valuable at this stage of the game to establish rapport. I want to take the time to get to know the patient, focus on the nutritional aspects of treatment and try to gain a better understanding of the function of the patient's eating disorder.

After seeing the adolescent daily for several sessions and establishing rapport, I may then weave in the idea of medication, if warranted. I spend a great deal of time providing education about the medication, how it works in the body, risks, benefits and side effects. I will often tell the adolescent what they will view if they Google the medication - the positive and the concerns - and why or why not these presentations may apply to them. I give the teen some space and time to consider this approach and encourage them to discuss it with their parents. I similarly give parents a similarly extensive psychoeducation and detailed rationale for my recommendation. I don't believe in trying to convince an adolescent who is in the separation-individuation stage of development where opposition is the rule, to take a medication. Instead, I support the adolescent in their decision all the while, leaving the option open. I find this open approach - coupled with a relationship that fosters trust and mutual respect - sets a firm foundation for change and movement in the treatment.

Psychiatry is an integral part of the treatment at Clementine. Twenty four hour access to psychiatrists is a hallmark of Clementine, and ensures the safety of each adolescent. To learn more about Medical Director Lauren Ozbolt's approach and role with Clementine, click here."

myemail.constantcontact.com 08/23/2016

Back to school blog, Tele class, and Group for moms

Back to School, Moms Going Back to Work, and Expressive Arts for Eating Disorder Recovery

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conta.cc 07/09/2016

Art opening, Vision collage, Expressive Arts and the 12 steps

Coming Tomorrow

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Art opening, Vision collage, Expressive Arts and the 12 steps

Art opening, Vision collage, Expressive Arts and the 12 steps

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Expresive Arts &12 Steps, Vision Collage, and Resources for Recovering Women

Expressive Arts and the 12 steps

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BEDA 2016 Workshop: Binge Eating Disorder in the Medical Setting

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Expresive Arts &12 Steps, Vision Collage, and Resources for Recovering Women

Visioning Summer in Recovery: Workshops, Talks and Art Openings

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[06/24/16]   Ancient Wisdom meets Modern Neuroscience, via Light of the Moon Cafe: http://lightofthemooncafe.com/meda-conference/?inf_contact_key=f51385b813a6841740b4bab9688addb383331b3d83fdacdab56b22d64419e677

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Expresive Arts &12 Steps, Vision Collage, and Resources for Recovering Women

Summer Recovery Resources

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worldeatingdisordersday.org 06/03/2016

Pregnancy and motherhood a minefield for recovering women

Today is World Eating Disorders Awareness day

worldeatingdisordersday.org By Linda Shanti McCabe, PsyD, USA Pregnancy and early motherhood can be a minefield for women recovering from eating disorders. The hormone changes, body changes, mood changes, sleep changes, and l…


6 ‘M’s to keep in mind when you next see a patient with anorexia nervosa : Current Psychiatry

Current Psychiatry offers 6 "M's" to keep in mind the next time you see a client with anorexia nervosa: http://www.currentpsychiatry.com/specialty-focus/eating-disorders/article/6-ms-to-keep-in-mind-when-you-next-see-a-patient-with-anorexia-nervosa/9cc7ecf61b16670ad76e10ef788fa71b.html?oc_slh=35029895&utm_source=Clin_CP_sf-EatingDisorder_052016&utm_medium=email&utm_content=Binge%20Eating%20Disorder%20focus:%206%20%27M%27s%20to%20keep%20in%20mind%20when%20you%20see%20a%20patient%20with%20anorexia%20nervosa

currentpsychiatry.com Anorexia nervosa is associated with comorbid psychiatric disorders, se­vere physical complications, and high mortality. To help you remember im­portant clinical information when working with patients with anorexia, we propose this “6 M” model for screening, treatment, and prognosis. Monitor closely....

vendome.swoogo.com 05/17/2016

Home: National Eating Disorders Conference - Las Vegas, NV

The National Eating Disorders Conference will be held in Las Vegas: https://vendome.swoogo.com/eating-disorders-vegas/home


[05/17/16]   Grow your Garden of Self-Love by The Body Positive: " It's gardening time at my house! Last weekend I finally had the chance to get all of my new plants into the ground, and now I'm in nurturing mode. I go outside several times a day to talk to them, and give them tender loving care as they get rooted in their new home.

As you may have already read in Embody: Learning to Love Your Unique Body (and quiet that critical voice!), I view the process of cultivating self-love the same way I do gardening. Since practicing self-love is a process and doesn't have an end goal of perfection, which is how I feel about my garden, I thought I'd share the passage from Embody to inspire you to be a bit more loving towards yourself today. Or perhaps you can simply make a commitment to learn how to build a practice of self-love if it feels out of your reach.

"Cultivating self-love is like planting a garden. Both take time and effort, especially as you get started. Preparing your soil can be hard work, and planting seeds can be tiring. For some time, nothing happens. You have a plot of dirt that needs attention, but you don’t see any results of your labor. Then, abruptly, little plants push their way through the ground and begin their journey towards the sun. Day by day they get bigger, and soon you see flower buds begin to form. Your garden continues to require attention and care, but suddenly your flowers bloom and you are rewarded with vibrant beauty and abundant joy. Your vegetable and fruit plants turn their flowers into food that sustains your life. So it is with self-love. It takes more time and attention in the beginning, but one day you wake up and realize that tending to your self-love garden has become part of your every day life—and you blossom. You are rewarded with a bountiful crop: a balanced relationship with your body, freedom to pursue your dreams and purpose, a deepened connection to the people in your life, and more beauty surrounding you than you ever imagined possible."
Embody -page 160


Researchers progress with groundbreaking anorexia study | Addiction Professional Magazine


addictionpro.com April 22, 2016 by Gary A. Enos, Editor | Reprints What is being called the largest genetic investigation of eating disorders in history is moving toward a July close of its recruitment phase, with numbers well in excess of original projections. The Anorexia Nervosa Genetics Initiative (ANGI) is taki...

conta.cc 05/13/2016

Soulcollage, Yoga, and New Podcast (for moms)

Soulcollage this Sunday, Yoga, and Podcast

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From Mirasol:" Estimates vary widely, but experts agree that there is a very high correlation between eating disorders and s*xual abuse. So how do we begin to repair those damaged relationships, especially when clients may relate to s*x the way they relate to food, engaging in behaviors that range from restriction to over-indulgence? It was a challenging topic for a panel discussion with therapists from Mirasol's adult and teen residential eating disorder treatment programs. As always, it reminded us of the many ways that our relationships with food both reflect and affect our interpersonal relationships."

Listen to the 7-minute discussion here: http://www.mirasol.net/videos/eating-disorders-and-s*xuality.m4a?utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=Mirasol+%22Sunflower%22+Newsletter+-+April%2C+2016&utm_source=Newsletters&utm_term=LISTEN+TO+THE+CONVERSATION


[05/03/16]   Beverly Price, via Inner Door Center, on Healing Through Gratitude: "
"As we express our gratitude, we must never forget that the highest appreciation is not to utter words, but to live by them." - John F Kennedy

In a recovery environment, gratitude is used as a healing modality in itself. According to Wikipedia, the definition of gratitude, thankfulness, or appreciation is a positive emotion or attitude in acknowledgment of a benefit that one has received or will receive. Gratitude is an emotion that occurs after people receive help, depending on how they interpret the situation. Specifically, gratitude is experienced if people perceive the help they receive as (a) valuable to them, (b) costly to their benefactor, and (c) given by the benefactor with benevolent intentions (rather than ulterior motives).

Leaders in the healing arena have indicated that people who are more grateful have higher levels of well-being. Grateful people are happier, less depressed, less stressed, and more satisfied with their lives and social relationships. Grateful people also have higher levels of control of their environments, personal growth, purpose in life, and self-acceptance.

These leaders have also suggested that grateful individuals have more positive ways of coping with the difficulties they experience in life, being more likely to seek support from other people, reinterpret and grow from experiences, and spend more time planning how to deal with problems. Grateful people also have less negative coping strategies, being less likely to try and avoid the problem, deny there is a problem, blame themselves, or cope through substance use. Grateful people sleep better, due to thinking less negative and more positive thoughts just before going to sleep.

So when you find yourself criticizing others or feeling/saying that, "It is never good enough," look at how your thoughts parallel your relationship with your body, your perfectionism and perhaps your unrealistic expectations of others. Coming back to a sense of gratitude can help put things in perspective.

"Gratitude unlocks the fullness of life. It turns what we have into enough, and more. It turns denial into acceptance, chaos into order, confusion into clarity.... It turns problems into gifts, failures into success, the unexpected into perfect timing, and mistakes into important events. Gratitude makes sense of our past, brings peace for today and creates a vision for tomorrow."- Melodie Beattie

Written by Beverly Price RD, MA, E-RYT 200, CEDS and David Price MA, LPC, CAADC



The APTED Multi-Modality Treatment Center offers individual, group, couples, and family therapy for people with eating disorders. We offer assessments and consultations. Treatment approaches include narrative therapy, psychodynamic, family systems, self-psychology, expressive arts therapies, somatic therapy, and nutritional counseling. Sliding scale fees are available.

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