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Instilling Passion into Treatment and Recovery - Rekindle your passion as a clinician and help your patients transfer the passion they have for their eating disorder to life affirming recovery. The program at iaedp™ Symposium 2019 is being created by a group of professionals like you who work in therapeutic settings with patients. Core 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 2/7/2019 to 2/10/2019
When: Thursday, February 7, 2019
8:00 am
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JW Marriott Desert Springs Resort & Spa
74-855 Country Club Dr
Palm Desert, California  92260
United States
Contact: Marie Grover
800-800-8126 x 82

Online registration is available until: 2/10/2019
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iaedp™ Symposium 2019 
JW Marriott Desert Springs Resort & Spa
Palm Desert, CA
February 7-10, 2019


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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!  View the tentative schedule here.


Hotel Information: A discounted hotel rate has been negotiated with JW Marriot Palm Desert Register online or call 877-622-3140 and mention the iaedpTM symposium to receive the discounted rate.  Discounted rooms are limited and available on a first come/first serve basis. Rooms must be reserved by 1/3/2019 to receive the rooms discount.

Shuttle Information: from Select Service Type: "iaedp-shared rides" select it for your entire online reservations. Note: From PSP Pick Up (Online Reservations) Please type PSP from Pick-Up Location and select PSP-Palm Springs International Airport from the list so that our system will allow you to add your flight info in your reservations.

Rates: One Way Group Rate: $20.00/per person (waived out the airport fee) (Online Reservation Available)
Private Shuttle: $45.00 plus $3.00 airport fee. 1-2 Passengers (Online Reservation Available) and return is $45.00 only.


Interested in Exhibiting?  Check out our Exhibitor Information!


2019 Symposium Schedule

iaedp™ Full Day Pre-Conference Core Courses
Wednesday 02/06/1

How my first case of dissociative identity disorder ignited my passion to investigate the clinical science of eating disorders, trauma, and trauma-related disorders - Timothy Brewerton, MD, DFAPA, FAED, DFAACAP, HCEDS 

Dr. Brewerton presents his first case of dissociative identity disorder and binge eating that spawned his clinical research interest in trauma and EDs. Video clips from various stages during treatment illustrate the dissociative processes and the various "alters" identified. He illustrates how these “alters” take on specific adaptive functions and separate identities, which protect the self and are often archetypal in nature. Evolving concepts from psychotherapy theory and neuroscience are highlighted during the presentation. Next, he will present an overview of the current state of clinical science and practice regarding traumatized ED patients and advocate for trauma-informed care and practice.




How To Transform '' Dysfunctional Passion'' Into Skills Of Recovery, Through The Tools Of Psychodrama -
Mary Bellofatto, MA, LMHC, CEDS, NCC, TEP 

This workshop is designed to give the clinician experiential tools to assess their clients in the areas of spontaneity  and creativity which are the foundation of passion. Through role development, role reversal, and doubling we can assist out clients to move into connection with self and others which allows them to make decisions based on need, instead of anxiety and detachment. Whether you are working with an individual, family, or group, these methods will be useful to move the client to their longings of connection, meaning, and passion.




iaedp™ Foundation Core Courses for Certification and Educational Designation will once again be offered at Symposium 2019!

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 2019. 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 2019 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, Therapeutic Treatments for Eating Disorders, Nutritional Therapy for Eating Disorders, and Medical Treatment of Eating Disorders.  Each course is a 3 hour workshop.

WEDNESDAY - 02/06/2019
Core Course 1 - Overview of Eating Disorders 

Craig Johnson, PhD, CEDS, FAED 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, MS, LMFT, LPC, CEDS-S, F.iaedp 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 - 02/06/19
Core Course 2 - Therapeutic Treatments for Eating Disorders 

Margo Maine, PhD, FAED, CEDS, is a clinical psychologist who has specialized in eating disorders and related issues for over 35 years. A Founder and Adviser of the National Eating Disorders Association and Founding Fellow of the Academy for Eating Disorders, Dr. Maine is author of: Pursuing Perfection: Eating Disorders, Body Myths, and Women at Midlife and Beyond; Treatment of Eating Disorders: Bridging the Research- Practice Gap; Effective Clinical Practice in the Treatment of Eating Disorders; The Body Myth; Father Hunger; and Body Wars. The 2007 recipient of The Lori Irving Award for Excellence in Eating Disorders Awareness and Prevention, 2014 recipient of the Don and Melissa Nielsen Lifetime Achievement Award  and  2015 NEDA Lifetime Achievement Award, she served as senior editor of Eating Disorders: The Journal of Treatment and Prevention for 25 years. A member of the Renfrew Foundation Conference Committee, and their Clinical Advisory Board, and the Walden Clinical Advisory Board, Maine is a 2016 Honoree of the Connecticut Women’s Hall of Fame. She lectures nationally and internationally on eating disorders and maintains a private practice, Maine & Weinstein Specialty Group, in West Hartford, CT. She loves the earth and gets up early every day to enjoy it.

Beth Hartman McGilley, Ph.D., FAED, CEDS, 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 35 years, writing, lecturing, supervising, directing an inpatient eating disorders program and providing individual, family and group therapy.  She has presented, edited and published extensively in the field of eating disorders, including being a former 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. In addition to her clinical work, Dr. McGilley has been a chair or member of numerous committees for the AED since its inception, a member of the Renfrew Conference Committee and a core curriculum teacher for IAEDP certification students. Dr. McGilley also specializes in applications of sports psychology and performance enhancement techniques for athletes at all levels of competition. 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 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.

Jessica Baker, MS, PhD, CEDS  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 University of Georgia, the University and Florida, and Emory University. 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 mood disorders, life transitions and personal growth/empowerment. 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 - 02/07/19
Core Course 3 - Nutrition Therapy for Eating Disorders 

Sondra Kronberg, MS, RD, CDN, CEDRD-S, 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 IAEDP Certified Eating Disorder Specialists Award, the National Eating Disorders Association Excellence in Practice Award and the SCAN Excellence in Practice Award.  In Oct 2017 Sondra was awarded NEDA's Legacy Award. Sondra is the author of the Eating Disorder Learning/Teaching Handout Series Manual and contributing author to the recently published book- Eating Disorders in Special Populations. 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, CEDRD-S 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 - 02/07/19
Core Course 4 -  Medical Treatment of Eating Disorders

Philip S. Mehler, MD, CEDS, FACP, FAED, As President of Eating Recovery Center and Founder and Executive Medical Director of ACUTE at Denver Health, Dr. Philip Mehler is the designated head of medical nursing services across Eating Recovery Center’s full national treatment spectrum, including inpatient, residential, partial hospitalization, intensive outpatient levels of care. Prior to joining Eating Recovery Center in 2014, Dr. Mehler served as Chief Medical Officer (CMO) of Denver Health and Hospital Authority. Dr. Mehler began his career at Denver Health more than 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. He founded ACUTE at Denver Health in 2004 and continues to serve as its Executive Medical Director. Dr. Mehler has authored more than 440 publications, including 3 textbooks, Medical Complications of Eating Disorders, published by Johns Hopkins University Press, 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 22 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. In 2014, Dr. Mehler was honored with the Silver & Gold award, the highest achievement conferred on an alumnus of the University of Colorado Medical School for outstanding contributions to medicine. He is an Alpha Omega Alpha & Phi Beta Kappa graduate of the University of Colorado. 

Joel Jahraus, MD, FAED, CEDS, well-known for his two decades of specialization in the medical management of patients with eating disorders, is the Chief Medical Officer of Monte Nido and Affiliates.  Dr. Jahraus graduated from Washington University Medical School in St. Louis, Missouri. After years in private practice he began an academic career as Pre-Doctoral Director at the University of Minnesota Medical School.  During that time Dr. Jahraus received the Distinguished Teacher of the Year Award.  He subsequently entered a career dedicated to eating disorder treatment.  He co-authored chapters on medical treatment of eating disorders in the Textbook of Psychosomatic Medicine, published by the American Psychiatric Association and The Treatment of Eating Disorders:  A Clinical Handbook by Grilo and Mitchell, and has been featured in various national media, including two public television documentaries on eating disorders.  He has also testified before Congress 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. He has also served as the NEDA national phone call physician consultant and is currently on the board of IAEDP.

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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 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™ Scholarships:
The scholarship deadline has passed. Scholarships will be awarded from 11/1/18 to 11/15/18. iaedp™ contacts all applicants via email. Please do not contact iaedp™ to check the status of your application.
Christine Hartline (1) This scholarship covers all registration fees & includes a $1000 check to offset transportation & hotel expenses.
Dick Wilson (1) This scholarship covers the cost of one full symposium registration. It doesn't cover any additional costs (pre-conference sessions) or travel expenses.
Erin Riederer Foundation (1) This scholarship provides financial support towards completion of the iaedp™ Certification process. Clinicians seeking the Traditional Certification route are encouraged to apply by stating reasons why certification is important to them & how this scholarship will support the process. Preference given to those clinicians operating in Wisconsin.
Financial Aid(10) These scholarships cover a majority of symposium registration fees. Recipients pay a $350 registration fee.

First-time iaedp™ Symposium attendees or iaedp™ members who have a financial hardship are eligible to apply. 
Please DO NOT register until after you receive notification in November on the status of your scholarship application.

Volunteer Information for 2019
Each year iaedp is lucky enough to have a great group of volunteers who help us make the iaedp Symposium an amazing experience for our attendees! If you are interested in volunteering, please complete this survey.  Our volunteer coordinator will be in touch.  P
leas note - Volunteer space will be open on a first come/first serve basis, with priority given to individuals with open availability.  Please DO NOT register as a volunteer until you have been given official notification.

iaedp™ Symposium 2019 Pricing Information
Prior to December 10, 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 December 11, 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 Dec 10, 2018 and $675 each on or after Dec 11, 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, 2019.


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

Symposium 2019 Registration Fees include all symposium workshops, and special events from February 7-10, 2019 The Pre-conference Trainings on Wednesday, February 6th 2019 are not included and requires additional fees.  Core Course 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.
Breakout presenter discounts are taken off the iaedp™ Member or non-member rates only.

Presenters with more than two presenters in their session should contact the iaedp office at 800-800-8126 x82 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 information will be updated once the program is finalized.