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Focus on Neuroscience: Magic of the Mind and Language of the Body - iaedp™ Symposium 2018's program is being created by a group of professionals like you who work in therapeutic settings with patients. It is our goal to provide an exciting, quality program that is applicable to your needs when working with patients. Keynote and Core Course Course information is below, along with registration, hotel, and transportation information. You can register online now by clicking the "Register" button!

 Export to Your Calendar 3/22/2018 to 3/25/2018
When: Thursday March 22, 2018
9:00 AM
Where: Map this event »
Omni Orlando Resort at ChampionsGate
1500 Masters Blvd
ChampionsGate, Florida  33896
United States
Contact: Marie Grover
800-800-8126 x 82

Online registration is available until: 3/22/2018
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iaedp™ Symposium 2018 
Omni Orlando Resort at ChampionsGate
ChampionsGate, FL
March 22-25, 2018


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A registration form is also available as a downloadable PDF.


A wonderful environment to refresh, relax, and network with other eating disorders professionals exchanging ideas in a forum designed especially for you! 

A discounted hotel rate has been negotiated with Omni Orlando ChampionsGate.  Register online or call 800-843-6664 and mention the iaedp Symposium to receive the discounted rate.  Discounted rooms are limited and available on a first come/first serve basis. Rooms must be reserved by 02/18/2018 to receive the rooms discount.

Mears will offer a discounted round trip fare for symposium attendees.  To receive your online discount, please go to, click on the “Book Orlando Shuttle Now” box then enter the code 559521044 in the “Promo Code” box provided in the lower left corner.


Exhibitor Information

iaedp™ Core Courses back by popular demand at Symposium 2018!
Previously offered in a  self-paced, online format, we are excited to once again offer these four core courses in a two day, 12 hour track at Symposium 2018. These courses will begin on Wednesday and conclude on Thursday and are offered as a separate track for $325 as a stand alone registration, or combined with a Symposium 2018 registration for an additional $200.  The Core Courses may be taken to satisfy the requirements for the Educational Designation, Certification or may be taken simply as a refresher.  If you are pursuing certification, all other prerequisites regarding education, experience, and supervision apply.  Both the Educational Designation and Certification require a successful completion of a written final examination post-symposium. 

This track is also appropriate for professionals who are new to the field to receive a comprehensive introduction to eating disorders treatment. 

Course titles are:  Overview of Eating Disorders, Treatment Modalities, Nutritional Aspects of Eating Disorders, and Medical Aspects of Eating Disorders.  Each course is a 3 hour workshop.


WEDNESDAY - 3/21 - 8:30am Overview of Eating Disorders 

Dr. Craig Johnson has been a leader in the field of Eating Disorders for more than 35 years. He is the Chief Science Officer and Director of the Family Institute for Eating Recovery Center in Denver, Colorado. He is a Clinical Professor of Psychiatry at the University of Oklahoma Medical School and has formerly held faculty appointments at Yale University Medical School, University of Chicago Pritzker School of Medicine and Northwestern University Feinberg Medical School. He was the Founding Editor of the International Journal of Eating Disorders, Co-Founder of the International Conference of Eating Disorders, Founder of the Academy for Eating Disorders (AED), Founding Member of the Eating Disorders Research Society, and Co-Founder and past President of the National Eating Disorders Association (NEDA). He has been a National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH) funded researcher for over 15 years and has authored over 80 research articles and three books. He has received distinguished contribution awards from AED, International Association of Eating Disorder Professionals (iaedp™), NEDA, National Association of Anorexia Nervosa and Associated Disorders (ANAD), and the American Red Cross. NEDA also honored Dr. Johnson by creating the Craig Johnson Award for Clinical Excellence and Training, which is awarded annually.


Buck Runyan, Executive Director for Remuda Ranch at The Meadows, has over 20 years of experience in the treatment of eating disorders in residential and inpatient settings as well as private practice. His prior roles have included supporting eating disorder treatment programs as a Program Director, Chief Operations Officer and Clinical Director. For a number of years, Buck had a private practice in Redlands, CA providing family and individual therapy for a broad range of mental health issues including marital and family relationships, mood disorders, self-harm, eating disorders, and bariatric surgery. His credentials include those as a California Marriage and Family Therapist, an Arizona Licensed Professional Counselor, and an iaedp Certified Eating Disorder Specialist and Supervisor. Buck completed a Master of Science degree in Counseling Psychology from California Baptist University.  Buck has served on the International Association of Eating Disorder Professionals (iaedp™) Board of Directors since 2010. He is the current past-President of the Board of Directors and is a Fellow of iaedp. Buck remains an active member of the iaedp Certification Committee. He was the founding chapter president for the first of iaedp's regional chapters in 2004 and has been involved with the development of multiple regional US chapters.


WEDNESDAY - 3/21 - 1:30pm Treatment Modalities for Eating Disorders 

Margo Maine, PhD, CEDS, co-founder of the Maine & Weinstein Specialty Group, is a clinical psychologist who has specialized in eating disorders and related issues for over 30 years. She is author of: Pursuing Perfection: Eating Disorders, Body Myths, and Women at Midlife and Beyond, (with Joe Kelly,Routledge, 2016); Treatment of Eating Disorders: Bridging the Research- Practice Gap, co-edited with Beth McGilley and Doug Bunnell (Elsevier,2010); Effective Clinical Practice in the Treatment of Eating Disorders: The Heart of the Matter, co-edited with William Davis and Jane Shure (Routledge , 2009); The Body Myth: Adult Women and the Pressure to Be Perfect (with Joe Kelly, John Wiley, 2005); Father Hunger: Fathers, Daughters and the Pursuit of Thinness  (Gurze, 2004); and Body Wars: Making Peace With Women’s Bodies (Gurze, 2000). Maine is a senior editor of Eating Disorders: The Journal of Treatment and Prevention. A Founding Member and Fellow of the Academy for Eating Disorders and a member of the Founder’s Council and senior board advisor to the National Eating Disorders Association, Dr. Maine is a member of the psychiatry departments at the Institute of Living/Hartford Hospital’s Mental Health Network and at Connecticut Children’s Medical Center, having previously directed their eating disorder programs. She serves on several Advisory Committees, including the Renfrew Center Clinical Advisory Board, the Renfrew Foundation Conference Committee, and the Walden Clinical Advisory Board. Dr Maine is the 2007 recipient of The Lori Irving Award for Excellence in Eating Disorders Awareness and Prevention and the 2015 recipient of the Lifetime Achievement Award, both given by the National Eating Disorders Association, and is a 2016 Honoree of the Connecticut Women’s Hall of Fame. Dr. Maine lectures nationally and internationally on topics related to the treatment and prevention of eating disorders, female development, and women’s health. She has devoted much time and energy to addressing federal policy related to eating disorders through her work for the National Eating Disorders Association and the Eating Disorders Coalition for Research, Policy, and Action, having served as vice-president and chaired the policy section of the FREED Act (Federal Response to Eliminate Eating Disorders), which was introduced into Congress by Representative Patrick Kennedy in February, 2009 and by Senator Harkin in 2010.

Beth Hartman McGilley, Ph.D., FAED, Clinical Associate Professor, University of Kansas School of Medicine--Wichita is a psychologist in private practice, specializing in the treatment of eating and related disorders, body image, athletes, trauma, and grief. A Fellow of the Academy for Eating Disorders (AED), and a Certified Eating Disorders Specialist, she has practiced for over 30 years, writing, lecturing, supervising, directing an inpatient eating disorders program and providing individual, family and group therapy.  She has published in academic journals and the popular media, as well as contributing chapters to several books. She is a journal editor for Eating Disorders: The Journal of Treatment & Prevention, and co-editor for the book: Treatment of Eating Disorders: Bridging the Research/Practice Gap. She has presented extensively to national and international, lay and professional audiences, as well as appeared on a variety of local and national news and radio outlets. In addition to her clinical work, Dr. McGilley has been a chair or member of numerous committees for the AED since its inception. These include: Health Club Taskforce (Chair, 2009-2015), Medical Management Taskforce (Member, 2009-present), Public Relations Committee (Chair, Advocacy Subcommittee, 2002-04), Membership Recruitment/Retention Committee (Co-Chair.1999-03), Fundraising Committee (Member, 2001-02), Managed Care Task Force Committee (Member, 1997-01). She is the co-founder and Co-Chair of the AED Professionals and Recovery Special Interest Group, and is a member of the AED Somatic Therapies SIG. Dr. McGilley also specializes in applications of sports psychology and performance enhancement techniques with athletes at the high school, collegiate and professional levels. She was the sports psychology consultant for the Wichita State University Women’s Basketball team from 2005-2008. She was the co-founder and co-chair of the Association for Applied Sports Psychology (AASP) Eating Disorders Special Interest Group from 2007-2012.  Dr. McGilley co-founded and for 12 years served as the President of the Healing Path Foundation, a nonprofit foundation dedicated to the prevention and treatment of eating disorders in Kansas. She is a longstanding member of the National Eating Disorders Association (NEDA), the International Association of Eating Disorders Professionals (iaedp™), the American Psychological Association (APA), and the Kansas Psychological Association (KPA).  She was a 2008 graduate of the Kansas Health Foundation Leadership Fellows Training program. Her hobbies include competitive cycling, hiking, writing, and time with her therapy dog, Wheeler the Healer.

Dr. Jessica Baker, PhD, CEDS  Jessica Baker, M.S., Ph.D. is a Certified Eating Disorders Specialist and Supervisor, currently in private practice in Milton, Georgia, a suburb of Atlanta. Dr. Baker has worked in the field for over 20 years. She began working with this population during her graduate training at the Universities of Georgia and Florida, and Emory Counseling Centers. She continued this work in her professional career at the Metro Atlanta Recovery Residences, Women’s Center (MARR). Recognizing the need for more intense programming for dual diagnosis patients, Dr. Baker created a disordered eating program at MARR. There, she provided individual/group/community therapy, and professional training and supervision. Dr. Baker has served on the faculty at the University of Georgia, Brenau University, and Georgia State University. In her private practice she specializes in treating patients with eating disorders and addiction as well as identity concerns and various mental health issues. As a member of the EDIN’s Professional Speaker’s Network, she also speaks at numerous events around the Atlanta area: schools, parenting groups, community organizations, professional organizations, etc. These presentations address issues such as building a healthy relationship with food, body, and self; eating disorder awareness and prevention; and non-diet nutrition. Dr. Baker is a longstanding member of the National Eating Disorders Association (NEDA), the International Association of Eating Disorder Professionals (iaedp), and the American Psychological Association (APA). She serves on the Board of the Atlanta Chapter of iaedp as the Certification Chair and is as a member of the International Certification Committee.

THURSDAY - 3/22 - 8:30am Nutritional Aspects of Eating Disorders

Sondra Kronberg, MS, RD, CDN, CEDRD, is the Founder/Executive Director of Eating Disorder Treatment Collaborative, F.E.E.D. IOP. (Family and Friends Eating Events and Direction) and P.E.A.C.E. (Professional Eating and Coaching Events) programs of New York, Owner/Director of Nutrition Counseling Specialists and Eating Wellness Programs. Sondra is a nutrition therapist with 30 years of experience and a recognized leader in the field of eating disorders and body wellness. She is a licensed clinical nutritionist, certified eating disorder specialist, consultant, and treatment advisor. Sondra received the International Association of Eating Disorder Professionals (iaedp™) Certified Eating Disorder Specialists Award, the National Eating Disorders Association Excellence in Practice Award and the SCAN Excellence in Practice Award. Sondra is the author of the Eating Disorder Learning/Teaching Handout Series Manual and contributor to the Eating Disorders-Clinical Guide to Counseling and Treatment. Sondra presents regularly at national conferences for professionals and the public. As a NEDA media spokesperson, she brings awareness to prevention, education and treatment and appears regularly in the media including PBS, Good Morning America, Fox 5 News, ABC, CBS and Anderson Cooper.

Beth Harrell, MS, RD, LD, is a dietitian / nutritionist in Overland Park, KS. Beth is a Certified Eating Disorders Registered Dietitian who began working at an inpatient eating disorders program in 1993 for adults and teens. She ran a private practice working exclusively with disordered eating (adults and teens) and facilitated workshops for those suffering with BED. She currently works at Children’s Mercy Hospital in Kansas City Eating Disorders Center providing outpatient care for children, adolescents and families affected by AN, BN, and ARFID. She carries a Master's Degree in Dietetics and Nutrition from the University of Kansas Medical Center.




THURSDAY - 3/22 - 1:30pm Medical Aspects of Eating Disorders

Philip Mehler, as Executive Medical Director and Chief Medical Officer, Dr. Philip Mehler is the designated head of medical services across Eating Recovery Center’s full National treatment spectrum, including Inpatient, Residential, Partial Hospitalization, Intensive Outpatient and Outpatient levels of care. Prior to joining Eating Recovery Center, Dr. Mehler served as Medical Director of the ACUTE Center for Eating Disorders, and Medical Director of Denver Health and Hospital Authority. Dr. Mehler began his career at Denver Health nearly 30 years ago and was formerly its Chief of Internal Medicine. He is the Glassman Professor of Medicine at the University of Colorado School of Medicine, and has conducted research into the optimal treatment of the most severe cases of Anorexia Nervosa and Bulimia. Dr. Mehler has authored 400 publications, including 3 textbooks, Medical Complications of Eating Disorders, which published by the Johns Hopkins University Press and is now in its third edition. Dr. Mehler was the recipient of the Academy of Eating Disorders 2012 Outstanding Clinician Award, has been recognized among the “Best Doctors in America” for the past 20 years in a row, and was voted the “Top Internist in Denver” multiple times by 5280 magazine. Dr. Mehler is a member and fellow of the Eating Disorders Research Society and the Academy of Eating Disorders, as well as a member of the editorial board of the International Journal of Eating Disorders. He has lectured extensively on a national and international level as the leading medical expert on the topic of medical complications of eating disorders.

Dr. Joel Jahraus is well-known and respected for his two decades of specialization in the medical management of patients with eating disorders. A board-certified physician for over 30 years, he is a recognized expert on diabetes and the medical complications of eating disorders. Dr. Jahraus came to us directly from Park Nicollet-Melrose Institute in Minneapolis, Minnesota, where he most recently served as Executive Director, with program oversight and direct management of patient care. He has been associated with the Melrose Institute (formerly the Eating Disorders Institute) since 1992. In addition to his experience with hospital-based programs, he also served as Medical Director at Remuda Treatment Centers in Phoenix, Arizona, from 2002 to 2004, where he worked with residential and outpatient levels of care. Dr. Jahraus graduated from Washington University Medical School in St. Louis, Missouri, and has a background in family medicine. He entered an academic career as Associate Director of the University of Minnesota Family Medicine Residency Program. He then took a position as the Predoctoral Director at the University of Minnesota Medical School. During his teaching career at the University of Minnesota Medical School, Dr. Jahraus received the Distinguished Teacher of the Year Award. He co-authored a chapter on eating disorders in Textbook of Psychosomatic Medicine, published by the American Psychiatric Association, and has been featured in various national media, including two public television documentaries on eating disorders. He testified at a United States Congressional Briefing on the need for health insurance coverage for eating disorder treatment. For his outstanding contributions to the field, he received the prestigious Ellis Island Medal of Honor in 2011, and was named a Top Doctor of 2013 by U.S. News and World Report.


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Imagine Me Beyond What You See Body Image Mannequin Art Competition
The International Association of Eating Disorders Professionals Foundation is proud to present its annual body image art competition, an awareness through art campaign, held in conjunction with our Annual Symposium.

Imagine Me Beyond What You See was designed to promote a healthy awareness and acceptance of body images.  The mannequin art contest is open to everyone; however, iaedp™ is expressly asking treatment centers and private practices with art therapists to work with patients to provide entries.  Mannequins may be purchased online.  They can be male or female forms and are available in different body shapes and sizes.  Some retail stores may donate used mannequins, if asked. Mixed media may be used.

Entries must include photos of the artwork in high (300+) resolution jpeg format, that shows at least 4 different angles along with a 300 word description/inspiration of your artwork,  a list of the materials used and 2 to 3 sentence biography of artist/group.   Entries will be accepted from October 15, 2017 through December 15, 2017 and will require the signing of an artist release form. Send entries to

The First Place Winner along with the Runner Up, Honorable Mention and Professionals Choice Award are awarded every year during our Annual Symposium.


iaedp™ Symposium 2018 Pricing Information

Prior to January 15, 2018 -
iaedp™ Member $675
iaedp™ Certified Member $625
Non iaedp™ Member $750
Full Time Student  $375
Retired Registrant $375
International Registrant $375

On or after January 16, 2018 -
iaedp™  Member  $725
iaedp Certified Member $675
Non iaedp™ Member  $800   
Full Time Student  $425
Retired Registrant $425
International Registrant  $425

Group Rates:  3-5 Attendees ($625 each prior to Jan 15, 2018 and $675 each on or after Jan 16, 2018)
Groups are defined as 3 or more registrants from the same company, organization or iaedp chapter. To receive the discount, all group registrations must be submitted together.  Add on registrations received separately will be charged the regular individual registration fee. Fill out one form per person.  (This offer excludes the registrations included in the exhibiting package or complimentary or discounted registrations for faculty)   Group rates will not be available after January 16, 2018.


One Day Registrations
Thursday $425   Friday $425   Saturday $425   Sunday  $225

Symposium 2017 Registration Fees include all symposium workshops, and special events from March 23rd - 26th. The Pre-conference Trainings on Wednesday, March 22nd 2017 is not included and requires additional fees.  Pre-Certification classes also require an additional fee.

Groups are required to register together as a group.  Group registrations received without all group members included will not be provided with the discount and will be charged additional registration fees.  Individuals registering as part of a group online must indicate their group members as a part of the registration process.

Discounts cannot be combined with other offers, including registration types (Faculty and group registrations) which are already discounted.  Discounts cannot be applied after the fact.

Presenters with more than two presenters in their session should contact the iaedp office at 800-800-8126 x80 prior to registering for discount information.

To request accommodations for the symposium sessions, please contact the iaedp office at 800-800-8126 x80 or



The participant will be able to:  (1) identify and treat individuals with anorexia, bulimia, and compulsive overeating; (2) discuss drug therapies currently used to treat eating disorders; (3) describe alternative methods for the treatment of eating disorders, such as dialectical behavior therapy, psychodrama, movement therapy, art therapy, and gastric bypass surgery and (4) explain dual diagnosis issues, such as post traumatic stress disorder, Axis II components and addictions.


WHO SHOULD ATTEND? Physicians, Psychologists, Therapists, Dietitians, Nurses, Counselors, Other Healthcare Professionals.

Participants will:  update their research knowledge and competency, increase and acquire new skills, receive information on certification, and have networking/referral opportunities, as well as obtain continuing education credits.



Continuing education is offered through co-sponsorship with iaedp™ and the following institutions:

CE Certificate Information

A continuing education certificate for iaedp™ Symposium will be obtained using the website, CE-Go. Approximately 3 days before the event, you will receive an email containing a link to CE-Go.   (This link will be sent to the email account you used to register for the event).

Upon accessing the CE-Go website, you will be able to:

  • Complete evaluation forms for each session you attended (evaluations may be completed immediately after the session has concluded)
  • Complete an overall event evaluation at the conclusion of the Symposium
  • Download your continuing education certificate in a PDF format

If you have any questions or concerns regarding the CE-Go process, please contact CE-Go at 888-498-5578 or by email at

iaedp™ has been approved by NBCC as an Approved Continuing Education Provider, ACEP No. 5912.  Programs that do not qualify for NBCC credit are clearly identified. iaedp Foundation is solely responsible for all aspects of the program.

This activity has been approved by the National Association of Alcoholism and Drug Abuse Counselors as consistent with established standards for alcoholism and chemical dependency education and training Provider #301.

iaedp™ is a Continuing Professional Education Accredited Provider, under Provider #IN004 recognized by the Commission on Dietetic Registration.


iaedp™'s Continuing Education Co-sponsor, CE Learning Systems, LLC is approved by American Psychological Association to sponsor continuing education for psychologists. CE Learning Systems maintains responsibility for this program and its content.


This activity has been planned and implemented in accordance with the Essential Areas and Policies of the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education through the joint providership of the University of Nevada, Reno School of Medicine and iaedp.  The University of Nevada, Reno School of Medicine is accredited by the ACCME to provide continuing medical education to physicians.

The University of Nevada, Reno School of Medicine designates this live activity for a maximum of 29 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s)™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

Nurses may participate in this education activity as ANCC accepts AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™ through its reciprocity agreement.

Social Work
This program is pending approval by the National Association of Social Workers for 29 continuing education contact hours.

New York Social Workers

iaedp™'s Co-Sponsor, CE Learning Systems SW CPE is recognized by the New York State Education Department's State Board for Social Work as an approved provider of continuing education for licensed social workers #0060. This event is currently pending approval. 

Basic conference registration, Thursday 9:00a.m. – Sunday 12:30p.m. offers up to 23 credits.