July 2015 - Monthly News & Tips
IN THIS ISSUE
"Recovery is hard work, but my therapist, dietitian, and psychiatrist have made it the most rewarding experience of my life! There is always help. I am recovering after 15 years with bulimia. If I can do this, you can, too." - A Former Emily Program Client
Last Monday we opened The Emily Program - Residential in Cleveland Heights, Ohio. This is the only licensed 16-bed 24/7 residential eating disorder treatment facility of its kind in Ohio.
For many people, the journey to recovery begins with a safe, private place to stay. At our beautiful residential location, we welcome males and females, 18-plus. Residents gain skills for healthy living with guidance from a team of therapists, dietitians, and professional medical staff in a 24/7 medically supervised environment.
The Emily Program - Residential is conveniently located near our Cleveland outpatient clinic, providing a seamless continuum of care for our clients throughout their treatment and recovery journey. To learn more, click here.
The Emily Program offers a full continuum of eating disorder care tailored specifically for male and female clients ages 10 - early 20s. From outpatient to 24/7 residential treatment, our staff can help young people learn skills to help them lead full, healthy lives. We offer a wide-spectrum of interventions, from Family-Based Treatment (FBT) to Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT skills).
Our staff ensure that each person is provided the treatment that is best suited for their age and needs. A variety of programs are available at many of our locations.
Currently, we are offering a 12-week mixed diagnosis Adolescent Intensive Outpatient Program (AIOP) at our St. Louis Park, MN office that will run through August. This program is designed to give adolescents extra support during the summer months. The AIOP in St. Louis Park will meet Mondays 11:00-2:00 PM, Tuesdays 4:30-7:30 PM, and Thursday 9:00 AM-12:00 PM.
We also offer Intensive Programming year round at our St. Paul (Toogood), MN, Cleveland, OH, Spokane and Seattle, WA, offices.
For those who need a higher level of care, Anna Westin House-Adolescent and Young Adult (AWHAYA) can provide 24/7 support.
For information about all of The Emily Program's adolescent and young adult services offered, click here or watch this video.
Teens and young adults who struggle with food need specialized professional help to recover from their eating disorders and related complications. Call us today at 1-888-364-5977 ext. 1612 to learn more about getting started with services or to refer a client. To learn more about adolescent residential services offered at AWHAYA, please call 651-645-5323 ext. 1111.
Yoga is all about fitting the pose to the student and NOT the student to the pose. Chair yoga can do just that. It can allow you to experience the benefits of yoga in a way that makes sense for your body in the given moment.
Remember, these poses are invitations and suggestions. Modify to fit your needs, always honor your body, your practice, and your journey.
You may choose to practice chair yoga:
- If you work at a desk or from a chair and feel that adding yoga into your day could help you feel more alert, energized, less stressed, and more focused
- If you are looking to introduce movement back into your lifestyle in a supportive way
- To build balance
- To decrease stress
Our 17-minute chair yoga practice video is designed to help you receive benefits of building balance, strength, and calm with the support of the chair. You can also check out all our yoga practices here.
I couldn't be more thrilled to announce The Emily Program's residential facility in Cleveland is officially open! It will provide patients with the resources, treatment and space they require to begin to heal.
This new facility will offer around-the-clock care with evidence-based programs and individual interventions to address core eating disorder behaviors and cognitions. We couldn't be happier with this new and crucial endeavor.
When we partnered with TEP last summer, our goal was to utilize the experience and resources of a larger organization to provide an even greater array of services to an even broader population here in Ohio. The fruits of that partnership are evident.
Together, we've achieved our goal of building one organization that values local care, community participation and outreach to develop a full network of care for patients with eating disorders. It is through this partnership that the opening of this residential center in Northeast Ohio is possible.
I am extremely proud of our organization and the people in it, and we are thrilled about this exciting opportunity to provide care at every level to those in need.
The opening of this residential facility represents many years of planning and hard work by so many people. I sit in profound appreciation that we can serve a group of clients who have never had the opportunity to get residential care right in their backyards — near their families and support systems.
We as a team are fortunate to have received excellent training and have extraordinary expertise at The Emily Program. Amongst us are the skills we'll need to help those we will serve.
Our ability to provide the highest level of care to this population is a landmark for us and our community and will be truly life saving.
We look forward to serving our clients with great pride and giving them the best chance possible at leading a full, healthy life.
Mark Warren, MD
Chief Medical Officer, The Emily Program
We invite you to help us establish a broader community partnership between the Minnesota Center for Eating Disorders Research and The Emily Program clients, caregivers, and treatment providers. Drs. Scott Crow, Kelly Berg, and Emily Pisetsky will be joining our July Recovery Night and some July Family & Friends Support Groups to introduce a new series of events that will be offered quarterly at The Emily Program.
The goal of this series is to increase awareness of, and engagement in, eating disorders research as well as to share cutting-edge research findings with clients, caregivers, and treatment providers. Drs. Crow, Berg, and Pisetsky will provide information about the Minnesota Center for Eating Disorders Research and answer questions about their research as well as the field of eating disorder research more broadly. Additionally, attendees will be invited to provide feedback on topics of greatest interest to the community that will guide future meetings.
The Emily Program clients, family members, friends, treatment providers, and staff are invited and encouraged to participate. We look forward to your input and starting this collaboration!
Join us in St. Louis Park
July 9th – w/Friends and Family at 5:30 p.m.
July 23rd - w/Friends and Family at 5:30 p.m.
Join us in St. Paul
July 14th – w/Recovery Night at 6 p.m.
July 15th - w/Friends and Family at 5:30 p.m.
About the UMR Researchers
Scott Crow, MD
Scott is the Chief Research Officer at The Emily Program. Scott oversees research that The Emily Program conducts in partnership with the University of Minnesota. He also provides psychiatric evaluations and medication management for a small caseload of individual clients. Scott earned his medical degree and completed his psychiatric residency at the University of Minnesota, where he is now a professor. Scott has been active in national and international eating disorders groups and is Past President of the Academy of Eating Disorders.
Kelly Berg, PhD
Kelly is an licensed psychologist and Assistant Professor of Psychiatry at the University of MN. She is also the Director of Assessment for the Minnesota Center for Eating Disorders Research. Prior to her faculty appointment, she completed a 3-year postdoctoral fellowship with the Midwest Regional Postdoctoral Training Program in Eating Disorders Research at the University of Minnesota. She received her Ph.D. in counseling psychology at the University of Minnesota after completing her predoctoral internship at The University of Chicago Medical School. She has published extensively on the assessment and diagnosis of eating disorders. Her recent research has focused on the identification of mechanisms that maintain eating disorder behaviors over time. The goal of this research is to inform the development of novel interventions for eating disorders.
Emily Pisetsky, PhD
Emily is a T32 Post Doctoral Research Fellow in the Department of Psychiatry at the University of Minnesota. She received her B.A. in psychology with high honors from Wesleyan University in 2007. She completed her pre-doctoral clinical internship at the West Virginia University School of Medicine in Charleston and received her Ph.D. in clinical psychology from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in 2013. Her primary research interests include investigating novel treatment modalities and mediums, behavior genetics, and factors associated with suicide risk in individuals with eating disorders.
Click here to download a printed flyer for these discussions.
The Emily Program addresses common misunderstandings about eating disorders and related issues in our Did You Know section.
Anorexia can hurt the baby of a pregnant woman.
In fact, pregnant women suffering from anorexia nervosa are at a much higher risk for delivering early, usually by C-section, or even miscarriage. These babies normally have a lower birth weight and a smaller head circumference, and often need specialized care when they are born. In addition, the mother is more likely to suffer from postpartum depression.
At The Emily Program, our trained staff offer coping skills, meal plans, and more so that expecting mothers have healthy bodies and babies.
Vicky Patrello, Therapist
Vicky Patrello joined The Emily Program - Cleveland in the spring of 2013. She was thrilled to work for a company that's so well known nationwide for its work in the eating disorder field.
She spent her days facilitating groups as the program coordinator for both adolescent and adult DBT programs. However, since TEP opened a new eating disorder residential center in Cleveland Heights, her role has recently changed.
Vicky now serves as a therapist at the facility. Her primary role is meeting with residents twice a week, but she also facilitates a few groups during program hours.
She made the switch to residential in hopes of growing as a clinician. Vicky felt she had learned all she could and was ready to take on a new challenge.
"Although The Emily Program is familiar with residential facilities, I have never worked in one and it felt like a really great opportunity to learn and grow," she said.
Vicky holds a bachelor's degree in psychology from the College of Wooster and a master's in science and social administration from Case Western Reserve University.
Learn more about Vicky and why we think she stands out!
TEP: Any advice for clients moving into residential?
Vicky: It's really hard to give advice since I can only imagine what residents may feel and think when coming to the facility. I think the only thing I can say is trust your team and know that everything we do and recommend is always in the best interests of our clients.
TEP: What do you hope to achieve in your transition from outpatient to residential therapy?
Vicky: I really hope to grow as a clinician and learn from everyone who is on the team. I feel like residential will open new doors to learning about eating disorders.
TEP: What are you most looking forward to in residential?
Vicky: I am really looking forward to working with a whole new team and working so closely with nurses, dietitians, and Eating Disorder Technicians. I think we have a great team full of positivity and energy.
In St. Paul, MN:
Tuesday, July 14 from 6:30-8:00 p.m. at 2265 Como Ave, St. Paul, MN
Speakers: Alexandra M. and Kathleen W.
Alexandra experienced a miraculous healing that changed her life forever, helping her come home to her natural state of unconditional love, health, and joy through Reiki (energy healing), a profound connection with an extraordinary horse, connecting deeply with the natural world, yoga, alignment with my soul, and learning to love herself unconditionally. Her new book, The Beauty of Wings, unravels the details of her healing journey, from an excruciatingly painful childhood of bullying, exclusion, and asthma to her mid-twenties filled with anorexia, pneumonia, severe asthma, panic, and suffocation to near death. You can learn more about Alexandra and her book here.
Kathleen W walks with Bipolar and Binge Eating Disorder everyday. However, although she has the two disorders, they do not have her. In her talk, titled: "BED: More than mind over mattress," she will talk about her experience with the disorders and where she is in recovery. The Emily Program, the staff, volunteers, and patients kept her engaged in life when it would've been much easier to give up and quit. Sometimes it takes more than just mind over matter and mattress.
Join us the 2nd Tuesday of each month from 6:30-8pm to hear stories of inspiration and hope.
In Seattle, WA:
Wednesday, July 15 at 6:00 p.m. at 1700 Westlake Av N, Ste 700, Seattle, WA
Joanna has her Masters of Science in Marriage and Family Therapy, but is not practicing at the moment. In recent years, she has gone from feeling completely imperfect, and ashamed of being so; to being complete AND imperfect, and proud of it! Joanna used to feel completely smothered and trapped by feelings of shame, unworthiness, and anxiety. Like anyone, she still struggles, but faces those struggles with the realization that she can overcome almost anything. That realization has allowed her to walk in the beautiful freedom and joy this life has to offer.
Upcoming Recovery Nights will be held from 6:00-8:00 p.m. at 1700 Westlake Av N, Ste 700, Seattle, WA: TBD
In Spokane, WA:
Upcoming Recovery Nights will be held from 6:30-8:00 p.m. at 2020 East 29th Ave, Ste 200, Spokane, WA: September 22
In Lacey, WA:
Upcoming Recovery Nights will be held from 6:30-8:00 p.m. at 673 Woodland Sq Loop SE, Ste 200, Lacey, WA: September 24