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iaedp Institute Offers On Demand Video Training

iaedp Institute Training On Demand:  How to Document Evidence Based Treatment to Maximize Insurance Reimbursement

Lisa Kantor Esq.

Lisa Kantor, Esq.

As a service we are streaming, on demand, Attorney Lisa’s Symposium 2011 presentation on How to Document Evidence Based Treatment to Maximize Insurance Reimbursement. This encore presentation will be followed by a live teleconference call with Lisa on Tuesday, Sept 26 at 7 pm ET/6 pm CT/5 pm MT/4 pm PT for an update and to answer your additional questions.  You may watch the 90 minute presentation anytime (at your convenience) starting September 21st.

  1. If you wish to attend the teleconference call, you must register and we ask only those who can attend “live” register for the conference call.  Attendance on the call will be limited.
  2. To view the video you must have Windows Media Player.  If the version on your computer is not up to date, you may be asked to update it or download the program but the links to do so are provided on the video page.  After watching the video, if you want to submit a question to be answered by Lisa on the live teleconference, please submit those questions to
  3. Download Lisa’s handouts and materials for this course.


  1. Video: in wmv.wmv
  2. Teleconference Registration:
  3. Handouts:

Course Description:

When seeking insurance benefits for eating disorder treatment, a provider’s treatment records will be the foundation for establishing medically necessity for admission and continued treatment.  Evidence-based treatment records must show plans of care, symptoms, and objective evidence that satisfy an insurance company’s criteria for admission and continued care.  The presentation will review the criteria from insurance companies for treatment of eating disorders and explain how evidence-based treatment records can be documented to best maximize the client’s available insurance benefits.

At the end of this presentation, participants should have an understanding of

  1. The criteria used by insurance companies to determine whether benefits are payable for eating disorder treatment;
  2. How insurance companies apply their criteria to determine whether benefits are payable for eating disorder treatment; and
  3. How providers can document their evidence-based treatment to satisfy the criteria of insurance companies and maximize the client’s insurance benefits.

This is an excellent opportunity for staff training!  Hook up an LCD projector, go to the streaming site, and voila! 


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International Association of Eating Disorders Professionals Unveil Winner of Newly Launched Body Image Mannequin Art Competition at Annual Symposium in Phoenix


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Mannequin Winner Wows at Eating Disorders Symposium!

Rebecca Tishman

Author Jenni Schaeffer and Rebecca Tishman with "Erosion"

Rebecca Tishman Wins “Imagine Me Beyond What You See” Body Image Art Competition with “Erosion” Mannequin

Phoenix, Arizona (March 5, 2011) – The International Association of Eating Disorder Professionals Foundation (iaedp) announced its first Annual finalists and winner of the “Imagine Me Beyond What You See” Body Image Mannequin Art, an awareness contest encouraging treatment centers and private facilities with art therapists, as well as students and the general public, to work with patients to design mannequins in a way that reflects their perception of beauty.

Rebecca Tishman who created the winning mannequin, entitled “Erosion” is an interdisciplinary sculpture major at the Maryland Institute College of Art, was on hand to receive her award in person.  In her entry she stated, “It was not until I started focusing on the link between my recovery from an eating disorder and my artwork that I started to flourish in both fields.” Along with receiving a financial award and her artwork will be used in all upcoming 2012 “Imagine Me Beyond What You See” promotional materials, her mannequin was auctioned off with proceeds to benefit the iaedp Foundation. 

The first runner up was the residents and art therapist Lisa Talucci of Eating Recovery Center for their mannequin “I Am A Soul With A Body.” Their award was accepted by ERC Medical Director Emmitt R Bishop Jr, MD. Honorable Mention and iaedp Professionals Choice was awarded to Sara Burchfiel for her mannequin entitled, “Hear Me Please.” Her award was accepted, on her behalf, by therapist Rachel Levi of Shoreline Center.  

Imagine Me Beyond What You See” is an annual Body Image Mannequin Art Competition and Awareness Campaign designed to promote a healthy awareness and acceptance of body images. While mixed mediums are allowed, photographs of all entries had to be submitted to qualify for the contest and werel judged on clarity of theme, creativity and originality, quality of composition and design, along with the overall impression and presentation of the piece. This year’s judges include a distinguished panel of eating disorder professionals, art therapists, and renowned artist, Fritz Liedtke, who premiered his exhibit and photographic documentary “Skeleton in the Closet.


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Since 1985, the International Association of Eating Disorders Professionals Foundation has provided education and training standards to an international and multidisciplinary group of various healthcare treatment providers and helping professions.

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iaedp Foundation Introduces New President at 2011 Symposium

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iaedp Foundation Introduces New President at 2011 Symposium
Mary Bellofatto Leads Board of Directors into 2011 after 20 Years of Service

PEKIN, ILL. (Jan. 31, 2011) – The International Association of Eating Disorders Professionals (or iaedp) announced today they appointed Mary Bellofatto to president of the association’s board of directors. Bellofatto, an iaedp member for over 20 years, will take over for immediate past president, Adrienne Ressler, who held the position for two years and will continue serving as a board member. Bellofatto will answer questions for members at the 2011 iaedp Symposium, which will take place March 3-6 at the Pointe Hilton at Squaw Peak in Phoenix, Arizona. 

“Having been a member of iaedp for over 20 years, I think I can safely say I like this organization,” said Bellofatto. “I am happy to begin leading an association that is first and foremost a wealth of training, information, friends, colleagues, and mentors, as well as opens up the possibilities for new relationships and continued growth in the field of eating disorders.” 

“iaedp has grown and flourished in the last two years,” former president Ressler added. “We have experienced wonderful Symposiums in Long Beach and Orlando, set-up a list serve that provides information and resources as well as lively discussions, expanded the range and growth of our International Committee, and increased our membership. I’m excited to see what new energy and fresh ideas Mary will bring to the table.”

Mary Bellofatto, MA LMHC, CEDS, NCC, TEP served as clinical director for one of the first residential treatment centers for eating disorders in Naples, Florida. Presently, she owns and directs Mary Bellofatto Consulting, a training and consulting company that has worked with many of the national treatment centers on eating disorders and addictions. An award-winning speaker, a Toastmasters Bronze, a Who’s Who in U.S Executives, and a Lexington Who’s Who of Executives and Professionals, Bellofatto has been in the mental health field for over thirty five years, leading retreats, seminars, trainings, and program development in the eating disorder field nationally, and internationally.

 iaedp  members will have access to Bellofatto during the 2011 iaedp Symposium, where she’ll be leading a special lunch program March 5 on “Psychodrama for Adolescents.” Joining Mary to demonstrate the use of drama, music and dance programming for adolescents is “The Atomik 12” under the creative direction of Heather Lloyd. Mary will also be available at the many networking events throughout the symposium, from the red carpet premiere of America the Beautiful: Health for Sale to the art exhibit with Fritz Liedtke and his Skeleton in the Closet photography series.

About iaedp:

Since 1985, the International Association of Eating Disorders Professionals Foundation has provided education and training standards to an international and multidisciplinary group of various healthcare treatment providers and helping professions.


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iaedp Mannequin Contest makes the news! Story on iaedp Mannequin Imagine Me Contest Mannequins Make a Statement in Phoenix! Eating Disorders Professionals Unveil Winner of Newly Launched Body Image Art Competition ‘Imagine Me Beyond What You See’ ‘Imagine Me Beyond What You See’ will auction off winning entry and showcase all submissions. The winner will be announced on Saturday evening, March 5, at the Red Carpet Premiere and Art Exhibit.

The Judges We want to thank the volunteers who were the judging panel for the IMagine Me Beyond What You See contest. Thank you for your time and thoughtful consideration.

The judges for 2011 were:    (Pictured above left to right)  Fritz Liedtke, artist (Fritz’ “Talia” is our featured artwork for Symposium 2011) Johanna Kane, MA, ATR-BC, LPC Board Certified Art Psychotherapist & Licensed Professional Counselor Lindsey Cohn, CEDS, author, fiber artist, publisher, Gurze Books Leigh Cohn, M.A.T., CEDS, author, artist, publisher, Gurze Books Susan Kleinman, MA, ADTR, NCC Preconference Faculty iaedp Symposium 2011, The Renfrew Center Mary Bellofatto, MA LMHC, CEDS, NCC, TEP President, iaedp Board of Directors Mary Bellofatto Consulting

The Prizes and Entries The entries were all that we had hoped they would be: Imaginative, Creative, and Meaningful! Awards will be for First Place, 1st Runner Up, and Honorable Mention. All the entries will be represented at the conference in poster format. The Grand Prize winning piece will be announced and auctioned off on Saturday evening, March 5th. In addition, Symposium registrants can be part of choosing an award recipient too! The posters will be on exhibit throughout the conference. Registrants will vote for their favorite and the winner of that polling will receive the The Professionals Choice Award.

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Inside iaedp: Eating Disorders in the News Dec 16 2010

Eating Disorders Rising Problem in Orthodox Jewish Women
The Jerusalem Post – 15 Dec 2010   Health experts say eating disorders are a serious, underreported disease among Orthodox Jewish women and to a lesser extent others in the Jewish community, as many families are reluctant to acknowledge the illness at all and often seek help only when a girl is on the verge of hospitalization Study:  Soldiers Use Extreme Methods to Meet Military Weight Rules – 7 Dec 2010    Soldiers are dangerously starving themselves, gobbling diet pills and laxatives – even resorting to costly liposuction surgery – all to meet the Army’s weight standards and avoid losing their careers, according to military personnel who spoke to Army Times.  Study indicates 12% of Teens in Argentina have Eating 9 Dec 2010
Maria Bello, President of Aluba, who conducted this study was a presenter at the International Forum, at iaedp Symposium 2010 in Orlando FL.

Look for Your iaedp Symposium 2011 Brochure in Your Mailbox in the Next Few Days!
iaedp Office – 15 Dec 2010  The printing press has stopped, the postage and addresses added, and your copy of the brochure will arrive very soon!  After incorporating in 1985, iaedp held it’s first conference in 1987.  So Symposium 2011 continues the legacy in its 24th conference offering a program designed for you, the professional who works with patients in a therepeutic setting!  You can also download a copy of the brochure in PDF format.  Want to review the session descriptions, presenters bios, and more? 


Complete articles and links were in our weekly newsletter, Inside iaedp:  Eating Disorders in the News.  If you would like to join our mailing list, please go to  The sign up box is in the lower left hand column!

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Inside iaedp: Is the Ballerina Eating Too Many Sugarplums? Dec 10 2010

Will “Black Swan” Encourage Eating Disorders?
The – 8 Dec 10

Black Swan” is a great movie. It’s also, as Julie put it, “eating disorder porn.” In the movie, Natalie Portman’s character not only shows signs of anorexia-she’s also bulimic. I had hoped this wouldn’t seem glamorous to teens and women seeing the movie since, well, Natalie’s character also totally loses it in a downward spiral. But apparently that’s not the case.   

American Academy of Pediatrics Revised Policy Statement on the Treatment of Eating Disorders
Revised Policy – December 2010

Pediatricians are called on to become involved in the identificationand management of eating disorders in several settings and atseveral critical points in the illness. In the primary carepediatrician’s practice, early detection, initial evaluation,and ongoing management can play a significant role in preventingthe illness from progressing to a more severe or chronic state.In the subspecialty setting, management of medical complications,provision of nutritional rehabilitation, and coordination withthe psychosocial and psychiatric aspects of care are often handledby pediatricians, especially those who have experience or expertisein the care of adolescents with eating disorders. In hospitaland day program settings, pediatricians are involved in programdevelopment, determining appropriate admission and dischargecriteria, and provision and coordination of care. Lastly, primarycare pediatricians need to be involved at local, state, andnational levels in preventive efforts and in providing advocacyfor patients and families.

Judging The Bodies In Ballet
The dancer cast as the Sugar Plum Fairy, “looked as if she’d eaten one sugarplum too many,” and that her Cavalier, “seems to have been sampling half the Sweet realm.”   
NYT 4 Dec 2010 – Some correspondents have argued that the body in ballet is ‘irrelevant.’ Sorry, but the opposite is true. If you want to make your appearance irrelevant to criticism, do not choose ballet as a career. The body in ballet becomes a subject of the keenest observation and the most intense discussion. I am severe – but ballet, as dancers know, is more so.”  The dancers he was critiquing are pictured in the picture on the left.  Then he defends his words in another article. 

The Huffington Post Responds
09 Dec 2010
Regarding the issue that is drawing most attention in Mr. Macaulay’s original article on NYC Ballet’s production of the Nutcracker and in his subsequent piece, “Judging the Bodies of Ballet” — his comments on the dancers’ physical appearance — I am compelled to ask that we put this into perspective. When we speak of ‘plump’, ‘fat’, or ‘chubby’ ballet dancers, particularly those working for professional companies, we are referring to men and women who are most certainly below the medically recommended weight for their height. They are just not thin enough to meet the critics ideals. These individuals, under any other circumstance, are considered ‘skinny’ to ‘dangerously thin’. 

These articles appeared in this week’s issue of Inside iaedp.  If you would like to get the full details, please join our mailing list at (The sign up box is in the lower left column of the page). 

Editorial Note:  iaedp does not endorse the content of any news story; we only report it.  It is not our goal to approve or condemn any news printed in our newsletter; our purpose is to inform our expert membership with the hope that they will comment on the various written articles (when available on the site of origination). We believe that current events and news/publicity regarding eating disorders are pertinent in many ways to influence patient care, create awareness, understand how media information (or mis-information) may influence our clients and their families, and be knowledgeable about new research. 

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Inside iaedp: Is Victoria’s Secret Peddling Eating Disorders? Dec 3 2010

 Give yourself a special present this holiday season!  Join us in March in sunny, warm Phoenix for Symposium 2011!  Click to review the exciting program details.  It won’t be the same if you aren’t there!

Eating Disorders in the News Dec 3, 2010  
Victoria's SecretIs Victoria’s Secret Peddling Eating Disorder Porn? 

CBS Online – 2 Dec 10

It’s “eating disorder porn,” says Harvard pediatrician Dr. Michael Rich. “They are a fantasy that drives you to extreme behaviors which require overcoming normal physiological and instinctual survival drive.”  Rich heads the Center on Media and Child Health at Children’s Hospital Boston, which studies how kids are affected by images in movies, television and the Internet. He and other health professionals interviewed by CBS News worry that the ultra-thin models like those who appeared on the Victoria’s Secret show are pushing young women into unrealistic ideals and, in some cases, eating disorders.  “For most women, being 6’2″ and 112 pounds with big boobs and tight abs is just not doable,” …..   

top model 2010America’s Top Model Winner Sends Wrong Message – 2 Dec 10

What kind of messages is “America’s Next Top Model” sending to young girls when the latest winner 19-year old Ann Wards waist is so small that a man can fit his hands around it?  Ann Ward is 6’2″ and very thin. 

booksBooks on Prescription Scheme

WalesOnline.CO.UK 2 Dec 10

Doctors in Wales can now prescribe 32 books to help patients deal with mental health conditions ranging from eating disorders to stress.  These include titles on dementia to help people suffering from the disease manage their condition.  The books are available on prescription to borrow for free from every local library across Wales, as well as four prisons. 

These articles and links are part of the latest edition of Inside iaedp.  If you don’t receive our e-newsletter, you can join our mailing list at  (Sign Up Box is in left column near the bottom of the page).

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